Today successfully running a business is a difficult task. Many issues impacting performance are outside the control of a C-Level manager’s influence. Nonetheless these issues impact how a business will perform. The lagging economy, political strife around the globe, Washington politicians, the constant media reporting from 24-hour cable and Internet news sources are all at heightened levels of influence on skittish consumers. A bump in any of these areas can disrupt spending behaviors causing continue reading…
This advanced strategic application helps the C-suite grow sustainable revenues and profits.
Worthington, OH – 9/16/14
The C-suite can now access an application that puts the power of data analytics and visualization into an easy-to-access InsightCenter for decision making. Senior level executives are challenged daily with making big-time decisions based on the information they have at hand. Being able to access the most relevant business intelligence in a quick, easy-to-use manner is critical for success in today’s constantly changing market. With the launch of the new Executive Retail InsightCenter™ by Prosper Insights & Analytics™, the first in a series from the new Executive Insight Platform which simplifies decision making, senior level retail executives can cut through the clutter of useless and irrelevant data and find meaningful insights to make better decisions. Developed using advanced analytics, the InsightCenter allows executives to uncover previously unknown insights about their customers, competitors, the marketplace, economy, and future spending plans. For today’s executive, it’s not about how much data they have; it’s about having the right information to drive smarter decision making. Continue reading →
Not all things worth doing are worth doing well. For many this is a heresy that violates the old maxim, “if it is worth doing it is worth doing well.” However, in today’s digitally disrupted world the pace of change is so fast that not all decisions can be given the amount of time to do them well.
The real challenge is not to avoid being wrong but to avoid being wrong on major decisions that matter. Mess up on a major decision and it could be near fatal for a company or a business in today’s fast changing world. One need only look at how change has impacted companies in industries such as newspaper, shopping mall, bookstore, video rental, brick and mortar retail, etc. Miss a key challenge or trend by clinging to old business as usual thinking and you may not have a business in a year.
Clearly decisions that need to be made right need to be major decisions focused on the dynamic continuation of the business. That’s why to deal with decision issues, our firm created a Power Quadrant for Decision Making to identify the choices which have the most impact on a business.
With the back-to-school season winding down, it’s about that time of year for shoppers to look forward to the winter holidays. And while it may seem premature to preempt Halloween with the holiday discussion, last year one in five began their shopping prior to October, so many consumers are already planning their budgets for this all-important spending season. In July, we asked consumers to share their preliminary thoughts on holiday spending, and it appears that retailers may be in for a brighter holiday season compared to 2013.
According to the Prosper Spending Score, the overall outlook* for holiday gift spending in 2014 is up more than 8% from last year. While celebrants planning to spend more on gifts are relatively stable year-over-year at 9.1%, those budgeting less for gifts dropped 11% from 2013 to 38.0%. The majority of consumers (52.9%) are planning to keep budgets in line with the previous year. Directionally speaking, our preliminary Spending Score has served as a relatively accurate bellwether for consumers’ holiday intentions; last year’s lackluster score in July foreshadowed a nearly 3% drop in planned gift spending (released by the National Retail Federation the following October). Similarly, bullish preliminary outlooks for holiday spending preceded spending increases in 2010 and 2012. Continue reading →
From Morgan Stanley… Category Sales Outlook: Discretionary Segments Lead
Debuting our retail Category Sales Outlook (CSO), a complement to our Retail Sales Lead Indicator (RSLI): While the RSLI forecasts retail sales growing at a gradually improving, mid-single-digit rate over the next 3-6 months, the CSO provides insights into how various retail categories will perform within that context. We’ve partnered with Prosper Insights & Analytics, a top business intelligence firm, to develop 30-60-day category sales outlooks based on its monthly, 5000+ respondent consumer survey.