The Rise Of ‘Athletic wear’ In the apparel Industry

Heard of words like Active wear? We are sure you have come across some apparel that is put under this word on many an eCommerce app. Active wear, Athletic wear, Sports Wear, these words mean a lot these days.

There was a time when buying sportswear was for hardcore gymnasts or athletes. Then the body builders who went to the gym started taking workout clothes seriously and wearing them religiously to the gym- thanks to brands like Nike, Puma, Adidas, etc.

In fact, until now, athletic wear has been synonymous with these names. But now, everyone and their dogs are seen wearing track pants (costing up to $400) just like that. Going to the gym? Not really. Would you wear a branded $400 pair of pants while gymming? We think not! Another kind of workout then? Nope!

The pants are just, “I felt like wearing them, so I put them on,” pants. Okay. If this does not say “trend” in bold letters, we don’t know what does. Active wear has transcended the hallowed rules of fashion shows.

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Undressing Today Men’s Fashion – Trends for this Summer

Summer is here. Well almost over. But as they say, enjoy it while it lasts, right? Summer means cool colours, breezy evenings, shades and drinking out of coconuts. Vacation time! Holidays are the time when people distress, have fun, and generally enjoy life.

When summer is mentioned, fashion too takes a distinctly relaxed flavour. No one cares about proper attire or propriety while on holiday, do they? When we think summer fashion, we inevitably think Adam Sandler or The Hangover.

Which kind of proves the point that fashion is not a female only bastion. Men today are more fashionable than ever. While it may seem to some that variety in men’s fashion is limited, this is just an illusion. The men’s fashion industry is growing every day.

And men are becoming very savvy about looking good. Let us tell you a secret: you don’t need good looks to look good today. All you need is the right clothes- or the right people telling you what to buy.

So yes, we do remember reading about those days in Regency England (courtesy Jane Austen), when men dressed up as elegantly as the ladies. Or the times before the First World War, when men wore wigs and pomades and skin tinctures and created a fashionable look for themselves.

Mad Men proved that any stereotype can be broken after all. According to a 2013 luxury goods study by consulting firm Bain & Company, growth in the market for men’s ready-to-wear has outpaced that of womenswear, increasing between 9 and 13 percent year-on-year.

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Craft Stories, Not Products!

 

This is a picture of the back cover of Comedian, TV host, Ellen DeGeneres book, named ‘Seriously…I’m Kidding.’ We all read books- and the back cover actually is pretty instrumental when it comes to deciding whether to buy that book or not. And let’s admit it, just reading something so different on the back cover of a book is intriguing enough, that one’s curiosity is piqued. Ergo, let’s buy that!

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The Fashion “Evolution” from a Retailer’s Perspective

The ephemeral global apparel business is a challenge to stay in and adapt to. The size of the global apparel business is growing exponentially and is expected to generate double digit growth between now and 2020, much of it coming from developing markets.

In a world so saturated with choices, retailers and manufacturers are having to change their ideas about fashion with the speed of light, or perish!

As a Data Analytics Lab, specializing in retail, with a deep and intuitive understanding of the apparel- retail industry, we at IntelligenceNODE have been studying consumers of fashion for quite some time. And our observations have been very interesting, especially from a retailer’s perspective.

We discovered 3 main types of fashion consumers:

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How Mobile Commerce Reshaping Consumer Behavior

Mobile is becoming the integrated platform to get almost everything done today. And retailers are very aware of this fact. A lot of know- how, reports and miscellaneous facts exist online and offline about mobile platforms.

This knowledge is now becoming a healthy return on investment for many businesses. Consumers are now using mobile devices to shop, exchange ideas and create personal histories. Ecommerce websites and etailers are cashing in on this deluge.

It is not just a passing fad though; it is a way of life. According to forecasts, worldwide business-to-consumer e-commerce spending increased by 20 percent in 2014, reaching $1.5 trillion in sales. Ecommerce has clearly outpaced many other industries today. It has in fact become a medium for most industries to increase their customer base.

Mobile commerce is, for most intents and purposes, user centric. It focuses on the consumer. Everything from aesthetics to ease of use that you might wish for, as the consumer you get it! In fact, after taking years to build an online presence, retailers are only now beginning to cash in on all that hard work.

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Refurbished goods, An offshoot e-tail industry – A booming business

E-Tail has become a booming business all over the world. While online retail contributed just about 0.4% of the overall retail market in 2014 (India), it is expected to reach 3 per cent of the total retail at $32 billion by 2020, according to a Technopak study.

This is supported by the mobile internet traffic statistics as well. Mobile data traffic in India is projected to grow 24-fold between 2013 and 2018 at a CAGR of 88 per cent. Clearly, an indication of the way the winds blow.

But as amazing as the ecommerce numbers sound, there is an aspect of e-Tail that we all have not given much thought to. Ever wondered what happens to those products that we order online, maybe try out, and send back to the e-Tailer?

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The Promise of Large Retail Sales- Webrooming

You wish to buy new boots; you have been looking for a good design sometime now. You trawl various online marketplaces, looking for options, prices and ideas. You select a few popular brands; add them to your wish list on many of your favorite websites. You narrow down you list to three possible choices.

Now you are sure that you will buy one of the three pairs this weekend. Why weekend? Because that is when you can go to the mall of course! You can go to your favorite shop, try out a few other pairs just for fun, and finally get that coveted pair of boots too! And the trip to the mall means checking out all the new stuff, in person and even splurging a little more than you initially intended. All in all, a good day, then.

If you have done this, you will be pleased to know, you are not alone. There are many who check out products online, but end up buying at brick and mortar stores. The marketers have a new buzz word for what you are doing. They call it ‘webrooming.’

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Toasting the New Year…

Today is the last day of 2014. You might even end up reading this in 2015. The New Year is literally, round the corner. And it will roll in with great fanfare, all over the world.

This is one night that everyone on the planet chooses to party away without reservations. There will be the usual – great food, great conversations, lots of cheer, and of course- lots to drink. It is universally accepted that the best way to celebrate, and especially the coming of the New Year, is by toasting it.

Worldwide consumption of alcohol circa 2010 (WHO report) was equal to 6.2 liters of pure alcohol consumed per person aged 15 years or older, which translates into 13.5 grams of pure alcohol per day. As a rule, high-income countries have the highest alcohol per capita consumption and the highest prevalence of heavy episodic drinking among drinkers.

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The Mandatory Opinion Piece – The Flipkart Big Billion Sale…

6th October was a landmark day for online retail sales in India. People (read millennials mostly, although others were also involved) literally changed their daily schedules so that they could log on to flipkart.com the moment the much advertised Big Billion Day Sale opened.

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Virtual Friendship – A Reality Check…

With social media becoming the new “friendship test tool,” it is becoming prudent to ask whether friendship is even a real relation any more…

The philosopher Aristotle said, “In poverty and other misfortunes of life, true friends are a sure refuge. They keep the young out of mischief; they comfort and aid the old in their weakness, and they incite those in the prime of life to noble deeds.”

Friendship is valued highly because it is one of those relations that we choose to make. But today the choice is, more often than not, virtual. We are just a click away from forming a friendship, mostly, online.

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