Water Use Concerns Drive Changing Landscape Trends

Water Use Concerns Drive Changing Landscape Trends

Consumers are showing greater interest in landscaping features besides lawns, such as gardens, native grasses, plants, and shrubs. A key reason involves environmental concerns and local regulations regarding water use, which have become increasingly important, particularly in areas that feature water scarcity. To succeed in the face of these concerns, landscaping service firms must tailor their offerings to include a wider array of services that address environmental considerations such as reducing water use.


US Electric Vehicle Models Expected to Proliferate in 2020s

US Electric Vehicle Models Expected to Proliferate in 2020s

In 2017, vehicles with electric-powered drivetrains made up only a small share of US light vehicle sales. However, many companies have announced plans to introduce multiple models of electric vehicles by 2023.


Leather & Fur Suppliers Adapt to New Retail Environment

Leather & Fur Suppliers Adapt to New Retail Environment

In recent years, brick-and-mortar retailers have struggled to cope with shifts in consumer behaviors. Every year, internet shopping plays a bigger role in the overall retail scene. Many suppliers of consumer products, including leather, fur, and allied products, have been affected by the distress of this traditional retail channel and increasingly are seeking out new channels so as to avoid suffering the same fate.

  • by James Lacy
  • May 9 2018
  • water


Water Use is Impacted by Activity in Utilities, Manufacturing, Mining, & Municipal Sectors

Water Use is Impacted by Activity in Utilities, Manufacturing, Mining, & Municipal Sectors

US water use is forecast to total 138 trillion gallons in 2022. Growth in population, electricity generation, and manufacturing output will support water use. Over the 2007-2017 period, water use in volume terms fell at an average annual rate of nearly 1.0%, negatively impacted by factors such as a decline in electricity generation, conservation efforts, and the use of water-efficient technologies (e.g., low-flow toilets and closed-loop power plant cooling systems).


The Rise of Digital Advertising Brings Some Challenges

The Rise of Digital Advertising Brings Some Challenges

As consumer eyeballs have moved from TV and print media to online, advertising spenders have followed. Expenditures on print advertising have experienced long-term decline as advertisers have shifted spending to internet advertising. While traditionally dominant advertising channels such as TV and radio continue to play an important role in media consumption, digital media – including the use of apps, social media, internet videos, and web browsing – is becoming the leading category. As a result, advertisers are diverting spending from TV advertising to internet-based ads.


Electronic Component Use Speeding Up in Motor Vehicles

Electronic Component Use Speeding Up in Motor Vehicles

Motor vehicles increasingly feature more electronic components as electronic systems become more sophisticated and advanced drivetrain components become more widespread. Increasing global output of motor vehicles will combine with the expanding scope of products in which electronic components are used as significant drivers of growth.


Seeds of Doubt Sprouting Among US Farmers

Seeds of Doubt Sprouting Among US Farmers

As the Trump administration mulls over making changes to the US ethanol mandate and China proposes tariffs on US agricultural imports, US farmers are growing increasingly anxious. Two key field crops may be significantly impacted by the decisions.


Branding Makes Pistachios Trendy

Branding Makes Pistachios Trendy

Investments in branding, marketing, and distribution help to explain the growing popularity of pistachios.


Phosphate Rock’s Chosen Few

Phosphate Rock’s Chosen Few

As the US phosphate rock market grows more consolidated each year, new firms find it increasingly difficult to overcome barriers to entry.


Squeezing More Value Out of Soybean Products

Squeezing More Value Out of Soybean Products

Demand for soybean products is projected to reach 45.9 million tons in 2022. Amid a sea of regulations impacting the use of soybean products in applications ranging from food to fuel, suppliers have begun to develop crops with specific traits in order to produce soybeans and soybean products with more desirable attributes suitable for specific roles.