Jessica Needle

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The State of Fashion 2018 Report: Personalization, AI and a Startup Mentality

I can’t believe the end of the year is right around the corner. Wipe the sweat off your forehead because you just survived 2017 (well, almost)—a major feat in retail considering the numerous bankruptcies and store closures we’ve witnessed the past year. That aside, the fashion industry is undergoing a tremendous transformation, leaving a vacuum open for new competition and LOTS of experimentation. Before I start dissecting all the trending holiday shopping reports as we inch closer and closer to Christmas, it’s imperative for fashion retailers to get ahead on what’s to come when 2018 rolls around.

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Topics: retail analytics, fashion, artificial intelligence, ecommerce, brick-and-mortar retail, consumer insights, consumer spending, 2018

Did Retailers Survive the Black Friday Shopping Weekend? A Look at the Results.

I know, I know. So many holiday-themed forecasts have taken over our blog recently. Luckily for you, today we’re not going over any forecasts. That’s right. Let’s take the guesswork out of the picture and review the Thanksgiving holiday weekend results. 

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Topics: holidays, ecommerce, brick-and-mortar retail, consumer insights, holiday shopping, consumer spending

2017 Turkey Day Weekend Retail Trends

Happy Turkey Day everyone! 

The biggest shopping weekend of the year is just hours away. This year an estimated 164 million people are planning to shop or are considering shopping during the Thanksgiving weekend, according to an annual survey by the National Retail Federation.   

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Topics: holidays, ecommerce, brick-and-mortar retail, consumer insights, holiday shopping, consumer spending

A Look at 3 Retail Holiday Sales Predictions for 2017

Earlier this year, predictions were made left and right about how the holiday shopping season will fare for retailers. Now that we’re right in the midst of the season (which arguably started as early as October), year-over-year holiday spending growth forecasts appear higher than initial predictions made in August—which expected a 3.1% rise in holiday sales.

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Topics: holidays, ecommerce, brick-and-mortar retail, consumer insights, holiday shopping, consumer spending

Subscription Services Replacing Traditional Loyalty Programs? A Look at 4 Retail Subscription Services

Nowadays it seems like everything is based on a month-to-month subscription. Just think of all the subscription services you’re paying for right now (at least four come to mind for me).

While the subscription-based model isn’t entirely new—originally pioneered by newspapers and magazines—it continues to grow in popularity. Some of the most recognized subscription services include media streaming companies like Netflix or Spotify, which you're probably using today (if not, I'd say it's safe to assume you're likely out of the loop on the daily water cooler talk). 

Regardless of whether you're up-to-date on the latest Netflix series or not, it seems like lately more and more retailers are getting in on the action with the subscription-based model, offering direct-to-consumer services on a frequent (typically monthly) basis. 

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Topics: subscription boxes, ecommerce, consumer insights, consumer spending, direct-to-consumer, loyalty programs, customer choice

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