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August 19, 2015

Nestlé’s Wireless Coffee Machines: Bringing Specialty Coffee out of the Coffeehouse

Julian-McClellanAnalyst Insight by Julian McClellan - Research and Consulting Intern

When people think about wireless technology, smart phones, laptops, or routers (that magic box that gives you Wi-Fi) usually come to mind.  Yet wireless capabilities have spread into more novel applications.  The most exciting of these uses is machine-to-machine (M2M) technology, which enables any number of connected devices to be monitored and controlled remotely.  Tesla, for example, updates their vehicles wirelessly, and companies like Nest Labs have long been pushing the concept of a “smart home” sporting a network of intelligently connected appliances and devices.  Nestlé SA is the first coffee company to extensively utilize M2M tech in coffee machines, adding significant measures of value and control for Nestlé’s professional customers, enabling the spread of specialty coffee choices, and providing an excellent case-study on how the coffee industry can utilize M2M and wireless technology.

Nestlé: expanding the scope of M2M

Nestlé’s first M2M capable machine came in 2012 with the Nespresso Zenius, a pod-based machine from Nespresso’s business line.  In the Zenius, M2M allows remote tracking of maintenance procedures, alerting staff if maintenance is required.  Machine temperature and pressure are also tracked, and can be remotely adjusted to ensure a consistent brew.  2013 saw the introduction of the Nescafé Milano Lounge model, a self-serve machine capable of brewing a variety of speciality coffee beverages.  Equipped with wireless capabilities similar to the Zenius, it also allows customers to remotely track consumption data so that they might better utilize the machine’s targeted promotion features. 

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August 18, 2015

Euromonitor to Speak at IFA Berlin 2015


Event Name: IFA Berlin

Date: 4-9th September 2015

Location: Berlin, Germany

Event Description: IFA is the global trade show for consumer electronics and home appliances. It presents the latest products and innovations in the heart of Europe‘s most important regional market. IFA offers such a comprehensive overview of the international market and attracts the attention of trade visitors each year from more than 100 countries.

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July 27, 2015

Wireless Speakers: What Consumers Want

Wee Teck LooAnalyst Insight by Wee Teck Loo - Head of Consumer Electronics Research

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Sales of smartphones are projected to exceed 1.3 billion units in 2015. The explosive sales of smartphones are also driving sales of accordant headphones and wireless speakers. 26% of the respondents paid between US$20-50 for their wireless speakers and almost the same number of respondents paid between US$75-200.  In fact, the survey showed that a significant number of respondents were willing to pay a premium, with more than 10% paying more than US$200 for their wireless speakers.

Wireless Speakers Spending



Source: Euromonitor International Analyst Survey – Analyst Pulse; May 2015


Note: Question shown to respondents who owned wireless speakers

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July 22, 2015

Multi-Channel: The Future for Electronics and Appliance Retail

Alexander GoranssonAnalyst Insight by Alexander Goransson - Lead Analyst

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The retail industry is rapidly evolving. The rise of internet retailing is forcing store-based retailers to quickly adapt by adopting multi-channel strategies, such as click and collect. Considering the nature of technical consumer goods (TCG), often big ticket items necessitating advice or delivery and installation, as well as after sales service, the changing retail environment will have a particular impact on consumer electronics and appliance specialist retailers.


Source: Euromonitor International

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July 21, 2015

Apple Pay Enters the UK

This week, Apple Pay entered the UK after initial roll-out in the US. Though Apple holds a smaller share of the smartphone market in the UK than in the US, the UK's contactless network is more established. With this payments behavior laying the groundwork, Apple Pay will face lower barriers to adoption. Watch the video for complete insights.

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July 2, 2015

Russian Electronics Market on the Brink

Justinas lasinskasAnalyst Insight by Justinas Lasinkas - Industry Analyst

Russia showed strong growth in purchases of electronic goods over the last decade, by both private consumers and businesses. Over 2004-2014, private consumption in Russia and economic output grew fivefold and fourfold respectively, resulting in sales of electronics products surging fourfold. However, growth is shifting to decline in sales value, due to the poor performance of the ailing Russian economy.

