Trends: Retail

Weekly Recap – February 8, 2019

Cash Out Paying in cash is on the decline, at least for affluent consumers. Fewer Americans overall are paying with cash, according to a recent Pew Research Center survey. In a typical week, 29% of th … Read more

Weekly Recap – January 25, 2019

Dr. Who? Patients may use Amazon AI for insight on healthcare. Amazon is advancing further into healthcare services with Comprehend Medical, an artificial intelligence service that processes data from … Read more

Weekly Recap – January 18, 2019

You Do You Just move it. Research suggests that a mere 20% of Americans are meeting federally recommended guidelines for physical activity, amounting to $117 billion in annual healthcare costs (NPR.or … Read more

Astrology and advertising: Do the stars affect consumer spending?

I pay attention to astrology about as much as the next person. I read my horoscope a few times a month. I own a necklace with the constellation of my sign, Aquarius. And I take the occasional astrolog … Read more

Shoppers want help from technology and social media, not sales associates.

When I’m shopping (in stores and online), I’m also having a full-on fashion show. I’m sending photos of potential purchases with texts like, “Do you like this?” and “Where could I wear that?” But for … Read more

Weekly Recap – December 21, 2018

Power Suite Target’s latest fashion collaboration targets socially conscious. Target has long focused on the fashionista, partnering with the likes of Mizrahi, Missoni and Victoria Beckham. Now the re … Read more

Holiday marketing: How soon is too soon?

When it comes to early holiday marketing, what are your sentiments? The more the merrier Still eating leftover Halloween Candy Please don’t talk to me until December Holiday marketing…while som … Read more

Why two Michigan breweries are joining forces to boost our local beer scene.

Michigan’s always been known for our freshwater lakes, our auto industry, our expansive shoreline. But in recent years, Michigan’s brewed up a new reputation that’s gained national recognition: one fo … Read more

Weekly Recap – October 19, 2018

Not Just Looking Instagram streamlines shopping, just in time for the holidays. Instagram is making it easier for consumers to acquire what inspires them. The platform’s Explore page now has a Shoppin … Read more

Weekly Recap – October 5, 2018

Exploring Other Options Younger consumers are more likely than older gens to break up with Facebook. The Cambridge Analytica scandal prompted many Facebook users to take action to protect their data. … Read more

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