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The workplace recovery, which suffered a brief setback in September as the fourth COVID wave swept through the United States, is continuing apace. October visits were down by 47.7% Yo2Y, and the November visit gap shrunk even further to 34.3% – a major leap given that the Yo2Y visit gap had been hovering at around 50% for the previous four months. The fact that office foot traffic bounced back so quickly after this fourth COVID wave indicates that Americans are ready to return to their workplace.

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May 23, 2022 / Real Estate

The Five Largest Apartment Transactions in 1st Quarter

From RealPage
Apartment transaction volumes eased in 1st quarter 2022, following record volumes in 4th quarter 2021. Roughly 2,200 apartment properties changed hands at a value of nearly $63 billion during 1st quarter 2022, according to Real Capital Analytics (RCA). This was the strongest 1st quarter on record, though transactions were well below the previous quarter when around 4,900 properties changed hands for more than $161.6 billion.
May 23, 2022 / Business

What A Ride: Peloton Remixes its Ad Strategy in 2021

From MediaRadar
Peloton has been on a wild ride the past three years. When in-person gyms closed due to COVID-19, Peloton capitalized on providing an in-home fitness solution. Peloton’s shares were up 220% in 2020 due to the pandemic causing profits to rise. But nearly all of those gains were wiped out last year as the brand had a bumpy ride in 2021 with bad press, class action lawsuits, supply problems among their issues.
May 23, 2022 / Economy

Top-performing fintech apps invest in cultural relevance

From Apptopia
On Friday Kendrick Lamar announced his first tour in 5 years and presale tickets could be purchased via Cash App. This was no surprise after our findings in the Brand Relative App Growth Index (BRAG Index) revealed partnerships was a popular mobile marketing strategy used by top apps over the last six months. The savviest of apps, like Cash App and Chick-fil-A, thought beyond brand marketing and used partnerships to drive installs by lining up value on the other side.
May 20, 2022 / Business

How did Wayfair’s Way Day 2022 compare to previous years?

From Second Measure
Shortly before announcing its first quarter earnings results, DTC home furnishing company Wayfair Inc (NYSE: W) launched its fifth annual Way Day sales event. Bucking its trend of increasing sales every year, consumer transaction data shows that Wayfair sales during Way Day week in 2022 were lower compared to Way Day week sales during the previous two years. However, zooming out, average transaction values at Wayfair Inc have been on the rise in 2022.
May 20, 2022 / Business

The Impact of Inflation and High Gas Prices on Retail Foot Traffic – May 2022 Update

From Placer
We last looked at the impact of inflation and increased gas costs on retail foot traffic in late March 2022. With another month of data in, we dove into the numbers to find out if retail visits have recovered from the shock of rising prices and what categories are proving particularly resilient. Gas prices increased gradually in January and February 2022, but the beginning of March saw a dramatic spike relative to an end of 2020 baseline.
May 20, 2022 / Business

McDonald’s the Most Loved on UberEats and Foodpanda in Taiwan

From Measureable AI
Online Food Delivery apps are changing the traditional fast food restaurant business. With their user-friendly experience, professional driver network, and rapid global expansion, many fast food chains have chosen to onboard the food delivery platforms to keep up with the on-demand economy. At Measurable AI, we build and own a unique consumer panel and are the largest transactional email receipt data provider for the emerging markets.
May 20, 2022 / Business

The number of Web3 apps available for download is growing almost 5x faster in 2022 than in 2021

From Apptopia
The number of apps describing themselves and/or marketing themselves as "web3" is growing. Apptopia data indicates this trend started in 2020 and ramped up in 2022. The number of Web3 apps available for download is growing almost 5x faster in 2022 than in 2021. Year-to-date, apps available for downloads are up 88%.
May 19, 2022 / Business

Why Non-Competes are Damaging the Finance Sector

From Revelio Labs
In our recent collaboration with Business Insider, we studied talent flows from quant hedge funds and prop trading firms to the tech industry. This week we focus on who exactly is hiring this technical talent during the hefty non-compete period. While rival funds and trading firms are frequent destinations, Alphabet, Amazon, Facebook, and Microsoft are still the most common destinations for engineers, data scientists, and researchers.
May 19, 2022 / Business

Home Furnishing Performance Prove that (Store Fleet) Size Matters

From Placer
Over the past couple of years, several home furnishing retailers – including At Home, HomeGoods, and Floor & Decor – have expanded their physical footprint, while other brands such as Tuesday Morning shrunk their store count. We dove into the foot traffic numbers to find out how modifying the store fleet size has affected these retailers’ recent performance. Despite the wider challenges impacting retail, recent location analytics data shows that several home furnishing leaders are seeing visits that match or exceed 2019 foot traffic levels.
May 19, 2022 / Business

Pathmatics Launches Snapchat and TikTok Advertising Intelligence

From Pathmatics
Snapchat and TikTok reach billions of millennial and Gen Z users every day and have changed the social media landscape for brands, advertisers, publishers, and investors. Today, we’re thrilled to share that ad intelligence for Snapchat and TikTok is now available in Pathmatics Explorer. Customers will have full visibility into how brands are including these platforms as part of their media mix, as well as how seasonal trends are affecting share of voice and creative strategies.
May 19, 2022 / Economy

Monthly Jobs Recap: Companies put the brakes on hiring in April

From LinkUp
After the four previous months of slow, yet steady job listings growth, April jobs data shows employers are removing job postings and putting a pause on recruitment. With the uncertainty in the economy and increased interest rates businesses are being more conservative when hiring. Total active job listings in the U.S. were down by 3.1%, affecting nearly every occupation, industry, and state. Job listings with the highest rates of decline were concentrated in Healthcare, with listings down more than 5%. [](https://blog.linkup.com/data-seekers/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/2022/05/LinkUpRecapMapApr2022.jpg)
May 18, 2022 / Business

Which company is winning the restaurant food delivery war?

