Building on a strengthening housing market, Home Depot and Lowe’s each recently reported Q2 gains that bucked general shopper trends for traditional retailers, leading many to speculate that the home improvement titans were more immune to current digital pressures, aptly titled the “Amazon Effect.” With Home Depot arguably the stronger performer of the two – I’ve previously detailed the struggles Lowe’s has had in the past with attracting male shoppers as well as with its regional competitor Menards – recent analysis of the digital generation, a.k.a. Millennials, exposes vulnerabilities that Lowe’s in particular faces with this next great generation of spenders. Continue reading →
Among consumers planning to purchase a mobile phone in the next three months (April, May, or June), more than half (54.6%) are considering an Android device, while fewer (41.5%) are mulling over an Apple iPhone. Further, the disparity between the two brands has grown from 4% in April 2012 to a current 32% gap – bully for Android.
Prosper Insights and Analytics™ examined shoppers’ consideration of the four top-selling smartphone operating systems: Android™, Apple iPhone®, BlackBerry®, and Windows Phone. This examination revealed that among consumers thinking about a mobile phone purchase over the next 90 days (January, February, or March 2013), Android-powered devices are the most popular operating system under consideration. In fact, these shoppers are 51% more likely to be mulling over an Android smartphone compared to the Apple iPhone. Continue reading →