Population Shifts Are Playing Out Across Categories

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Welcome to the new American household, with fewer kids, more singles and a LOT of Boomers. The traditional U.S. home is undergoing dramatic changes, but how is it playing out in the shopping trip? We used our How America Shops® research to learn how these changes are playing out across several categories. Are Retailers and ... Read more

Retail Safari® 2023 Wrapped: 5 Hot Trends to Watch for the Future

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High-price workarounds, small formats that deliver big and hidden pearls of joy. These are among the five big themes our WSL scouts discovered on their Retail Safari® treasure hunts in 2023. Learn how Popshelf, Air Jordon’s World of Flight, Rouse’s Market and others took on innovation in their own ways. Is Your Store or Website ... Read more

Temperature Check! How Ready Is Retail to Maximize ‘Sick Season’?

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Six in 10 shoppers told us that rising Covid rates, flu and the risk of contamination will change how they shop. So, retailers with pharmacies should be prepared for the vaccine-related needs of shoppers. We surveyed how the “sick season” will influence consumers across age groups and are sharing the instructive results to benefit retailers ... Read more

Prepare for 2024 Now, With These 6 WSL Retail Trends

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With tighter spending everywhere around us, consumer preferences in 2023 will shape the retail in 2024 and beyond. We dove into our proprietary How America Shops® surveys of the past year and found six ways how consumer trend changes will more prominently influence retail and brand strategies in 2024 – and beyond. Are Your Shoppers ... Read more

Retail’s Missed Opportunity in Men’s Wellness

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Nearly one-third of all adult men seek wellness remedies for gender-specific ailments. Yet there is no easy-to-find, dedicated men’s wellness section in many stores. For our latest How America Shops® survey, we asked men which health conditions they have researched. Their responses, and the differences between pro-active health-conscious younger men versus men older than 40, ... Read more

How to Make the Shopping Trip Easier, To All Generations

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Yes, price is important to consumers today, but if shoppers don’t find a store that is easy to shop, they might not go in. What defines easy shopping in the store, however, depends on the age of the shopper. For our latest How America Shops® research, we asked consumers what features make shopping easier, and ... Read more

How America Shops® Explores: 4 Ways to Lead Shoppers to Joy

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The troubles of the past three years have been overwhelming, and consumers are ready to get some joy back into their lives. Joy happens in everyday experiences, including shopping, feeding the family, decorating and maintaining the home. Joy is essential to consumer feelings, confidence and loyalty. To learn the role of retail and brands, we ... Read more

Shoppers are Lonely, Anxious. Retail Therapy is a Solution

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Despite their pursuit of wellness, more shoppers are experiencing new, and unexpected, health issues like loneliness, WSL research shows. Some retailers have been incorporating social environments in their physical stores as a way to reintroduce facetime, but is it enough for shoppers, and what is the role of brands? Shoppers are Lonely. Retail Can Help. ... Read more

Gen Z is Redefining Wellness: 4 Must-Know Findings

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The youngest shoppers, Gen Z approach the wellness movement differently than Millennials because they never had to learn it. Rather, they were born into a world aware of the products and habits that are bad for them, and the choices that are healthier. Now, in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, how brands and retailers ... Read more

Holiday Shopper Talk: Stockings to be Half Full

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As if the nation needed one more opinion on which to be divided: Half of shoppers are now giving the thumbs down to buying more gifts this holiday season. What is especially scary is those most likely to cut back are the youngest shoppers. Here’s what our 2019 Holiday How America Shops® research reveals. Will ... Read more

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