Retailing Consortium Launches PRISM To Collect Data On Shoppers' Behavior

Retailing Consortium Launches PRISM To Collect Data On Shoppers' Behavior

A consortium of retailers and consumer suppliers are working with Nielsen Co., famous for its nonsensical television ratings system, to launch a large-scale study of consumer behavior in stores. The program is called PRISM, which stands for “Pioneering Research for an In-Store Metric,” and it uses infrared sensors and manual counting, as well as genetic clones of our loved ones, to monitor not just what we buy but how we go about buying it. “About 70% of final purchase decision are made at the shelf,” says a Procter & Gamble rep. “The store has always been important – we just didn’t know enough about it.”

Save Gas and Drive Time With the Power of Numbers

Save Gas and Drive Time With the Power of Numbers

By collecting data for over a year and analyzing the results, Brandon Hansen was able to reduce his drive time by 30 hours a year.

Souls = Cheeseburgers

We saw this odd little list thanks to Church Marketing Sucks. It was originally posted over at the Revitalize Your Church blog. We’re just going to quote the whole thing, since we’re pretty astounded by it.

Best Buy’s Sales Wall Numbers Decoded

Best Buy’s Sales Wall Numbers Decoded

Although we can’t recall ever seeing such a thing, apparently some Best Buy stores have giant numbers up near the register detailing information about that day’s sales. A long blogger was intrigued enough to decode the numbers, and has explained their meaning on his site.

American Houses, Blouses Trend Together

American Houses, Blouses Trend Together

This is far from science—and the author of this chart doesn’t claim that it is—but you might find it a bit amusing to see this correlation between American’s median home size and our rates of obesity. Both are blossoming.