US Natural Gas Suppliers Enter the LNG Export Industry

US Natural Gas Suppliers Enter the LNG Export Industry

US natural gas producers are expected to benefit significantly from the emerging liquefied natural gas (LNG) trade. Prior to 2016, only one LNG export facility operated in the US, located in Kenai, Alaska. However, by 2021 six LNG export facilities are projected to be operating in the lower 48 states...


Is the Airbnb Threat Overhyped?

Is the Airbnb Threat Overhyped?

A great deal of electronic ink has been spilled in recent years over the threat Airbnb poses to traditional hotel operators. Pundits often draw on the effects of ridesharing services on taxi companies to support claims that home sharing services will be the death of hotels. So US hotel operators are near collapse in the face of this inevitable march of progress, right?


Composting: The Next Frontier (in Waste Management)

Composting: The Next Frontier (in Waste Management)

Municipal solid waste (MSW) presents two major challenges for municipalities: collection and management. Over the past few decades, many cities have addressed collection by outsourcing it to firms...


The Rise of EAFs Provides Flexibility to Steel Producers

The Rise of EAFs Provides Flexibility to Steel Producers

In the US, steel is primarily produced in either basic oxygen furnaces (BOFs) or electric arc furnaces (EAFs). Of the approximately 80 million metric tons of raw steel produced in the US in 2016, 67% of it was created in EAFs...


Fabricated Metals Drilling Into Growing Construction Market

Fabricated Metals Drilling Into Growing Construction Market

The US fabricated metals industry is highly affected by construction markets, as a significant amount of fabricated metal products are used in various construction projects. Robust growth in construction activity – both in the US and in key export markets – is allowing fabricated metal producers, particularly those specializing in structural metals, to forge a better path to 2021...


Kraft Heinz’s Bid for Unilever Shows Processed Food Industry’s Appetite for Change

Kraft Heinz’s Bid for Unilever Shows Processed Food Industry’s Appetite for Change

Unilever declined a takeover offer of over $140 billion from Kraft Heinz, stating that the offer “fundamentally undervalues” the company. The rebuff prompted Kraft Heinz to withdraw the offer, but speculation continues that the company may be hungry for another merger...


Celebrity Chefs & Premium Items Heating up Demand for Tableware & Kitchenware

Celebrity Chefs & Premium Items Heating up Demand for Tableware & Kitchenware

US demand for tableware and kitchenware is projected to total $12.7 billion in 2021. Growth will be aided by gains in disposable personal income, improvements in household formation and home sales, and increases in new marriages...


Turmoil in Textiletown

Turmoil in Textiletown

There’s trouble in the US home textiles market. Leading retailers and their suppliers have been shaken by a series of supply chain scandals that have brought the veracity of a wide swath of product claims under scrutiny. While these events have created a major headache for leading players, they represent an opportunity for others...


A New Path for Glass Recycling

A New Path for Glass Recycling

Houston, Texas removed glass from its curbside recycling program back in March of 2016 as a result of increasing processing costs and budget constraints. Similar developments in other cities paint a glum picture for the future of the recovered glass industry. Or do they?


Having Fun IRL: New Recreation Offerings Entice Consumers Away from Their Screens

Having Fun IRL: New Recreation Offerings Entice Consumers Away from Their Screens

Over 110 million people tuned in to watch Fox’s telecast of Superbowl LI on February 5, 2017, in which the New England Patriots beat the Atlanta Falcons. This is good news for Fox and Tom Brady, but also exemplifies a challenge faced by many providers of recreation services...