Trend of Fewer Back-to-School Shoppers Continues in 2015

- 43 percent of respondents state they won't be shopping for back-to-school products and promotions this year -

DENVER, Aug. 4, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- An ongoing shopper behavior study conducted by The Integer Group® and M/A/R/C Research shows that retailers will continue to see the number of back-to-school shoppers in their stores drop. Last year, the data showed 36 percent of shoppers would not be shopping back-to-school and this year the study is showing a 7 percent increase in those not shopping for back-to-school. With fewer shoppers to compete for, retailers and brands will be challenged to focus that much harder on differentiating themselves and outperforming the competition to win over existing back-to-school shoppers.

Trend of fewer back-to-school shoppers continues in 2015 with 43% of respondents saying they will not be shopping this year.

The biggest decrease in shoppers from 2014 comes from African-American and Hispanic Shoppers with 36 percent of African-American and 26 percent of Hispanic shoppers reporting they will not be shopping for back-to-school this year. The overall decrease in back-to-school shoppers might also be linked to the 31 percent of shoppers surveyed who indicated they did not have any children in their household.

"The demand for higher-quality back-to-school goods at lower prices is prevalent. Shoppers will strategize, plan out, and hunt down these deals over the months that lead up to the start of school or even wait until after the school year starts to find the best products at the lowest prices," said Craig Elston EVP, Insight & Strategy at The Integer Group. "This tactic could be contributing to the way the back-to-school shopping occasion is shrinking. Retailers should continue to find new ways to offer shoppers more perceived bang for their buck."

Additional findings from the back-to-school issue of The Checkout include:

  • 48 percent of 18- to 24-year-olds reported they plan to shop online, compared to 33 percent of others
  • 47 percent of millennials shop at the last minute
  • 62 percent of shoppers start planning at least one month in advance
  • 64 percent of those shopping report they plan on shopping at mass retailers like Walmart and Target

For more information on back-to-school shopping behaviors, download the full study.

About The Integer Group
The Integer Group ( is one of the world's largest promotional, retail, and shopper marketing agencies, and a key member of Omnicom Group Inc. Integer lives at the Intersection of Branding and Selling® and creates strategic marketing solutions for clients in categories that include retail, beverage, packaged goods, telecommunications, home and shelter, automotive aftermarket, and power sports. Integer has more than 1,200 employees working in U.S. locations as well as international offices in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, the Middle East, North and South America. Join the conversation on shopping culture and brand strategy at

About Omnicom
Omnicom Group Inc. (NYSE: OMC) ( is a leading global marketing and corporate communications company.  Omnicom's branded networks and numerous specialty firms provide advertising, strategic media planning and buying, digital and interactive marketing, direct and promotional marketing, public relations, and other specialty communications services to over 5,000 clients in more than 100 countries.

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