Troubled Russian electronics sales

Russian sales of core electronics surged at 16% CAGR over 2009-2013, to reach an all-time high of US$40 billion in 2013. However, dynamic growth swiftly shifted to decline. In 2014, value sales experienced 7% slump, while 2015 decline is expected to increase to 26% in US$ dollars, as the Russian economy enters recession (see figure 1).

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June 26, 2015

Q&A: Augmented Reality and its Prospects

Pavel_MarceuxAnalyst Insight by Pavel Marceux - Technology, Communications and Media Manager

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Reality as we know it is becoming blurred by the introduction of new technologies, which are set to reshape the way consumers interact with devices and their surroundings. Augmented reality, an amalgamation of virtual reality and real life, is the latest technology to provide an immersion environment that can be controlled without traditional physical button-pressing techniques. Its potential applications on a business and consumer level are numerous, despite its relative infancy.

  • What are the differences between virtual (VR) and augmented reality (AR)?

  • In what industries does augmented reality offer practical applications?

  • Is augmented reality a natural fit for wearable tech?

  • What are the primary challenges to its success?

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June 10, 2015

WWDC 2015: Apple is Catching Up with Competition

Ryan TuttleAnalyst Insight by Ryan Tuttle - Research Associate

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Apple Inc held its annual Worldwide Developers Conference Keynote June 8, unveiling a bevy of new software updates. In this article, Euromonitor International examines the most important announcements to come out of WWDC 2015.


Source: Apple Inc 

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June 7, 2015

Virtual Reality’s Next Leap – The Oculus Rift Launch

Matt-HudakAnalyst Insight by Matt Hudak - Toys and Games Analyst

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On 6 May 2015, Oculus VR announced its plans to release a consumer version of its virtual reality (VR) headset sometime in the first quarter of 2016. This announcement was largely followed by a great deal of excitement by VR enthusiasts, who are currently waiting for the pre-orders to begin toward the end of 2015. However, the new device is expected to cost somewhere near US$400 at launch and the company has announced that it will require a powerful and relatively expensive PC to play content, bringing the total cost up to US$1,500 for some consumers, according to the company. Due to this prohibitive price point for entry along with other factors, the Oculus Rift may face some challenges in expanding beyond the enthusiast market.


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June 6, 2015

Wearables: The Battle Goes Beyond Android and Apple

Weeteck_looAnalyst Insight by Loo Wee Tek - Head of Consumer Electronics Research

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Sales of wearable electronics are projected to grow from US$8 billion in 2015 to US$20 billion in 2016. Naturally, companies like Samsung, Apple and non-tech companies like Ralph Lauren and Swatch are jostling for a piece of the pie. For smartphones and tablets, despite the mind-boggling array of brands available to consumers, the operating system (OS) is dominated by Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android, and for computers, Microsoft’s Windows.

One more - DuWear

For passive wearable electronics like Jawbone’s Up3 (fitness trackers), the choice of OS does not matter, as any meaningful data is synchronised and displayed on the wearer’s smartphone.  For autonomous wearable electronics, the OS market is exploding, with Baidu’s DuWear the latest entrant, joining Google, Samsung, LG , Pebble and Apple and many others running their proprietary OS for autonomous wearable electronics. Baidu (the dominant search engine in China) is trying to push its DuWear much like Google did with its Android Wear and offering the software to different manufacturers. In a bid to boost the popularity of its new OS, Baidu made it even easier for consumers, who can now download and flash onto products from different manufacturers like Motorola, LG and Sony. 

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Nestlé’s Wireless Coffee Machines: Bringing Specialty Coffee out of the Coffeehouse

Euromonitor to Speak at IFA Berlin 2015

Wireless Speakers: What Consumers Want

Multi-Channel: The Future for Electronics and Appliance Retail

Apple Pay Enters the UK

Russian Electronics Market on the Brink

Q&A: Augmented Reality and its Prospects

WWDC 2015: Apple is Catching Up with Competition

Virtual Reality’s Next Leap – The Oculus Rift Launch

Wearables: The Battle Goes Beyond Android and Apple