Predictions and Forecasts

Gazing into the crystal ball and predicting what the future will hold.

  1. Technology & Innovation
Pacsun has appointed President Brie Olson to the role of Co-CEO alongside Co-CEO Mike Relich, effective March 9, 2023. Current Pacsun Co-CEO Alfred Chang will step down after 17 years with the company to join Fear of God as CEO. Chang will stay with Pacsun in his current capacity until March 8 to facilitate the […]
  1. Channel: Ecommerce & Digital
The Boston Globe writes about Addie’s, a new independent pickup-only grocery store that has opened in Norwood, Massachusetts, about 20 miles south of Boston. It is, the Globe writes, “the brainchild of Jim McQuade, an aerospace engineer by training, who says he became ‘obsessed’ with the online grocery concept more than a decade ago, after […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
[[ Getty Images Walmart-owned Sam’s Club on Thursday said it will open more than 30 new stores in the U.S., marking its most aggressive expansion in years. The warehouse club’s next store is expected to open in Florida in 2024. Sam’s Club also plans to open five fulfillment and distribution centers this year, with the […]
  1. Department: Consumer Durables
[[ Getty Images Hasbro said Thursday it would eliminate around 1,000 employee positions and warned of weak holiday-quarter results. Shares of the toy maker fell more than 6% in extended trading. “Despite strong growth in Wizards of the Coast and Digital Gaming, Hasbro Pulse, and our licensing business, our Consumer Products business underperformed in the […]
  1. Corporate Finance
The RETHINK Retail team ventured to NYC from January 14-17th for NRF 2023: Retail’s Big Show. While there, we had the opportunity to speak with attendees from our Top Retail Influencer community and learn about their event experience. #TRI members- April Sabral, Andrew Smith, Carl Boutet, Alberto Serrentino, Charles Haseman, Christine Russo, Guy Courtin, and […]
  1. Media & Marketing
The online eCommerce and retail industries are consistently adapting to new trends and technology, such as Buy Now, Pay Later (BNPL) and other innovations. All successful businesses are resultantly aware that flexibility is the key to longevity and maintaining customers.  But, while recent years have seen a focus on eCommerce, this is expected to make up […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
Before you launch your brand in the United Kingdom, it’s important to know what’s going on in today’s U.K. retail market as it may differ from the markets your brand currently has a presence in. Whether the British market is familiar territory or completely new, here’s a deep dive into understanding the U.K.’s marketplace, retailers, […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
Starting a business can be one of the most rewarding experiences of someone’s life, and the satisfaction that comes with owning a successful business can be life-changing. It isn’t all easy, but seeing your labor bear fruit can be worth the effort. Starting a retail business, in particular, is one of the most popular small […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
It’s common knowledge that content marketing for ecommerce is important, but it can be tricky to identify everything that makes up a successful brand strategy. The ecommerce marketing landscape is constantly shifting, and what may have worked in the past might be less effective in 2023. 
  1. Department: Consumer Durables
When Nike’s ten business development principles were written by Rob Strasser in 1977 the words marketing, systems, research and planning were all dirty words inside of Nike’s culture. I know, I was there at a critical time in Nike’s growth. During those days Nike had very idiosyncratic, gruff, scruffy but brilliant leaders, who even thought […]
  1. Data & Insights
While some trends come and go, there were a few trends that have stayed with consumers throughout the year.   As online shopping continues to be a popular choice for consumers, physical stores can offer shoppers perks that e-commerce can’t replicate.    This week we look at trends to increase foot traffic and customer loyalty. […]
  1. Stores & Formats
BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Buoyed by record membership growth, Sam’s Club on Thursday announced plans to open more than 30 new clubs across the country, starting with a unit in Florida that is slated to open next year. The Walmart division also revealed a multiple-year plan to invest in and modernize its supply chain through new […]
  1. Data & Insights
Big news, people: GWI has partnered with Audiense, the leading audience intelligence solution. “So what?” we hear you ask. Well, insights drawn from different sources – in this case GWI’s survey data and Audiense’s social data – paint a more detailed and reliable picture of what audiences think, feel and do. Or to put it […]
  1. Department: Food
  What is freshness? How do your consumers know that the meal they buy from you is fresh other than searching the package looking for the date made or time cooked? So, we ask. What’s more relevant than livestream meal prep or cooking of dinner? Steven Johnson Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions®, […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
In my previous post, I boldly predicted that we’re on the verge of a whole series of martech innovations: AI, composability, AR/VR, even, yes, “Web3”. While I agree with the pessimists that 2023 will be a challenging year for a lot of martech vendors, I believe this is more of a business cycle bump in […]
