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2013 Best Selling Models of Kia

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The South Korea’s automobile manufacturer Kia has taken two places in the top 25 list given by the good car bad car website. The list was prepared based on the sales statistics for the year ended 2013. The statistics are taken from the reports by the automakers and Automotive News Data Center. In this article we will see the Kia’s best selling models for the past year. The models are Kia Optima and Kia Soul.

  • Kia Optima: With strong engine choices, evocative styling and long list of features it is easy to see. For the mid size sedan, 2013 Kia Optima is one of the top pick. Kia Optima is in the fifteenth rank in best the selling models of America for the year 2013. In the year its sales are 155,893, it is 2.3 percent growth than the previous years sales of 152,399 units.
  • Mileage: The gas mileage for Kia Optima is 22 to 24 miles per gallon (mpg) in city traffic and on highway traffic it is 34 to 35 mpg.
  • Pros and Cons: Lengthy warranty, impressive value by the gasoline models, top crash scores, ample features content, handsome cabin and solid acceleration are the pros. Cons for the Kia Optima are odd brake response in hybrid model, real world mileage historically falls short of EPA estimates, and tight on rear seat headroom.
  • Safety: The standard safety features in Kia Optima include side and side curtain airbags, hill start assist, stability and traction control and four wheel anti-lock disc brakes.
  • Kia Soul: The 2013 Kia Soul is fun to drive nature to practical hatchback realm and it brings hipster styling. Kia Soul is in the nineteenth rank for the year 2013 with 118,079 units of sale in 2013 which is 115,778 in 2012 with an increase of two percent in sales.
  • Mileage: Kia Soul’s city gas mileage is 23 to 25 mpg and in highway traffic it is 28 to 30 mpg.
  • Pros and Cons: Pros of the Kia Soul includes long warranty, low price, funky style, ample passenger space, user friendly controls, and loads of available features. Stiff ride with eighteen inch wheels and few competitors versus limited cargo are the cons.
  • Safety: The standard safety features in the Kis Soul includes hill start assist, front head restraints, side curtain and front seat side airbags, traction control, stability control, and anti-lock disc brakes for four wheel.

For the year ended 203, Kia Optima (155,893) has given a good competition to Chevrolet Impala (156,797) with nearly nine hundred numbers difference. As well Kia Soul with 118,079 faced a fierce competition from Subaru Outback with 118,049, it is just thirty units difference.
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Feb 10, 2014

Reports on Changes in Consumer’s Online Shopping Habits and Usage of Customer Review

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The survey was conducted by the the e-tailing group and PowerReviews to assess the motivations and preferences regarding online product research and customer reviews, found that about 1000 consumers, shop at least 4 times and spend about $250 or more on online shopping per year.

According to report of the PowerReviews, nearly 50 percent of the respondents reported that, the research is conducted by them online for at least half of the purchases done. And few people are making research for one day before making an online purchase. This study also found that many people prefer their own research online rather than speaking with knowledgeable persons in shops. There are three reasons to prefer online research according to respondents, such as: it’s ability to save time, increasing the confidence and providing credible information.

  • They found in survey that the online research can be started by majority of the shoppers with a search engine.
  • Shoppers are finding information from the first three sites appeared in the search engine. Consumers give the least rank to the Social Media sites to make research.
  • Now a days shoppers are spending more time on reading reviews, before online purchase. Nearly 64 percent shoppers take ten minutes or more and 33 percent take the nearly half an hour or more than that.
  • In order to be confident in judging a product they read the reviews. Eight and more reviews are read by nearly 39 percent of people and 16 or more reviews are read by 12 percent shoppers.

These are the findings of report which explains the consumers’ online shopping habits, and usage of customer review.

