The Top 5 U.S. Metro Areas for Spending on Women’s Apparel
August 21, 2014

With tempered growth in the overall apparel market, some segments such as plus-size clothing and activewear are experiencing gains that are offering retailers long-awaited business opportunities.     Women’s clothing has always been strategically important to retailers – making up Read on! →

The Marriage of Bricks and Clicks
August 19, 2014

Everyone knows that the retail landscape is evolving at a rate so fast that it’s nearly impossible to keep up. While many retailers have fallen behind, others are experimenting with new business models, operations, and store management, as well as Read on! →

Top 5 U.S. Metro Areas for Menswear Spending
August 14, 2014

The world is experiencing a menaissance. Men are taking an increased interest in their appearance, are more in tune with the latest fashion trends, and are changing the rules of the menswear market.   Responding to the upsurge in demand Read on! →

Meet the New Male Consumer
August 13, 2014

Once an afterthought in the apparel landscape, male consumers are now becoming the new darling of the fashion industry. Over the past few years, men have increased their shopping activity and taken a greater interest in their overall appearance, as Read on! →

Brick and Mortar Stores are the Future of Retail
July 31, 2014

With all the hype around online and digital, it’s hard to separate fact from fiction. While digital has been one of the principal disrupters in retail, pure-play online retailers, such as Amazon, only account for 5% of total U.S. retail Read on! →

The Top 5 Metro Areas for Activewear Spending
July 29, 2014

The activewear category is booming – growing more than four times faster than the overall apparel industry – as both men and women trade in their jeans for yoga attire and athleisure wear.     The latest evolution in fitness Read on! →

The Apparel Spotlight Puts Activewear Center Stage
July 25, 2014

Long gone are the days when high-fashion designers and retailers dictated what the latest fashions would be. Now, the power lies in the hands of consumers, with their choices transforming the industry.   For the past few years, both men Read on! →

What is SCOUT?
July 17, 2014

SCOUT, Buxton’s analytics platform, is the most technologically-advanced, simple-to-use, data visualization tool in the market, and is accessible on any computer, tablet or smartphone. This cloud-based geo-analytic solution connects decision makers from executives, operations, marketing and merchandising to custom retail Read on! →

A Plus-Size Transformation in the Apparel Industry
July 15, 2014

We recently wrote about how the plus-size apparel industry was on the verge of a revolution, a prediction that has been validated by the industry’s tremendous sales growth. In the year ending April 2014, sales of plus-size clothing came in Read on! →

Deliver Moneyball Results to Your Company
July 11, 2014

  With Major League Baseball at the halfway point, it’s amazing to see that the Oakland A’s still have the best record in baseball… with the 4th lowest payroll.  And if you’re a big baseball fan, or even just a Read on! →

Control Your Cannibalization
July 8, 2014

Cannibalization: the pesky reality that puts a damper on growth by hurting sales at your existing locations and clouds your decision making as well as your results. Because when this awful word gets thrown around in business contexts, many decision-makers Read on! →

The 25 Most Popular Tourist Attractions in the US
July 1, 2014

If a waterpark isn’t your thing, TripAdvisor announced the winners of its Travelers’ Choice awards for attractions – just in time for your summer vacation. To determine the awards, TripAdvisor evaluated millions of traveler reviews and then created an algorithm Read on! →

Your Pocket Guide to the Apparel Industry
June 27, 2014

The apparel industry is being forced to face unprecedented change head-on. Technological advances and radically changing consumer behaviors are combining to reshape the retail landscape faster than some retailers can react. Today’s consumers have vastly different and greater expectations of products, Read on! →

The 12 Best Water Parks in America
June 26, 2014

  Business Insider recently compiled a list of the 12 Best Water Parks in America, ranking them by the number of water attractions including slides, pools, lazy rivers, and parks. Since we are in the throes of summer, I thought Read on! →

3 Ways Retail Is Radically Changing
June 24, 2014

For what seems like an eternity, brick and mortar retailers have been struggling to keep up and compete with online retailers, which offer unparalleled personalization and convenience to consumers by harnessing mountains of customer data.   By cultivating the information Read on! →

