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Amazon, the Price Perception Leader

Amazon loyalists shop on Amazon.com trusting that they are getting a bargain. The Amazon value proposition certainly includes advantages that are more unique than the simple act of offering low prices (assortment, convenience, experience, speed, ubiquity, security), but it’s this perception of low pricing that helps make shopping on ...

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Custom Data Downloads - gap intelligence Data on Demand

My colleague's recent blog got me thinking more about how we pride ourselves on many things at gap intelligence. The two things I am most proud of, though, would have to be our relentless pursuit of GFD (great freakin' data) and the custom data sets that we provide to our clients. With the interactive tools on gapintelligence.com, ...

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Putting Faces to Names: gap intelligence Retail Collectors Come to Visit

Pricing from brick and mortar retail stores is a major part of gap intelligence data that helps us keep our finger on the pulse of timely, accurate, and actionable industry vitals. While many people are somewhat surprised that online and in-store pricing can vary so widely, finding and reporting these differences are of great importance to our ...

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Apple Bites into Prepaid Market

As the world awaits Apple’s new iPhone introductions next week, the company is quietly executing a separate strategic plan designed for a lesser-known area of the US smartphone market, prepaid. Apple is renowned for its premium positioning with its range of popular flagship devices, but the last two rounds of the company’s quarterly ...

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The Road Less Traveled: Gaming Laptops in the Mainstream

Over the past year, gap Intelligence has seen a rise in the availability of gaming laptops in retail channels. These niche devices are usually sold alongside and often compared to traditional notebooks designed for more casual use. In this analyst’s opinion, the gaming laptop market should be working to be compared to its gaming console ...

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Bite-Sized Data Without the Calories

Snack manufacturers were on to something when they created 100 calorie snack packs. Each pack provides just the right amount of goodness to satisfy your cravings without the guilt. Here at gap intelligence, we comb through a vast amount of data each week. That data can be e-commerce pricing, retail brick-and-mortar pricing, retail online ...

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Inkjet Manufacturers Continue to Grow in A3 Business AiO Segment

In April, I wrote that vendors are looking to the A4 SOHO inkjet AiO segment as a place to grow their business. As it turns out, inkjet manufacturers may also be looking to the low-end A3 business inkjet segment as an avenue of growth. With that, inkjet manufacturers will continue to focus their efforts on both A4 and A3 business inkjet ...
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PC Market Embraces Touch

People want to touch their computer screens. Don't get me wrong, they probably still want mice and keyboards too, but people want the option to swipe something from one side to the other. How do I know? The inordinate, increasing number of fingerprints on non-touch laptop displays in retail stores. When shoppers are trying out laptops in-store, ...
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Windows 8 Tablets Arrive!

The long awaited launch of Windows 8 finally brought in the first real commercial presence of Windows-based tablets. The latest OS to enter the tablet arena is slowly gaining a mainstream retail presence and generating a lot of buzz. However, there are still many unanswered questions, which I hopefully will be able to answer through this blog.
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Target Takes a Stand!

After becoming the most vocal retailer against showrooming, Target recently dropped Amazon’s wildly popular Kindle eReaders and the Kindle Fire tablet, citing “conflict of interest” as the motivation behind its decision. While many in the industry were quick to point to Target’s growing relationship with Apple in explaining the bold move, I ...
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Growth in the Tablet Industry

If you have been following the tablet industry then you surely have seen this beast grow quickly. gap intelligence has been following the pulse of this market since the introduction of the first iPad in April 2010 and seen the market grow from 1 vendor (Apple) to 39 different vendors in the US retail channel by April 2012. The tablet market is ...
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Heard About 'Showrooming'?

