Author: Courtney Huckabay


New Features for 2017’s Truck Models Haul in Shoppers

“In the U.S., pickup trucks are perennial top sellers. And because they are wildly profitable, competition and cash flow fuel perpetual upgrades. Digging in to what’s new in 2017 pickup trucks, there are a lot of details, upgrades, and even redesigns. Consumer Reports staff has driven many and shares the highlights below.”

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Diabetes and America’s State of Well-Being

New research examines the five key elements of well-being – purpose, social, financial, community and physical – as well as other important health metrics within the United States. Through a daily survey of 500 adult Americans, the Well-Being Index creates a composite picture of health and well-being within each state that can inform public and private efforts to design and implement initiatives to improve well-being.

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Early Adopters Loving Voice-Enabled Assistants

“According to new data from Accenture of almost 26,000 consumers across 26 countries, one-third of consumers in every age group are interested in using the voice-enabled digital assistant in their smartphone.”


U.S. Athletic Footwear Industry Grows 3 Percent to $17.5 Billion

The U.S. athletic footwear industry grew by 3 percent in 2016, generating $17.5 billion, according to global information company The NPD Group. Unit sales also grew by 3 percent and average selling price remained flat, at $60.81.

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Nail It with these Manicure Trends

2016 was the year of chrome, scorpion-embedded designs, and holo hysteria. Do these design elements have staying power for the coming year? Read the input from Nails Magazine experts to see what local nail salons can expect to be creating and buying for 2017.


Are Indie Pharmacy Users Rationing Their Drugs?

More consumers tend to avoid filling and taking prescription drugs, due to cost barriers, when faced with higher direct charges for medicines. This evidence is presented in the research article, Cost-related non-adherence to prescribed medicines among older adults: a cross-sectional analysis of a survey in 11 developed countries, published in BMJ Open journal.

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VR Headsets Are the Next Tech Gadget in Demand

The 2016 holiday season brought virtual reality to the masses. Shoppers were treated to a variety of options, from $20 smartphone headsets at discount stores, to high-end gaming headsets costing hundreds of dollars from Sony, Oculus Rift and HTC. A new research report from Semico, Our Future Reality is Virtual, forecasts that VR headsets will grow at a 53% CAGR from 2016 to 2021.


Beer and Sports Go Hand-in-Hand, Almost Always

For many Americans, watching certain sports and enjoying an adult beverage seem to go hand-in-hand. A recent Harris Poll asked legal drinking age Americans what alcohol beverage types they’re most likely to associate with various sports, and what they’re most likely to drink while watching and cheering on their favorite sports teams.


NRF/Forrester Study Finds Mobile Investments Pay Off in Retail

NRF/Forrester study finds mobile investments pay off in an evolving retail landscape. Amid a seismic shift in how U.S. consumers shop, retailers are vying for time on their customers’ screens across all their devices — before, during and after a purchase. That is according to The State of Retailing Online 2017: Key Metrics, Business Objectives and Mobile report, released by the National Retail Federation’s division and Forrester.

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