It’s a highly competitive retail marketplace. Corporations are always looking for a competitive edge. With that in mind, here are five unique business insights with one goal—to arm business professionals with valuable pieces of consumer intelligence to take to their executive team. These insights will provide a different perspective, aid in decision making, and impress them, all at the same time. Remember these and you’ll have something to talk about if you run into your boss at the water cooler.
1. What to say when your boss asks about the spending outlook for retail… continue reading…
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 →
December 10, 2013
Consumer electronics remain a popular gift category this holiday season. 36.1% of Americans have added items such as TV’s, DVD players and mobile devices to their lists. And it appears that they may get their wish; one-third of consumers plan to buy electronics for others. The latest findings from Prosper Insights & Analytics profiles specific retailers that offer electronics and uncovers which of these retailers’ shoppers are most likely to be impulsive in their purchase decisions. Continue reading →
Prosper Insights & Analytics recently released the Holiday 2013 Retail Winners & Losers at the Morgan Stanley Global Consumer and Retail Conference. Pam Goodfellow, principal analyst, presented a list of select retailers along with emerging holiday trends. For Morgan Stanley’s video recap, please click on the image below.
Toys R Us Shoppers Have High Mobile Capacity, Presenting Challenges for the Toy Giant this Holiday Season
Worthington, OH – 11/21/2013
While toys remain one of the hottest holiday gift categories this year, with overall planned holiday spending down from 2012, budgets for Barbie, LEGOs, and other popular children’s toys are likely to shrink, leading shoppers to seek out the best possible prices to ensure a happy holiday season for all this year. Certainly, with consumers adhering to smart shopping strategies honed during the recession, more shoppers will be employing their mobile devices to help aid in purchase decisions than ever before. Therefore, it is essential to know which shoppers are engaging most with their mobile shopping companion and to understand if it’s for better or worse.
Worthington, OH – November 19, 2013
Prosper Insights & Analytics, a leading provider of advanced business intelligence, released the Holiday 2013 Retail Winners & Losers at the Morgan Stanley Global Consumer and Retail Conference today. Pam Goodfellow, principal analyst for the firm, presented a list of select retailers along with emerging holiday trends.
The terms “winners” and “losers” are relative with consumer spending expected to be down this year. While 2013 is the first holiday season that is Continue reading →