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Euros 2016 and Olympics: How can retailers cash-in on major sporting events?
13 Jun 2016

Euros 2016 and Olympics: How can retailers cash-in on major sporting events?

In the world of sport, years don't come much bigger than 2016. Starting on 10th June, a month long feast of football kicked off in the form of the European Championships, being...

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WEDDING LIST TRENDS FOR 2016
07 Jun 2016

WEDDING LIST TRENDS FOR 2016

The traditional wedding lists of toaster, crockery and dinner sets are falling out of favour according to Competitor Monitor’s recent retail analysis reports....

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THE FUTURE OF RETAIL IN THE DIGITAL ERA
02 Jun 2016

THE FUTURE OF RETAIL IN THE DIGITAL ERA

Digital is the key to the future of retail, as technology is a means to enhancing the overall customer experience. People who use digital technology socially are becoming...

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Retailers 'sleep-walking into administration', report suggests
23 May 2016

Retailers 'sleep-walking into administration', report suggests

A recent report from the independent research consultancy, Retail Economics, claims that many British retailers are "sleep-walking into administration", with underpaid...

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CART ABANDONMENT: THE EVOLUTION OF ONLINE SHIPPING TRENDS
16 May 2016

CART ABANDONMENT: THE EVOLUTION OF ONLINE SHIPPING TRENDS

The rise and rise of internet shopping seems unstoppable. You can find virtually any product you need and have it delivered. Simple. What do my competitors do to...

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DOES IMAGERY REALLY INFLUENCE ONLINE SHOPPERS?
13 May 2016

DOES IMAGERY REALLY INFLUENCE ONLINE SHOPPERS?

As human beings, it doesn’t take much to lure us in. Historically, a quirky campaign and some titillating packaging was enough to seal a deal in the marketplace....

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Adapt or Die: Steps For Online Retail Success
11 May 2016

Adapt or Die: Steps For Online Retail Success

Get Product Reviews ASAP Social proof has always been a strong sales driver. That’s why reviews aren’t just beneficial, but necessary. Critical....

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Online Toy Retailers: It's Time To Up Your Game
09 May 2016

Online Toy Retailers: It's Time To Up Your Game

The market for kid’s toys is enormous. Worldwide it turns over almost $84 billion a year. A huge percentage of these sales are carried out online and web retailers are well...

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Happy New Year…or is it?
15 Jan 2016

Happy New Year…or is it?

As the decorations come down, the last mince pie eaten and the labour force returns to work, festive trading numbers have begun to emerge. With large retailers such as Next...

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The Force Awakens
16 Dec 2015

The Force Awakens

At Competitor Monitor, we track thousands of toys every day and regularly come across interesting findings in our data. This week, in honour of the new Star Wars movie, we decided...

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‘Tis the season…
11 Dec 2015

‘Tis the season…

With new research indicating that like-for-like sales for November fell 0.4 percent compared to November last year, it’s reasonable to assume that Black Friday hasn’t...

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Delivery wars heating up in the UK
04 Dec 2015

Delivery wars heating up in the UK

Last week, we discussed the impact that Amazon’s new Prime Now service is having on the high street. Now we’re interested to see the affect it’s having on online...

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One-hour delivery…coming to a town near you!
27 Nov 2015

One-hour delivery…coming to a town near you!

We thought it would be a bit rude for us not blog about Amazon Prime Now considering it has recently been launched in our home city of Newcastle upon Tyne! However, we...

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Online sales expected to hit £1bn in a single day
24 Nov 2015

Online sales expected to hit £1bn in a single day

With only three days to go, the biggest shopping day of the year is drawing upon us. Overtaking Boxing Day as the day where British shoppers go bargain hunting, Black Friday 2015...

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May the force be with you
10 Nov 2015

May the force be with you

It’s that time of the year again! With Christmas only seven weeks away, discussions in retail circles are around the ‘must have’ toy of the season. Historically,...

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