August 24, 2015

Seeking Opportunity in Latin America



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Latin American GDP is expected to slump to 0.7% in 2015, following on from a dismal 2014. Some of the region’s largest economies are struggling the most – with Brazil, Argentina and Venezuela mired in slowdowns and recession. Overall, 23 of the 40 Latin American countries for which we have data, will see a decline in growth in 2015 over 2014. Yet beneath these topline figures business opportunities remain – with those with a thorough understanding of the region’s economies and nuances of their business environments at an advantage.

Real GDP Growth in Selected Latin American Economies: 2009-2015


Source: Euromonitor International from national statistics/OECD/UN/IMF

Note: Data for 2015 are forecast

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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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A Game of Whiskies: Top 5 Brands in Value Sales

Spiros MalandrakisAnalyst Insight by Spiros Malandrakis - Senior Alcoholic Drinks Analyst

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It has been a tumultuous couple of years for the whiskey category in all its guises, price points, age (and non-age) statements and controversial –albeit largely successful – attempts to expand its core demographics. While the overall narrative could be summarised as a dark spirits tide raising all sub-segments’ boats, it has been Bourbon’s and Irish varietals’ explosive momentum that has been the most widely covered, dissected and analysed. Almost as much, in fact, as Scotch whiskey’s relative demise under the weight of its strategic overreliance on the faltering emerging market mantra.

But beyond top line category dynamics, interlinked or viciously competing segments and the on-going debate on the merits –and limits- of innovation, which are the brands whose long shadow towers over the entire whiskey category?

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Euromonitor to Speak at Best of Food and Beverage Packaging 2015


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

Ikea Testing Click-and-Collect Outlets

Ikea is testing new click-and-collect outlets in Spain. These outlets offer a limited range of goods for customers to see and test, the idea being that customers will place orders online and collect their purchase at the outlet. Most sales from the Spanish outlet are actually taking place inside the store instead of online, but many other outlets in different countries have also opened in areas with higher penetration of online sales.

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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.

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¡No te pierdas nuestra presentación en Expo Café 2015!


Nombre del evento: Expo Café
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Fecha: 3 al 5 de septiembre, 2015
Día, fecha y hora de nuestra presentación:  Jueves 3 de septiembre de 14:00 a 14:50, WTC, México DF

Acerca del evento:  Organizado por Tradex, Expo Café es el evento más importante de café en México. Ven para conocer las novedades y tendencias del mundo del café a un evento donde participan durante 3 días todos los eslabones de la cadena productiva de café para hacer negocios. Además del área de exposición te ofrece cursos, talleres , conferencias y catación.

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August 21, 2015

Uber – Court Cases, Bans and Automobiles

Caroline BremnerAnalyst Insight by Caroline Bremner - Head of Travel Research

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Uber continues its global march, now available in 250 cities across 55 countries as of the end of February 2015. It is bullish in its expansion approach, releasing its app to consumers and dealing with local regulators after its consumer awareness campaign to promote downloads. Many view this business style as combative and the company courts controversy, facing bans, lawsuits, challenges and protests across the world from Seoul to San Francisco to Madrid.

Making money start-up style

Controversy has not dissuaded investors, who, following the company’s latest round of funding, valued the company at US$41.5 billion, not bad for a company that was set up five years ago. With its country penetration at 25%, and more than 150 more countries that it could potentially enter, investors clearly see a promising future for the taxi and ride-share app that matches drivers with riders at the lowest possible price.

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Dishwashers Headed in the Opposite Direction to Major Appliances in Brazil

Alexis FrickAnalyst Insight by Alexis Frick - Research Analyst

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Brazil is the largest major appliances market in Latin America, accounting for more than half of the region’s total volume sales in 2014 due to its large population and westernised consumer base. In the last couple of years, the country has been witnessing a poor performance in major appliances, with volume retail sales growth dropping from 16% in 2012 to less than 2% in 2013. This contributed to Latin America registering the world’s weakest regional increase in volume sales of Headed in the opposite direction to this trend, however, is Brazil’s dishwasher sales – with Brazil set to be the fastest-growing dishwasher market worldwide over the next five years. Lessening of historic drags on the category as well as changing lifestyles and corporate strategy led to growth in 2014 and an optimistic forecast for dishwashers in Brazil.

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Euromonitor to Speak at 13th LAPET

LAPETDate:  21-22 October, 2015
Location: JW Marriott Mexico City
Presentation date and time: Thursday October 22nd  from 9:10 – 9:40 am.
Event: Mexico, the epicenter of the PET conversion boom in Latin America is maintaining momentum driven by high consumption of soft drinks and bottled water. However, stagnant economies and falling prices are some of the current challenges impacting the PET packaging industries in Latin America and globally. How are the Mexican converters coping with demand and supply against a background of falling crude and PET price? How far is packaging processes adapting to consumer and market trends? What are the potential opportunities in film and thermoform applications? A one-stop platform for the Mexico’s PET value chain, 13th LAPET will share insights on the market dynamics, design innovations and sustainability trends facing the PET packaging arena.

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