Recently released "New Retail Democracy" research paints a picture of an "access anywhere, commerce anywhere" consumer that demands knowledge of what products are on offer, what inventory is available, in what location and at what price point.
IRI's comprehensive survey of over 190,000 new UPCs released in 2013 shows the continuing importance of innovation in spurring new product sales — and the particular success of products conducive to healthier lifestyles.
Bad news/good news: Sure, showrooming is still growing, but stores are learning to turn the practice to their advantage. In one example, see how Best Buy uses "mini-stores" to combat sales going to competitive e-tailers.
When today's more sophisticated online shoppers abandon a shopping cart, it should not be assumed they're signaling an end to the shopping trip. New research points to options for encouraging shoppers to complete the sale.