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7 Popular Sources for Company Information and Research

Posted by Sarah Schmidt

Sep 22, 2016 8:30:00 AM

Industry executives, consultants, and sales professionals often need accurate, up-to-date information about a company for a variety of business and competitive intelligence goals, such as:

  • Understanding a company’s financial health and key business segments
  • Identifying and qualifying potential customers, affiliates, and suppliers
  • Searching for investment and acquisition targets
  • Capitalizing on a competitor’s weaknesses
  • Increasing sales by understanding a clients’ businesses better
  • Tracking corporate news such as restructuring, business expansion, and contract wins
  • Accessing key employees to initiate business deals
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Topics: Market Research Strategy, Market Research Provider, How To's

The Exponential Rise & Fall of For-Profit Colleges

Posted by Matthew Rolfe

Sep 21, 2016 8:30:00 AM

It’s that time of the year when both kids as well as adult “career enhancers” are heading back to school, but fewer and fewer students are turning to degree-granting for-profit institutions (eg, DeVry University and University of Phoenix) for their post-secondary education needs.

While for-profit enrollment climbed 14% per year on average over the 1995-2010 period (topping out at 9.6% of total post-secondary enrollments in 2010), enrollment fell at an average annual rate of 7.0% over the 2010-2015 period. That performance compares to 1.9% average annual growth in nonprofit private post-secondary school enrollment over the 1995-2010 period, and <1.0% average annual growth over the 2010-2015 period.

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Topics: Public Sector, Education, Industry Insights, The Freedonia Group

Flat Glass Manufacturers Expand into Developing Areas

Posted by Allison Blackburn

Sep 20, 2016 8:30:00 AM

Expansion has always been key to the world flat glass industry. Since it’s impractical to ship glass long distances, companies must open a new plant whenever they enter a new intended market. But with the cost to open a float plant with a 500 metric ton per day capacity between $150 and $200 million, flat glass producers must be sure that such a large investment will pay off. As a result, in recent years more companies have been expanding in developing areas, where less mature markets have a greater potential for growth.

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Topics: Materials & Chemicals, Industry Insights, Heavy Industry, The Freedonia Group

US Interest in Golf Swinging in Equipment Suppliers’ Favor

Posted by Luke Hickman

Sep 19, 2016 8:30:00 AM

In 2014, gymnasium and exercise equipment surpassed golf equipment as the largest sports equipment segment in the US, a position golf equipment had held since 2006. Since that time, many observers have declared the downfall of golf, citing falling participation levels and the millennial cohort’s apparent lack of interest for the game. In addition, the number of open golf courses in the US has taken a tumble in the past decade.

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Topics: Travel & Leisure, Retail, Industry Insights, The Freedonia Group

Market Researchers & Technology: The Conventional Wisdom May Be Changing

Posted by Diane Hayes

Sep 15, 2016 8:30:00 AM

Market researchers are pros at distilling data into conclusions that hopefully better inform their clients’ business decisions. Yet rarely does the industry hold up the same mirror to itself and how its practices are meeting its own changing future.

A new “Market Research Squared” report — market research about market researchers — in a bellwether sector does just that. Its results suggest conventional wisdom about a key market research community — and perhaps, the entire profession — is either wrong, or changing.

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Topics: Market Research Strategy

Bearing Manufacturers Seek to Limit Unexpected Maintenance Costs

Posted by Kyle Peters

Sep 14, 2016 8:30:00 AM

Bearings are an essential part of our everyday lives, yet we only notice them when they fail. Then we become acutely aware of how maddening they can be.

Bearing failures can come out of nowhere and ruin your day. Replacing a wheel bearing in your car can keep you from getting to work and cost you a hefty repair fee. If a bearing breaks down in your computer’s hard drive, you may lose work files or treasured family photos and videos. 

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Topics: Manufacturing & Construction, Industry Insights, Heavy Industry, The Freedonia Group

After Aerospace: The Future of Carbon Fiber Composites in the US

Posted by Kent Furst

Sep 13, 2016 8:30:00 AM

Carbon fiber has been touted as the material of the future for decades. Reinforced plastics (called composites) with carbon fiber are several times stronger and several times lighter than steel or aluminum. The problem, of course, is that carbon fiber composites are also much more expensive — anywhere from $40 per pound to $500 per pound depending on the application. 

However, carbon fiber has recently scored its first major commercial success, in the aerospace market. Aircraft manufacturers such as Boeing and Airbus had been experimenting with carbon fiber composites for a number of years, but the material was never able to be used for large aircraft structures such as the wings or body. That all changed with the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, which uses carbon fiber composites for the main structure, accounting for about half of total weight of the plane.

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Topics: Materials & Chemicals, Industry Insights, Heavy Industry, The Freedonia Group

Demographic Shifts to Drive US Growth in Small Kitchen and Floor Care Appliances

Posted by Steven Richmond

Sep 12, 2016 8:30:00 AM

For decades, the tastes and preferences of the largest generational cohort — the baby boomers — have been an important factor shaping key trends in the US small appliances market. This group, noted also for its affluence, is now joined by another even larger generational group: the millennials.

Read on to discover how these two generational behemoths are expected to shape the US market for small electrical appliances over the next few years.
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Topics: House & Home, Demographics, Consumer Electronics, Industry Insights, The Freedonia Group

Opportunities and Challenges in the Smart Appliances Market

Posted by Sarah Schmidt

Sep 9, 2016 8:30:00 AM

Smart appliances connect to smartphones and tablets to enable alerts and remote control. For example, if you’d like to start the dishwasher or adjust your thermostat while you are at work, smart appliances will give you that ability.

Smart appliances offer many potential benefits to consumers, but will they gain traction in the market? For up-to-date industry analysis, check out the blog post below.

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Topics: House & Home, Industry Insights

Changing the Relationship with Your Market Research Supplier/Client

Posted by Zontziry Johnson

Sep 8, 2016 8:30:00 AM

Market research clients and suppliers have what seems to be a long-standing relationship where each wishes the other would just be nicer, faster, and more realistic. There often seems to be tension between the two sides when it comes to schedules, deliverables, decisions, and even resource capacity. This tension ends up manifesting itself in internal discussions on the client side, “I have no idea why it’s taking them so long to get me my data,” and on the supplier side, “They’re being so unrealistic with their schedule!”

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Topics: Market Research Strategy, How To's

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