How Do Men & Women Shop for Clothes Differently?

How Do Men & Women Shop for Clothes Differently?

There are a lot of stereotypes about the differences between men’s and women’s shopping habits. But what do the data say?


Shoe Production Set for Cross-Border Trek as China’s Labor Costs Rise

Shoe Production Set for Cross-Border Trek as China’s Labor Costs Rise

The US footwear market is heavily dependent on Chinese sourcing; as of 2018, the country accounted for 53% of all footwear imports. While this makes China the largest provider of footwear to the US, China’s market share has been falling from a 2010 peak of 76%.


Embracing Electric Cars Around the Globe

Embracing Electric Cars Around the Globe

As climate change grips the globe and car sales in dominant markets begin to slump, numerous countries are embracing the novelty of all-electric personal vehicles – some more so than others. With purchase assistance coming in the form of government-subsidized credits, will electric vehicles overtake traditional internal-combustion-engine-driven vehicles?


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.