Wondering what is coming in 2016? Want to make the most of it? Larry Shaw, the Cat-U Dean of Merchandising looks at 8 Key trends that will absolutely impact holiday 2016. He also explains what each trend means for you and how to leverage it. This was a fascinating Pub Talk with lots a great take aways. Here are the trends Larry covers.
Aging of the Catalog Audience
Larry discusses how fast the audience is changing and what that means for prospecting. He talks about Baby Boomers and what they’re looking for in both gifting and self purchase.
Will it come back to where it was before the recession? What items are moving? What changes are we seeing in business gifting? Larry has some practical and interesting observations.
Amazon and Marketplaces
This was a real eye opener and offers some great advice for creating success with a younger audience.
It’s here and merchants can ignore it a their peril. Larry covers what is working on mobile now and techniques like real-time situational merchandising and “TenBestification”.
This is not your grandpa’s personalization. Larry explains what customers are looking for and what categories it will work best with.
Products with Function
With entertainment on the rise, the shift to a purpose driven merchandise assortment is more important than ever.
Better for You
Thinking about trying to harness this feel-good market? Larry shares thoughts on what the trend means about customers, what they are buying, and why it matters.
It’s the trend that’s everywhere and growing. Larry offers some ideas on where this trend is heading and why it may prove to be very lucrative.
We always love having Larry in the Pub. He has a broad merchandising and marketing background and his insights can span both realms. This talk is a wonderful way to stimulate your mind and get it focused on what changes are ahead and how to get the most from them.