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Placer.ai White Paper Recap – February 2024

by 
Shira Petrack
 on 
March 12, 2024
Placer.ai White Paper Recap – February 2024

In February 2024 Placer.ai released two white papers: 10 Top Brands to Watch in 2024 and Q4 2023 Quarterly Index. Below is a taste of our findings. To read more data-driven consumer research, visit our library

Q4 2023 Quarterly Index 

The Q4 2023 Quarterly Index white paper analyzed the foot traffic performance of the Fitness, Beauty & Self Care, Discount & Dollar Stores, Superstores, Grocery Stores, and Dining categories in 2023 and during last year’s all-important holiday shopping season.

Overview of Categories: Q4 2023 and Yearly Review

Last year ended on a high note for many retailers, with cooling inflation and rebounding consumer confidence contributing to a robust holiday season. Still, 2023 was a year of headwinds for the sector, as consumers traded down and cut back on unnecessary indulgences. 

In the midst of these challenges, some segments thrived. Continued prioritization of health and wellness by consumers drove strong visit growth for the Fitness and Beauty & Self Care segments – which emerged as 2023 winners and enjoyed positive foot traffic growth in Q4. At the same time, price consciousness drove foot traffic to Discount & Dollar Stores and Superstores, both of which made inroads into the affordable grocery space during the year. 

The Grocery category, too, saw a 4.3% jump in visits last year compared to 2022, as well as a slight uptick in Q4 visits. And even the discretionary Dining sector held its own, with a 2.1% year-over-year (YoY) annual increase in foot traffic, and a Q4 quarterly visit gap of just 1.8%. 

For a deeper dive into the Q4 2023 performance of these sectors, read the full report.

10 Top Brands to Watch in 2024

The 10 Top Brands to Watch in 2024 white paper leveraged up-to-date location intelligence and consumer demographic insights to identify ten brands gearing up for growth in 2024 – one of which was Foxtrot Market. 

Foxtrot Market: The C-Store Connoisseur

Convenience stores have evolved into bona-fide dining destinations. And Foxtrot, a Chicago-based chain with 29 stores across Texas, Illinois, Washington, Maryland, and Virginia, is one of the brands redefining what a convenience store can be. The chain offers an upscale convenience store experience and is particularly known for including local brands in its product assortment as well as its excellent wine curation and dining options.

And location intelligence data indicates that Foxtrot knows its audience – visitors to the chain were significantly more likely to fall into AGS: Behavior & Attitudes dataset’s  “Wine Drinker” or “Nutritionally Aware” segments than visitors to nearby convenience stores. The company plans to ramp up store openings, particularly in the suburbs, where convenience and a good bottle of wine might just find the perfect home as a welcome distraction from the daily grind.

To find out the other brands on the list, read the full report

For more data-driven consumer research, visit our library

This blog includes data from Placer.ai Data Version 2.0, which implements improvements to our extrapolation capabilities, adds short visit monitoring, and enhances visit detection.

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