Articles by tag: Consumers

Consumer Education is Central, if the U.S. Wants to Lead Electric Vehicle Innovation

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The global competition in the electric vehicle (EV) sector is intensifying and U.S. manufacturers are focusing on innovative strategies just to stay ahead. The key to achieving this effort is educating consumers about the benefits of EVs and fostering collaborations between industries and governments. These initiatives aim to make EVs more accessible and affordable,…

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CES 2024: Transparency is at the Forefront of Consumers’ Trust Concerns in Enterprise Companies

How can enterprises build trust with consumers in an age where data privacy and transparency are paramount? At CES 2024, Cindy Warner, the founder and CEO of 360ofme, a company focused on bridging the trust gap between enterprises and consumers, emphasized the importance of transparency in building trust with consumers and navigating the regulatory…

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A Rapidly Changing Payments Landscape is Demanding Banks and Consumers to Restrategize

The American payments landscape is in an era of profound transformation, driven by technological advancements, changing consumer behavior, and recent global events. The most intriguing shifts aren’t just from physical to digital, but also in the variety of non-cash methods chosen by consumers, reflected in the growth of prepaid debit cards and the declining…

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Key Indicators Show That Price Increases Have Slowed Since October

Some top inflation indicators have shown that price increases have slowed since the month of October. While that sounds great on paper, experts are hesitant to call this a win. Joshua Wilson, Adjunct Professor at Baylor School of Business, says that he remains unimpressed as these reports come out. He mentions that we’ll need to…

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Consumers Seek More Value from Travel and Hospitality

A recent report from PwC suggests that revenue for hotels will continue to go up over the coming months. This is great news for hoteliers who survived the 2020 pandemic and are looking to recoup costs. What’s more, studies also suggest that customers are happy to pay for these increased prices, even at inflated rates….

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Warehousers Beware: Peak Demand May Occur Outside the Holiday Season

As evidenced by record sales this last Black Friday, consumer demand for online shopping has never been higher. And thankfully for Christmas shoppers all over the world, retail supply chains are rebounded from pandemic levels. Walmart, Sam’s Club and Target all claimed their inventories are primed to meet peak demand, and will now have those…

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The Enforcement of Hospital Pricing Transparency and its Downsides

When it comes to healthcare pricing at hospitals, despite a law in place that requires the listing of procedure costs — they haven’t always been easily accessible. But the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is now enforcing that rule with some pricey penalties. The discussion surrounding pricing transparency is not new and has been a…

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Superior Air Quality and HVAC Systems are Crucial for Senior Care
May 29, 2024

The demographic shift towards an aging population, projected to reach 27 million Americans in nursing and assisted living facilities by 2050, raises significant concerns about indoor air quality in these environments. With respiratory health already being a critical issue among seniors, the stakes are high for ensuring that HVAC systems are up to par….

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The Future of Data Centers: Cooling, Power, and ESG with Saqib Ashraf
May 28, 2024

In a rapidly evolving data center industry, cooling technologies are finally taking center stage, driven by the rise of AI and other high-density computing needs. In the latest episode of Straight Outta Crumpton, Saqib Ashraf, Director of Solutions Architecture at CPG, shares insights on the future of data centers as well as the challenges…

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With Walmart Health Shuttering Its Doors, Retail Healthcare Has to Rethink Its Role & Strategy in Primary Care
May 28, 2024

Retail healthcare is an uncertain slice of the U.S. healthcare industry, being defined by both recent strategic retreats and bold expansions which have sparked crucial discussions about the future of primary care services within the retail sector. The most recent news that shocked the industry was the shuttering of Walmart Health, Walmart’s 51 health…

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Edge Computing is the Foundation for Scaled Smart Cities. How Can the Industry Accelerate Adoption?
May 28, 2024

As cities globally accelerate their transformation into “smart cities,” the integration of a capable computing ecosystem to complement smart city initiatives has become an important part of smart city success. How critical will edge computing be in that ecosystem, and in the facilitation of today’s and tomorrow’s smart city projects, especially with where smart…

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Why the Rebirth of “Local” is Good for Commerce, Community and Common Sense
May 2, 2022

It goes without saying that the COVID-19 pandemic has changed so much of the world, and the effects of it will continue to be in conversations in the years to come. In an edition of “Reinventing Normal,” host Mark Landini talked with senior features editor for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Barbara Thau, about the…

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How American Eagle Outfitters Went by Acquisitions to Fill Logistics Gaps
April 12, 2022

At a time when the supply and demand chain is experiencing growth in the retail sector, companies are focusing now more than ever on their efforts to keep up with the increasing pressures. Retail Refined host Melissa Gonzalez sat down to talk about the matter, and with her, Shekar Natarajan, Chief Global Supply Chain Officer…

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VendiBean Co-Founder Reveals Key to Finding Work/Life Balance
February 15, 2022

Teal Cooper, co-founder of San Diego-based VendiBean LLC, joins hosts David and Matthew Shields of the “Like It’s Your Job” podcast from TSG Publishing to pull back the curtain on how her high-end espresso vending business is “disrupting” the coffee vending machine industry. “My senior year, we saw a huge gap in the market…

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Will Stores Carve Out More Space for Ecommerce Fulfillment?
August 5, 2021

Designed for retail leaders and lovers alike, Retail Refined explores the in-store technology of the future, challenges the industry’s preconceived notions, and brings together retail’s biggest names to understand the brand strategies that will define the next decade in retail. Over the past year, ecommerce and online shopping, as well as BOPIS, saw a significant bump. Now,…

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How Retailers Plan to Bring Back Shoppers This Summer
June 2, 2021

Designed for retail leaders and lovers alike, Retail Refined explores the in-store technology of the future, challenges the industry’s preconceived notions, and brings together retail’s biggest names to understand the brand strategies that will define the next decade in retail. On this episode of MarketScale’s Retail Refined, host Melissa Gonzalez dove into what the move into a…

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Is the Future of Enterprise Connectivity an API-First World?
April 26, 2021

The way we communicate, share data and use technology to act on those insights is changing – and it’s all leading to the cloud. On In the Cloud, every week new experts will engage in a fire side chat and will bring their extensive experience in software, IT and mobile solutions straight to you, offering a…

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How Your Restaurant Can Step Up the Restaurant Experience with Data
April 15, 2021

Food is serious business. Now, on The Main Course, host Barbara Castiglia will invite insiders on the front lines of food to share their expertise, strategies, and forecasts for navigating the ever-changing restaurant industry.   Data and technology are used in restaurants but not used to build relationships. It’s mainly used to track customer purchases, track inventory, scheduling…

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Despite the Economic Strain of the Pandemic, Holiday Retail Sales are Expected to Grow
December 3, 2020

Despite a rough economic year for everyone, retail sales during the holidays are expected to keep pace, even surpass, growth trends of previous years. According to the Associated Press, the National Retail Federation made this prediction recently to account for the uncertainty of shutdowns caused by the pandemic. For essential businesses like big-box stores,…

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Addressing Retail’s Experience Challenges with Data
October 6, 2020

As a Senior Manager on the Strategy and Insights for Retail and Consumer Goods team at Salesforce, Caila Schwartz’s goal is simple – help retailers gain a competitive edge via actionable data and insights. Schwartz joined Retail Refined for a conversation with host Melissa Gonzalez on how that goal takes shape in practice, diving…

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