US Potash Production to Double by 2022

US Potash Production to Double by 2022

Despite projected minimal declines in demand, US production of potash is set to expand to more than double the production levels seen in 2017 over the next five years as US firms expand. This development is timely, as the US government recently listed potash as crucial to economic and national security.


The Top Jewelry Trends Impacting the Market

The Top Jewelry Trends Impacting the Market

Three of the top trends impacting the jewelry and watch market


Flour Power: Small Companies Exploit Healthy Grain-Based Food Niche, While Major Players Spend Dough to Acquire Them

Flour Power: Small Companies Exploit Healthy Grain-Based Food Niche, While Major Players Spend Dough to Acquire Them

Due to the advent of ketogenic and gluten-free diets, consumers want healthy grain-based foods – and they’re willing to pay more for them. One segment of the industry that has benefited is small start-up baking companies. They’ve boosted revenues by offering healthy grain-based products inside the healthy eating niche in the market. However, the major food manufacturers are responding through acquisition of many of these small health-focused food brands to diversify their portfolio.


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.


Amusement Parks Investing in Thrills

Amusement Parks Investing in Thrills

People love amusement parks. They’re a fun experience to share with family and friends. Even so, it’s getting hard for a park to compete with ubiquitous electronic amusements, let alone other parks. They’re having to step up their game and crank the thrills to eleven with regular investment in top-notch attractions. But bankrolling a world-class coaster or expansion isn’t easy, and operators are turning over every couch cushion to find new sources of revenue.


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.