Category Archives: Business

Confidence and Spending Intentions Looking Good Heading Into 2017

From Forbes.com on February 3, 2017…

Consumer confidence cooled a bit in January, but stayed well above the 13 month average. What does it mean for spending? Deborah Weinswig, Managing Director of Fung Global Retail & Technology, weighs in, plus she takes a special look this month at how consumers feel overall about their personal financial security. Continue reading…

Will 2017 Be The Year Retailers Finally Get Real?

From Forbes.com on January 17, 2017…

“We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.” – Plato

While struggling with the topic and content of this column, the trickle of underwhelming Brick & Mortar sales results from many retailers’ holiday season began to hit the press. Many of these retailers have only now seriously begun thinking about creating a sustainable business model for the future. For some the ship may have sailed. All of which got me thinking about an article I wrote for this column three years ago. It is just as relevant today as it was in 2014. So rather than beating my head against the wall trying to reinvent the wheel, here is the article from 2014, its warnings, and even prescriptions for a new retail marketplace. Continue reading…

Overt Signs Of Growing Optimism In December’s Leading Indicators

From Forbes.com on January 10, 2017…

In 2016, many retailers found themselves at the low end of estimates. Had they had the right predictive analytics, they could have understood the market better and managed accordingly. Deborah Weinswig, Managing Director of Fung Global Retail & Technology, weighs in on some of Prosper’s key predictive analytics and provides much needed knowledge for retailers. Continue reading…

With Election Over Holiday Gifting Becomes Top Of Mind

From Forbes on December 2, 2016:

The presidential election seems to be weighing down consumer confidence, but what does it mean for purchase intentions? Deborah Weinswig, Managing Director of Fung Global Retail & Technology, highlights the disconnect between sentiment and consumer spending intent in her analysis of Prosper’s October data. Continue reading…

New Prosper Index Shows E-Commerce Loyalty Down for Macys.com, Flat for Target.com

Worthington, Ohio—9/13/2016—Prosper Insights & Analytics™ has launched the E-Commerce Preference Index which is part of Prosper’s Digital Shopper InsightCenter™. A recent analysis of the index suggests that while Macy’s has committed to doing more online, preference is down year-over-year for Macys.com (-15%). Target, another retailer who has ramped up their digital game, is also experiencing performance issues (relatively flat YOY at -1%). On the other hand, Kohls.com has seen a slight uptick in website loyalty since 2015 (+2%).  Continue reading

Adding Consumer Intention To Predictive Models: An Interview With Prevedere CEO

The latest from Prosper on Forbes.com

I wrote back in April about how there has been an increased interest in predictive analytics ever since the 2008 recession. However, even with this added attention, most predictions remain largely inaccurate. No one seems to know where the economy is headed, including the Federal Reserve.  A recent article by Prevedere’s Danielle Marceau, a senior economist and data scientist, highlights how the Federal Reserve has continued to demonstrate its inability to forecast the economy. She noted that the bottom line is that “the Fed needs to learn how to forecast,” and went on to say that “analysts should be focusing on leading, predictive indicators such as small business optimism, industrial production and consumer sentiment.”

As more and more economic forecasters recognize that consumers’ actions, future intentions and emotions are a necessary component in forecasting today’s dynamic market, more will turn to adding these insights to their models. Continue reading…

Wal-Mart’s Dot Com Dilemma Won’t Be Solved By Jet.com

From Forbes on August 12, 2016:

The recent record-setting acquisition of e-commerce start-up Jet.com has certainly given Wal-Mart Stores its fair share of headlines lately. The deal, which is still subject to regulatory approval, has been heralded as Wal-Mart’s strike back at rival Amazon.com and a jolt to the discounter’s standing in the digital retail arena, vis-à-vis Jet.com’s innovative Smart Cart technology as well as it’s potentially lucrative base of younger (read: Millennial) and more affluent shoppers. However, recent analysis of consumer data collected by Prosper Insights & Analytics suggests that Walmart.com is struggling with deeper, core customer issues that the Jet.com buyout isn’t likely to fix. Continue reading

Prosper Insights & Analytics’ Future-Oriented Consumer Insights Now Available to Prevedere’s Customers

Columbus, Ohio —8/1/2016 — Prosper Insights & Analytics™, a leading provider of business intelligence solutions, and Prevedere, a leader in business performance forecasting, announced today that they have formed an alliance to provide ‘a la carte’ access to Prosper’s unique and forward-looking U.S. and China consumer data as a premium offering within Prevedere’s solution. A decade of Prosper’s emotional and mindset data plus future purchase intentions will complement Prevedere’s robust dataset that includes external factors such as global economic, environmental, and consumer behavior leading indicators. This partnership will allow clients to easily integrate these influences into their existing predictive models for more accurate forecasts.  Continue reading

New VAB Report Highlights Black Consumers’ Buying Power in Snack Marketplace

From Forbes on March 21, 2016:

Black consumers make a significant contribution to the bottom lines of CPG’s in the snack marketplace according to a new study from the Video Advertising Bureau (VAB). The study called “Insights on Black Consumers; Treats & Sweets” details how Black consumers spend more than the overall market in this category and it identifies the media that influence their snack purchases.

Cynthia Perkins-Roberts, Vice President Multicultural & Emerging Markets for the VAB, shared her thoughts on the findings. Here are some of her comments: Continue reading…

New Sam’s Club Shopper Segments Added To Prosper Insights & Analytics InsightCenter

Worthington, OH – 10/22/2015

Prosper Insights & Analytics™ has added the newly announced Sam’s Club Shopper segments into its Shopper Marketing InsightCenter™. Now consumer packaged goods companies who need to connect their brands with these particular segments will have compelling consumer insights and predictive analytics instantly available. These latest segments are added to an already robust list of consumer groups available in the InsightCenter including a variety of Walmart Shoppers segments by categories and demographics, along with their competitors’ shoppers.  Continue reading