Finding retail industry research is not a difficult thing. Understanding and applying research that is relevant to your at-retail merchandising service business is another matter. To get a start down this road, NARMS members are invited to attend a Grocery Conference Call on January 30th at 2 PM EST hosted by Cleveland Research Company. To date, 268 companies are already registered for this high value event. Registration information has been emailed to members.
These 60 minute calls include real-time insights and updates from Cleveland Research Company on the grocery channel and interactions with senior management in addition to a brief question and answer period. The slide deck used during the presentation will also be included for all call participants.
NARMS has started a conversation with Cleveland Research about the importance of research and how our members and association can apply this knowledge into their day to day operations. In addition to this invitation to the members, Cleveland Research led a NARMS Webinar a few weeks back and will host a session at The Retail Merchandising and Marketing Conference (RMMC). Dennis Reed, Director of National Accounts, will lead the session on Tuesday, April 30 at 9:45.
Here is a sample of the types of topics that will be covered in the conference call:
Top 3 Takeaways from Cleveland Research this week:
-Walmart sales look weaker over the last 60 days despite strong plans and relatively decent execution.
-Homecenter sales look stronger than expected this quarter, and we continue to see some upside versus expectations and company guidance for Home Depot and Lowe’s to this point in 4Q.
-Strong B2C shipping demand driven primarily by better-than-expected eCommerce volumes.
Key Themes by Company/Channel sorted by Business Fundamentals:
-Homecenters – business stronger than expected, orders improving.
-Pet – good near-term sales momentum, outlook expected to moderate slightly.
-Coffee – one of the strongest performers in retail/foodservice as well as down the grocery aisles.
-Luxury Retail – continued Chinese consumer weakness hurting sales, particularly jewelry and watches.
-Appliances – volumes still soft, early signs that promotional activity is returning.
Your association is in the process of defining what our members need in the area of industry research. Your involvement in webinars, conference calls and educational sessions at RMMC can help shape the future of the at-retail merchandising and marketing service industry.
Now what? That is the question being asked by the retailing industry as the worst of the economic downturn appears to be behind us. During the next installment of the NARMS Webinar series, Doug Stephens will provide some answers by looking into the mind of the post-crisis consumer. Stephens, a highly sought after retail speaker and opinion leader, will explain the trends and changes that are shaping consumer behavior and purchasing patterns. He will share essential information that retailers and their service partners can use to build sales and loyalty in a post-crisis economy. The session will be held on Tuesday, August 30, 2011 at 1:00 PM CDT. The NARMS Webinar series is sponsored by Natural Insight and brought to you through the technology of ReadyTalk.
During this one hour session, you will gain an understanding of why frugality is a coping strategy, not a desired state. You will also hear insight into why the roots of the current economic crisis actually reach back more than 40 years. Stephens will offer clear tactics and strategies to win the trust and purchasing power of consumers in the post-crisis era. The audience will have an opportunity to ask questions and participate via the conference chat function.
Stephens is widely recognized as a retail industry futurist. His intellectual work and thinking have influenced many North American retailers and brands including Wal-Mart, Home Depot, Hudsons Bay Company, Air Miles, Disney, Loblaw and Benjamin Moore. Prior to founding Retail Prophet Consulting, Stephens spent 20 years in retail holding senior international roles, including leadership of one of the most iconic retail chains in New York City. Doug is the author of the Retail Prophet Shift 2020 Retail Trends Report and a member of the Retail Wire Brain Trust. He is also founder of the Retail Prophet industry think-tank and a contributing blogger to the Technorati business channel. He also sits on the advisory board of the Location-Based Marketing Association.
This session is complimentary to NARMS members as a valuable membership service but is also made available to other interested persons at a non-member rate of $99.95. We encourage you to share this invitation with other co-workers and anyone else who might gain value from this information-sharing opportunity. Click here to register.
Tuesday, April 12 will be the last day at the 16th Annual NARMS Meeting, Spring Conference and Exhibition. It will be a time when the members of the at-retail merchandising and marketing service industry will be looking forward to heading home and applying what they have learned toward the future of their own organizations. At 11:45, the fifth NARMS U General Session will also glance into the future when Doug Stephens of Retail Prophet Consulting presents- What Now? Selling to the Post-Crisis Consumer.
With the worst of the economic downturn behind us, the question on the minds of many is “now what?” This high-level session will delve into the mind of the post-crisis consumer. Stephens will explain the thoughts and attitudes that are shaping their behavior and purchasing patterns. Most importantly, he will share essential information that retailers can use to build sales and loyalty in a post-crisis economy.
Stephens is best described as a leading futurist for the retail industry. His intellectual work and thinking have influenced many retailers and brands including Wal-Mart, Home Depot, Hudson’s Bay Company, Disney, Loblaw and Benjamin Moore. Prior to founding Retail Prophet Consulting Stephens spent 20 years in retail holding senior international roles.
Stephens is the author of Retail Prophet’s Shift 2020 Retail Trends Report and a member of the Retail Wire Brain Trust. He is also founder of the Retail Prophets industry think-tank and a contributing blogger to the Technorati business channel. In addition, he sits on the advisory board of the Location-Based Marketing Association. When not consulting, he is a highly sought after speaker, writer and opinion leader for business media on trends and changes in retailing and consumerism.