  1. Corporate Finance
Serta Simmons Bedding (SSB) has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy at the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas. The filing is part of a “Restructuring Support Agreement with key financial stakeholders” aimed at reducing debt and enabling future investments, according to a company press release. The restructuring effort has the support of […]
  1. Media & Marketing
Wells Fargo’s Nicole Dye-Anderson shares the best ways to work with influencers. When you’re looking to get your message out to the world, it’s often smart to enlist the support of an influencer who speaks to your audience. But staying on top of all the latest trends and figuring out the perfect influencers to help […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
Over the past three years, most of us have done a lot more shopping online, so it’s easy to forget that while ecommerce is still growing, most retail commerce still happens in stores. In Q3 2022, ecommerce accounted for less than 15% of all retail sales. That means brick-and-mortar is still going strong, and not […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
The continuing goal of “The Innovation Conversation” is to explore some facet of the fast-changing, technology-driven retail landscape and how it affects businesses and consumers. It is, we think, fertile territory … and one that Tom Furphy – a former Amazon executive who led the team that developed Amazon Fresh, and currently CEO and Managing […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
The CPG Guys speak with Bobby Watts, Vice President of AD Retail Media at Peapod Digital Labs, a division of Ahold Delhaize, one of the world’s largest grocery retailers. Follow Bobby Watts on LinkedIn at: https://www.linkedin.com/in/bobby-watts-48571b74Contact Bobb Watts at: [email protected] Peapod Digital Labs on LinkedIn at: https://www.linkedin.com/company/peapoddigitallabs/Follow Peapod Digital Labs online at: http://peapoddigitallabs.com Bobby answers […]
  1. Start Ups
Emperia, which creates immersive e-commerce spaces for retail brands, has raised a $10 million Series A. This follows an $875k pre-seed in 2021 (featuring Concept Ventures, SFC Capital, Blissgrowth). The Series A round was led by Base10 Partners and joined by investors including Daphni (via its retail fund Dastore), Sony Innovation Fund, Background Capital, Stanford […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
Inflation may be cooling. But, for most Americans, the price of a cup of coffee or a bag of groceries hasn’t budged. In the months ahead, the big question is whether consumers will start to feel relief, too. Over the past few months, many of the key factors that fueled a four-decade high in inflation […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
We don’t exactly have a crystal ball to look into the future of PR, but we can make educated guesses based on our experiences and analysis. Here is our 2023 PR trends forecast:  AFFILIATE MARKETING The gift guide climate really evolved this year with affiliate links and/or major online retailer availability becoming a requirement for […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
Market research is an essential tool for businesses of any size or industry to understand their target audience, identify customer needs and preferences, and gather information about their competitors. In a nutshell, market research helps businesses grow and succeed. This is a primary goal for small businesses, making market research integral to small businesses making […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
Last week we released the first batch of Steve’s predictions. This week we conclude with six more, centering on how “hybridization” will steal the crown from omni-channel, how trading-down (in product and format) will define the year, the likelihood that big consumer credit troubles emerge, why strong balance sheets reign supreme, how the Metaverse is […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
When I was a freshman in college, one of my professors had us write a letter to future selves. We wouldn’t see the letter again until senior year, right around the time we graduated. He wanted us to write words of encouragement and map out what we wanted to achieve over the four years. That […]
  1. Media & Marketing
There’s much to be said for looking forward into the coming year, as opposed to looking back. After all, every new year comes with its own set of hopes, expectations and even promises. With that in mind, here are four New Year’s-inspired resolutions which every digital marketer should take to heart to make the most […]

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In a year when holiday spending on gifts, travel and entertainment was down 1 percent from the year prior, one age group bucked that trend in a huge way. Millennials, perhaps aided by increased incomes due to “The Great Reshuffle,” told us it would spend a whopping 11 percent more than it did in 2021, […]
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  11. Stores & Formats
While some trends come and go, there were a few trends that have stayed with consumers throughout the year.   As online shopping continues to be a popular choice for consumers, physical stores can offer shoppers perks that e-commerce can’t replicate.    This week we look at trends to increase foot traffic and customer loyalty. […]

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