Independent gift retailers are being urged to participate in Progressive Gifts & Home’s annual Retail Barometer, now in its 18th year, with the deadline extended until Friday 23 February.
“We need to compare 2023 to 2022 to see how indie gift retailers fared last year, and therefore need input from as many gift shops as possible,” commented Progressive Gifts & Home’s editor Sue Marks. “Each year, the Retail Barometer enables us to paint a true picture of what gift and home retailing is really like for independents. And with 17 years of data on which to draw, we can share a better understanding of the changing gift and home retailing landscape.”
Continues Sue: “The Progressive Gifts & Home Retail Barometer is the only annual survey that delves into the trials, tribulations and triumphs of independent gift retail, and we very much need the support of gift independents to be able to paint a true picture of the sector.”
Although last year was not without its challenges – most notably, the cost of living crisis, it also brought opportunities, making it very important to track the changes (2023 v 2022).
Respondents can complete the form all in one go (it shouldn’t take very long) or can return to it later using the same device. However, all responses are final and cannot be changed once ‘done’ button has been clicked.
The collective findings will appear in the March/April 2024 issue of Progressive Gifts & Home, and answers will remain confidential. Participants names and details will NOT be given to any third party.
All opinions will help paint a true picture of what were the ups and downs of indie life in 2023, to include Christmas trading. “Whatever your business experience over the past year, all views count,” Sue added, urging as many gift shops as possible to participate.
To take part in the survey, click here.
Top: The deadline date for the annual PG&H Retail Barometer has been extended until Friday 23 February, with gift shops responses helping to paint a picture of what independent retail was really like in 2023.