Top 15 Articles Published on in 2018

top 15 MRDC posts 2018The world is shifting rapidly, and market research is no exception. Scan through the headlines of some of the top industry analysis pieces published on the blog in 2018.

Drawing on a wealth of data from a variety of leading market research publishers, our most-read articles covered a little bit of everything, with topics spanning across pet industry disruptions, automotive and transportation trends, insights on pharmaceuticals, the rising self-improvement market, and more.

1.) 4 Pet Industry Trends to Watch in 2018 and Beyond

Though sales of pet products and services rose nearly 5% in 2017, threats of disruption are prevalent enough to keep industry players scrambling in this rapidly evolving market landscape. From the growth of e-commerce to the role of pet-tech, check out a few key trends expected to reshape the pet industry going forward.

2.) 6 Major Automotive Industry Trends That May Surprise You

The highly competitive automotive industry has undergone some changes in recent years, spurred by advancements in tech and data analytics. These developments have greatly improved the user experience, in addition to impacting the supply chain and changing the approach OEMs use for automobile manufacturing.

3.) What's Next for the $9.9 Billion Personal Development Industry 

The growing U.S. personal development industry is facing widespread demographic changes, as older gurus die or retire, and a new generation of self-improvement experts take their place.

4.) 5 Top Trends in the Transportation Industry in 2018

The transportation industry is a vast ecosystem that encompasses everything related to road, rail, marine, and air transport of both goods and passengers. Amid challenges like fuel price fluctuations, driver shortages, trucking rate hikes, and potential trucking capacity shortages, these are the top categories expected to boost the industry in the years to come.

5.) The Global Bottled Water Market: Expert Insights & Statistics

After years of strong growth in the USA, bottled water sales surpassed carbonated soft drinks to become the largest beverage category by volume in 2016. Bottled water is rising in popularity globally as well. What prompted this surge?

6.) U.S. Personal Coaching Industry Tops $1 Billion, and Growing

Personal coaching is a key segment of the $9.9 billion U.S. self-improvement (or personal development industry). Check out a few key facts and statistics related to personal coaching in the US, including market size and growth, average coaching income, and crossover with other markets in the self-help industry.

7.) The Growing Pharmaceuticals Market: Expert Forecasts and Analysis

The global pharmaceuticals market is expected to reach $1170 billion in 2021, growing nearly 6%, according to The Business Research Company. Factors impacting the pharmaceutical market size include disease prevalence, drug affordability, consumer attitudes, government policies, and more.

8.) Top 6 Trends for the Weight Loss Industry in 2018

Rising obesity rates paired with low unemployment and higher disposable income are all factors boosting the weight loss industry. However, while overall growth is predicted, performance is expected to vary quite a bit between market segments. 

9.) The Rapid Growth of the CRO Industry: Analysis & Forecasts

Contract research organizations (CROs) are expected to benefit greatly from double digit growth in demand for clinical trials services. This article offers expert insights into CROs, the services they provide, and their market segments by development phase.

10.) Veterinary Industry Outlook: Top Global Trends and Statistics

Growth in the pet population, increasing penetration of pet insurance, pet humanization within the growing global urban population, and increased awareness of animal welfare needs have all spurred the veterinary industry to 6.2% per year growth, according to a report from The Business Research Company.

11.) 12 Leading In Vitro Diagnostics Companies to Watch

The highly competitive IVD industry is populated by both established players — including well-known names like Abbot Diagnostics, Roche Diagnostics, and Danaher — and up-and-comers. Check out how 12 leading IVD firms are vying for market share.

12.) Top 6 Things to Know About the $28 Billion Sleep Market

With Americans aging, obesity rates climbing, and mental health stressors compounding, more people are developing sleep apnea, restless leg syndrome, and other sleep disorders. As a result, a vast industry has emerged to analyze and treat America’s insomniacs, through sleep lab and home test devices, CPAP masks, premium mattresses and pillows, medications, and much more.

13.) 8 Leading Experts Share Their Top Market Research Tips for 2018

Though you may believe you fully understand the importance of market research, it's not always a sure bet that you're leveraging it effectively. In this article, eight high-profile global market intelligence firms share their advice about how to use market research in today's modern, ever-changing global economy. 

14.) Obesity Fuels $21 Billion Plus-Size Market

With more than 70% of U.S. adults either obese or overweight, there's more need than ever for goods and services geared toward plus-size individuals. Here's Marketdata with a few key facts and figures related to the U.S. plus-size market.

15.) The Global Skincare and Dermatology Market from 2018 to 2028

The expansive global skincare market (including cosmetic products, OTC drugs, prescription drugs, and more) is growing quickly, dominated by key multinational corporations like Olay, Avon, and L’Oréal.  This article from GMR Data explores a few important trends expected to shape the dermatology industry in the years to come.

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Topics: Industry Insights