posts tagged ‘the devil wears packaging

Two of the commercials that ran during Sunday’s Super Bowl showcase trends we’ve spotlighted in recent years. In one of the funnier ads, Taco Bell depicts a group of 80-somethings enjoying a night of youthful escapades, reflecting a shift toward more positive views of aging. Set to a Spanish cover of Fun.’s “We are Young,” […]

-A Boston Consulting Group study finds that Chinese consumers regard “Made in the USA” as better quality and will pay a premium for it. And a BCG report forecasts that the number of affluent consumers in China will more than double by 2020. -The latest World Energy Outlook report finds that demand from Asia is […]

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 […]

A wide majority of consumers say companies should show a commitment to the environment, but far fewer are willing to pay more for eco-friendly products, according to Nielsen’s latest survey on environmental issues that polled around 25,000 people in 51 countries. As this infographic shows, 83 percent of respondents feel it’s important that companies have […]

While Brazil is the globe’s biggest producer of coffee and Brazilians are famously addicted to it—and soon to become the biggest coffee drinkers in the world—they are adopting a new habit as well: tea drinking. There’s a profusion of teahouses around the country, offering a range of interesting varieties and tea accessories. Tea Connection is […]

Environmentally friendlier bottles are fast becoming a must for brands. Over the past few months, Coca-Cola and Pepsi brands have made frequent announcements that they would be offering greener bottles. Last month Coca-Cola’s Odwalla brand introduced a plant-based bottle made entirely of materials derived from sugarcane (for Odwalla fans, the downside is that it holds […]

-The Economist examines the global supply chain issues set off by the crisis in Japan and how they might change the way manufacturers manage production. -India’s recently completed census shows that while its growth rate is slowing, its population is now bigger than the U.S., Indonesia, Brazil, Pakistan and Bangladesh combined, reports the BBC. -In […]

As we forecast in one of our “10 Trends for 2010,” the eco spotlight is increasingly turning to packaging, and it’s an area where all brands will need to find room for improvement. For brands positioned as green-friendly, the pressure is on not only to use sustainable packaging materials but to convey the brand’s values […]

-Time takes a look at this year’s annual World Economic Forum meeting in Davos. One of the major themes of the conference? Finding “a way for business leaders and policymakers to embrace a new set of shared economic realities.” -Environmentalist Lester Brown argues we are “one bad harvest away from chaos” and that “food has […]

We’ve been taking a look at how our 10 trends from last year played out, starting off with Location-Based Everything; now we take to The Devil Wears Packaging. What we said in our 2010 forecast: “As the eco spotlight focuses on the environmental costs of packaging, brands will increasingly switch to bottles, boxes and other […]


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  • Crossing ‘the digital divide’
    March 19, 2015 | 4:24 pm

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    In a piece on an 82-year-old going online for the first time, The Washington Post called attention to a rising issue—the divide between those who use the Internet and those who don’t (13% in the U.S., and 41% among senior citizens).

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  • Incremental saving and giving
    March 11, 2015 | 1:51 pm

    Call it progress or just laziness—apps are popping up that harness our small change and put it to better use. Acorns, dubbed “the Tinder of investing,” links to a user’s debit or credit card and rounds up to the nearest dollar on every purchase. The app then takes that spare change and invests it in a portfolio of the user’s choice—portfolios range from low to high risk (and reward). Or users can opt to let Acorns choose for them based on their age, goals, income and other factors. Meanwhile, apps like Qapital and Digit facilitate regular small transfers from checking to savings, and banks themselves are getting on the incremental savings bandwagon. (See: Bank of America’s Keep the Change and Wells Fargo’s Way2Save.)

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  • Augmenting sleep
    March 9, 2015 | 12:02 pm

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    Digital platforms are already integrated into our every waking minute—now they’re moving into our sleep. A spate of apps and devices aim to aid and facilitate better sleep, from ambient lamps to a lucid dreaming sleep mask to an app that wakes you up with a phone call from a stranger.

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  • The sharing economy grows up
    March 3, 2015 | 3:30 pm

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    Hotel giant Starwood has bought in to the sharing economy. The group, which owns W Hotels, St. Regis and Sheraton, has announced a partnership with car service Uber in which every dollar spent by a guest on an Uber car earns points toward free rooms and other perks.

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  • Digital immersive exercise
    February 25, 2015 | 4:04 pm

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    Equinox’s new revved-up cycle class speaks to a growing exercise trend—digital immersion. This month the gym brand unveiled Pursuit, an immersive cycling concept, to limited U.S. gyms. Equinox describes the program as “an immersive studio cycling experience that uses groundbreaking gaming and data visualization to drive competition and inspire peak performance.”

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  • Science fare
    February 20, 2015 | 2:07 pm

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    The worlds of science, gastronomy and art are continuing to cross-pollinate—from edible conceptual art to molecular gastronomy “lab cafés” to synesthetic dining events. Café ArtScience in Cambridge, Mass., is a recent example. Opened late last year by David Edwards, a Harvard engineering professor, the café serves whiskey “fogs” through a special carafe that turns the liquor into vapor (which means consumers don’t take in any of the calories and feel none of the intoxicating effects).

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  • Aman’s authentic-luxe travel
    February 11, 2015 | 1:06 pm

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    As travelers continue to seek out authentic and unique experiences, hospitality brands keep raising the bar on hyper-localized offerings and exceptional access. Aman, for instance, is introducing a phinisi-style sailing ship in Indonesia, marrying the brand’s ultra-luxe sensibility with regional tradition. With an outdoor lounge and bar, the option to travel by motor, and air-conditioned cabins, the ship brings every modern comfort to an age-old means of navigating the Indonesian archipelago. Another Aman property, meanwhile, offers a dip into paleontology: Guests at Amangiri in southern Utah can join an official dig at the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, working alongside fossil experts for a half-day. The cost of getting one’s hands dirty starts at $600. (Resulting Instagram images: priceless.) —Marian Berelowitz

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  • Adidas’ ‘virtual line’
    February 5, 2015 | 6:55 pm

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    Adidas’ new Confirmed app cleverly harnesses the fervor of collectors who normally line up for limited-edition shoes, moving fans onto a mobile platform. App users create an account, then get push notifications when hot new releases are on the way. Interested buyers in a given metro area—only New York City at launch—indicate their size and, if approved, receive details on where and when to pick up the shoes. An Adidas exec calls it a “virtual line.” In addition to collecting data on these super-fans, the app lets Adidas control which influencers get various styles, drives traffic to selected stores, builds additional buzz and cuts out secondary-market sellers armed with bots that secure advance orders. —Marian Berelowitz

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  • Adventurous play
    February 4, 2015 | 1:09 pm

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    Kids will slide through a “Tunnel of Terror” and get slimy on “Mount Mud” in Tough Mudder’s new obstacle course for the 7-12 set. The endurance-challenge purveyor is partnering with European soft drink brand Britvic on Fruit Shoot Mini Mudder, with events planned for the U.S., the U.K. and Ireland. The concept caters to parents looking to pry kids away from screens and get them moving—there’s now a CrossFit offshoot for kids, starting with preschoolers—in ways that are challenging and fun.

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  • Rivals joining forces
    January 26, 2015 | 7:19 pm

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    Not long ago, a collaboration between two rival companies would have been seen as a counterintuitive and perhaps desperate measure. In 2015, however, BMW’s partnership with Volkswagen on fast-charging electric vehicle stations makes the automakers look self-confident, open and serious about sustainability and the common good.  Continue reading “Rivals joining forces” »

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