posts tagged ‘Live a Little

J. Walter Thompson London has just launched its eighth quarterly Austerity Index, a measure of how Britain’s economic downturn is affecting consumers.

“Even Kanye Thinks ‘Luxury’ Has Become Code For ‘Rip-Off’” declared a Time headline last week, noting recent comments from the musician as well as U.K. designer Jasper Morrison, who told The Wall Street Journal that luxury “invariably stands for overpriced, poorly considered product, whether it’s a hotel, an apartment block, a handbag or a holiday.” It […]

Bring on the brie! Last week NPR reported on two studies finding that “whole-fat dairy is linked to reduced body fat,” research likely to boost a recent shift away from lower-fat dairy products. Butter has been bullish lately: Annual sales in the U.S. have increased 65 percent since 2000, with per-capita consumption reaching a 40-year high. […]

-IBM releases its annual “5 in 5”: innovations that the company believes will change our lives in the next five years. -The AP spotlights our own 10 Trends for 2014 and Beyond. -Twitter takes a look back at the year on Twitter, while a Facebook video reviews recurring themes of 2013. -Nielsen lists the year’s […]

Find our roundups collected in magazine form on Flipboard, the iOS and Android app; download the app to view it here: http://flip.it/WcWLU. -Fast Company publishes its annual list of the “100 Most Creative People in Business.” -The Economist takes a look at how digital tools are changing the art of marketing. -Wired explores the rise of Intelligent […]

-In a special report on social mobility, The Economist argues that “growing inequality is one of the biggest social, economic and political challenges of our time.” -Fast Company takes a look at “the great tech war of 2012” as Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon fight for control over the mobile wallet. -The New York Times […]

What and how we eat today might look quite baffling to anyone who’s missed the past decade: buying gluten-free treats from a food truck; “Foodspotting” an order of locally sourced, heirloom vegetables. Yet at the same time we’re reconnecting with our past, looking to eat more communally and celebrating regional food traditions, even digging up […]

-McKinsey Quarterly examines the race to tackle one of the biggest challenges in the decades ahead: the strain on natural resources that will result from a huge new global middle class. -Tensions between the haves and have-nots in America are “at their most intense level in nearly a quarter-century,” says the AP, reporting on a […]

In her research into consumer behavior, Kathleen Vohs has studied impulse spending and issues around self-regulation, and how this affects consumer behavior. We asked the associate professor of marketing at the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management to talk about her research and how it relates to consumers’ need to spend after four years […]

As CEO of the Luxury Institute, Milton Pedraza has seen the pendulum swing from the exuberance of the mid-2000s to the stalled spending of the recession to the more exclusive market we are seeing now, four years after the downturn started. But while the luxury market has quickly evolved, luxury itself is timeless, he says. […]


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