Food Printing

For years we’ve been hearing about how 3D printing is going to revolutionize this and that. Every time a new round of “Next Big Thing” talk starts, there are incredibly interesting examples of innovation leading the way, but then the … Read More

CultureWaves Q3: Blockchain Transparency

Blockchain technology—basically a process of recording and linking transactions together— was born from cryptocurrency. When the latter debuted online, the thing that made it special, the thing that set it apart was the blockchain. So, why is this important to … Read More

CultureWaves Q3: Designer Genes

Designer Genes is a topic in our current quarterly report, which you can download here. My sister and dad have a favorite pastime—one that occupies them whenever they are together. On more than one occasion, I’ve walked in on them … Read More

The Evolving Experience of Shopping at Amazon

“Amazon’s push into trying to create a unique new retail experience may persuade other traditional retailers to begin organizing their products in a similar fashion, showing consumers what other consumers are attracted to, purchasing and yearning for—versus what the brand … Read More

CultureWaves Q2: Toxic Fandom

Toxic Fandom is a topic in our current quarterly report, which you can download here. The feeling of connecting with a movement, an entertainment franchise, or a trend can be a powerful experience when you become emotionally invested. The passion … Read More

Liquid Stories

Consumer demand for experience in all things has led to consumers expecting experience in all things. The term “experience” is a little misleading, however, when it comes to beverages. When you hear the word, in conjures images of immersive, highly … Read More

CultureWaves Q2: Unique Partnerships

To view our Q2 Trend Report, click here. Facebook and L’Oreal just partnered to bring you virtual makeovers. Did your eyes stop at the seemingly odd combo of Facebook, a social media platform, and L’Oreal, a beauty and cosmetics retail … Read More

IoT (Internet of Toxicity)

From our Q1 2018 Report When something becomes “toxic,” it generally means a lot of infected, even poisonous, material has been dropped into it. Does your life today feel more toxic than it used to? If so, you aren’t alone. … Read More

The Future of Malls

A recent trip to the local shopping mall resulted in my friend and me standing in front of a sign that seems to encompass the current state of retail.   Storewide Sale, Everything 30-50% off   A similar statement was … Read More

The Cure

We can safely say I’m cured. For years I ran my life by ringtone. We had a house phone once upon a time, and even if my arms were full of groceries I would drop them all and run to … Read More