How to Convert Webroomers into Brick and Mortar Gold
June 12, 2014

Last week we talked about how despite retailers’ existential crisis regarding showrooming, webrooming is on the rise and, much to people’s dismay, is actually more common than showrooming. This surge in webrooming is shifting the opportunity back to brick and Read on! →

20 Things Retailers Must Know About Their Customers
June 10, 2014

Econsultancy published a blog entitled “20 Things a Retailer Really Should Know About Their Customers,” which emphasized the fact that most retailers simply don’t know enough about their customers to have a truly effective retail real estate and marketing strategy Read on! →

Where in the World Are Millennials?
May 30, 2014

Millennials – you know, the generation that has been exhaustively dissected and talked about? While the information gleaned from the extensive analysis has provided a guide to help retailers adjust their marketing strategies so they can better reach and engage Read on! →

Retailers Wake Up To a Plus-Size Industry Revolution
May 28, 2014

Apparel retailers have traditionally given the cold shoulder to plus-sized women, but some are starting to warm up to the idea of catering to this demographic and are starting to dip their toes into the full-figured clothing business. And it’s Read on! →

The 3 Most Important Demographics for Retailers
May 16, 2014

Consumer behavior, spending and demographic profiles are changing with every passing day, and retailers are left scrambling to keep up. Yet, 3 groups of consumers are emerging as the bright spots in the retail industry. Who are the groups that Read on! →

The Lost Generation: Baby Boomers
May 12, 2014

Today, most retailers are watching the Millennial generation develop into full-fledged consumers, placing an increased emphasis on how to market and engage with them. While following the traditional marketing bias of aggressively courting the 18-49 target audience – being lured Read on! →

Retail Forecast: The State of the Apparel Industry
May 1, 2014

The retail industry, while not unfamiliar with change, has reached its proverbial tipping point. The convergence of an economy in transition, rapidly developing new technologies and increasingly high consumer expectations has created the perfect storm that is dramatically transforming the Read on! →

From Insights to Action – Market Share by Buxton
April 29, 2014

Market share is the most important metric companies can use to judge the effectiveness of any possible revenue generating effort, such as marketing campaigns, branding initiatives, or CRM programs.   The reason for this is simple – market share shows Read on! →

Express Looks to Outlet Malls for Growth
April 25, 2014

It wasn’t long ago when outlet malls were thought of as a place to buy slightly damaged goods, cheap knock-off brands and other items that simply couldn’t sell in traditional retail stores and malls. But today, outlet malls are experiencing Read on! →

Buxton and Marriott Speak at Wharton
April 16, 2014

Photo Courtesy of WCAI Recently, representatives from Buxton and our client, Marriott, visited Wharton as part of the Wharton Customer Analytics Initiative Executive in Residence series. The series brings leaders in the field of customer analytics to meet with students Read on! →

What You Need To Know About Millennial Teens
April 15, 2014

For good reason, Millennials have been called the largest and most influential generation of consumers ever. The some 80 million Millennials born between the years 1980 and 2000, or those between 14 and 34 years of age, will spend more Read on! →

7 Reasons Why In-Store Shopping Will Never Die
April 10, 2014

Yes, yes, I know. The retail landscape is shifting, and as our world becomes more digital, so does our shopping experience. Many have predicted the death of brick and mortar stores and the rise of e-commerce as online sales have Read on! →

The 3 Most Important Analytics Questions
April 8, 2014

Every executive of every business has an interest in growth, innovation and sustained success, but while this concept is hardly novel, it is more complex than many imagine or care to recognize. Today, almost every retailer is collecting data, but Read on! →

Social Media’s Influence on How Millennials Shop
April 1, 2014

The elusive Millennial generation is bigger and harder to win over than previous generations. They march to a different tune, one which has been influenced by the fact that they have grown up with technology as a pacifier. Their mindset Read on! →

5 Reasons Why Millennials Love Fast Casual Pizza

  Just like better burger and better sandwich concepts, the better pizza category is captivating the elusive Millennial generation’s attention – but what’s the allure of this made-to-order pizza segment?   Quick and Easy: Millennials, known for their busy schedules Read on! →

Fast Casual Pizza’s Dough is Rising
March 25, 2014

  The fast casual pizza boom, featuring customized, artisan-style pizzas made in less than 5 minutes, continues to gain momentum in 2014 with more players entering the field every day. In this round-up, we give you the meatiest factoids about Read on! →

Step Inside Buxton with Bill Stinneford
March 24, 2014

Learn more about how Buxton serves clients in the retail, restaurant, healthcare, and public sectors in this video published by the Fort Worth Business Press. Produced by Creative Ammo Media.  

