Waning Memory of Financial Crisis Brings Less Stringent Regulations

Waning Memory of Financial Crisis Brings Less Stringent Regulations

Legislators and regulators around the world strengthened financial regulations following the 2008 financial crisis that helped cause the 2009 global recession and contributed to the severity of the 2007-2009 US recession. However, as the financial crisis recedes from memory and as some participants in the banking industry voice complaints that regulations are preventing them from lending more aggressively, Congress and regulatory agencies have taken steps to curtail some regulations.


How the NFL Survived a Boycott

How the NFL Survived a Boycott

The NFL was alarmed in August 2016 at the outset of a string of player protests, which resulted in declining viewership and boycotts by some consumers – both in support of and opposition to the protest. How have the NFL and the spectator sports industry as a whole fared through all this turmoil?


Visualizing the Future of Architecture & Engineering

Visualizing the Future of Architecture & Engineering

As virtual reality (VR) continues to improve, firms in the engineering and architectural services industries are finding novel uses for the technology in their day-to-day operations. From client communication and model presentations to cooperative design work, the list of applications continues to grow. How will the widespread use of VR impact the industries going forward?


Cleaning Companies Increasingly Offer Environmentally Friendly Options

Cleaning Companies Increasingly Offer Environmentally Friendly Options

Organizations and households are increasingly paying attention to the types of cleaning chemicals they use due to concerns about toxicity and environmental impact. Contract cleaning firms are sensitive to client concerns about cleaning chemicals, because they have to compete strongly to win contracts in a fragmented industry with many participants.


The New Data Privacy Landscape

The New Data Privacy Landscape

Data breaches have regularly been in the news over the past few years. From the Equifax breach to the Marriott breach – and seemingly every company in-between – it is abundantly clear that data security will grow increasingly complex and critical in the future. Maintaining data security and privacy requires diligent, proactive measures to be taken not only by data handlers, but also by legislators and consumers.


No Vacancy: Developers Finding Novel Ways to Satisfy Self-Storage Demand

No Vacancy: Developers Finding Novel Ways to Satisfy Self-Storage Demand

Self-storage facilities are on the rise, particularly in the western United States. Service providers are finding creative ways to pinpoint optimal locations for climate-controlled units and an increasing number are turning vacant commercial properties – the blight of the e-commerce boom – into conveniently-located self-storage spaces.


Update: Ultra-Low-Cost Carriers Continue to Outperform the Airline Industry

Update: Ultra-Low-Cost Carriers Continue to Outperform the Airline Industry

Ultra-low-cost carriers (ULCCs) disrupted the US airline industry with a new business model – discounted fares in exchange for stripped-down service – and they continue to enjoy significant success. Global revenues for Spirit Airlines and Allegiant Travel Company, two of the three leading ULCCs in the country, grew at an average annual rate of 15% over the 2010-2017 period, roughly 3.6 times faster than the airline industry overall. Frontier Airlines is the other ULCC that participates in the US airline industry but is not publicly traded and does not publish financial data.


Mass Transit Investment Grows as High-Tech Solutions Fall Short

Mass Transit Investment Grows as High-Tech Solutions Fall Short

The 2007-2009 recession inflicted massive damage to state and local government budgets and hampered investments in mass transit across the US. At the same time, the launch of transportation network companies (TNCs) such as Uber Technologies in 2010 and later Lyft, the potential of hyperloops, and promises of self-driving cars gave many public officials hope that the problems of urban transportation could be solved by technology. However, small and large hiccups along the way have shown that technological solutions could take much longer and deliver relatively limited solutions towards fixing the ailing transportation systems of many US cities.


The Top Three Trends Impacting the Communication Industry in 2018

The Top Three Trends Impacting the Communication Industry in 2018

These three trends are expected to impact growth in communication services revenues.


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.