2012

Holiday Gift Card Demand 2012 – 2013

With every holiday season comes a handful of must-have items for kids (remember Tickle Me Elmo?) and adults alike. There is one item that continues to get hotter every year: the gift card. Holiday gift card sales are expected to reach $29.8B, up $1B from holiday 2012, according to the National Retail Federation. Often times the mental image associated with gift cards is the procrastinating shopper in a physical retail store on December 24th who resorts to plastic in fear of showing up to Christmas without a gift for a loved one.

U.S. Auto Industry: 2012 in Review

2012 was a year of recovery for the U.S. auto industry. Sales reached a post-recession high 14.4 million units, the best performance in 5 years and up 13% over 2011. At the same time Japanese manufacturers, reeling a year ago with post-tsunami inventory shortages came storming back to post 20%+ sales gains in 2012. Lastly, GM and Chrysler began to shed their bankruptcy status, with Chrysler especially posting solid sales gains…

Clickstream Prediction: Romney to Win the Palmetto State

It’s only mid-January, but we’re already starting to see how things are going to shake out for the Republicans in 2012. The field has narrowed considerably since campaigning first began last summer, and with several lead changes to boot – Michele Bachmann and Herman Cain, former frontrunners in the campaign, have both quit the race since December. Jon Huntsman rescinded his presidential bid ealier this week (along with his endorsement

2012 Toyota Camry Baseline and Targets

On August 23rd, Toyota launched the 2012 Toyota Camry.  The launch is important to Toyota as since 2007 Camry has accounted for 1 in 5 Toyota US sales, and for many years was the best-selling car in the US.  Since the last Camry launch, Toyota has faced a multi-million vehicle recall and the devastating Japan earthquake and tsunami that significantly disrupted production.  Furthermore, segment competition has evolved significantly since Camry’s