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August 28, 2015

What Makes a Good Mobile Strategy? Event Recap from CONNECT Mobile Innovation Summit 2015

Amanda BoulierAnalyst Insight by Amanda Boulier - Research Analyst

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Innovation and disruption are hot topics, and perhaps nowhere more so than in mobile technology. Globally, mobile revenues are estimated to account for just 1% of total retailer revenues, but figures like this miss most of the picture. Mobile has significant spillover effect on sales through other channels and mobile is undoubtedly more efficient with regard to marketing than comparable email or paper mailing programmes. The importance of this trend is only going to grow in the years to come, so it is critical that retailers and restaurants have a plan for the mobile shift.

Developing an effective mobile strategy was the theme of CONNECT Mobile Innovation Summit 2015, held in Chicago on 18-19 August 2015. At this event, speakers, panelists and attendees from across the retail, restaurant and payment landscape exchanged insights and ideas about how to get, keep and grow consumers’ attention in the mobile space.

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August 27, 2015

Spiralized Vegetables Succeed as Ersatz Pasta

Simone BarokeAnalyst Insight by Simone Baroke - Contributing Analyst

Supermarket sales of courgettes and root vegetables are revving up this season. 2015 could well be the year when more consumers than ever will be reaching their five (or six, or seven) a day fruit-and-vegetable consumption target, and all thanks to a new trend that sees common vegetables transformed into a substitute for gluten-addled staples.

Pasta is suffering

How the world of pasta has changed. Once, it was all about the content of high quality durum wheat which separated the good from the bad. Now the mere mention of wheat makes consumers feel twitchy. Our packaged food data show that value sales of dried pasta fell by 13% in Western Europe and by 6% in North America over the 2009-2014 review period (based on fixed US$ 2014 exchange rates and constant prices). In Germany, sales dwindled by 13%, in Sweden by 11% and in Italy, pasta’s ancestral home, values plummeted by a disconcerting 25%.

For today’s health and weight conscious consumer, pasta is beset by two increasingly unpalatable problems. First of all, it is made from gluten-containing wheat, and it is precisely gluten and wheat which a growing number of consumers are trying to avoid. The second issue is that pasta is regarded by many as nothing more than a low-in-nutrients-but-high-in-carbs vehicle for tasty sauces. Pasta has thus come to be branded as an “empty calorie” food, much like white bread, sales of which aren’t doing too well either these days.

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August 26, 2015

Euromonitor to Speak at PIJAC’s National Pet Industry Trade Show

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Conference Name: PIJAC’s National Pet Industry Trade Show

Date: Sept 20-21st 2015

Location: International Center, Hall 5, Mississauga, ON

About the Show: This year’s show will mark 26 years of success at the National Pet Industry Trade Show. The largest of our four trade shows, it proves year after year it is the place to be to make those important business contacts. Exhibitors have seen that this unique market is where they want their products to be!  We will bring you a wide array of visitors. Make it a one shot deal. Invite and nurture your relationship with your current clients, plus make some new ones.

Jared KoertenSpeaker: Sr. US Analyst, Jared Koerten

Topic: State of the Industry.  Jared’s portion of the presentation will provide a global overview and cover interesting innovations from around the world utilizing Euromonitor’s pet care data. He will dig specifically into pet food growth, product development and retail distribution trends within North America as well.

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August 24, 2015

Euromonitor to Speak at ATM Mobile Innovation Summit

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Event Name: ATM Mobile Innovation Summit

Event Date: September 9, 2015

Event Location: Chicago, IL

Event Description: The ATM & Mobile Innovation Summit’s agenda is robust with elite industry innovators and leaders.  In this one-of-a-kind Summit, you will hear from experts in ATMs and mobile payments, as well as government officials, bank executives, regulators, security experts and other industry insiders.

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Q&A: The Impact of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership Deal on USA and EU Business Environments

Carrie LennardAnalyst Insight by Carrie Lennard - Business Environment Manager

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The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is a trade deal currently under negotiation between the EU and the USA, which could create the world’s biggest free trade zone, boosting trade between the two. It would do so by removing trade barriers between them and harmonising regulations. Exports from the USA to the EU-28 countries declined from 21.0% of total US exports in 2009 to 17.1% by 2014.

  • What existing free trade agreements do the EU and the USA have in place?
  • Why do the USA and the EU want to form the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP)?

  • What issues would the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) need to address?

