January 23, 2018

Home Depot and Lowe’s Stock Growth in Last 6 Months

With improved employment levels and the housing market booming above 2006 levels, home improvement retail stocks have continued to grow. The Home Depot has outpaced the S&P 500 in the last 6 months, growing 39.3% versus the home improvement retail’s gain of 37.7% and S&P 500’s increase of 13.7%. The company attributes their success to… Read more »

January 22, 2018

Fragrance and Beauty are Growing the Travel Retail Industry

Huge growth in fragrance and beauty is the largest contributor to the travel retail market, with wines and spirits coming in second. The current travel retail market was valued at $69.5 billion in 2016, and is predicted to reach $125.1 billion by 2023. Within perfumes and cosmetics, Accelerated Analytics customers including Estee Lauder and L’Oreal… Read more »

January 17, 2018

2018: The Year of the Retailer?

As 2017 closed with high holiday sales results across online and brick and mortar retailers, predictions for 2018 and beyond are very positive. After years of news reports of store closings and retailer bankruptcies, 2017 had more store openings than closings and that pattern is expected to continue through 2021. A newly released study by… Read more »

January 10, 2018

The Home Depot Acquires The Company Store

The Home Depot announced it closed its acquisition deal of The Company Store, finalizing on December 19. While the acquisition does not include The Company Store’s five retail brick and mortar locations, it did include “product development and sourcing capabilities to help us expand our online décor business into broader categories across the entire home,”… Read more »

January 8, 2018

Our Power Packs Go Beyond What Comes in Free Portals

With 15 years in the DIY sales and inventory reporting business, and over 50 years of retail experience, Accelerated Analytics offers “Power Packs” of reports expertly crafted for home and hardware brands. Our reports provide instant access to key performance indicators and measures that brands need to monitor results and drive business success at The… Read more »

January 3, 2018

The Top 5 Retail POS Reports in 2017

Whether they sell lighting fixtures or lip gloss, our customers understand the power of leveraging retail POS data to gain valuable insights into their business. And while the go-to reports for a planning executive for a cosmetics company might be different from the reports that a hardware store field rep relies on each day, there… Read more »

December 27, 2017

Christmas Cheer Felt by Retailers This Holiday Season

With consumer confidence currently at a 17-year high (as reported in our Retail Industry Briefing Book) it makes sense that holiday retail sales in the U.S. rose at their best pace since 2011, according to Mastercard SpendingPulse, which tracks both online and in-store spending. Excluding automobiles, sales rose 4.9% from Nov. 1 through Christmas Eve,… Read more »

December 14, 2017

The Home Depot’s Investments Have Paid Off

At its investor day last week, The Home Depot commented on their successful investment strategies over the past decade, and the results in sales growth that they attribute to those efforts. The retailer has invested 5% every year to its ecommerce platform and improving current stores versus opening new ones. This has resulted in more… Read more »

December 13, 2017

The 12 Days of Christmas with Accelerated Analytics

On the first day of Christmas, Accelerated gave to me, a portal with all my retail data! On the second day of Christmas Accelerated gave to me, 2 days free from spreadsheets, On the third day of Christmas Accelerated gave to me, 3 clicks to run reports, On the fourth day of Christmas Accelerated gave… Read more »

December 11, 2017

POS Reporting Tools Being Used by Luxury Brands

Luxury brands are constantly struggling with department stores’ need to markdown their merchandise, which hurts the prestige and high value of their brand. Over this Christmas season, brands such as Ralph Lauren, Michael Kors and Kate Spade are watching sales and inventory levels very closely each week. When possible, retailers are even monitoring daily, looking… Read more »