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Filed under Business
Jan 7, 2011

Retail Sales of Scarves or Mufflers and Belts

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The Scarves are one of the dress accessories. These were discovered by new generations to add them to their wardrobes. More than 60 percent of the buyers are younger who are aged between 13 to 34. About 31 percent of young consumers may be buying these scarves as gifts or others. Remaining may buy for them selves. Sales increased in department store, specialty store and mass merchant channels, though these were initiated at junior level. Oblongs, ultra long styles and cowls and loops, squares these are different shapes. Sales of scarves was 911.4 million dollars in 2007, 971.9 million dollars in 2008 and 1,122.6 million dollars in 2009.

Difference category of scarves can be worn indoors or with a coat, like scarves for warm weather and cold weather or light weight, textured. Traditional silks and poly oblongs are reduced. And silk and poly or nylon chiffon with novelty and oversized scarves 72* 80 inches or 40 * 80 inches and 21 *28 inches were strong in viscose gauze are better than other styles.

Belts also are one of the dress accessories. Though these were invented earlier, but customers want fashionable belts. 75 percent of belts are purchased for self use. Sales of belts in 2007 was 360.4 million dollars, and in 2008 327.9 million dollars and 382.7 million dollars in 2009. The belts with 2 ½ to 3 inch width and with simple elastic band styles with front leather tabs are best performed belts.

The importance is growing for adjustable belts, and these are number one selling styles.

Filed under Business
Oct 1, 2010

US Consumers Shopping in 2010: Report of Econsultancy

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Now-a-days, media integration and social networking are the hot trends in e-commerce. If retailers and merchants hope to remain relevant in e-commerce, they need to stick to the targeted and relevant email marketing tactics, even if the consumers are turning to social media sites for shopping.

If email marketing is to be an effective tool, it must targeted, selective and relevant. 53% of the consumers claim that irrelevant information devalued emails which they received. Over 54% of respondents reported that emails had no special advantage and were not of use to them.

According to the report, 55% of respondents said that it makes them more inclined to purchase a product with high ratings. 56% said that their likelihood of using a particular online store increases based on consumer-generated reviews.

Women are less likely to use expert site and search engines reviews for one-time product research than men, mainly for less expensive items. For products of any price, women tend to take part in discussion, online and off. Men tend to take less and involve less range of media than women during the purchase process.

Because of busy schedules and level of comfort with the internet, those between 25 and 38 years old age range are most reliant on e-commerce.

Suggested reading:
Branding Becoming More Important For Purchasing Jewelry
Luxury Market to Start Stabilizing In 3Q
Jewelry Price Inflation in April 2009
Statistics of Online Shopping on Mother’s Day
Tips To Select Gifts for Senior Citizens
Market Share of Accessories of Men And Women

Filed under Business
Aug 30, 2010

Statistics of Online Shopping on Mother’s Day

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Gifts are being presented in order to show their affection and love. Mothers play a very important role in bringing their child up. In turn the child wants to contribute the affection by giving gift to their mothers on occasion of mother’s day.

Generally the gifts can be chosen by shopping around or by shopping online. The most effective way to buy is to do the online shopping. Online shopping is done because more gifts can be found online. National Retail Federation (NRF) has published, before mother’s day that 20% of all consumers will buy Mother’s day gifts online.

The survey delivers some of the major issues like:

  • Compared to last year the amount of money which will be spent this year on mother’s day will be more and is $ 126.90.
  • Most of them are showing interest in buying jewellery which is 25% more when compared to the plan of Shopper.
  • According to the NRF, 83.3% are celebrating the mother’s day. And they buy 62.6% online gifts for mothers and 20.6% for their wives, 9.4% for daughter , 7.9% for grand mother, 7.6% for sister, 6.8% for friend.
  • Even according to the statistics that men will buy and spend more on mother’s day gift i.e. $154.74 and women they spend $100.46

The above survey was done from April 6th to 13th 2010 and 8,197 consumers participated in it.

