Dept. Toys & Games

  1. Shopper & Customer
Consumers spent a record $5.29 billion on Thanksgiving Day, per Adobe Analytics data, up 2.9 percent year-over-year (YoY). Shoppers were enticed by big discounts in categories like toys and electronics, and took to their smartphones during holiday meals. Mobile shopping drove 55 percent of online sales (up 8.3 percent YoY), an all-time record for Thanksgiving Day since 2012. In the […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
Consumers and retailers alike are prepping for the holiday season. And this holiday season, retailers need to stay nimble and adjust to shoppers’ evolving preferences, especially as concerns around inflation continue. Whether it’s hunting more for deals, doing more of their shopping from the convenience of their phone, or focusing on gifts for themselves, consumers’ […]
  1. Data & Insights
Regardless of where consumer habits bring people to shop, whether that be online or in-store, consumers are demanding consistently great retail experiences. This week we discuss evolving consumer habits and why conscious purchases are on the rise. THIS WEEK’S HIGHLIGHTS Impulse buys reach new heights: Why consumers are spending more on impulse purchases. Evolving consumer […]
  1. International
Lager brand Carling has teamed up with radio station TalkSport during the World Cup. Carling is the headline sponsor of TalkSport’s coverage across 56 games during the tournament. The deal will see Carling correspondents report from pubs and bars across the UK during home nations’ fixtures, which will be broadcast on air, as they gauge […]
  1. Department: Consumer Durables
A football World Cup that takes place during a UK winter is an oddity. The tournament, of course, is usually held during British summer, with many games viewed on big outdoor screens, and warm weather quite likely. This year’s tournament, held in Qatar, begins in on 20 November, with England’s first game on 21 November. […]
  1. Holiday & Events
An estimated 166.3 million people plan to shop between Thanksgiving Day and Cyber Monday in 2022, representing 69% of all holiday shoppers, according to a survey conducted by the National Retail Federation (NRF) and Prosper Analytics. This would be nearly 8 million more people than in 2021 and the highest estimate since NRF began tracking […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
WASHINGTON – An estimated 166.3 million people are planning to shop from Thanksgiving Day through Cyber Monday this year, according to the annual survey released today by the National Retail Federation and Prosper Insights & Analytics. This figure is almost 8 million more people than last year and is the highest estimate since NRF began […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
The US Commerce Department said yesterday that retail sales rose a seasonally adjusted 1.3 percent in October, which the Wall Street Journal writes is “a sign of economic strength that leaves the Federal Reserve likely to keep raising interest rates as it tries to reduce persistently high inflation.” The Journal goes on:  “Shoppers spent more […]
  1. Department: Consumer Durables
Nike has beta launched .SWOOSH, a digital community and platform where athletes, creators, collectors and consumers can learn about and collect creations like virtual shoes and jerseys that can be worn in digital games and immersive experiences. Nike plans to use learnings and community feedback from the platform for its first digital collection, which will […]
  1. Media & Marketing
Which is better for the brand? Asking users to pay for individual services? Or asking users to buy a bundle of services? There is a lot behavioral psychology involved in this choice that affects brand perceptions. There are inherent risks whichever approach a brand employs. Research shows that individual fees feel more personalized as a […]
  1. Channel: Ecommerce & Digital
Following anecdotal examples of softer than expected demand around the Prime Early Access Sale (PEAS), a site-wide analysis by Momentum Commerce found year-over-year search traffic decreases across most major product categories on Amazon during the month of October 2022. The analysis showed a -3% decline in search traffic across the top 20 categories by keyword […]
  1. Channel: Ecommerce & Digital
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  1. Trends & External Forces
Wholesaler Parfetts is predicting record sales of beers, wines and spirits through the football World Cup as fans watch games at home. The employee-owned wholesaler has launched a promotion, styled as a “trade show”, to help retailers maximise margins during the competition, which runs from 20 November to 18 December. The promotion will see offers […]
  1. Department: Consumer Durables
Nike said it will not launch Kyrie Irving’s Kyrie 8 sneakers because of social media posts he made promoting a documentary and book riddled with antisemitic tropes. “We believe there is no place for hate speech and we condemn any form of antisemitism,” Nike said in a statement. “We are deeply saddened and disappointed by […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
The recently passed Infrastruture and Inflation Reduction Acts include sweeping provisions to reduce emissions from gas-powered vehicles and advance the adoption of electric cars. And more recently National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has revised its fuel-efficiency standards upward to an average of 49 miles per gallon for new cars by 2026. Increasing the production […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
As October ends and the winter holiday season comes around, Americans start to get excited for a few things: pumpkin pie, Thanksgiving, and of course, Black Friday. Since Q3 2021, 36% of Americans think the US economy is going to get worse, and 66% think their personal finances are going to do the same. But […]
  1. Media & Marketing
  As the holiday season ramps up, the window to sharpen your eCommerce marketing strategy is closing quickly. Cashing in on toy and game trends over the next few months can redefine your company’s full-year performance.