There is a new word floating around in the wonderful world of retail, and that is “Showrooming.” In case you have not heard about it, allow me to explain. Showrooming is the practice of researching a product in-store and then buying it elsewhere, most likely at Amazon.com or eBay! With the increasing proliferation of data-enabled devices like ...
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Retailers Get Their Act Together, Create Dedicated Section for Tablets

Here at gap intelligence we monitor the pulse of retail. If you remember, I wrote a blog in June 2011 highlighting how tablets were positioned in multiple sections within a store, forcing consumers to walk the entire length and breadth of the store to explore different tablets. Times have changed with many retailers finally organizing their ...
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the pico-letter v8.04 - The Changing Rules of Retail and the Shrinking Shelf

Ten years ago Walmart superstores opened everywhere. Over the past three years, Target stores added groceries to their already large product assortment. Best Buy became the ultimate electronics store stocking everything from TVs to electric scooters. The theme? Large stores offering anything a consumer might want in a single location and on ...
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The Demand Creation Vacuum – Who’s Going to Step Up

One year ago last week, gap intelligence’s Market Intelligence reports included an revealing that two thirds of all former Circuit City customers planned to go to Best Buy and Walmart for their future electronics purchases. An understandable, but still immense, 55 percent of Circuit City shoppers planned to make future purchases at Best Buy, ...

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MicroCenter - ORGANIZED!!

A few months ago gap intelligence told the world, well at least those that read our blog or follow us on Twitter, that MicroCenter’s toner aisle was a complete disaster. For someone that visits this store each month, the process of moving all the toner boxes to find part numbers and price tags, write that info down, re-stack, grab another ...

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Not so Good Merchandising


Merchandising is a tough business. Thousands of hours are spent on brainstorming and creating displays that make products stand out on shelves. Then, of course, a company has to rent that space from a retailer (which is not cheap) and hire a small army of merchandisers to install, set up, and maintain those card board stands, billboards, ...

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We Will Click Our Way Out

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?Our economy is badly weakened, a consequence of greed and irresponsibility on the part of some, but also our collective failure to make hard choices and prepare the nation for a new age.?


- President Barack Obama, January 20, 2009




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Though Circuit City had been on the ropes for years and long considered a weakening retail player, the chain?s ...
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Blame Big TVs

Today's gossip around the electronics campfire is that Circuit City is the next big chain to fade away. If true, Circuit City's closure will confirm my belief that any electronics chain named after a geography is doomed for failure, joining the ranks of CompUSA, Computer City, and Incredible Universe. In reality, if Circuit City shuts down, it ...

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gap intelligence Throws a BRIC




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The?Olympic Games held in Beijing, China represented the climax chapter in an epic story of a rebuilding country. Dozens of journalists, some of whom covered President Nixon?s historic visit to China in the 1970?s, spoke in wonder about how radically different the country is today. The bicycles of yesterday have been replaced with motorcycles ...
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"Mixed Signals" is the gap intelligence Way


There are few things that I hate more than television commercials, yes, even the cute Apple ones.? My disdain for commercials runs so deep that I am more than willing to delay watching any television event so I can record the show on TiVo and then view it advertisement free.? This weekend for example, I was able to watch my alumni, Texas ...

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Wakamura Invades New York - Retail Jobs Safe

Just last week, Uniqlo, a trendy fashion store in New York, hired Wakamura to greet guests and point them in the right direction to find clothes, making sales associates nationwide fearful for their livlihood.? However, Wakamura's first day on the job proved to be too stressful as the robot couldn't appreciate the pounding techno music nor ...
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The Return of the Prom King

For years and years, HP and dozens of other companies took the abuse, the taunting, and the mockery. Quarter after quarter, day after day, the companies stuck in the bottom-feeding retail clique had to sit in the stands as Dell, the direct channel King of Prom, received all of the glowing accolades and rewards. Dell?s direct business model ...

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Venti, Decaf, Double Latte, Four Pumps, and No Foam

How do you take a commodity product that has existed for hundreds of years, usually costs about 75 cents, is offered at thousands of locations, can be made at home; then double the price and in the process start a revolutionary business philosophy? Well, you just improve of buying said cup of coffee to such a pleasurable endeavor that people ...

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