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December 15, 2014

Rationalising Intel’s Collaboration with Luxottica on Smart Glasses

Chloe WuAnalyst Insight by Chloe Wu - Personal Accessories and Eyewear Analyst

It has not been more than a year since Google Glass was first sold commercially to the public, and, despite an overall tepid reaction towards Google Glass, Luxottica is now forging ahead with yet another attempt at smart glasses.

This time, the eyewear juggernaut has teamed up with semiconductor giant Intel to produce smart eyewear. Essentially, Intel will provide engineering know-how, so that Luxottica can focus on industrial design, thereby keeping costs down and shortening the time to market.

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The World in 2015

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The World in 2015

2015 should see another incremental step towards a stronger world economy. The population will reach 7.3 billion with 138 million babies born throughout the year, 19% of which will be in India. Globally, a baby born in 2015 can expect to live for 71.3 years, an increase of 3.6 years since 2000. The average age of the world’s population will be 30.3 years, but this ranges from a low of just 15.0 in Niger to a high of 46.8 years in Japan. Consumer expenditure will exceed US$45.7 trillion, and one-in-four dollars spent globally will be in the USA.

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December 14, 2014

Which Toys Will Steal Christmas This Year?

Rob WalkerAnalyst Insight by Rob Walker - Contributing Analyst

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There is a famous epiphany at the end of Dr Seuss’ children’s classic How the Grinch Stole Christmas, when the Grinch, rather like Ebenezer Scrooge, feels compelled to see Christmas from an entirely new perspective. “Maybe Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more!”

It’s heart-warming stuff. And yes, it is that wonderful time of the year.

Like it or not, though, for millions of children around the world Christmas does come from a store. And toymakers and toy retailers must be thanking their lucky stars that it does. The festive season fuels a huge chunk of their annual sales (as much as half in key Western markets). Put simply, it makes or breaks the year.

So, who and what do we think will steal the show this Christmas time? Here are some products and trends to watch.

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Asia Pacific Recap: Key Events that Shaped the Region in 2014

Euromonitor analysts discuss the key events impacting foreign investment, population, tourism, tax rates, social media, politics, consumer confidence and other factors impacting consumer spending trends in Asia Pacific countries moving into 2015. Watch the video for complete insights.

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December 13, 2014

Four Considerations when Targeting Emerging Markets

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Many of the important decisions a business planner make should be based on the demographic realities on the ground including population size and growth, factors driving of population growth, urbanization, drivers of population change and migration. In this video, Sarah Boumphrey discusses these demographic factors in more depth.

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December 12, 2014

Holiday Shopping: The Impact on Tech Trends

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

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The launch of the festive winter season is a major shopping occasion around the world, but it is also a major testing period for the adoption of new technologies and online platforms. The Christmas and New Year’s period of 2014 is expected to see some consumer trends entrenched, such as social shopping, geo-targeting and digital wallets, while retailers will rely more than ever on the web to attract consumers. More consumers will also buy from handheld digital devices, such as smartphones and tablets, as opposed to conventional computers. However, as the busy festive season kicks off, businesses must be ready to deal with challenges such as web traffic spikes and stronger competition.

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December 10, 2014

Multicultural Beauty: Eryca Freemantle on Women of Colour

Oru_MohiuddinAnalyst Insight by Oru Mohiuddin - Senior Beauty and Personal Care Analyst

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Euromonitor International is pleased to present an interview with Eryca Freemantle, a global industry intelligence expert, a TV producer and presenter, and an award-winning international celebrity make-up artist, specialising in corrective make-up. Eryca sits on the board of Panel of Experts at the London College of Fashion and is an advocate for multicultural beauty, actively engaged in organising expos and trade fairs. She also serves as a consultant for multinational brands looking to enter the beauty market in Africa. She regularly appears on leading television channels, including Bloomberg and CNN speaking about the expanse of multicultural beauty.

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December 9, 2014

Is an SABMiller/A-B InBev Merger or Acquisition a Real Possibility?

Amin AlkhatibAnalyst Insight by Amin Alkhatib - Alcoholic Drinks Analyst

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The graph illustrates a potential global market landscape if the world’s number one brewer was to merge with or acquire the number two brewer. The size of each pie represents the market size per country and the pie-portions illustrate the market share of either company. The horizontal axis demonstrates a forecast-value performance, highlighting positive growth from most markets especially the key ones, such as China and Brazil. The Vertical axis demonstrates the combined market value share, and on the basis of this graph the acquisition backs geographic breadth over market depth. In markets such as the US, where there are market share gains, the companies will be limited by anti-monopoly regulations as A-B InBev already has an almost 50% share of the US market.

Beer Brands Market Share

Source: Euromonitor International

The possibility of an acquisition by A-B InBev is increasingly complex making a consolidation move less likely. A-B InBev would have to pay an increasingly premium price, deal with anti-trust regulations in the US, and manage conflicting strategic-alliances in various markets.

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December 8, 2014

The Biggest Billionaire Brands in the Food World

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The biggest billionaire brand list is a who's who of the food world and contains some of the most iconic food brands in the world. From long standing members such as Kellogg's and Cadbury to some of the lesser known recent additions, we explore how the top 50 food brands have grown (or not) over the last decade.

 

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December 2, 2014

3D Printing: The Next Frontier in Fashion?

Rob WalkerAnalyst Insight by Rob Walker - Contributing Analyst

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Tired of wearing clothes that don’t really fit properly even though they are supposed to be in your size? Imagine walking into a clothes store, getting your body scanned for its geometric measurements and then walking away with something that fits you perfectly. Yes, perfectly.

How? By entering your unique geometric code (a sort of sartorial DNA) into a multi-material 3D printer. Next, choose your textile, design and colour scheme and, hey presto, you’re a click away from a made-to-measure outfit.

If this all sounds a bit futuristic, that’s because it is. But, advances in 3D printing technology are now moving so fast that this type of bespoke fashion – a bridge, if you like, between Haute Couture and the mass ready-to-wear market – is not as pie in the sky as you might think. There are already 3D printable materials available that are flexible yet hardy enough to be worn. They can even be thrown into the washing machine along with the rest of your laundry.

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Rationalising Intel’s Collaboration with Luxottica on Smart Glasses

The World in 2015

Which Toys Will Steal Christmas This Year?

Asia Pacific Recap: Key Events that Shaped the Region in 2014

Four Considerations when Targeting Emerging Markets

Holiday Shopping: The Impact on Tech Trends

Multicultural Beauty: Eryca Freemantle on Women of Colour

Is an SABMiller/A-B InBev Merger or Acquisition a Real Possibility?

The Biggest Billionaire Brands in the Food World

3D Printing: The Next Frontier in Fashion?