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.


Convenience a Key Factor in Drycleaning & Laundry Services

Convenience a Key Factor in Drycleaning & Laundry Services

Many laundries and drycleaners that focus on servicing households are increasingly attempting to provide convenient pick-up and drop-off options, as well as other amenities, to attract and retain consumers in the face of structural changes that disfavor drycleaning use. New entrants also focus on convenience.


Called It – Resellers are Trending in Telecom

Called It – Resellers are Trending in Telecom

US telecommunication service revenues are forecast to grow to $734 billion in 2021. Gains will be supported by increased service bundling activity, as consumers are motivated to purchase more options when individual services are offered at a discounted rate.


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...


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...


Auto Leasing: Cultural Shift or Cyclical Market?

Auto Leasing: Cultural Shift or Cyclical Market?

US consumer spending on motor vehicle leases surpassed historic peaks in 2015. While some theorize that cultural changes have driven this trend, macroeconomic factors have also played an important role. Is the current level of demand sustainable, or is it doomed to decline?


Architects Benefiting from Move to Multi-Family Housing

Architects Benefiting from Move to Multi-Family Housing

Since the depths of the recession, multi-family residential projects have emerged as a star in the building construction market for architectural service providers. From 2011 to 2015, multi-unit housing projects experienced double-digit yearly growth in unit starts, while annual expenditures vaulted 24% at a minimum between 2012 and 2015. This surge in the construction of new multi-unit residential buildings has been evident in many large US cities, such as Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York.