Analyst Insight by Hope Lee - Senior Beverages Analyst
As Massimo Zanetti Beverage Group SpA (MZBG, the owner of Segafredo) is listed in Milan, investors are perhaps eyeing other privately-owned Italian foods and beverages companies. Italian entrepreneurs are traditionally known to keep things within the family and public listing is often not considered a favourable option for the continuity of their businesses. However, the this mind-set is likely to change as many of these companies have started exploring international markets more aggressively to mitigate domestic slowdown. Here is a quick glance at the global growth markets which they could explore, and the state of play regarding the major Italian coffee players.
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Analyst Insight by An Hodgson - Income and Expenditure Manager
The middle class in emerging countries has continued to grow and enjoy higher purchasing power since the 2008-2009 global financial crisis while middle-class households in many developed markets have had to cut back on their spending. Rising middle-class spending in emerging economies will create wide-ranging opportunities, but as the patterns of middle-class spending growth are diverse, companies will need to fully understand the target market and adapt their business strategies accordingly.
- Half a decade after the global financial crisis of 2008-2009, the fortunes of the global middle class remain mixed. Across the 85 major economies for which Euromonitor International has data, middle class households totalled 475 million in 2014, up from 430 million in 2008 at the start of the global financial crisis. However, 13 out of these 85 major economies have a shrinking middle class, and the decline is not restricted to developed economies;
- In a number of countries, where the middle class has expanded in size, middle-income households are not necessarily better off. For example, while Kuwait and the UAE have seen some of the world’s fastest middle class expansions, median household income in both countries fell at the fastest rates globally since 2008. This is because expanding middle class reflects improving income distribution while median household income is a proxy of middle-class purchasing power;
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Analyst Insight by Michelle Evans - Senior Consumer Finance Analyst
Back in 2007, Apple set off a smartphone revolution when it introduced the iPhone to market. While some industry observers back then doubted the potential of the iPhone to impact the mobile industry — let alone payments — it has nevertheless jumpstarted a smartphone revolution. Of course, other mobile phone manufacturers have since followed suit to make the smartphone one of the most popular consumer devices on the planet today.
This plethora of such devices has set into motion generational shifts in a number of industries, including payments, retailing, foodservice and travel. The increased availability of smartphones has ushered in new ways of conducting commerce and executing payments. In addition, these technological advances have ushered in a new consumer type — a connected one. Despite all the hype surrounding the potential of in-person or proximity mobile payments, remote mobile commerce accounted for 98% of mobile payments made globally in the 46 markets researched by Euromonitor International.
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In 2030 there will be nine emerging market economies with GDP over US$1 trillion, up from five in 2014. Ranging from China on US$23,196 billion to Saudi Arabia on US$1,213 billion. The four newcomers will be: Indonesia, Turkey, Nigeria and Saudi Arabia. Between them they will account for more than two-thirds of emerging and developing market GDP. These nine economies are characterised by their differences with huge variations in population and living standards.
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Analyst Insight by Kasparas Adomaitis - Senior City Analyst
Over 2014-2019, internet retailing is expected to grow by 76% to reach US$1.5 trillion in turnover (in constant value terms), while traditional store-based retailing will grow considerably more slowly at 11% to almost US$14.6 trillion. However, internet retailing seems set to take off only in markets where conditions are right. Specifically, the share of internet retailing in total retailing sales rises above 5% only in countries with high rates of household access to the internet – namely, in countries where household ownership of internet-enabled PCs exceeds 70%.
Chart 1. Access to Internet and Role of Internet Retailing in 80 Major Countries of the World, 2014
Source: Euromonitor International
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Analyst Insight by Giedre Liorancaite - Industry Analyst
Major trends in healthcare are redefining the medical and surgical equipment market. In the light of difficult market conditions, many medical device companies are responding by cutting back on research and development projects. For example, Medtech giants like Medronic and GE Healthcare have been reducing research and development spending as a percentage of sales and relocating budget to non-technology related growth drivers, like marketing, regulatory compliance etc. This is despite the fact new innovations and easy-to-use designs have never been more important. Consequently, contract development is becoming a means to cut costs and reduce risk for medical device manufacturers.
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Analyst Insight by Ildiko Szalai - Senior Beauty and Personal Care Analyst
Coty is set to boost its presence in its core beauty categories via the US$12 billion bid it has reportedly won for Procter & Gamble’s spin-off beauty brands. Coty is undergoing significant changes; it is reducing its reliance on fragrances which generates most of its revenue (50% in 2014) and is now seeking to diversify its portfolio in terms of both category and region. The purchase of Wella and Clairol, if completed, will see Coty’s entry into hair care at global fifth position, whilst the purchase of Max Factor and Cover Girl will double the company’s global value share of colour cosmetics and the integration of Procter & Gamble’s prestige fragrances would see Coty rise to hold the leading global position in fragrances. However, Coty will continue to be challenged by the geographic reach of many of these newly purchased brands as their performances have historically been subdued as a result of their narrow focus on mature markets. Cover Girl generated 88% of its 2014 sales in North America and registered a sales decline between 2009 and 2014. Clairol meanwhile witnessed negative growth during this period due to its heavy reliance on the competitive US hair care market.
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Analyst Insight by Pavel Marceux - Technology, Communications and Media Manager
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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