• Rio Olympics – the global retail opportunity

    During the Rio Olympics, brands and retailers across the globe will be looking to maximise on sales with marketing and promotions around the event. Given that the opening ceremony was watched by 70% of the global population in 2008 and 72% in 2012, it is fair to say that there is significant interest in the games from consumers around the world.

    Not only are star athletes quickly snapped up in sponsorship deals, most national teams have a host of retail and hospitality partnerships. Alongside this, consumers are quickly caught up in the spirit of the games, encouraging spend in areas including technology, sports equipment, food and beverages.

    So, how can retailers and shopping centres tap into Olympic and Paralympic excitement to increase shopper spending? Following on from our previous blog, Rio Olympics – the home retail opportunity, we examined ….

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  • Father’s Day: a retail growth opportunity

    Globally, consumers spend up to three times as much on gifts for Mother’s Day compared to Father’s Day. While by any measurement the annual holiday celebrating dads is overshadowed by the retail monoliths of Christmas, Mother’s Day and Valentines – in this tough retail environment, retailers and shopping centres must embrace every opportunity.

    Father’s Day happens at different times of the year across the globe, but interesting observations can still be drawn on what happens during the run up in each market. Research from Mintel reveals that the popularity of Father’s Day ….

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  • ShopperTrak and FootFall Announce Retail Industry’s First Global Traffic Index

    CHICAGO, IL – May 11, 2016 – ShopperTrak and FootFall, the two leading providers of consumer behavior insights and location-based analytics, today announced a breakthrough global traffic index. Both businesses are part of Tyco Retail Solutions.

    An industry first, the global traffic index will combine the power of two established solution providers to offer retailers and shopping centers the ability to benchmark performance and understand trends in various major markets around the world. Additionally, the index offers access ….

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  • Saint’s days – Retail friend or foe

    Around the globe there are a huge number of religious, national and cultural events. Looking at these periods, retailers and shopping centres might expect to see an influx of consumers visiting stores. But do cultural celebrations really affect shopping patterns?

    The answer, at its simplest, is not necessarily. Ask anyone and they would probably be able to predict that St Patrick’s Day has a positive impact on retail, not just in Ireland but also globally. In Ireland, where it is a public holiday, retail activity in 2015 increased +7.5% Year-on-Year. You might also assume that the celebrations would have a similar impact on UK retailers. But perhaps because, unlike in Ireland, it is not a public holiday, it has surprisingly little effect on footfall. Similarly, none of the UK’s other national days, such as St David’s or St Georges, have ….

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  • When will Christmas shopping fever reach its 2015 peak?

    The Christmas spirit is turning to stress for many consumers across the globe, who are rapidly realising that they’re not quite ready for this year’s festive celebrations.

    Up until now, we’ve seen much of the preparations take place online, but as Christmas Day looms closer, bricks-and-mortar will supersede ecommerce as the main shopping channel.

    However, there is no single, unanimous trend as to when the final flurry of activity peaks – as FootFall’s analysis of retail intelligence across 12 international regions shows.

    The prize for early preparation goes to Germany

    Analysing people counter data from previous years, Germany is by far the most organised nation when it comes to Christmas shopping. In fact, in 2015, footfall peaked on Tuesday 16th December – more than a week before the big day.

    Continental Europe is preparing for either a Super Saturday…

    The weekend before ….

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  • Christmas shopping trends: predictions for 2015

    It’s the most wonderful time of the year for retail; the holiday season is just around the corner. However, this ultra-busy trading period is not without its pressures and challenges.

    Here, we look at some of this year’s anticipated shopping trends and retail traffic drivers, and how retailers and shopping centres must optimise their strategy to keep pace with customer behaviour.

    Black Friday will be bigger – and consumers less tolerant

    It will come as no surprise to the retail industry if Black Friday exceeds last year’s record-breaking revenue, but there are lot of aspects of 2014 that businesses won’t want to repeat.

    Backlogs in fulfilment crippled delivery networks in some countries, resulting in huge levels of consumer frustration. Those same shoppers will be keen to grab a bargain in 2015, although they won’t be sympathetic to any order bottlenecks. Retailers that get their Black Friday strategy wrong ….

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