2022 CEW Event Brings Latest Industry Trends To Foreground

This year’s CEW event highlighted the continued importance of connecting with and listening to the needs and wants of the beauty consumer. With BIPOC presence growing strong, support for such initiatives has proven to be a boost for brands committed to supporting community-minded and environmentally-responsible efforts. Makeup remains king with lipstick coming back and driving… Read more »

Diversity in the Spotlight as Target & Ulta Advance Momentum

Across the industry and throughout the consumer space, BIOPOC-focused products and providers are in the spotlight. Ulta recently put their money with their hearts are by unveiling a $50 million investment in DE&I (a doubling 2021’s $25 million commitment) saying that its focus is across four categories: bolstering underrepresented voices, diversifying product offerings, and improving… Read more »

COVID-19 adds to the cart in benefits of DOTCOM

All eyes are on this season’s Black Friday numbers. The industry’s been watching the holiday numbers with growing anticipation for the past few months, but this season’s Black Friday will be one of the first bellwether events that we can point to in order to identify the most accurate forecasting markers being used. However, the… Read more »

A strong retail holiday season dangles before us…

As a strong retail holiday season dangles before us – B&M retailers race to restock inventory. The Supply Chain hasn’t quite recovered from the onslaught of online purchases initially fueled by convenience and later by the global pandemic (for perspective, a relatively common once-in-100-year natural cycle of viral hardship that is, for the most part,… Read more »

COVID rears its ugly head – this time upsetting DIY retail spending

The Delta variant of COVID-19 has up-ended high expectations of a solid economic return… But this time, as opposed to last year, we’re seeing its negative effects in the seemingly pandemic-proof DIY space. Despite a five-quarter financial high, the numbers are now in and Lowe’s and The Home Depot are seeing data suggesting that the… Read more »

Will the ebb and flow of mask guidelines outpace consumer patience?

As mask guidelines change, consumer experiences will be affected, but can retail leadership help? Let’s dive in… CDC mask guidelines have now largely reverted to the more stringent standards we saw a year ago during the (previous) worst peaks of the pandemic. And as retailers across the United States play catch-up with these newly-updated guidelines,… Read more »

What is LVMH clueing into that we could learn from?

Louis Vuitton-owner LVMH says the future of retail is in-store Whether you take it as a foreboding insight or a position requiring a grain of salt, their research shows that Brick & Mortar is still king… for the foreseeable future, anyway. According to the chief financial officer at LVMH, Jean Jacques Guiony, the consumer still… Read more »