Steven Richmond

Recent Posts by Steven Richmond:

Why Hotels and Airlines Are Fighting Their Distributors

The US travel services industry, which includes both traditional and online travel agencies, increasingly faces a new source of competition for booking services: the airlines and hotel operators themselves.

A growing number of airlines and hotels are adopting strategies — such as loyalty programs, fees on third-party bookings, or discounts on direct bookings — to encourage consumers to book services directly with them.

Topics: Travel & Leisure The Freedonia Group Industry Insights

Ad Blockers: What Can Publishers Do?

Long reliant on advertisements as their primary source of revenue, internet publishers, broadcasters, and search engine providers face mounting challenges to their ad-supported business models.

In particular, the rising use of ad blockers – software programs that prevent internet ads from being displayed – by consumers is threatening to undermine the industry’s key source of revenue.

Topics: The Freedonia Group Industry Insights Media Advertising E-commerce & IT Outsourcing

A Wake-Up Call for the Mattress Industry?

Tempur-Sealy International, a leading manufacturer of sleep products such as mattresses and foundations, received a rather rude wake-up call September 28. Tempur-Sealy’s shares (NYSE:TPX) fell over 20% that morning after the company announced that it expected full year sales to decline between 1% and 3% from 2015 levels. While Tempur-Sealy cited lower-than-expected third quarter sales for the revision, the company did not provide an explanation for that decline.

Competing manufacturer Select Comfort Corporation’s stock price (NASDAQ:SCSS) also fell on the news, suggesting that investors are concerned about the outlook of the broader industry.

Topics: Heavy Industry Manufacturing & Construction House & Home The Freedonia Group Industry Insights

Challenges to Copyright Law Hold Promise for US Electronics Repair Industry

Many participants in the US repair services industry, particularly small independent repair shops, have faced mounting challenges over the last decade. During this period, one key trend has been manufacturers’ increasing control over the repair of their products. Recent events, however, have given pause to this trend and even promise to reverse it.

Topics: Consumer Electronics House & Home The Freedonia Group Industry Insights

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

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.
Topics: The Freedonia Group Industry Insights House & Home Demographics Consumer Electronics

3 Trends to Watch in US Personal Care Appliances

There are a number of trends causing shake-ups in the personal care appliance market, leading to some interesting questions.

  • Why is a vacuum company making hair dryers?
  • How do the increasingly active lifestyles of elderly Americans present an opportunity for appliance companies?
  • And what on Earth is “peak beard”?

If you want the answers to all these questions (and more), read on.

Topics: Consumer Electronics House & Home Industry Insights The Freedonia Group