Consumer Trends

Why Doing Good Is More Important Than Ever

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Consumers increasingly expect brands they patronize to take corporate social responsibility seriously

Lessons from the Dragons: Build Solid Defenses

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A fitness entrepreneur gets that sinking feeling and an NHL legend scores a deal in Dragons' Den Season 10 Episode 14

Why Shoppers Aren’t Filling Up Their Online Grocery Carts Yet

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Many consumers just aren't interested in grocery e-commerce. What they're looking for instead

The Problem With a Warm Winter

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Unseasonably pleasant weather has left retailers with overflowing stocks of winter apparell

What Today’s Consumers Value Most

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The sharing economy has shifted spending behaviours from ownership to experiences and made trust even more important, according to new reports

A New Consumer Segment for the Food Industry

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Changing eating structures and an emphasis on simpler and fewer ingredients will challenge and reward manufacturers

Why So Many Big Brands Are Buying Little Ones

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“Authenticity” is the branding buzzword of the moment, and industry giants are acquiring smaller competitors to get it

Where Retail Sales Are Growing the Most

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Mobile commerce jumped in November and December 2015, spurring on holiday sales

Why Retailers Are Just Happy Last Year is Over

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Total sales are projected to be up just 2.3% for 2015, compared to 4.6% in 2014

What Product Packaging Will Look Like in 2016

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Personalization and pouches top market researcher Mintel’s trends for the new year