The NPD Group

Toys"R"Us® And Babies"R"Us® Returning To United Kingdom In 2022

Wednesday, October 27, 2021 - 3:23pm

NEW YORK, Oct. 27, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Toys"R"Us ANZ Limited (ASX: TOY) (TOY or the Company) and WHP Global ("WHP"), the parent company of Toys"R"Us® and Babies"R"Us® today announced they have signed a landmark long-term exclusive licence agreement for Toys"R"Us ANZ to run digital and physical retail commerce for Toys"R"Us® and Babies"R"Us® in the United Kingdom.

Key Points: 
  • Since Toys"R"Us' return to Australia in June 2019, we have scaled quickly as customers returned to the much-loved brand and our e-commerce model has proven its success.
  • This includes an initial AU$2 million investment in Autonomous Mobile Robot (AMR) technology to increase capacity and efficiency.
  • TOY delivered strong results for the fourth financial quarter despite the relocation of warehouses between 22 July to 12 August.
  • 3The NPD Group, Toys and games bring fun to the UK in a Challenging 2020, 14 January 2021.

Toys"R"Us® And Babies"R"Us® Returning To United Kingdom In 2022

Wednesday, October 27, 2021 - 3:13pm

Since Toys"R"Us' return to Australia in June 2019, we have scaled quickly as customers returned to the much-loved brand and our e-commerce model has proven its success.

Key Points: 
  • Since Toys"R"Us' return to Australia in June 2019, we have scaled quickly as customers returned to the much-loved brand and our e-commerce model has proven its success.
  • This includes an initial AU$2 million investment in Autonomous Mobile Robot (AMR) technology to increase capacity and efficiency.
  • TOY delivered strong results for the fourth financial quarter despite the relocation of warehouses between 22 July to 12 August.
  • The Company changed its name from Funtastic Limited to Toys"R"Us ANZ Limited on the 24 June 2021.

U.S. Consumers Are More Concerned with Sugar In Their Diet Than They Are Sodium

Monday, October 25, 2021 - 8:00am

Food market research by The NPD Group finds that U.S. consumers are more concerned about the amount of sugar in their diets than they are about their sodium intake.

Key Points: 
  • Food market research by The NPD Group finds that U.S. consumers are more concerned about the amount of sugar in their diets than they are about their sodium intake.
  • However, sodium consumption concerns vary by age, and the degree of concern doesn't gradually increase as the age range advances.
  • While 45% of consumers, 55 and older, want to decrease the amount of sodium in their diets, only 34% of consumers, ages 45 to 54, are concerned about sodium intake.
  • Of the youngest adult age group, ages 18 to 24, 33% are concerned about their sodium intake.

One-third of US Consumers Style Their Hair Once a Week, or Less Often, Says NPD

Thursday, October 21, 2021 - 6:15pm

However, when it comes to using hair-styling products or tools, one-third style their hair once a week or less often, according to The NPD Group .

Key Points: 
  • However, when it comes to using hair-styling products or tools, one-third style their hair once a week or less often, according to The NPD Group .
  • "The Hair Consumer Untangled," a new report on women's hair product usage from NPD, also reveals that products that help keep hair clean and well-maintained are used most by consumers.
  • The top-three hair products consumers report using in the past year are traditional shampoo, conditioner, and hair spray.
  • "Hair-product consumers are engaged and diverse and, while nearly all women use hair products, there are white-space opportunities for brands and retailers to reach new consumers," said Larissa Jensen , beauty industry advisor at NPD.

The NPD Group to Be Acquired by Hellman & Friedman

Tuesday, October 19, 2021 - 5:00pm

PORT WASHINGTON, N.Y., Oct. 19, 2021 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ --The NPD Group (NPD), a global market information provider, announced that Hellman & Friedman (H&F), a premier global private equity firm, has made a binding offer and entered into an exclusive agreement to acquire NPD subject to conditions below.

Key Points: 
  • PORT WASHINGTON, N.Y., Oct. 19, 2021 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ --The NPD Group (NPD), a global market information provider, announced that Hellman & Friedman (H&F), a premier global private equity firm, has made a binding offer and entered into an exclusive agreement to acquire NPD subject to conditions below.
  • NPD Executive Chairman Tod Johnson and CEO Karyn Schoenbart would retain a minority stake in the business and continue to serve on the NPD board of directors.
  • "In a period of rapid change, NPD has helped guide our clients with omnichannel data, industry expertise, and analytics to help them understand unprecedented market shifts," said NPD CEO Karyn Schoenbart.
  • Hellman & Friedman is a preeminent global private equity firm with a distinctive investment approach focused on large-scale equity investments in high quality growth businesses.

