The International Housewares Association has teamed up with Tom Mirabile, IHA trend forecaster and principal and founder of Springboard Futures, to share highlights from what would have been Mirabile’s keynote address at the cancelled 2020 Inspired Home Show.
Although shopping habits have necessarily changed in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, a Coresight Research study indicated that almost half of consumers expect that the things they are doing because of the outbreak will remain critical to their future shopping habits.
Springboard Futures, a new style and consumer trend services firm founded by industry veteran Tom Mirabile, said the company is making its inaugural style and trend report available to retailers and manufacturers at no cost.
Retailers across a range of channels are addressing the coronavirus outbreak in stores and online, responding with measures to address consumer and employee safety and health concerns, ramping up the cleaning of stores and boosting cleaning tool and supply assortments to meet increased consumer needs.
With more of the public focused on news about the coronavirus, a survey by First Insight suggested that consumers would turn to certain shopping alternatives more than others as they deal with any outbreak affecting them.
Among the early highlights of the National Retail Federation Big Show in New York, former Target, Apple and J.C. Penney executive Ron Johnson discussed how his new company, Enjoy, is helping to make electronics, including smartphones and, potentially, smart home products, more user friendly by providing a helping hand in setting them up, right in consumer homes.
Black Friday was tops again for holiday traffic during the 2019 retail season, according to ShopperTrak.
Shopkick surveyed more than 16,000 consumers across the country to gain insights into 2020 shopping habits. The shopping rewards app looked at purchasing behavior, the use of mobile, brand loyalty and more.
Amazon is aiming to make buying— and returning— more convenient this holiday season by offering customers at least one free return option on millions of items sold on the website. Free returns are now available for electronics, household items, pet supplies, kitchen appliances and more, in addition to shoes and apparel, no matter the reason for the return.