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How to Boil the Ocean

LeEco unveiled most of its U.S strategy Wednesday, announcing four TVs, two smartphones, a VR headset, a connected bike and the concept car that it previewed at CES earlier this year. The overall ...

Oct 19, 2016

Pizza Roboto

Two articles came across my screens here at the NPD Global Foodservice Blog Mountain Redoubt.  The first is another piece of evidence that living in Mountain View, CA shifts you perceptibly into t...

Oct 17, 2016

A Political Holiday Split Screen

We’ve heard a lot – and are about to hear more – about how the Democratic and Republican presidential nominees feel on a wealth of issues. But what do their supporters feel about the weighty issue...

Easier Said Than Done- Voice Control Invades the CE Market

In August, Sonos announced that its line of multiroom speakers and soundbars would be compatible with Amazon’s digital voice assistant, Alexa, allowing users to cue up music on their speakers and ...

Breaking Through the Rut

Rut: A habit or pattern of behavior that has become dull and unproductive but is hard to change. The simple, three letter, somewhat crude word has a pervasive impact. I find myself in a rut each O...

Oct 4, 2016

Fly My Pretties, Fly!!

Two blistering hot delivery stories in the news this week: Amazon Food in London and Chipotle/Alphabet delivering burritos at Virginia Tech via drone. I love drones. I love delivery because it account...

Oct 3, 2016
Apparel , Sports

Sneakernomics: Is Activewear Being Stretched Too Thin?

There have been many words written recently about the potential demise of activewear, but nothing could be further from the truth. Let’s take a look at what is really happening in this space. Deni...

Sep 22, 2016

An Etsy-like App for Home Cooked Meals

When my wife and I were new parents, tired and broke, we once vacationed in Minneapolis by staying in her brother's house while he and his wife were away.  It was a small and lovely house near the...

Sep 21, 2016
Apparel , Retail

Election Distraction

With less than two months to go until the 2016 presidential election it is as if the circus has come to town. Regardless of your political affiliation, there is no denying that this presidential e...

Sep 20, 2016

Ready for Prime Time

Primers have become very popular items in the makeup category. Consumer usage of primers has increased by 10 percentage points to 39 percent*, and retail sales within prestige grew 20 percent last...

Sep 20, 2016
Office Supplies

Office Supplies - Putting Fashion into Function

The back-to-school season is drawing to a close and classes are underway around the U.S. for elementary and college students alike. For office supplies industry players, September also means it’s ...

In Focus: A Deeper Look at the Kids Apparel and Footwear Markets

It is natural that every generation evolves. For decades, parents have continued to tell their children how life was so different when they were growing up.  However, what seems to be different th...