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A Video Preview of 2016

27 Nov

The Innovation Group at J. Walter Thomson Intelligence has prepared a dynamic video preview of its predictions for 2016 events, as part of its roundup of 100 trends to focus on in 2016. The full report will be published shortly and we will post it here. :-)


Bloomberg 2016 Forecasts

10 Nov

About this time each year, a number of well-known, reliable sources produce their forecasts for the  following year.

Bloomberg (via its Bloomberg Businessweek) has just published its “The Year Ahead 2016” issue. Here is a video overview of the year ahead. It is followed by a link to the 50 companies to watch in 2016. Just click the chart to see an online discussion of the 50 companies covered.




24/7 Wall St.: A Valuable Site to Visit

2 Nov

24/7 Wall St. is a very useful site about which you may be unfamiliar. It has articles across all areas of business, top ten lists, and a lot more.

Here’s one interesting area in which 24/7 Wall St. reports:

“Each year, 24/7 Wall St. identifies 10 American brands that we predict will disappear, either through bankruptcies or because of mergers. Bankruptcies of large public companies in 2015 have already exceeded 2014 totals. Similarly, the total value of mergers and acquisitions is projected to hit a record high in 2015. While some of the companies on this list may disappear because they continue to be at the bottom of their industry, some may disappear because they are doing well. Over the years, some of our predictions have been better than others. Some of our predictions — like Alaska Air — have been dead wrong. Other brands we said would disappear — like Aeropostale — have survived but are still failing companies. Blockbuster, DirecTV, American Apparel, and Sony Ericsson are among the brands that have gone bankrupt or have been acquired since appearing on our list. These brands have not yet disappeared completely, but may still in the near future.”


And here are some specific examples of what 24/7 Wall St. publishes:


Click the image to visit 24/7 Wall St.


A McKinsey Report: How Innovative Are the Chinese?

26 Oct

McKinsey & Company regularly publishes reports about doing business in China. Click here to visit its McKinsey China Web site.

McKinsey firm has just produced a new report on Chinese innovativeness:

“New research by the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI) suggests that to realize consensus growth forecasts—5.5 to 6.5 percent a year—during the coming decade, China must generate two to three percentage points of annual GDP growth through innovation, broadly defined. If it does, innovation could contribute much of the $3 trillion to $5 trillion a year to GDP by 2025. China will have evolved from an ‘innovation sponge,’ absorbing and adapting existing technology and knowledge from around the world, into a global innovation leader.”

“Our analysis suggests that this transformation is possible, though far from inevitable. To date, when we have evaluated how well Chinese companies commercialize new ideas and use them to raise market share and profits and to compete around the world, the picture has been decidedly mixed. China has become a strong innovator in areas such as consumer electronics and construction equipment. Yet in others—creating new drugs or designing automobile engines, for example—the country still isn’t globally competitive. That’s true even though every year it spends more than $200 billion on research (second only to the United States), turns out close to 30,000 Ph.Ds in science and engineering, and leads the world in patent applications (more than 820,000 in 2013).”

“When we look ahead, though, we see broad swaths of opportunity. Our analysis suggests that by 2025, such new innovation opportunities could contribute $1.0 trillion to $2.2 trillion a year to the Chinese economy—or equivalent to up to 24 percent of total GDP growth.”

Click the image to access the full report.


What Are Our Favorite Snacks?

8 Oct

With all the media and healthcare community emphasis on healthy eating, how are we doing? For instance, have we turned to healthier snacks?

According to recent research by Nielsen:

“Hungry? The average person reaches for 12 different kinds of snacks in any given month. Why do we snack? That depends on any number of reasons — reasons that differ by gender, generation, and income level.”

“Traditionally indulgent, easy-to-consume snacking staples like chocolate, crackers, ice cream, cookies, and chips dominated sales during the 52-weeks ending June 27, 2015, but the pace of growth is slowing. While sensibly indulgent products with built-in portion control, such as mini pies and mini brownies, have grown by double digits, healthier alternatives have joined the ranks of the most lucrative snacking products. Greek yogurt, fresh cut fruit, and deli dips, such as hummus, combined for more than $6 billion in sales during the 52-weeks ending June 27, 2015. With a combined growth rate of 8.4% over the prior year, it’s clear that consumers are finding ways to satisfy their snacking needs with healthy alternatives.”

Click the chart to learn more from Nielsen.


A Novel Use for Office 365: Product Innovation

16 Sep

When we hear the brand name Microsoft Office, we normally think of the communications suite of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access. But Office 365 for Business can also be used for product innovation.

[NOTE: This post is NOT a sales pitch for Office 365. The product is used as an illustration only. Other software can accomplish the same innovation functions. :-) ]

Take a look at the video to learn more. The Office 365 for Business home page is here.



How Can We Train Ourselves to Be More Innovative?

10 Sep

We’d all like to be successful innovators such as Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, and others. So, how can we train ourselves to be more innovative?

Check out this slideshow by Raman Kalia, a consultant from India.




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