From Second Measure
When many Americans sheltered in their homes early in the coronavirus pandemic, meal delivery sales reached new heights. Our data reveals that in April 2022, sales for meal delivery services grew 7 percent year-over-year, collectively. The ongoing pandemic may also be driving more Americans to make their first meal delivery purchase. In April 2022, 52 percent of U.S. consumers had ever ordered from one of the meal delivery services in our analysis, up from 47 percent a year ago.
May 18, 2022 / Business

Uber vs. Lyft: Who’s tops in the battle of U.S. rideshare companies

From Second Measure
When U.S. cities and states faced shelter-in-place orders to limit the spread of the coronavirus, Americans’ reduced mobility resulted in plummeting sales at rideshare companies. With the exception of year-end dips in 2020 and 2021, sales have been gradually recovering since April 2020. Bloomberg Second Measure transaction data shows that Uber sales were up 80 percent year-over-year and Lyft sales were up 49 percent year-over-year in April 2022.
May 18, 2022 / Business

Costco, BJ’s, and Sam’s Club – Q1 2022 Update

From Placer
The wholesale category was thriving when we last checked in. Costco landed on our 2022 Predicted Winners list and BJ’s and Sam’s Club were still riding the wave of 2021 success. But the end of 2021 and beginning of 2022 brought about a new set of challenges that threatened to upend the consistent strength the segment had seen. We dove deeper into the retail foot traffic trends to see how these chains are doing.
May 18, 2022 / Travel

London Heathrow is the World’s Busiest International Airport This Week

From OAG
Total scheduled airline seats this week remains above the 90 million mark, a few regions have reported slight reductions in capacity leading to a total seat reduction this week of 190,000. Indications are that we should stay at this sort of level for the next few weeks by which time, with a bit of luck, China will once again be easing the latest lockdown. As always there are a few nuggets of change in the week’s data, and we are also going to look at the top twenty international airports this week compared to this time in 2019 with some notable absences, although not quite as many as in the Everton defence this weekend!
May 18, 2022 / Business

10 Home Goods Advertisers to Watch

From MediaRadar
According to Furniture Today, the pandemic unsurprisingly fueled consumers’ “home goods” purchases. As pandemic restrictions ease, and even with consumer spending focusing more on experiences and travel, the “homebody economy” continues to flourish. Furthermore, this upward trend in consumer home goods spending is propelled by diminishing supply chain issues; among other factors. Overall, ad spend in the home goods industry should increase in step with consumer confidence in the category.
May 18, 2022 / Real Estate

Annual Rent Growth Hits One-Year Record High in March, CoreLogic Reports

From CoreLogic
CoreLogic, a leading global property information, analytics and data-enabled solutions provider, today released its latest Single-Family Rent Index (SFRI), which analyzes single-family rent price changes nationally and across major metropolitan areas. U.S. single-family rent price growth continued at a record pace in March, up 13.6% from one year earlier. Slim inventory continues to squeeze renters, as do robust home price gains – both familiar culprits in declining affordability.
May 18, 2022 / Business

Has the E-Commerce Bubble Burst, Or Just Floated Down?

From Consumer Edge Research
Recent earnings reports of several e-commerce companies have caused many to wonder if pandemic fatigue will erase most of the new shopping behaviors that have emerged over the last two years. In today’s Insight Flash, we look at trends not only over the last year, but over the last three years for five high-profile e-commerce subindustries in both the UK and US: Grocery Delivery Services, Meal Kits, Online Retail – Broadlines, Ride-Sharing, and Video Streaming to assess how much consumer preferences for e-commerce have truly changed.
May 17, 2022 / Business

How are Mid-range and Luxury Department Stores Performing in 2022?

From Placer
Department stores have been part of the American retail landscape for decades – but their role in consumers’ shopping routines is changing. We dove into foot traffic trends for leading mid-range and luxury brands to see how these iconic retailers are performing in this almost-post COVID world. COVID hit department stores particularly hard – even after non-essential business reopened, many consumers still avoided shopping indoors. By summer 2021, however, many brands, including Macy’s, Dillard’s, and Kohl’s, were nearing – and sometimes exceeding – pre-pandemic levels.
May 17, 2022 / Business

Top QSR apps in the U.S. for April 2022 by Downloads

From Apptopia
The top 10 quick-service restaurant apps in the U.S. were downloaded 9.95 million times in April, 4.75 percent more than those the month prior. Year-over-year in the month of April, downloads of the top 36 quick-service apps are up 20.9 percent. A download represents a new user and the first conversion on the mobile app customer’s journey. The biggest mover from a ranking perspective is KFC, moving up eight spots from No. 16 last month into the No. 8 spot this month