Amazon. Without a doubt, whether spoken of directly, implied, or outright avoided, one of the top buzzwords at the recent Shoptalk retail conference was the name of Jeff Bezos’ online powerhouse, which shoppers have been increasingly gravitating toward over traditional retailers. Though some speakers, such as Hudson’s Bay Company CEO Jerry Storch, were dismissive of Amazon.com, others were willing to recognize it as a threat, with most leveling the following arguments against the retailer: 1.) consumers lose human interaction shopping with Amazon; and 2.) Amazon doesn’t provide shoppers with an “experience.” Continue reading →
When we first addressed Jet.com, the start-up had just launched with many speculating that this site, with its complex pricing algorithms, vast assortment, and low-threshold free shipping, could give Jeff Bezos & Co. over at Amazon a run for their money. Fast forward a few quarters (and past the crucial holiday season), Jet.com has dropped its membership model and is still spending media mega-bucks to convert shopper clicks away from competitors. For this analysis, we’ll take a look at the progress Jet.com has made with consumers at the seven month mark and whether or not Amazon.com should be worried. Continue reading →
Recently, retail industry analysts and pundits were abuzz with the launch of Jet.com. A combination of membership-only exclusivity, low-threshold free shipping, and an intricate pricing algorithm, this new shopping site was seemingly positioned to be a formidable challenge to the web dominance of Amazon.com as well as other popular club retailers. In a spending environment where shoppers continue to be driven by price, loyalty is hard-won and easily lost, and this new entry to the retail space was certainly positioned to turn shoppers’ heads (and wallets) in a new direction. Enough about Jet.com’s potential, though: are shoppers buying into the Jet.com hype? Continue reading →
Shoppers have certainly changed since the recession. Having adopted a “new normal” tenet that focuses on cost-conscious, value-driven approaches to spending, today’s consumers are constantly seeking out sales and promotions, comparing prices, and researching products to ensure they get the most bang for as few bucks as possible. Advances in mobile technology over recent years have only made it easier for shoppers to adhere to this mindset. While many thought that declining gas prices would be the shot in the arm to spending in 2015, cautious consumers defied conventional “wisdom” and instead focused on paying down debt and increasing savings. And so the challenging retail environment continues…
Now we find ourselves mid-year 2015 with the back-to-school shopping season upon us. The National Retail Federation reports that shoppers plan to spend about $630 overall on clothing, shoes, supplies, and electronics for their K-12 students this year, a nearly 6% decline from the $669 average planned budget in 2014. Since the recession, consumers’ back-to-school budgets have consistently followed an up/down pattern as parents restocked one year (“up”) and reused backpacks, digital devices, etc. the next (“down”), so this year’s decline in planned spending didn’t exactly come as a surprise. Of course, this doesn’t make marketers’ jobs any easier in what’s already proved to be a challenging year for ringing up retail sales. Digging into our back-to-school insights a bit further, though, can help us uncover which retailers may be better positioned to gain this season versus those who may end up missing out. And for this installment, we’ll focus on the “Big 3” in back-to-school retailing: Walmart, Target, and Amazon.com. Continue reading →
Fact: Millennials shop Walmart. Well, lots of people shop Walmart; the big discounter didn’t grow to be one of the world’s largest retailers without any shoppers. While this fact isn’t exactly headline news, it did recently come as a “shock” to Walmart executives that the youngest generation of adult consumers perused their aisles and “like Walmart the best” over competitors, thereby implying that Millennials “love” shopping Walmart.
Whoa. Like? Love? Let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Recent analysis of 25 merchandise categories tracked by Prosper Insights reveals unique insights on why Millennial shoppers are headed to Walmart as well as how this burgeoning group of shoppers really feels about the big discounter – pointing to some weaknesses that Walmart’s competitors could turn into opportunities. For benchmarking purposes, Millennials who shop rival Target were also examined for this analysis. (Note: Prosper conducts online consumer surveys and tracks the 25 merchandise categories via unaided, write-in questions). Continue reading →
In the battle of every retailer versus Amazon.com, Walmart is preparing to take direct aim at the latter’s popular Prime membership program this summer with the introduction of Shipping Pass. For $50 a year – half that of the $99 Amazon Prime program – Shipping Pass members will receive free three day shipping on Walmart.com orders; it’s a bid to promote loyalty for the Bentonville-based behemoth and keep wandering shoppers from clicking over to Amazon and competing retailers as the retail world becomes increasingly digital.
It’s an interesting move for the discount giant, whose shopper wheelhouse includes lower income, budget-focused families. Would current Walmart shoppers be willing to invest in a $50 free shipping program? And, would the Shipping Pass discounted price entice Prime loyalists to change allegiances? Of course, one can only answer these questions by asking shoppers themselves, which is exactly what Prosper Insights did in our latest consumer survey. Continue reading →
Is the Fire Phone the next great mobile device? With the first smartphone from Amazon.com set to launch on July 25, we took this question to one of the most important components of the buying equation, consumers.
New Infographic Compares Online Purchasing Behaviors Of Chinese And American Consumers
Worthington, OH – 6/24/2014
ProsperChina™ has released the latest Consumer Snapshot Infographic, available in both English and Chinese, to provide global marketers with a better understanding of Chinese Consumers. This unique infographic reveals the top three websites for purchasing products among young Chinese consumers and their American counterparts. It highlights a trend of the frequency in which both consumer groups are buying online, and also compares the two groups’ confidence in the economy, practicality, focus on needs versus wants and budget consciousness. Continue reading →
For Brick and Mortar (BAM) retailers, 2014 will prove to be another challenging year. As economists talk of a slow and gradual recovery (latest jobs numbers indicate recovery will be at a snail’s pace), BAMs will be hard pressed to drive topline growth. Based on an evolution in the consumer market fueled by demographic shifts, behavioral changes and consumers’ attitudes toward the economy, retailers with a physical presence will be… Continue reading