360pi Predicts Retailers That Offer Real-Time Data, Regionalized Pricing and Exclusive Products Will Shine During Holiday 2015 Shopping Season

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Traditional holiday “must win” dates will continue to lose relevancy and consumer traction, according to 360pi’s annual holiday predictions.

Holiday Insights 2015
On November 2, 360pi will launch its third annual award-winning Holiday Insights report series, featuring a Holiday Retail Calendar, a must-have for every retailer and brand this holiday season.

Ottawa, Canada: 360pi, the leader in product intelligence, today announced six retail product and pricing predictions for the Holiday 2015 shopping season and the tips and tools retailers can use to win. 360pi will continue to analyze product and pricing trends as part of the Holiday Insights report series this season.

Prediction 1. Retail winners will connect staff with competitive data and insight. Without a doubt, online data will again be a retailer’s golden ticket to a successful holiday shopping season. By giving customer-facing employees the tools to be informed on their relative competitive position in real-time including pricing and product availability, winning retailers will better connect with shoppers and garner more holiday sales.

Prediction 2. “Must-win” dates will continue to lose relevancy and consumer traction.
Over the past few years, Black Friday and Cyber Monday have devolved to regular holiday shopping days as an extended promotional frenzy has taken hold. This has led consumers to question the actual best time to purchase. 360pi suggests putting discount plans in place long before and after Black Friday and Cyber Monday to capture the greatest share of shoppers’ minds and wallets.

Prediction 3. Targeted and regionalized promotional pricing will grow in importance.
Several major retailers have enabled “hyper-local” online pricing and promotional tactics down to the individual zip code, often to capitalize on a physical store footprint that offers shoppers immediate gratification. Online product intelligence with zone (or regional) insights into competitive pricing and product availability lets winning retailers offer the “right product” at the “right price” for the local market.

Prediction 4. There will be more exclusives and differentiated products.
Competition for share of a shopper’s holiday budget will again be fierce in 2015 – how can a retailer stand out among their competitors and win the sale without driving down the price? 360pi predicts that winning retailers will avoid direct head-to-head price battles by offering a unique differentiated assortment including products with different options (i.e. colors, sizes and features), exclusives, and private labels. This will allow retailers to recapture not only share, but also margin by avoiding price wars.

Prediction 5. The perception of free shipping will matter.
Retailers know that many consumers see free shipping as table stakes, but that doesn’t necessarily mean shipping must be free all the time. A recent survey from Pitney Bowes highlighted that 88% of consumers find free shipping with a 5-7 day delivery time more attractive than paying a fee for a 1-2 day delivery guarantee*. This holiday season, retailers should implement free shipping options, or at least free shipping via a specified spending benchmark this holiday season, with product intelligence to help define and refine competitive shipping rules.

Prediction 6: Winners will capitalize on competitive out-of-stocks.
With online and mobile information influencing nearly 70% of all retail transactions this season, online product availability becomes a key factor in the shopper purchase decision. Now more than ever, retailers must consider the influence and impact that online availability has on offline transactions and store foot traffic. Winning retailers and brands will have a solid understanding of current stock positioning and strategically adjust inventory and pricing accordingly.

On November 2, 360pi will launch its third annual award-winning Holiday Insights report series, featuring a Holiday Retail Calendar, a must-have for every retailer and brand this holiday season. Subscribers of the program will receive holiday product and pricing trend reports, pre and post-holiday analysis webcasts, and Top 100 Most-Wished-For Toys and Electronics summaries, among other category insights. These insights will cover the strategies and tactics for a number of major retailers, including but not limited to, Amazon, Walmart, and Target, over the course of the holiday season. For more information about how 360pi’s product and pricing solutions can help retailers win this holiday season with real-time insight, please contact info(at)360pi(dot)com.

About 360pi
360pi derives profitable insights from product and pricing big data to help leading omnichannel retailers, etailers, and brand manufacturers compete and win with shoppers. 360pi’s customer base accounts for over $US200 billion in annual product sales and includes Ace Hardware, Build.com, and Overstock.com, along with several Fortune 500 consumer products companies. With the majority of in-store purchases being influenced online, 360pi helps retailers and brands successfully navigate the multi-channel landscape with real-time insight into who is selling what, where, when, and for how much. Ultimately, 360pi customers make smarter decisions faster to drive increased revenues and margins across all channels.

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