Pizza – The Next Hot Concept for Fast Casual
March 20, 2014

With more than 65,000 units and $40 billion in annual U.S. sales, the fast casual pizza segment is becoming the new darling of the restaurant industry. New players are rapidly entering this growing segment – it’s estimated that 10% of Read on! →

The Fast Casual Restaurant Survival Guide
March 18, 2014

Did you know that because of historically high levels of pent-up demand among consumers, restaurant industry sales are expected to hit a record high of $683.4 billion in 2014? That’s an increase of 3.6% from 2013. This continued expansion and Read on! →

Step Inside Buxton
March 14, 2014

Buxton has much to celebrate in its 20th year. In this video published by the Fort Worth Business Press, Tom Buxton, founder and CEO of the Buxton Company, talks about who we are, what we have accomplished, and what the Read on! →

Why Is Fast Casual Breakfast Becoming So Popular?
March 13, 2014

Gradually, traditional daypart designations are fading in the face of a changing employment landscape, a 24-hour culture and altered eating habits. Fast casual restaurants are adding breakfast dayparts and expanding menu options. This category is thriving even as overall restaurant Read on! →

Don’t Fail When Expanding North
March 11, 2014

Canada is becoming a top market for expansion outside of the U.S. with a shift in new retail construction across the country. For many retailers, they feel that they have almost reached saturation in the U.S. market, and moving north Read on! →

Turn Big Data Into Answers, Not Headaches
March 6, 2014

Recently QSR Magazine published a column titled “Avoiding Big Data’s Big Headaches.” The article begins by exploring the fact that every executive has an interest in growth, innovation and sustained success, but that while the concept is hardly novel, it Read on! →

Canada: A New Frontier for U.S. Retailers
March 4, 2014

The Canadian retail market is on the edge of a major change. U.S. retailers are driving a steady retail boom in Canada as they are lured in by the untapped potential in emerging markets, higher retail productivity rates and an Read on! →

Fast Casual Fast Facts For 2014
February 27, 2014

  2014 will mark the fifth consecutive year that the fast casual segment’s growth in traffic will surpass that of every other restaurant segment. As this segment continues its meteoric rise, take a peek at these pint-sized factoids to help Read on! →

The Top 40 Growth Markets for Fast Casual Restaurants
February 26, 2014

In 2010, QSR magazine began to analyze the nation’s top markets to identify and rank the top 40 markets that were best poised for restaurant growth and unit expansion. The results are based on historical information from CREST reports (reports Read on! →

Franchise Round-Up
February 21, 2014

  Going into IFA’s Annual Convention this weekend, we wanted to re-post our recent series of blogs on franchising, just in case you missed one.     The Number 1 Reason That A Franchise Fails: Franchise businesses are expected to Read on! →

The Top 5 Franchise Industries To Watch
February 19, 2014

The companies that ranked in Entrepreneur’s 35th annual Franchise 500 added a total of 8,725 U.S. franchise units between 2012 and 2013 – a 51% increase over the previous year’s growth. And that growth is not just contained to the Read on! →

The Top 100 Most Romantic Restaurants in America
February 14, 2014

To help all the diners get into the spirit of Valentine’s Day and attempt to make last minute restaurant reservations, OpenTable has announced the 2014 Diners’ Choice Award winners for the Top 100 Most Romantic Restaurants in America.   The awards Read on! →

Whatever You Do, Don’t Look Down
February 11, 2014

This restaurant franchise is taking the meaning of going out to dinner to new heights. Dinner in the Sky, a Belgium-based company, suspends up to 22 diners on open-air tables, each weighing nearly seven tons, 180 feet above ground.   Read on! →

15 Franchise Stats For 2014
February 6, 2014

  Want some factoids to inform your franchise growth strategy in 2014? Take a peek at these stats below to help inform your franchising decisions this year:   Franchises are expected to add nearly 200,000 new jobs in 2014. Source Read on! →