Demography

Why Couldn’t Future Shop See the Future?

Why Couldn’t Future Shop See the Future?

At Thursday’s Best Buy/ Future Shop layoff announcement, the media was aflutter how online shopping & Target’s entry have forced the closure of dozens of big Canadian stores. Look closer. Newscasts love the ‘new’, but often fail to cite inexorable, slow building, predictable factors. Such as demographics & geography. Oversized Best Buy / Future Shop [...]

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Where’s the REAL ‘Luxury’ Market?

Where’s the REAL ‘Luxury’ Market?

If your business offers upscale-appeal products & services, you have probably been pressured to throw everything at the market in China. And yes while the Chinese economy has grown quickly (now growing at a still-decent +7.6%, versus previous +8.1%), it’s important to put their Luxury Goods market in a global perspective.  Deutsche Bank’s Sanjeev Sanyal [...]

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When Does 30 Years Pass in 500 Minutes?

When Does 30 Years Pass in 500 Minutes?

The times are a’changin- literally. When I bought my first home clock 30 years ago, a home decor or furniture store would arrange the arms at the ‘ten’ and the ‘two’. The short ‘hour’ arm would point to the two ie 1:50pm or “ten to two” to frame a brand name, a method duplicated by [...]

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Connecting to a New Generation

Connecting to a New Generation

Had a discussion with a friend recently about the Millennials, a generation who get a bad PR rap for being ‘withdrawn into themselves & their devices’. My experience is that they are indeed connection-focused. They believe Virtual is Virtuous, and we’re just going to have to adjust. A fellow prof won’t allow any cellphone surfing [...]

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Young? Wanna Move to Japan?

Young? Wanna Move to Japan?

If this blog is supposed to take the Long View, it’s time to point out that Japan is in trouble. An aging population squared. That is, (i) already a much larger portion of their population is Seniors than in most other nations (other than eg Italy) and (ii) more & more of their young people [...]

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Mumford & Condo Space Up; Murder Down

Mumford & Condo Space Up; Murder Down

Bands that play the Air Canada Center, filling its 20,000 seats, are usually expected to attract young music lovers. The National, an edgy  band that appeals to 25 to 50 year olds, with their dark poetry & sound, plays there soon (it’s a woeful acoustic environment, so I’ll pass). But this week, the ACC was [...]

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Gen Y? More Like ‘Gen Y Not’

Gen Y? More Like ‘Gen Y Not’

A couple of us Baby Boomer parents recently discussed the way we’re so inhibited about ‘experimenting’ with technology, with purchases, and so on, especially in comparison to our offspring, the Gen Y group. Lots of good reasons for these different levels of inhibition. Lots of consequences. Many Boomers were raised when the risk & cost [...]

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‘Old’ Sacred Cows Gotta Go

‘Old’ Sacred Cows Gotta Go

Seniors – gotta love’em, and  we do love’em. The retired Moms, Dads, Aunts, Uncles, etc who have done their bit of work, and now give the world wisdom and guidance. But here’s the ugly secret- we’re getting older. Not just individually but as a society. North America has an aging population, and sooner or later [...]

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Retailers in Flux: Jostling, Experimenting, Retreating

Retailers in Flux: Jostling, Experimenting, Retreating

I doubt I’ve ever seen the retail world in such uncertainty as it is now. One of the few success stories has been Costco – sharp, consistent, focused. Terrific at what they do & aware of where they’re going. WalMart? not so much- a cancelled move to Green products a few years ago, a retreat [...]

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Granny Graffiti

Granny Graffiti

New trend in Germany: seniors learning how to create graffiti, with some are takin’ it to the streets outside the intended venues. Granny Graffiti. Lipitor Lippiness. These suave seniors are showing some edge. Active healthy seniors getting trigger-happy with spray cans? Where did it originate? What does it mean for other nations? We in North America also [...]

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