2017 NRF Retail’s BIG Show Preview: Best of the Breakouts

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.

If you’re attending the NRF BIG Show this year and want to connect around any of the topics below, or discuss opportunities around solving sizing for your customers, please feel free to get in touch directly to arrange a meeting. Continue reading “2017 NRF Retail’s BIG Show Preview: Best of the Breakouts”

2017 NRF Retail’s BIG Show Preview: Our Pick of the Keynotes

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!

Even by BIG Show standards, this year’s full event calendar is a jam-packed one, and it’ll be a struggle to catch all the great events over three days. With that in mind, we’ve put together a quick roundup of key points across the schedule we’re particularly looking forward to – starting with the main keynote events which have caught our eye. Continue reading “2017 NRF Retail’s BIG Show Preview: Our Pick of the Keynotes”

What Amazon’s Brick and Mortar Retail Revolution Means for Fashion’s Future

Though Amazon’s server empire has been taking centre stage over the last few years, the company remains true to its roots and committed to pushing online retail forward across several fronts. It seems like hardly a quarter goes by without some kind of potentially transformative initiative being announced.

Admittedly, several of these projects are still very much at the exploratory stage of development. To take just one example, Amazon’s ambitious drone programme is not going to be rolling out to major metropolitan areas anytime soon. Make no mistake, however, that day will come. The arrival of one-hour delivery in markets such as New York shows the company is fully focused on doing whatever it takes to make the last-mile problem disappear. Continue reading “What Amazon’s Brick and Mortar Retail Revolution Means for Fashion’s Future”

The 2016 Fit Analytics Holiday Season Video Roundup

With the holiday season in full swing, fashion retailers and brands around the world are putting their best foot forward to make the most of the last few shopping days before Christmas. Here’s a quick selection of video highlights from across the range of leading online apparel companies who we’re proud to support with our Fit Finder sizing solution. Continue reading “The 2016 Fit Analytics Holiday Season Video Roundup”

What a Trump Presidency Could Mean for Online Apparel

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.

Let’s start with the good news. Continue reading “What a Trump Presidency Could Mean for Online Apparel”

With Britain Braced for Brexit, What Next for UK Fashion?

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.

Fit Analytics is a company with strong European roots, and we’re proud to help a host of major British brands and retailers solve sizing and boost their bottom lines. Naturally enough, we’ve been keeping a pretty close eye on Brexit-related events throughout the year! Continue reading “With Britain Braced for Brexit, What Next for UK Fashion?”

5 Key Takeaways From comScore’s Q3 State of the U.S. Online Retail Economy Report

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.

One publisher whose output we find ourselves returning to time and again is comScore. The US media giant pumps out a stream of region-specific online retail data throughout the year, and is always worth turning to for wider context on online spend.

As we face into the holiday season in earnest, comScore’s ongoing series of quarterly reports into the U.S. online retail economy is a particularly useful data source to have available. In this piece, we’ll pick through their recently published Q3 report to highlight five key points that should be of interest to anyone working in online apparel. Continue reading “5 Key Takeaways From comScore’s Q3 State of the U.S. Online Retail Economy Report”

Is Hype Around Black Friday and Cyber Monday Blinding You to the Bigger Seasonal Spending Picture?

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.

With the annual media and marketing frenzy surrounding these twin spending peaks, it’s no surprise that they tend to dominate the thoughts of consumers, retailers, and industry analysts alike. There is, however, a wider seasonal spending picture hiding behind them – one that we’ve been exploring by digging a little deeper into average daily sales volume throughout the year. Continue reading “Is Hype Around Black Friday and Cyber Monday Blinding You to the Bigger Seasonal Spending Picture?”

3 Reasons Why Millennials Should Be Your Key Holiday Target Market

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.

Fit Analytics sales data sales revenue by month and demographic segment with millennial holiday spend.
Source: Fit Analytics sales data from 3 major US brands, 2014-present.

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”