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August 29, 2014

Prospects for the GSK and Novartis Consumer Health Joint Venture

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In April 2014, GlaxoSmithKline Plc and Novartis AG announced plans to create a consumer health joint venture to be completed in the first half of 2015. Their extensive global presence and range of top-selling consumer health brands have the potential to establish the partnership as the new industry leader. Pending approvals, the joint venture will be a powerhouse in over-the-counter remedies and hold a commanding market share of analgesics, NRT smoking cessation aids, dermatologicals and more.

August 28, 2014

The Internet of Things: What Does it Mean for Businesses and Consumers?

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

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Driven by the rising interconnectivity of digital devices and access to fast broadband, the Internet of Things (IoT) has the potential to transform traditional relationships between consumers and their environment. In essence, IoT signifies the capability to connect everyday devices and appliances, such as fridges, toothbrushes, thermostats and watches, to web-based networks. This integration opens up a number of new segments, ranging from data-analysis instruments for both businesses and consumers, to small-screen advertising, digital device updates and a variety of communications add-ons. However, IoT is only at present applicable to advanced markets, which have strong IT infrastructure, while infringes to consumer privacy are also a potential concern.

Global Internet Penetration and Consumer Spending on Household Durables: 2008-2013

Source: Euromonitor International from national statistics/Eurostat/UN/OECD/ITU

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Population with Higher Education: Which Countries Have the Highest Rates?

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The world’s population with higher education has grown from 12.1% of the global adult population aged 15+ in 2008 to 13.3% in 2013. This is translating into higher incomes and a swell in numbers of the top earning socio economic groups. Canada had the world’s highest percentage of its population aged 15+ with higher education at 36.0% of its total population in 2013 due to government prioritisation of higher education. At the other end of the scale is Kenya, with just 2.4% in the same year.

 

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August 27, 2014

What Happens to Electronics Companies once their Core Products Mature?

Both Samsung and Sony own core products that are performing well globally; Samsung’s Galaxy line of phones and Sony’s Playstation 4 gaming console respectively. However if these products are factored out, both companies are struggling in almost every other business segment. Samsung and Sony must have plans in place if either of their core product bases reaches maturity.

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The Risks and Rewards of the Burger King and Tim Hortons Deal

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Burger King recently announced they will purchase Tim Hortons for eleven billion dollars and move its headquarters to Canada. The new company will own about 23.5 billion in terms of annual revenue, putting them behind McDonald’s and Yum! Brands as the third largest consumer foodservice operator in the world. This merger gives Tim Hortons an opportunity to aggressively expand in new markets and gives Burger King a way to compete in the breakfast and coffee segments.

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Strategy Briefing: Opportunities and Challenges in Global Participatory Sport

250_particSport-v1.1According to our new report, health and vanity have been the two largest influencers on consumer exercise.  Obesity has been identified largely as a public health issue due to excessive amounts of media coverage. Therefore, governments around the world have started many initiatives to encourage consumers to exercise more.  Some have even increased funding for public sports facilities or provided tax incentives. 

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Physical attractiveness has also been an important aspect of exercise, as mass media applies much pressure on the consumer to appear perfect, with many ads featuring airbrushed models.  This aspirational perfectionism has not only fuelled interest in exercise but has also increased body disorders, which have also risen over the past decade.

Some of the latest popular exercises include extreme sports such as rock climbing and adventure sports such as triathlons. Many health clubs continued to see growth in developed countries as well, even in spite of the recession.

The increased participation in exercise has led to marketing opportunities and product success in many industries, particularly apparel.  Sportswear sales have consistently outperformed the wide apparel market over recent years, with outdoor clothing becoming popular. 

“There are many market opportunities within apparel, health and supplements, sports and energy drinks, and electronics to cater to the exercise and health conscious consumer,” says Editorial Director, Gina Westbrook.  “Our report really highlights opportunities and challenges globally within exercise and sports consumption.”

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Lessons Learned from the Mobile Innovation Summit

Michelle EvansAnalyst Insight by Michelle Evans - Senior Consumer Finance Analyst

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The CONNECT: Mobile Innovation Summit took place in mid-August in Chicago. The emergence of the connected mobile consumer was the conference’s overall theme. Throughout the event, speakers talked about the impact of mobility on various aspects of the commerce experience, including payments, marketing, loyalty, security and privacy. The conference explored many of the opportunities that retailers and restaurants have for leveraging mobile and digital channels to build their brands, increase sales and improve customer engagement.

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August 26, 2014

Fresh Food Producer Bodies Need to Get More Involved in Children’s Education

Simone_BarokeAnalyst Insight by Simone Baroke

Children know less and less about food. Urbanisation and the demise of smallholder farming are the key culprits. The classroom has to take over from educational summers spent at grandparents’ farms. And, although the industry is already making a rash of commendable efforts, more could be done to move fresh foods to the forefront of children’s minds, by making it, for example, an integral part of history, social science, languages and, of course, science subjects.

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Surveys highlighting schoolchildren’s woeful lack of knowledge in the area of food provenance surface at regular intervals. The British Nutrition Foundation (BNF), a multi-stakeholder, partly industry-funded, not-for-profit organisation that disseminates nutrition information to health professionals and the general public, conducts one of these annually, and its May 2014 findings were pretty much in line with those of previous years: one quarter of 5-8-year-olds believed that bread came from animals and cheese from plants. In older children, such misconceptions, although less prevalent, were still surprisingly common. Also, 17% of primary school children in the BNF survey thought that fish fingers were made from chicken, while one in 10 believed bacon to be derived from sheep.

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August 24, 2014

FMCG and Retailing in Russia: Uncovering Business Opportunities

The 7th annual Euromonitor International seminar FMCG and Retailing in RussiaUncovering Business Opportunities is organised for top-level management from leading companies operating in consumer markets, as well as government, trade and banking institutions. 

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August 23, 2014

Winners and Losers in Personal Accessories

Luggage, mid-priced watches and real jewellery will be the highest growing personal accessories categories in 2014, which positions companies such as Pandora, Samsonite and Chow Tai Fook for ongoing success in the coming years. Chinese jewellery manufacturer Chow Thai Fook will fair the best, with sales expected to cross the US$ 10 billion dollar mark in 2014. Leading luxury brands such as Louis Vuitton, Gucci and Coach suffered in 2013 and will continue to suffer in 2014 due to consumer's reluctance to spend on big ticket items.

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Prospects for the GSK and Novartis Consumer Health Joint Venture

The Internet of Things: What Does it Mean for Businesses and Consumers?

Population with Higher Education: Which Countries Have the Highest Rates?

What Happens to Electronics Companies once their Core Products Mature?

The Risks and Rewards of the Burger King and Tim Hortons Deal

Strategy Briefing: Opportunities and Challenges in Global Participatory Sport

Lessons Learned from the Mobile Innovation Summit

Fresh Food Producer Bodies Need to Get More Involved in Children’s Education

FMCG and Retailing in Russia: Uncovering Business Opportunities

Winners and Losers in Personal Accessories