The NPD Group To Be Acquired By Hellman & Friedman

Tuesday, October 19, 2021 - 5:00pm

PORT WASHINGTON, N.Y., Oct. 19, 2021 /PRNewswire/ --The NPD Group (NPD), a global market information provider, announced that Hellman & Friedman (H&F), a premier global private equity firm, has made a binding offer and entered into an exclusive agreement to acquire NPD subject to conditions below.

Key Points: 
  • PORT WASHINGTON, N.Y., Oct. 19, 2021 /PRNewswire/ --The NPD Group (NPD), a global market information provider, announced that Hellman & Friedman (H&F), a premier global private equity firm, has made a binding offer and entered into an exclusive agreement to acquire NPD subject to conditions below.
  • NPD Executive Chairman Tod Johnson and CEO Karyn Schoenbart would retain a minority stake in the business and continue to serve on the NPD board of directors.
  • "In a period of rapid change, NPD has helped guide our clients with omnichannel data, industry expertise, and analytics to help them understand unprecedented market shifts," said NPD CEO Karyn Schoenbart.
  • Hellman & Friedman is a preeminent global private equity firm with a distinctive investment approachfocused on large-scale equity investments in high quality growth businesses.

Ninja Introduces First Cutlery Set and Superior Sharpening Experience

Thursday, October 14, 2021 - 2:00pm

NEEDHAM, Mass., Oct. 14, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Say goodbye to dull knives and tricky sharpening systems as Ninja (HKEX:1691.HK), the #1 brand in small kitchen appliances*, debuts its Ninja™ Foodi™ NeverDull™ Premium Knife System.

Key Points: 
  • NEEDHAM, Mass., Oct. 14, 2021 /PRNewswire/ --Say goodbye to dull knives and tricky sharpening systems as Ninja (HKEX:1691.HK), the #1brand in small kitchen appliances*, debuts its Ninja Foodi NeverDull Premium Knife System.
  • Now, theNinja Foodi NeverDull Knife System maintains superior sharpness thanks to its built-in knife block and NeverDull stone wheel sharpener.
  • This versatile knife set is forged in German stainless-steel for enhanced durability and perfectly balanced for comfort and control.
  • To celebrate the launch, Ninja is partnering with food artist Tisha Cherry to curate a unique content series, The Art of Sharp,using Ninja Foodi NeverDull knives and demonstrating their ergonomics.

U.S. Fast Casual Restaurant Visits Rebound After Steep Declines in 2020

Thursday, October 14, 2021 - 8:00am

Online and physical visits to fast casual restaurants in the year ending August 2021 were up +8% compared to a year ago, which keeps traffic on par or flat to pre-pandemic visits in August 2019.

Key Points: 
  • Online and physical visits to fast casual restaurants in the year ending August 2021 were up +8% compared to a year ago, which keeps traffic on par or flat to pre-pandemic visits in August 2019.
  • In the quarter ending June 2020, at the height of pandemic lockdowns and restaurant restrictions, fast casual visits were down -23% compared to the prior year, according to NPD's daily tracking of the restaurant industry.
  • Generally, fast casual restaurants lacked the drive-thru capabilities and off-premises operational efficiencies of traditional quick service restaurants early in the pandemic.
  • However, fast casual chains that had a solid off-premises business before the pandemic grew traffic and traffic share during this time.

US Continues to See Growth in Time and Money Spent on Video Games, While Overall Participation Records a Slight Decline Over Last Year Reports The NPD Group

Thursday, October 7, 2021 - 12:00pm

Despite the decline in number of people playing video games, the industry continues to see growth in the number of hours spent gaming.

Key Points: 
  • Despite the decline in number of people playing video games, the industry continues to see growth in the number of hours spent gaming.
  • There was a dramatic increase in time spent playing games from 2019 to 2020, with average hours played per week jumping from 12.7 to 14.8, respectively.
  • And the growth continues, increasing to 16.5 hours per week this year.
  • One segment that has played a major role in driving these gains is among more mature U.S. gamers ages 45-64.

The NPD Group Adds Mobile Phone Category to its Retail Tracking Service in the U.S.

Thursday, October 7, 2021 - 10:00am

PORT WASHINGTON, N.Y., Oct. 7, 2021 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- Leading global information company, The NPD Group, has expanded its Retail Tracking Service to provide a view of the mobile phone market.

Key Points: 
  • PORT WASHINGTON, N.Y., Oct. 7, 2021 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- Leading global information company, The NPD Group, has expanded its Retail Tracking Service to provide a view of the mobile phone market.
  • NPD's Retail Tracking Service data for mobile phones is available at the brand, model, series, and attribute levels.
  • "The mobile phone landscape is saturated, and consumers face less choice and fewer reasons to trade up.
  • Moving forward the U.S. national retail market is poised for further growth in mobile phone sales as a result of expanding product and service offerings through new carrier partnerships."