Holiday & Events

Articles about holidays and special retail events.

  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. 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. Corporate Strategy
In this informative and interactive webinar, attendees will receive data and insights from Sensormatic’s annual retailer post-holiday roundup. In addition, attendees will hear real-world insights from retail executives on how their businesses are approaching 2023.
  1. Shopper & Customer
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, […]
  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. Shopper & Customer
We had a story the other day about a poll suggesting that while ;people were cutting back on day to day expenses, they still want to indulge in occasional luxuries, which prompted MNB reader Rich Heiland to write: I used to use a statistic about Millennials in one of my presentations about finding and attracting […]
  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. 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. Operations & Supply Chain
The Street has a story about how in the summer of 2022, as the consumer spending that typified the pandemic slammed headfirst into inflation and a post-recession mindset, “Walmart and Target both publicly declared that they had warehouses full of the wrong merchandise for the holiday season. “To fix that, both chains heavily discounted certain […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
WASHINGTON – Consumers are expected to spend $25.9 billion on Valentine’s Day this year, up from $23.9 billion in 2022 and one of the highest spending years on record, according to the annual survey released Wednesday by the National Retail Federation and Prosper Insights & Analytics. “Valentine’s Day is a special occasion to shop for […]
  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
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. Shopper & Customer
Market segmentation is fundamental to brand-business building. When creatively and intelligently managed, market segmentation can provide insight into: Superior understanding of the customer so the brand-business can provide outstanding competitive advantage; Strategic focus that is essential for effective marketing; Identifying market priorities that can drive brand-business strategies. Dollar General applied market segmentation to generate its […]
  1. CPG: Food
Cadbury has announced a relaunch and repositioning of its Easter eggs this year, which will see its full Easter shell-egg range divided into three distinct categories. The new categories include Surprise & Delight, Traditional Gift and Special Gesture, which the confectionery brand said have been designed to make the positioning of each pack clearer for […]
  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 […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
Coming off a historic Black Friday and Cyber Monday performance, with sales at $9.12 billion and $11.3 billion respectively, according to Adobe Analytics, U.S. retailers can breathe a small sigh of relief. However, looking beyond the busy holiday shopping season is critical. With many economists predicting the country will enter a recession in 2023 and […]
  1. Operations & Supply Chain
2022 was a tough year for retailers and e-commerce sellers. With supply chain snarls around the globe, they’ve struggled to get the products they need. Now that those snarls are easing and products are flowing, sellers face diminishing consumer demand, which poses the threat of inventory sitting around unsold. In a survey of retail executives […]
  1. Merchandising
There are a number of stories this morning about how marketing decisions made by Mars Inc. about its M&M brand advertising have caused a cultural kerfuffle, leading to a move away from its animated “spokes-candies” in commercials and hiring of comedian Maya Rudolph for a new campaign that will be launched during Super Bowl LVII […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
Plus: How luxury developers are courting influencers without spending a dime. Anthropomorphic M&Ms have been one of the weirdest flashpoints of the culture wars. But indeed, that’s what’s happened, with the female (do candies actually have genders?) sweets in particular drawing ire over their choice of footwear from conservative commentators. Now, M&Ms says it is […]
  1. Media & Marketing
Social shopping is becoming more and more popular given the surge in social media usage and the ease of completing a transaction without ever leaving the app. It’s no surprise that social commerce sales are expected to reach $45.74 billion in 2022. With this growth, shoppable ads have been gaining traction over the last several […]
  1. Holiday & Events
Mr Kipling has expanded its non-HFSS compliant Deliciously Good range with the launch of Hot Cross Pies. The limited-edition Easter product will be available across grocery, wholesale and convenience channels from 27 February. Deliciously Good Hot Cross Pies can be purchased in packs of six with an RRP of £1.75. The new product, which takes […]
  1. Holiday & Events
Actor Maya Rudolph to replace M&Ms spokescandies. Source: Mars (L) Getty Images (R) Candy maker Mars said Monday it is replacing its M&Ms “spokescandies” with actress Maya Rudolph after facing right-wing criticism over its mascot makeover. Rudolph will star in the candy brand’s Super Bowl LVII commercial, Chief Marketing Officer Gabrielle Wesley told CNBC. It […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
The 2022 shopping season, including coveted holiday sales, proved to be anything but typical for shoppers and retailers alike. Issues with rising inflation and tighter budgets, coupled with continued shipping challenges, gave way to new and interesting retail trends. Data from Quantum Metric shows that providing value at every step in the digital experience is […]
  1. Data & Insights
Making strategic adjustments around your eCommerce operations and marketing need to reflect trends both within your own data, along with the market at large. When it comes to that wider view, shopping data detailing online consumer behavior and changes in competitor tactics from 2022 gives you the most actionable clues about how to optimize your […]
  1. Department & Category
  Just in case you were ever wondering why Convenience Stores started selling, then branding both pizza and chicken because they drive top-line sales and bottom-line profits.  According to Steven Johnson Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions® C-stores exploited restaurants weakness of daypart limitations. Most C-stores are open more hours and give consumers […]

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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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