Social acceptance of homosexuality grows, China's luxury market, the vanishing American middle class
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–McKinsey analyzes “trends remaking China’s economy, cities, and society,” arguing that the next phase for the nation will look quite different from the current one.
-A 39-country Pew study on social acceptance of homosexuality finds that in recent years acceptance has grown fastest in South Korea, the U.S. and Canada.
–The New York Times’ Economix blog lists eight takeaways from the International Labor Organization’s new report on global employment.
-For luxury brands in China, “the low-hanging fruit is gone,” reports The Economist, but there’s still plenty of opportunity in the market.
–Time’s cover story looks at how China views the rest of the world and envisions its place in the global scene.
-Several long-term trends appear to be sapping Americans’ “risk-taking spirit,” reports The Wall Street Journal, making for a less dynamic economy.
–The Huffington Post provides an infographic on the vanishing American middle class.
-Hard hit by the economic downturn, African-Americans are nonetheless optimistic about their lives, according to a study by NPR.
-Americans have mixed feelings about wearable technology, which they see as both enhancing life and compromising privacy, explains USA Today.
-The FT spotlights some ways in which high-tech will help the aging population of tomorrow.
-Big Data is shifting the role of marketers from “communicator” to “consumer scientist,” notes Nielsen.
–Harvard Business Review explains why email isn’t dead but “evolving.”
–Adweek outlines how brands are creating the store of the future.
–RetailWeek looks at how retailers are using hackathons to push innovation.
-Large U.S. retailers have been slow to go truly “omnichannel,” a new study finds.
–USA Today looks at how small businesses are benefiting from mobile marketing.
–NPR looks at Amazon’s bid to get into the grocery business.
-PwC’s Entertainment & Media Outlook 2013-2017 forecasts that more U.S. consumers will have a mobile Internet device than wired home broadband in four years, that the magazine and newspaper markets will continue to shrink, and that mobile will drive spending on entertainment.
-An infographic from MIT Technology Review shows why “it’s proving hard to unseat television as the most popular mass medium.”
–The Guardian explores whether second screen companion apps are beneficial for broadcasters’ bottom lines.
–The New York Times reports that on magazine covers, film actresses are losing out to TV stars and musicians when it comes to sales.
–Mexico is the next China for the luxury auto market, according to Ferrari’s North America CEO.
-Car-sharing comes to Mexico, The Christian Science Monitor reports.
-The rise in RV sales in the U.S. is a sign of a healthier economy, explains Bloomberg Businessweek.
-American kids are consuming less and less sugar, according to “eye-popping” data that the NPD Group analyzed for USA Today.
-“Fancy burgers” are all the rage in the U.K., reports The Economist.
–The Wall Street Journal spotlights the rise of live-streamed weddings.
-From stem cells to artificial organs, Time outlines five discoveries that will transform the future of organ transplants.
-Popular in Europe, aqua cycling is gaining a U.S. toehold, per The New York Times.
-Our latest trend report, “The State of Men,” focuses on how masculinity is being redefined today, how men’s role in the home is changing and how men are navigating the new gender order. Download the full report here.