  1. Media & Marketing
Prior to the pandemic, Starbucks’ founder, Howard Schultz, stated that the way forward for brands is making your branded space an “experiential destination.” At that time, Starbucks’ CEO, Kevin Johnson said, “To survive, merchants need to create unique and immersive in-store experiences.” Covid-19 changed things for Starbucks as the company post-pandemic focuses more on drive […]
  1. Department: Consumer Durables
Apparel brand Ralph Lauren and digital game world Fortnite are collaborating to create a digital and physical fashion collection that will live in the online game platform owned by Epic Games and be available for purchase in the real world. The digital collection includes outfits containing “sport graphics and bold designs” with “eye-catching color palettes,” […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
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Contributed by Brightpearl.   A poll of 250 retailers found 45 per cent have surplus goods they’re desperate to offload – with fashion, toys and gifts, baby and toddler the sectors struggling the most being  And 59 per cent of those in this situation admit there’ll be ‘dangerous’ ramifications for their business if they fail […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
After decades of preparing for virtual and augmented reality to become mainstream, miniaturized wearable displays and more powerful microchips have combined with sophisticated software to give birth to the metaverse — a persistent digital space linked to the real world, connecting multiple virtual experiences developed by separate creators. And as is often the case, the retail […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
Despite Meta’s recent stock slump, the metaverse itself is alive and thriving with virtual brand activity ramping up in anticipation of the holiday season. But the focus in these last few months of 2022 will go well beyond the holidays, because for the first time ever the FIFA World Cup is taking place in November […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
GameStop’s highly anticipated NFT marketplace is now live, offering GameStop players and Powerup Pro loyalty customers in the U.S. access to Web3 games and millions of NFT gaming assets.  After rocketing to meme stock status during the pandemic, GameStop’s wild ride has continued in 2022 as the company’s new leadership team sets out to transform […]

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By John Spiropoulos Media is filled with evolutionary step-change transitions which permanently alter the marketplace. Each evolutionary event, seen in terms of advertiser outlays – the media mix – is driven by incremental change during economic uncertainty. This is particularly true – and trackable – in modern times. Some of these events were covered in […]
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CINCINNATI — The Kroger Health Center for Advanced Community Care, a joint project of Kroger Health and the University of Cincinnati James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy, recently celebrated its one-year anniversary. The Center employs pharmacists, technicians, nurse practitioners, and dietitians to provide an interprofessional model of care. It also provides practical experiences for students […]
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CHESAPEAKE, Va.— Dollar Tree executives said the retailer’s new pricing strategy lifted operating income nearly 23% to $381 million in the third quarter ended October 29. Top-line sales rose 8.1% to $6.94 billion. Comparable-store sales at its Dollar Tree stores increased 8.6% from a year earlier, while comps at its Family Dollar stores were up […]