Turning to Terpenes: New Opportunities in Cannabis Products

Turning to Terpenes: New Opportunities in Cannabis Products

Terpenes – the aromatic compounds found not only in cannabis, but a wide range of plants – are a largely untapped source of revenue for firms across a wide range of industries. As more isolate-based cannabis products enter the market, producers are seeking to keep the chemical profiles of their products true to nature by reintroducing the natural terpenes before retail.


Electrifying Demand for Trucks & Buses

Electrifying Demand for Trucks & Buses

With environmental concerns increasing exponentially around the world, many automotive firms are directing their research and development towards electric vehicles. By electrifying medium- and heavy-duty (MD/HD) vehicles, a large portion of potential emissions typically created by traditional engines will be eliminated.


Shoe Production Set for Cross-Border Trek as China’s Labor Costs Rise

Shoe Production Set for Cross-Border Trek as China’s Labor Costs Rise

The US footwear market is heavily dependent on Chinese sourcing; as of 2018, the country accounted for 53% of all footwear imports. While this makes China the largest provider of footwear to the US, China’s market share has been falling from a 2010 peak of 76%.


Embracing Electric Cars Around the Globe

Embracing Electric Cars Around the Globe

As climate change grips the globe and car sales in dominant markets begin to slump, numerous countries are embracing the novelty of all-electric personal vehicles – some more so than others. With purchase assistance coming in the form of government-subsidized credits, will electric vehicles overtake traditional internal-combustion-engine-driven vehicles?


Bikesharing: Boon or Bane for Bike Shops?

Bikesharing programs have grown in popularity in recent years and are sweeping cities across the nation as an environmentally friendly form of public transportation. Their presence certainly sparks interest in cycling among a demographic far-removed from bicycles in their daily lives, but will traditional bike sales benefit or be cannibalized by a new rental industry?


Airbnb Finds Competition in an Unlikely Place

Airbnb Finds Competition in an Unlikely Place

Airbnb has quickly grown from a novel idea to rent air mattresses to strangers for a night to a major player in the lodging and travel industry, and the growth has caught the attention of numerous parties.


Car Subscriptions on the Rise, but Face Serious Roadblocks

Car Subscriptions on the Rise, but Face Serious Roadblocks

Quick question: what products can you sell as a service? Clothing? Check. Furniture? Check. Music? Check. Cars? Yes indeed. Even Americans’ love affair with vehicle ownership is going by the wayside – or so it seems. Proclamations of the end of personal car ownership are in vogue. Car subscription services – where consumers pay a fixed monthly fee to drive a vehicle they are renting – are one of the innovative services aiming to liberate us all from the responsibility of ownership. However, the prospects of car subscriptions as a mass-market mobility service appear limited.


Key Trends in the US Aircraft Industry

Key Trends in the US Aircraft Industry

The US civil aircraft industry is projected to continue growing through 2023, with shipments expected to reach a nominal value of more than $100 billion that year. In part, the growing volume of aircraft assembled in the US by Airbus will help boost output. That and other key trends in the US industry are outlined below.


Two Reasons Body Shop Firms Keep Getting Bigger

Two Reasons Body Shop Firms Keep Getting Bigger

In February 2019, Caliber Collision acquired ABRA Auto Body & Glass, and the new company is expected to operate over 1,000 locations in the US. This acquisition (which was predictable) is emblematic of the market share gains that the “Big Four” body shops – ABRA Auto Body & Glass, Caliber Collision, Gerber Collision & Glass, and Service King – effected over the last decade.


Fiduciary Quandary: States Rewrite the Rules on Who’s a Fiduciary

Fiduciary Quandary: States Rewrite the Rules on Who’s a Fiduciary

After the US Department of Labor’s Fiduciary Duty rule was struck down by a federal appeals court in 2018, the federal government has yet to issue another iteration of the rule. However, a handful of states are attempting to create a robust standard.