Category Archives: Retail

Fung Analysis: The “Recycling” Of Department-Store Shoppers — And Why Amazon Could Gain From Macy’s Closures

Deborah Weinswig, a top-ranked global retail analyst who writes about retail and tech, recently authored “The ‘Recycling’ Of Department-Store Shoppers — And Why Amazon Could Gain From Macy’s Closures” for Forbes.com. In the article, Deborah uses unique consumer insights from Prosper Insights & Analytics to show how Macy’s store closures will benefit Amazon. This article is timely for anyone in the retail industry and we think you will enjoy it.

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For Brands And Retailers, The Past Is Not The Future

From Forbes.com on March 20, 2017…

The retail grocery industry appears to be in a state of change. Consumer data trend insights show that for grocery retailing, the past is not the future.

  • On February 8th, Aldi announced that during 2017, it will invest $3 billion for 600 additional new stores, and spend $1.8 billion to remodel and remerchandise the existing store base.
  • Whole Foods announced on March 10th that sales for the 6th straight quarter declined in comparable stores while lowering its guidance for fiscal 2017…close 9 stores and curtail new store development.
  • On March 2nd, Kroger announced that its 14-year streak of ¼ identical store sales growth had ended and that management foresees minimal sales and earnings growth for the remainder of 2017.

I asked long time industry veteran and consultant Ron Lunde to analyze and comment on Prosper Insights and Analytics data in light of the changing retail environment.

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New Data Provides Antidote for Ad Fraud

Newly Released Media Behaviors & Influence™ Study Provides Marketers in Disrupted Media Market with Real Data from Real People for Increased ROI

Worthington, OH – 3/13/2017

As advertisers continue to struggle with disruption in the media world, including a decline in the use of traditional media, fake news, and bot fraud, Prosper Insights & Analytics™, a leading provider of business intelligence solutions, has released the Media Behaviors & Influence Study™ (MBI) for 2017. The data includes the responses of over 16,000 respondents and can be used to enlighten marketers by providing a unique consumer dimension. The MBI contains real consumers’ media consumption, including which media influences them to purchase, personality traits, and purchase intentions, and can be integrated with big data initiatives to enhance models to better target consumers.  Continue reading

In Its Battle With Amazon, Best Buy Gets A Fighting Chance From Shoppers

From Forbes on March 6, 2017:

It’s been five years since Best Buy unwittingly acquired the “showroom” moniker thanks to online-upstart-turned-serious-competitor Amazon.com. I’ve previously detailed the showroom showdown between the two electronics giants as well as Best Buy’s issues converting its shoppers into buyers. And since then, Best Buy has made concerted efforts to improve its profile among consumers by investing in customer service, updating the in-store experience (e.g. the Samsung Experience Shop), and promoting the Internet of Things (IoT) while minimizing the space out-of-date products waste on the sales floor (so long, digital cameras). Perhaps more importantly, though, Best Buy implemented a competitor price matching policy aimed at preventing shoppers from leaving stores (or abandoning its website) empty-handed. So how have consumers reacted to Best Buy’s changes? New analysis from Prosper Insights & Analytics’ monthly survey of more than 6,000 U.S. consumers nationwide reveals the progress Best Buy has made with shoppers over the past five years as well as the challenges that continue to haunt the electronics retailer in its battle with Amazon. Continue reading

Auto Outlook Remains Vibrant Heading Into Spring Selling Season

From Forbes.com on March 3, 2017…

Consumer confidence continues to decline from December’s peak but February’s reading represents a 19% surge over last year. Deborah Weinswig, Managing Director of Fung Global Retail & Technology, weighs in on the evolving state of the US consumer in 2017. Continue reading…

Amazon Prime Risk: Prosper Releases Guide to Understanding Amazon Prime Members

Worthington, OH – 3/1/2017

Prosper Insights & Analytics™, a leading provider of business intelligence solutions, has released a new report available for purchase titled, “Prime Risk: A Retailer’s Guide to Understanding Amazon Prime Members.”

Over the past several years, as Amazon.com has grown its market share, loyal customer base, and product lineup, it seems that many competing retailers and brands underestimated – or were in complete denial of – Amazon’s impact on the retail industry and shifting shopping habits as consumers increasingly became comfortable purchasing online. Amazon is no longer an abstract digital pest for retailers – it’s a full-blown disruption to the industry as a whole. Shoppers, who are increasingly becoming Prime converts, LOVE the change, which in turn threatens the livelihood of every other retailer in the industry. As they gravitate toward Amazon in search of products, information, and other digital services, traditional retailers are left to compete for shrinking share of consumers’ wallets.

For retailers no longer in denial about the effect Amazon has had on both shoppers and the retail industry, this report is to serve as a guide to understanding Amazon Prime from the point of view of consumers, identifying which retailer shopper groups and formats are most at risk for losing customers to the Amazon vortex.  Continue reading

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…

More Than 75% Of Macy’s Shoppers Visited Amazon For The Holidays

From Forbes on January 24, 2017:

With Macy’s wrapping up the 2016 holiday season with yet another sub-par performance, it seems the beleaguered department store can sum up its shopper sentiment with one statement: to Amazon we shall go!  According to Prosper Insights’ January 2017 survey of more than 7,500 U.S. adults, more than three-quarters (76.7%) of Macy’s core shoppers headed to Amazon.com during the fourth quarter of 2016 (October, November, and December), up marginally from the same period one year ago (76.2%) and several points higher than the overall average for shoppers in general (73.4%). [Core shoppers are defined as consumers who shop “most often” at a retailer for any one of the 14 major merchandise categories that Prosper tracks monthly – unaided, write-in questions.] 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…