Turning the Tables on the Furniture Industry

Turning the Tables on the Furniture Industry

Long dominated by a single business model, the furniture market is getting shaken up by challengers using a variety of strategies to attract new customers. Three trends are disrupting the furniture industry, giving startups a chance to break into the market. However, established furniture manufacturers aren’t just couch potatoes – they’ve got some strategies of their own to compete in the rapidly changing retail space.


Toaster Ovens: The Small Kitchen Appliance That Could

Toaster Ovens: The Small Kitchen Appliance That Could

Consumers showed an increasing preference for toaster ovens – not to be confused with toasters – over the 2007-2017 period due to the convenience they provide in meal preparation. The affordability of these products also supports sales, as does the wide variety of top rated products with useful features.


Mattress Retailers Are Losing Sleep

Mattress Retailers Are Losing Sleep

Online sales of mattresses are a growing market, particularly for “bed-in-a-box” companies. Intensifying competition from formless digital stores is keeping brick-and-mortar players up at night, one might say.


The Spy Who Can’t Clean Shag Carpet

The Spy Who Can’t Clean Shag Carpet

With the fast-paced lifestyle of many Americans today – particularly millennials – it comes as no surprise that more and more people are interested in robotic vacuum cleaners, despite them being generally less powerful and more expensive than their traditional counterparts. As more companies introduce their own products, consumers are finding it easier to clean up things like pet hair on hard floors and maintain cleaner homes. Others are growing worried about some of the advertised features, as well as some unadvertised ones.


The Top Jewelry Trends Impacting the Market

The Top Jewelry Trends Impacting the Market

Three of the top trends impacting the jewelry and watch market


Leather & Fur Suppliers Adapt to New Retail Environment

Leather & Fur Suppliers Adapt to New Retail Environment

In recent years, brick-and-mortar retailers have struggled to cope with shifts in consumer behaviors. Every year, internet shopping plays a bigger role in the overall retail scene. Many suppliers of consumer products, including leather, fur, and allied products, have been affected by the distress of this traditional retail channel and increasingly are seeking out new channels so as to avoid suffering the same fate.


Two of the Hottest Trends to Watch in Household Cooking Appliances

Two of the Hottest Trends to Watch in Household Cooking Appliances

US demand for household cooking appliances is forecast to total $9.6 billion in 2021. As more and more homes are being built or remodeled, appliance manufacturers have introduced a wide range of new models designed to entice consumers to replace working appliances early or spring for a higher-end model.


Two of the Coolest Trends to Watch in Household Refrigerators & Freezers

Two of the Coolest Trends to Watch in Household Refrigerators & Freezers

US demand for household refrigerators and freezers in the US is forecast to total $10.4 billion in 2021. As more homes are built and kitchens are remodeled, suppliers are finding creative ways to become the first choice in the mind of every customer.


Customizable, Durable Products Represent Countertrend to Fast Fashion

Customizable, Durable Products Represent Countertrend to Fast Fashion

Fast fashion – the trend toward selling clothing featuring the latest designs to consumers as quickly and cheaply as possible – has long been the driving force in the apparel market. To the annoyance of many consumers, two consequences of this trend have been that clothing has become less durable and less unique.


Shift to Cans Gaining Steam Among Craft Brewers

Shift to Cans Gaining Steam Among Craft Brewers

US beer demand is forecast to reach 6.6 billion gallons in 2021. Rising disposable personal income levels will stimulate consumer spending on beer. However, over the 2006-2016 period, demand for beer in volume terms fell at an average annual rate of 0.3% as the market matured and beer lost market share to other alcoholic beverages, especially among key demographics including baby boomers and millennials.