Sectors Buoyed by COVID-19: Which Will Plateau Post-Pandemic?
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused dramatic shifts in consumer demand and behaviour across the globe. In our previous article, we explored the sectors that are forecast to grow post-pandemic. Many of the sectors which are expected to see continued growth centre around technology. SaaS, digital health, mental health or wellbeing apps, eCommerce and digital marketing […]
Consumer Trends in Clothing and Apparel in the United Kingdom and the United States
The coronavirus pandemic has had a significant impact on the Clothing and Apparel sector in both the UK and the US. In March, millions of people stayed at home to reduce the transmission of the virus. This occurred as cases surged in both the United Kingdom and the United States. The crisis has negatively impacted […]
Is Fast Food Becoming a Healthy Sector for Investors?
Over the last few years, a swathe of new fast food brands have popped up. These new brands aim to cater to changing attitudes towards healthy eating and dietary choices. The traditional players in the fast food space, those widely perceived to offer ‘unhealthy’ meals, are beginning to alter their menus, too. Healthy choices seem […]
The effects of climate change in retail and hospitality
It’s official: February 2019 was the hottest month on record in Britain, the Met Office has confirmed. With temperatures reaching 21.2°C, it was hard to believe that, a year earlier, the country was facing the “Beast from the East”, with heavy snow and sub-zero temperatures. To put in context, the average temperature in February is […]
How do you spend your time while commuting? Catching up on the news? Checking your emails? Or shopping, perhaps? A recent research study has found that 43% of commuters in the UK have, at least four times a month, bought something online while commuting. It seems that going to or from work is the ideal […]
Challenges and trends for e-commerce
The changing landscape of e-commerce represents an exciting window of opportunities for innovation – however, new challenges and threats often rise at the same speed. Increasing conversion rates whilst improving your customers’ online shopping experience is the goal, but the pace is changing and customer needs are constantly evolving. With that in mind, we’ve put […]
Lessons from Black Friday
You’d be hard pressed to have not noticed Black Friday just gone, with advertising for deals splashed across social media and nearly every website. Since 2005, Black Friday has been the busiest shopping day of the year in the USA, and its global popularity is evidenced through the news every year since then. According to […]
The Modern Man – The growth of menswear through digital brands
Since 2015, the UK’s online menswear market has been growing significantly, as investors and designers alike realise the untapped potential of this market. In this period, there has been a significant shift in the attitudes to men’s fashion, as brands use similar marketing techniques to those long used in womenswear. To drill down into why […]
Easy to be eco-friendly – why should investors care?
Last week, onefourzero published an article on growing demand and investment in the home automation sector. One area of home automation that consumers favoured were products that helped them save energy as well as money, such as smart meters. Today’s consumer is more environmentally conscious than ever before. Searches on Google for the term “eco-friendly” […]
The beauty – and the drawback – of Amazon Beauty
Download a PDF version of this article here. The global beauty industry is currently valued at over $500 billion, and is expected to reach $800 billion by 2023. Between 2015 and 2017, private equity groups invested $1.6 billion in the sector. Unsurprisingly, Amazon is already a big part of it – but the e-commerce giant […]