November 18, 2011
Weekly roundup: Coffee becomes a luxury, ‘80 is the new 65’ and smartphoneography
-McKinsey Quarterly outlines why the cheap commodity prices that helped fuel 20th century prosperity will remain high and volatile for the near future.
-The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is warning that “extreme weather events” will only increase in coming decades.
-Reuters’ Chrystia Freeland examines corruption in India and the middle class’s rising anger over the dark side of rapid growth.
-A New York Times column observes that while austerity was simply accepted in postwar Europe, it’s a different story today, with Europeans viewing affluence as a given.
-Profiling a Peruvian retailing mogul, The Wall Street Journal spotlights how upward mobility in Latin America is opening up opportunities for local entrepreneurs.
-An influx of Hispanics is reviving dying rural towns in America’s Great Plains, says The New York Times.
-Retailers are using special packaging in a bid to recreate the in-store “theatrical shopping experience” for online customers, reports The Wall Street Journal.
-“Malls are morphing into one-stop shops,” says the L.A. Times, spotlighting how shopping centers are diversifying to look more like Main Street.
-The New York Times spotlights the economic ramifications of more adult children living at home.
-“Eighty is the new 65” when it comes to Americans thinking about retirement, according to a Wells Fargo survey spotlighted by BusinessWeek.
-Adweek examines the obstacles to widespread adoption of NFC payments.
-The Next Web looks at the future of mobile design.
-The New York Times’ Nick Bilton looks at the mobile phone accessories that enable “smartphoneography.”
-MediaPost outlines 12 food trends for 2012 from consulting firm Andrew Freeman & Co.
-Good has a look at how climate change is about to turn coffee into a luxury commodity.
-Chocolate brands are looking for growth among the newly rich in emerging markets, reports The Financial Times.
-Foodies take to specialty oils made from pumpkin seeds, argan, avocados and turnips, reports The Wall Street Journal.
-The New York Times examines how Chinese perceptions of imported car brands differ from elsewhere in the world.