Over the past three weeks our email intelligence tracking the most accurate proxy of consumer activity has identified brands that are showing strong growth in email order confirmations, welcome emails or other similar.
Within our universe of nearly 300 names, our email intelligence identified several brands relying on record setting promotions and discount to drive traffic both online and in stores. Compared with prior years, total promotional volume, total steep discounts, total significant discounts were all at least 100-200% higher than year ago levels.
Our systems alert investors to these situations which have often signaled dramatically reduced guidance.
Our promotional email ensemble helped investors better understand and quantify the magnitude of changes in the intensity and aggressiveness that apparel brands such as Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF), American Eagle (AE) and Guess (GES) are sending. As weather has warmed, our promotional ensemble reveals robust demand growth as consumers previously stuck at home load up on “going out” summer apparel.
Our promotional ensemble quantifies the changes such as key declines in the volume of email campaigns, the distribution discounts offered.
Successfully channelling rebounding demand for swimwear, AEO’s Aerie has further throttled back its promotions.
Our tracking on an sector basis reveals AEO has become one of the least aggressive promotors compared with its peers compared with just a year ago.
For Guess, our email intelligence allows investors to quantify the exact campaign frequency and intensity. As can be seen below, Guess is pushing out significant promotions and discount coupons much less frequently than a year ago as organic demand has rebounded.