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The Holiday Retail Market Research Behind Last Weekend’s Shopping Surge

Posted by TrendSource on 11/25/20 8:00 AM

For reasons not worth getting into, my man and I drove from Long Beach all the way across southern California to San Bernardino, about a 60-mile trip due east. And, dear reader, let me tell you what I saw: Malls, both indoor and out, from the coast all the way to the mountains, with entirely full parking lots. Not just crowded...entirely full. People were driving around looking for parking. 

Throw in the Wall Street Journal’s recent survey of malls in three states, which showed them to be similarly popping, and I think it’s safe to say that, last weekend at least, people were shopping like their life depended on it (when, sadly, it might depend on them NOT shopping). 

How to explain these crowds, in a week where the United States surpassed 12 million active cases of COVID-19? Is this a sign of things to come, or an early blip in an abnormal shopping season? Well, we are putting in the retail market research to understand this in-store shopping surge and what retailers are already doing to keep the momentum going (it has to do with lobbying). 

Retail Market Research: Why Consumers are Crowding Malls in a Pandemic

Despite the crowds, it is important to know that the majority of consumers are, by and large, migrating their purchases online. Indeed, the National Retail Federation says that online shopping this holiday season will increase by up to 30% over last year. 

Yet, if my eyes and the Wall Street Journal are to be believed, this online surge has not curtailed in-store shopping. But there is some important context here that suggests this initial surge is a unique phenomenon in a unique year.

Indeed, it is likely that many of the people crowding malls are combining limited in-store shopping with their digital shopping plan. They would like to avoid stores as much as possible but also want to make sure they get what they want. often going for a “one-time-only” type of trip aimed at securing particularly hard to get items (read: PS5) or personally inspecting a big ticket item before purchase.

Other shoppers are following a similar one-and-done plan, but are hunting for more than just that one impossible-to-get item. According to one shopper in Michigan:  “I’ll still do most of my shopping online this year. I’m trying really hard not to come out too much, and we almost didn’t do this shopping trip this year, but in the end we decided to do it and try our best to be safe about it.”

Beating the Crowds and Racing Against a Second Lockdown

With so many shoppers planning to limit their shopping, is it possible that last weekend was merely a temporary surge that will soon level out? Anecdotally, at least, it seems that consumers have a few reasons for a pre-Thanksgiving holiday shopping rush. 

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Topics: Market Research, Holiday Shopping, Omnichannel, Retail, Digital Technology, COVID-19, Health and Safety

Holiday Retail Market Research: Amid Pandemic, Custom and DIY Gifts Soar

Posted by TrendSource on 11/19/20 9:40 AM

As we discussed in our blog a couple weeks ago, despite 2020 unleashing nearly every horror imaginable upon us, holiday spending forecasts show roughly a $50/household spending decline, which, given the totality of this year's tumult, is not all that much. 

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Topics: Market Research, Holiday Shopping, Omnichannel, Retail, Digital Technology, Amazon, COVID-19

Vegan Fast Food, Food Service Market Research, and McDonald’s McPlant Burger

Posted by TrendSource on 11/12/20 8:45 AM

McDonald’s is finally giving into the meatless moment, announcing their plan to slowly roll out a vegan patty, the McPlant, over the course of 2021. For industry watchers, this is not unexpected--vegan options have gone from niche to mainstream and several of McDonald’s biggest competitors have already added Beyond and Impossible patties to their menus.

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Topics: Market Research, Food Service, Millenials, VOC, vegan

Retail is Rebounding Just in Time for the Holidays

Posted by TrendSource on 11/5/20 9:20 AM

The National Retail Foundation (NRF) gave the retail industry some hope, which had been in short supply since the pandemic began. We can all use some good news, right? 

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Topics: Market Research, Holiday Shopping, Retail, Consumer Buying Behavior, COVID-19

Amazon’s 4-Star Stores are a Marvel of Omnichannel Retail Market Research

Posted by TrendSource on 10/29/20 9:58 AM

Last week, we discussed Amazon’s holiday catalogue, a real life paper manifestation of its omnichannel dominance. This week, we are continuing to explore Amazon’s push into the physical by considering their nascent brick & mortar store, Amazon 4-Star, of which Amazon currently operates twenty-seven in sixteen states, with plans to open five more in the near future. 

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Topics: Market Research, Omnichannel, Retail, Digital Technology, Amazon, COVID-19

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