Welcome to the inaugural edition of Ready to Share! What is Ready to Share, you ask? Simple – it’s a collection of weekly links worth sharing for apparel industry insiders. You can expect to see plenty of info around our core concerns of solving sizing and reducing returns, along with breaking news and opinion from across the wider online apparel industry.
As part of our preparations for Retail’s BIG Show this year, we’re putting together our pick of conference events of particular interest to all those from the world of fashion and online apparel.
In a previous post, we focused on highlights to expect from the main NRF conference keynotes. This time around, attention switches to sessions scattered across its series of carefully considered content tracks.
For anyone involved in online apparel or e-commerce generally, the National Retail Federation’s annual convention and EXPO in New York is one of the highlights of the year, and January 2017’s event looks set to be another blockbuster affair. As ever, we’ll be there in person at Retail’s BIG Show to liaise with current partners, explore new opportunities, and get a feel for what’s coming down the track in online retail for 2017 and beyond. If you’re in the area and looking to discuss solving sizing and slashing returns, feel free to get in touch to arrange a meeting!
With the dust still settling on one of the biggest shocks in U.S. political history, many inside fashion are starting to think deeply about what a Trump presidency could mean for online apparel sales and the industry as a whole.
As pundits found out to their cost during the election itself, it’s notoriously difficult to predict which approach Trump will eventually settle on in any given situation. The President-elect has, however, more or less set his stall out on a host of issues at this stage, and we can at least start filling in some of the blanks around what to expect post-Inauguration.
Even in a year of shocks and surprises worldwide, the British public’s vote to narrowly back Brexit stands out as one of the biggest. For anyone in the U.K. involved in selling apparel online or off, it’s a decision that’s going to have enormous implications for at least the next decade.
Thanks to the peculiarities of mechanisms such as Article 50, however, what some of those implications might actually be is very much still up in the air. Both industry leaders and the general public are looking at a minimum of two years before we have a full picture of what shape a British exit from the European Union will actually assume.
As a data-driven company, we’re always on the lookout for online retail reports which can help shine a light on wider e-commerce trends for both ourselves and partners throughout the year. Though the amount of industry research and analysis out there has never been greater, it’s not always easy finding sources of info you can trust.
As everyone within the industry is painfully aware, two days matter substantially more than most when it comes to online apparel sales. Even a brief glance at the average annual sales chart shows that Black Friday and Cyber Monday are genuine outliers in terms of total consumer spend, and have the potential to make or break your retail year.
From small online t-shirt stores to booming international brands, the holiday season is a defining part of the e-commerce year for anyone selling fashion online. With Black Friday and the Christmas period typically accounting for nearly 20% of yearly sales, it’s also a time where you need your consumer targeting to be absolutely on point – small percentage changes drive outsize revenue over this period.
With an election cycle in full swing, Millennials (those born between 1980 and 2000) have been dominating the headlines over the last twelve months, and we suspected that they might be playing a hugely significant role in retail results as well. We deal in data rather than best guesses at Fit Analytics, so we decided to dive into the numbers for some definite answers. Continue reading “3 Reasons Why Millennials Should Be Your Key Holiday Target Market”