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
From Forbes on May 16, 2016:
Heading off its dismal report of a 3.9% same-store sales decline for Q1 2016, Kohl’s, the retail favorite of discount-loving shoppers nationwide, recently made a technological splash with the announcement that they were simplifying the brick-and-mortar purchase process by linking Kohl’s store credit cards and its Yes2You rewards program together under Apple Pay. The Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, based chain was the first of just two retailers (the other, BJ’s Wholesale Club) to link its store credit card with Apple Pay, and the integration of loyalty rewards into a single-tap mobile transaction indicates that Kohl’s is taking a firm step into the digitally-driven retail future.
It seems more intuitive that an announcement of this kind might have been more likely to come from a retailer touting the latest and greatest in technology (i.e. Best Buy) or from a certain competitor making no secret about courting young shoppers with an elevated store experience (ahem, Macy’s). Instead, it seems that this sometimes underestimated staple in shopping centers nationwide has beaten its retailing peers to the mobile payment punch, allowing shoppers to double up on their loyalty (vis-à-vis their Kohl’s charge and Yes2You rewards) with one tap. The big question remains, though: are Kohl’s shoppers ready for Apple Pay? For this new analysis, we’ll take a look at some of the barriers that Kohl’s may face getting their shoppers to adopt Apple Pay using consumer insights from Prosper Insights & Analytics. Continue reading
From Forbes on February 24, 2016:
What’s wrong at Kohl’s? While the department store responded to a weak holiday quarter with a round of pink slips, the answer more likely lies with its shoppers. Using the consumer intelligence collected by Prosper Insights, this analysis reviews why the disappointing holiday season at Kohl’s wasn’t a surprise, as well as a broader trend eroding the store’s customer base – which has could have a devastating impact on the retailer’s future. Continue reading
Amazon.com, retail disruptor extraordinaire, has just been given the boot. The Bean Boot.
Crowning 2013’s inaugural list of Customer Service Champions, Amazon slipped to second position in 2014, behind L.L.Bean (the former #2). Prosper Insights & Analytics’ 2014 Customer Service Champions were developed from a write-in vote from more than 6,000 U.S. consumers (18+) during the third quarter of 2014 and weighted by each retailers’ relative size in annual revenues as well as its fan base, as defined by a retailer’s promoters (per the Net Promoter Score.*)
This year’s results provide interesting insight into the mindset of consumers. In the last decade, Amazon quickly rose to top of mind among consumers with deep discounts, a wide array of products and services, and free shipping incentives, providing the catalyst for changing the traditional definition of customer service in the digital age. In contrast, century-old L.L.Bean has relied less on the heavy promotions that have marred retailers’ profit margins during the recession and in the years since, instead upholding customer satisfaction through quality products – Guaranteed to Last™ – as well as the no-threshold free shipping incentive that consumers love. With consumers slowly easing back into spending, and retailers searching for solutions to pull back from deep discounting while still remaining competitive, L.L.Bean certainly provides a model for differentiating via satisfaction and quality which resonates with today’s consumers.
Although Walmart’s global e-commerce operations reported 22% gains in sales for fiscal year 2015, U.S. same-store sales at Walmart stores were comparatively lackluster at +0.5%. Overarching retail trends like declining store traffic, the “death” of malls, and rise of online shopping (and, of course, Amazon.com) have been discussed at length by analysts and industry pundits with Walmart executives announcing plans to combat this in-store shopping fatigue by improving customer experience, keeping prices low, and expanding product assortment. While this three pronged approach to engaging shoppers and promoting loyalty to Walmart seems well-meaning, it’s also very broad and, quite frankly, could be used to define the strategies of any one of Walmart’s competitors, including Amazon.
Using the years of syndicated insights Prosper has collected on Walmart, I took a deeper look at one of the big discounter’s core customer groups – its grocery shoppers – in order to gain a better understanding of what ails this retailer. This analysis revealed that potential revenues are leaking like a sieve out of Walmart’s apparel departments, with Kohl’s lapping up a hefty proportion of Walmart’s so-called “lost opportunity.” Continue reading
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Worthington, OH – 11/18/2014
Prosper Insights & Analytics, a leading provider of advanced business intelligence, released the Holiday 2014: Retailers to Watch at the Morgan Stanley Global Consumer and Retail Conference today. Pam Goodfellow, principal analyst for Prosper, presented unique findings about select retailers along with emerging holiday trends. Continue reading
The latest from Prosper Now’s Blog on Forbes.com…
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…
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.
The latest findings from Prosper Insights & Analytics indicate that, Continue reading
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