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Back to the Future: How 3D Printing Brings the Manufacturing Industry Full Circle

Posted by Ray King

Sep 17, 2014 9:00:00 AM

It is difficult to go more than a few days at the moment without reading something about 3D printing. Everything from body parts to food can now be printed. I even read just this week that it is now possible to print an entire house. 3D printing seems to be the next "big thing" and will revolutionise manufacturing, and, whilst it may not replace mass manufacturing any time soon, for small runs or niche products it will be mainstream before we know it. So, this got me thinking: haven't we been here before?

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Topics: Manufacturing & Construction

Fall 2014 Trends in the Cosmetics Industry

Posted by Kathleen Zacrep

Sep 16, 2014 9:00:00 AM

Fall is rapidly approaching, one of my favorite times of the year, with the leaves changing to beautiful colors and the weather a perfect mix of hot and cold.  Every year brings about new trends in every industry, in fashion, technology and, of course, the cosmetics industry. Market research played an important role in this year’s trends at New York Fashion Week (NYFW) where the public got a better look at what the upcoming trends will be. 

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Topics: Cosmetics & Personal Care

How the K-12 Education Market is Changing

Posted by Caitlin Stewart

Sep 11, 2014 9:00:00 AM

Schools have clearly changed in the last decade. Classrooms, the way students are learning and interacting, and learning devices are not what they used to be. With technology becoming a prominent force for our education systems, spending for education has increased. With the market size increasing 8% from the 2012-13 to 2013-14 school year to $20.9 million, many tax payers are wondering where funds are being directed.

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Topics: Software & Enterprise Computing, Education, Simba

4 Critical Aspects of the Market Research Process

Posted by Caitlin Stewart

Sep 10, 2014 9:00:00 AM

To complete the market research process successfully, we are taught to stick to 6 systematic steps. Each step serves its own importance to ensure organizations are getting the most out of their research and staying on task. But, even with these steps, there are additional details that are considered to be critical aspects of market research.

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Topics: Market Research Strategy, Market Research

Living in a Smart World | Smart Electronics, Smart Homes, Smart Grid

Posted by Kathleen Zacrep

Sep 9, 2014 9:00:00 AM

Nowadays, technology makes life easier for us. We are surrounded by so many “smart” devices that do many of our daily tasks for us. There’s an abundance of this newer technology from smart wearables, to smart homes and smart grids. As technology advances it will only become more ingrained into all aspects of our lives. A study last year by IBM predicted the upcoming five smart technology trends for the next five years will include smarter classrooms, stores, medicine, privacy and protection, and cities. The evolution of technology isn’t stopping anytime soon.

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Topics: House & Home, Apparel, Energy & Resources, Consumer Electronics, Telecommunications & Wireless

How to Stand Out During the Rise of Computerization

Posted by Kathleen Zacrep

Sep 4, 2014 9:00:00 AM

It is estimated that by the year 2016 that 191,800 multipurpose industrial robots will be shipped out worldwide. With the addition of computerized automation and other technology to the mix, it should come as no surprise that millions of people have lost their jobs in the past 30 years. Oxford researchers say that 45% of America’s occupations will be automated within the next 20 years. You also might not even need match.com in the future because bold predictions say that by 2050 humans can fall in love with and marry robots.

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Topics: Market Research Strategy, Big Data

The Business of Commercializing Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells (iPSCs)

Posted by Cade Hildreth

Sep 3, 2014 9:00:00 AM

As a provider of stem cell products and technologies, you need to make effective product development decisions, generate improved revenues, and take market share from your competition. To do this, you need to be educated about prevailing market conditions. This involves knowing which stem cell types are showing the most promise and understanding methods through which they could be commercialized.

Stem cells are still a relatively new discovery, as the first stem cells were discovered in human cord blood in 1978, the first mouse embryonic stem cells were derived in 1981, and it was not until 2006 that induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) were produced for the first time.

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Topics: Biotechnology

Labor Day, Entire 2014 Year See Increase in U.S. Holiday Travel

Posted by Caitlin Stewart

Sep 2, 2014 9:00:00 AM

As summer draws to an end and kids across the country pout as they head back to school, parents planned their final weekend getaways during the last three-day weekend of the warm months. Since the economic recession, the number of families traveling during Labor Day Weekend has dropped significantly. But, in 2013, 34.1 million Americans traveled during the holiday, the highest number recorded since 2009.

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Topics: Travel & Leisure

Answering "Why:" The Importance of Traditional Market Research

Posted by Caitlin Stewart

Aug 28, 2014 9:00:00 AM

In the past two years, we have watched the Big Data phenomenon lead the market research industry in a new direction. Organizations have built immense databases with information on everything from science to retail, from government to consumer opinions. As growth continues and big data plays a larger role in marketing decisions, suggestions that big data will push out traditional market research have been discussed. But, in all reality, that simply will not happen.

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Topics: Market Research Strategy, Market Research, Marketing, Big Data

Diagnostics Industry Sees Growth From Emerging Markets

Posted by Bruce Carlson

Aug 27, 2014 9:00:00 AM

Growth in the $54.6 billion in vitro diagnostics (IVD) market during 2013 came from emerging markets while developed nation markets grew at a much slower pace. All of the major IVD companies reported large increases in the top seven emerging markets. This is mostly fueled by privatization and health insurance initiatives by governments and employers. Medicare price cutting in the U.S. is expected to continue, and the IVD market in Europe should remain essentially flat for the next few years. 

According to Kalorama Information’s biennial survey of the IVD industry, The Worldwide Market for In Vitro Diagnostic Tests, 9th Edition, China, Brazil and Korea were among the countries that received industry interest in the form of acquisitions, partnerships and expanded sales efforts.

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Topics: Diagnostics, Healthcare


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