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Filed under Society
Jun 30, 2010

Jewelry Price Inflation in April 2009

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Inflation at the jewelry retail and supplier end for the month of April 2009, as indicated as a percentage variation year-over-year (April 2009 versus April 2008) in the U.S. market is:

  • Jewelry Producer Price Index +0.8 percent
    • Platinum & Gold utilized in Jewelry +0.7 percent
    • Other valuable Metals utilized in Jewelry +4.0 percent
  • Jewelry & Watch Consumer Price Index +2.5 percent
    • Jewelry CPI +2.6 percent
    • Watch CPI +1.5 percent

The Bureau of Labor Statistics created a new sub-category for Jewelry Producer Price Index called “Other Precious Metals Used in Jewelry.” Earlier, these metals were incorporated in the “Platinum & Gold” category. “Jewelry made of silver; jewelry made of other metals, but clad or plated in gold, silver, or platinum; jewelry made of precious or semi-precious stones; and other miscellaneous jewelry products made from precious metals like cuff links (one of a pair of linked ornamental buttons or button like devices for fastening a shirt cuff) and money clips.” April’s inflation rate recorded 4.0 percent for this “other” precious metals category which suggests that there may be a sampling deviation that should be corrected, since there has been no corresponding increase in commodity prices to explain this type of producer price inflation.

At the retail end, inflation continues to decline, as forcasted, mainly because the anniversary date is approaching last year’s price increases which jewelers started in the second quarter of 2008. Comparisons in the initial few months of 2009 with the same period in 2008 will convey “old pricing” in 2008 versus “new higher prices” in 2009. In consecutive months in 2009, retail prices will be analyzed with the higher prices which were executed in the second quarter of 2008. As there was no material retail price hikes since mid-2008, inflation at the retail level in the U.S. market must remain unaffected. Merchants are cautious before they will execute new higher prices which might discourage their loyal customers.

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Filed under Business
May 10, 2009

Tips to Select Gifts for Senior Citizens

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Buying gifts for senior citizens can be a little difficult at times because what you give something that you think they would enjoy, and you find out that their tastes are not anywhere near yours. Majority of the seniors in US are depends on month to month on a fixed income, and have medical expenses that eat away at their money, buying the necessary things can be a hardship for them. So whenever you are going to give the gift to them think actually what they want and try to do some help to them. If they have the pet, then try to bring some pet food for their pet. It seems that they really enjoy the spirit in which these gifts are given. It is meant to be fun, and not that you don’t think they can afford it.

Blankets and throws, as well as cozy pajamas are favorites of the seniors, definitely they will enjoy saying back in their recliners covered with their favorite blankets, watching TV or listening to their radio at night before they retire for bed. Electronics like computers, laptops are not good for them because they are not proficient with them if they are familiar with this type of electronic goods then no problem to give this electronics. Most of the seniors love getting family photos in frames for gifts. Many times a photo will jog their memory and help them to remember certain events. So try to give the photo frames. Lastly I think everybody loves to get gifts, even when those gifts are not traditional gifts, but necessities. They love to open them, and it makes them feel special that you thought of them.

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Filed under Entertainment, Society
Dec 9, 2008

Is online shopping convenient

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Is online shopping convenient? If any body questions me, my answer would obviously be yes. Because as an employee now a days I don’t find time for shopping, but shopping has to be done anyhow so I opted for online shopping. It is the best alternative for shopping in malls. You can purchase any products through online.

I have childhood friend who is staying far from our place, it had been long time we met each other. It was her birthday on December and I could not be able to reach her because of my busy schedule. So I ordered a nice wristwatch before a day through online and surprised on her birthday. These gifts are fast, easy and sure to please anyone on your last minute.

The main advantage you can get from online shopping is time: you can save your valuable and precious time from going to shopping malls. And one thing you need to have for online shopping is a computer with Internet connection and a credit card for payment. The delivery of the product is quick and the quality is also good.

Shopping online is very easy and you can make it best and reliable by keeping certain things in mind like giving the proper order, being clear about the product and its features you want to purchase, quality of the product, price comparisons, guarantees etc., and enjoy online shopping convenience.

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Filed under Entertainment, Society
Feb 19, 2008