Feeling Pain at the Pump? Blame Global Politics

Feeling Pain at the Pump? Blame Global Politics

Gas prices across the US have risen, and consumers are feeling the pain. Prices averaged $2.93 per gallon in the US during the month of July, and relief is definitely not in sight. Unfortunately, a confluence of geopolitical events and consumer habits have made petrol pumping prices pretty pear-shaped.


Trade War: Will PVC Resin Take a Hit?

Trade War: Will PVC Resin Take a Hit?

Price-competitive globally, US producers of PVC (polyvinyl chloride) found extensive opportunities abroad over the past decade, particularly as China and other developing countries built out their infrastructure. In 2017, China accounted for 11% of US PVC exports. As the Trump administration outlines its tariff plans, China has readied its own. Both countries have added a list of second-tier tariffs – primarily focused on chemicals – to be imposed on a case-by-case basis. Will PVC resin make the cut?


Consumers Fight for the Right to Repair

Consumers Fight for the Right to Repair

Ever had an electronic piece of equipment that was awesome – until it broke? When electronics or appliances fail, most repairs must be carried out by a repair shop that has been authorized by the original equipment manufacturer (OEM), usually using OEM parts – otherwise, any warranty attached to the product will be voided. Because most customers want to preserve their warranty, OEMs possess considerable insulation from threats of competition in both the service and replacement parts markets.


The Spy Who Can’t Clean Shag Carpet

The Spy Who Can’t Clean Shag Carpet

With the fast-paced lifestyle of many Americans today – particularly millennials – it comes as no surprise that more and more people are interested in robotic vacuum cleaners, despite them being generally less powerful and more expensive than their traditional counterparts. As more companies introduce their own products, consumers are finding it easier to clean up things like pet hair on hard floors and maintain cleaner homes. Others are growing worried about some of the advertised features, as well as some unadvertised ones.


Watering Down The Beverage Industry

Watering Down The Beverage Industry

Consumers are increasingly choosing bottled water over carbonated soft drinks and other beverages due to greater awareness of the negative health effects associated with beverages containing sugar and artificial ingredients. Furthermore, the use of flavor drops enable consumers to customize their drink with as much or as little flavor and sugar as they desire.


Millennials Might Save the Frozen Food Aisle

Millennials Might Save the Frozen Food Aisle

Millennials have built up quite a list of industries and businesses for which they are responsible for “killing” over the past few years – from restaurant chains and mass-produced beer to starter homes and napkins. Finally, it seems millennials have redeemed themselves in what is arguably the last place one might expect: the frozen food aisle.


As Aircraft Lose Weight, Will Metal Service Centers Lose Revenue?

As Aircraft Lose Weight, Will Metal Service Centers Lose Revenue?

Aerospace equipment shipments are projected to see growth through 2022. However, as these aircraft are increasingly designed with lighter composite materials, metal service centers may have trouble adapting to this decline in demand from aircraft producers.


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.