Shoppers Increase Spending This Holiday Season

This year’s holiday retail season is expected to be strong in the United States. eMarketer forecasts that U.S. retail sales in the months of November and December 2015 will increase 5.7% year over year, reaching $885.70 billion. That’s an upward adjustment from the 3.2% growth rate predicted earlier this year—and the highest since the 6.3% rise in 2011.

In-Store Shoppers Are Interested in Location-Based Services

Shoppers are very interested in wi-fi and location-based in-store services, such as mobile coupons (51%), shopping maps (45%) and associate assistance (41%), according to the eighth annual installment of the Zebra Technologies Corp. Global Shopper Study.

Men's Grooming Day Study Gives Insights

National Men's Grooming Day takes place on the third Friday of August every year and encourages men to proactively think about their grooming habits. This year men's grooming brand Dollar Shave Club shared insights about men's grooming habits and what goes on in their minds and bathrooms.

Dollar Shave Club reveals fun grooming findings from its Grooming Survey conducted online by Harris Poll among 3,285 males aged 18 years and older in December 2014, and 3,068 males aged 18 years and older in January 2015.

Millennial, Gen Z Consumers Spend for Back-To-School

In order to understand the way influential Millennial and Gen Z consumers shop during the all-important back-to-school season, Teen Vogue and the International Council of Shopping Centers partnered to explore and identify how malls, the Web and social media factor into their retail experiences, as well as how much they plan to spend, their reasons for shopping in-store versus online and more. 

According to the online survey, which yielded more than 1,000 responses from Teen Vogue's IT GIRL panel:

Americans Ready for Independence Day

More than 156 million consumers—nearly two thirds of those celebrating, are planning to take part in the patriotic holiday by attending a cookout, picnic or barbecue, spending an average of $71.23 per household, up from $68.16 last year, according to the National Retail Federation’s 2015 Independence Day Survey conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics.

FIT’s Beauty Think Tank Presents Future of Luxury

Lasting memories, "centers of creation" flagship stores, and like-minded cities will drive future sales in the luxury sector, according to new research revealed by graduating students in the Fashion Institute of Technology's School of Graduate Studies Cosmetics and Fragrance Marketing and Management Master of Professional Studies program.