  • What positive impact could the deal have on economies in the EU-28 and the USA?

  • What are the likely drawbacks of the TTIP for the US and EU business environments?

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August 23, 2015

Plans for Neiman Marcus after IPO Filing

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Neiman Marcus recently filed for an IPO, saying that all net income will be used to pay down debt and for operations and expansion. Speculation is that Neiman Marcus may be on the verge of building an omni-channel luxury retailer and expanding overseas, two things the company may have to do to survive. Neiman Marcus is also investing in technology, giving phones to employees to use as sales tools and investing in infrastructure.

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Euromonitor to Speak at Best of Food and Beverage Packaging 2015

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Event Name: Best of Food + Beverage Packaging

Date: Oct 28-29th 2015

Location: The Hyatt Lodge at McDonald’s Campus, Oak Brook IL

Event Description:  Best of Food and Beverage Packaging 2015 brings together the best ideas from brand owners, packagers, and marketers on how to make your packaging that compelling.

Whether you’re a small entrepreneur or a billion-dollar brand manager, this conference is critical because it’s not enough in today’s rapidly changing world to produce the best-tasting pie or the healthiest drink. Your packaging must tell the story about why your product delivers value above and beyond the competition.

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August 22, 2015

SodaStream's 2nd Quarter Earnings and New Strategy

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On 5 August SodaStream reported negative second quarter earnings to its investors, with revenue declining by almost 40%. This podcast reviews SodaStream's results following its exit from 3,900 doors in Walmart and Macy's stores in the USA. She talks about the company's new strategy of competing against bottled water instead of carbonates with its new "sparkling water made by you" tagline.

Virginia LeePodcast features Virgina Lee - Senior Beverages Analyst

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August 18, 2015

Liquid Concentrates Successfully Mix Dosing and On-the-Go Attributes

Karine.DussimonAnalyst Insight by Karine Dussimon - Senior Packaging Analyst

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Why do we increasingly hear about “water enhancers” when we already have “cordials” and “concentrates”? Well, while the product content is almost the same, it is actually more to do with the packaging. Brand owners have been revamping liquid concentrates, and almost created the category entirely in the case of the US, by introducing reduced-sugar versions of their products in small other plastic bottles with dispensing closures – breaking the pack type and size codes in the category. As is customary when a concept takes off, a new term, like “water enhancers”, is used when referring to it. After the brand Mio laid the groundwork for the pack format in the US in 2011, the format has indeed taken off, and it also boasts interesting growth potential to 2019, both within and beyond liquid concentrates.

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August 15, 2015

Retail Reinvention Day 2 Recap: Changes in Technology Leads Changes in Retail

Michelle MalisonAnalyst Insight by Michelle Malison - Retailing Associate

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On the second day of Retail Reinvention 2015, conversion of payment methods, Pinterest, the evolution of consumer path to purchase, and the future of mobile wallet were key topics of discussion. The day featured multiple panel discussions engaging thought leaders from various industries. Here are summaries of a few discussions that I found most interesting.

Ahalogy: 2015 Pinterest Media Consumption Study

Bob Gilbreath, co-founder and CEO of Ahalogy, announced findings from the organization’s second annual Pinterest Media Consumption Study. Gilbreath introduced Pinterest as a retail game changer, a new form of marketing for retailers and a planning machine and search engine for consumers. Pinterest now offers both paid and earned media through two features: Promoted Pins and Buyable Pins. Promoted pins are a form of paid advertising. As native ads, they show up on users’ Pinterest feeds along with other pins. Promoted pins allow retailers to target their ads to specific groups and therefore are proven to be more effective than organic pins. Buyable pins allow users to immediately and seamlessly make purchases directly from the pin within the mobile app.

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What Makes a Good Mobile Strategy? Event Recap from CONNECT Mobile Innovation Summit 2015

Spiralized Vegetables Succeed as Ersatz Pasta

Euromonitor to Speak at PIJAC’s National Pet Industry Trade Show

Euromonitor to Speak at ATM Mobile Innovation Summit

Q&A: The Impact of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership Deal on USA and EU Business Environments

Plans for Neiman Marcus after IPO Filing

Euromonitor to Speak at Best of Food and Beverage Packaging 2015

SodaStream's 2nd Quarter Earnings and New Strategy

Liquid Concentrates Successfully Mix Dosing and On-the-Go Attributes

Retail Reinvention Day 2 Recap: Changes in Technology Leads Changes in Retail