According to the latest Euclid Analytics report, the preferred amenity for Gen Z shoppers is guest Wi-Fi in stores, while scan-as-you-shop gadgets and free charging stations aren’t nearly as important.Euclid’s survey found that the oldest members of Gen Z — those between ages 16 and 21 — appreciate free Wi-Fi because it allows them to share their shopping experience with family and friends, as well as take photos of different products. They are also less likely to compare prices online than other age groups. The preferred social app for sharing is Snapchat.According to Euclid, retailers can entice Gen Z and other “younger generations” into their stores with guest Wi-Fi services to offer in-store incentives.Euclid commissioned a study of 1,500 U.S. smartphone users in February to learn overall trends for brick-and-mortar and online shopping, as well as the likes and dislikes about in-store shopping. A component of that study included a look at how smartphones impact the in-store shopping experience.In general, 64 percent of Americans said they still prefer to buy from a physical store. Further, more than 60 percent of those surveyed said they regularly visit a non-grocery store at least once a week, while only half of the respondents said they shop online that often. Sixty-six percent of Millennials — those between ages 20 and 35 — said they prefer shopping in a store. That’s because they like to see the merchandise (67 percent), enjoy browsing in stores (51 percent) and like getting the merchandise immediately without having to wait for delivery (45 percent).But Gen Z respondents also are more likely to ask the store associate for advice than other demographics. And while many said shopping in a store can be inconvenient, mostly because they don’t want to wait in line, it was the Gen Z respondents, in particular, who said they get frustrated if they can’t find what they want.
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"I think Spike is such a brilliant director because he holds up a mirror to society and reflects these issues, yet he doesn't shove it down your throat, he doesn't tell you what to think," says @lauraharrier on her latest film @Blackkklansman. Harrier was at the Cannes Film Festival – for the very first time – with @officialspikelee. #wwdeye #cannes (📷: @zefashioninsider)
“I would think to myself, Are you happy? Yes, I’m wildly happy. I go to this studio every day and, in my inside voices, I’m giggling; I’m singing. Yes, it’s a lot of work, it’s a [huge] volume of material. It wouldn’t be for everybody. But I was very happy,” said soap opera star @therealsusanlucci of checking in throughout the years with her career trajectory. Lucci spoke to WWD about her decades-long career, love for pilates, motherhood and her QVC activewear line. Read Bridget Foley’s full piece on Lucci on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: @celestesloman)
@balmain has taken a stand at the #cannes Film Festival, dressing 16 actresses at a press call for the project “Noire N’est Pas Mon Metier,” or “Black Is Not My Profession.” The multimedia project includes a book, photo exhibit and documentary, which aims to expose discrimination in the French and American entertainment industries. “The moment I was asked to participate, I knew it was right for me, and for this brand, to form a part of this moment,” Balmain creative director @olivier_rousteing told WWD. #wwdnews #wwdfashion
"I always feel curious and I feel like there's more to learn. But I think being relevant, feeling relevant, I personally always feel that there's just so much more to know. And maybe that's the key.” — @themarcjacobs #wwdsummits #wwdbeauty (📷: @patrickmacleodphoto )
“The most amazing thing about her is that, regardless of all the things that have happened to her, her spirit is so undaunted by all of it. She is the most cheerful person you will ever meet. She doesn’t see problems, she only sees solutions,” said @ajanaomi_king of activist Ifrah Ahmed, who she plays in a new film “A Girl from Mogadishu.” WWD caught up with King at Cannes — Head to WWD.com to read more about her new role, personal style and how she uses social media for causes like Time’s Up and Black Lives Matter #wwdeye
WWD asked a number designers to share their thoughts on what Meghan Markle’s wedding gown will look like this Saturday. Here, Valentino’s Pierpaolo Piccioli sketches his look. #wwdfashion #royalwedding #meghanmarkle