October 23, 2018

Becoming a Burden is a Fear of 47% of Affluent Seniors

Affluent older Americans have many concerns about long-term care in retirement and not talking about it may be making matters worse. A new Nationwide Retirement Institute survey reveals that 56% of affluent older Americans would rather die than live in a nursing home, yet 47% fear becoming a burden, with women more likely than men to be worried (52% vs. 42%).

October 22, 2018

The Percentage of Contingent Workers Needing Computers Rose 14% in One Year

Flexible or contingent workforces (those that include contractors, freelancers and/or temporary workers) are on the rise and here to stay. According to the 2018 Emerging Workforce Study commissioned by Spherion Staffing Services, companies surveyed report that the average percentage of contingent workers in their workforces has increased from 15% in 2017 to 29% in 2018. In fact, 41% of employees say they will only work for a company that offers agile employment opportunities.

October 19, 2018

39% of Shoppers to Switch to Products with More In-depth Labels

A new report released today from Label Insight and Food Marketing Institute (FMI) revealed that grocery shoppers exhibit loyalty to those products that create deeper relationships through information exchange. The Transparency Imperative report found that shoppers increasingly demand transparency and a closer connection to their food, so much so that 75% are more likely to switch to a brand that provides more in-depth product information, beyond what's provided on the physical label. When shoppers were asked the same question in 2016 in a similar study by Label Insight, just 39% agreed they would switch brands.

October 18, 2018

Sellers Can Tout Neighborhood Vibe, Low Crime Rates to Appeal to Movers

Trulia, a home and neighborhood site for homebuyers and renters, released the results from a research survey to find out how many Americans experience "neighborhood regret," and discover new strategies to prevent buyer and renter remorse in the future. The survey, conducted online by Wakefield Research of 1,000 Americans found that 36% of those who recently relocated would have moved to a different neighborhood than their current one; additionally 77% agree there is no single reliable source for complete neighborhood information.

October 16, 2018

Sporting Goods Stores Helping Customers Walk to Improve Heart Health

"Walking can be a wonderful way to get exercise. But do you ever wonder if you're moving briskly enough to benefit your heart? There's a quite a difference between a leisurely neighborhood stroll and a purposeful gait when you're late for the bus. Now, new research suggests that a pace of about 100 steps per minute qualifies as brisk walking for many people, reports Harvard Health Publishing."

October 15, 2018

Privacy is a Concern for 50% of Consumers Considering Internet of Things Devices

Metova, a world-leading provider of mobile, connected car, connected home and IoT Solutions, announced the results of a survey revealing the sentiment of over 1000 consumers on IoT and connected home technologies. Notably, less than 20% of people surveyed feel like they have a good understanding of what the Internet of Things is, however, nearly 70% of consumers already own at least one IoT device. In addition, 84% of people would like the ability to monitor their utility usage in real-time with connected devices, and would choose a utility provider over a competitor based on that ability if given a choice.

October 11, 2018

Financial Institutions Can Target College Tuition Payers With Loan Packages

According to the 2018 Allianz Tuition Insurance College Confidence Index, roughly 40% of families find the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) challenging to complete; a troubling statistic considering the growing number of families saving nothing for college. The index reveals a growing "college savings gap," as even parents who have saved have only about a third of what they think a four-year degree will cost. Both groups expect to tap outside sources (including those accessible after filing the FAFSA) to cover 40% of the balance, a significant increase from 2017.

October 10, 2018

Ride-sharing and Auto Subscription Programs Popular with City Dwellers.

The automotive industry's predictions on the future of traditional vehicle ownership remain a topic of debate and at times a guessing game. Ultimately, awareness, availability and acceptance of on-demand transportation options, such as car-sharing, ride-hailing and subscription services, will likely be the deciding factor. The uptake of vehicle ownership alternatives is transforming the way consumers view mobility, according to the 2018 Cox Automotive Evolution of Mobility Study on Alternative Ownership.

October 8, 2018

71% of Employees Feel More Productive When Listening to Music

Silence may be golden, but most workers feel they're more productive at the office when listening to music, new research from staffing firm Accountemps shows. Eighty-five percent of survey respondents who are able to do so say they enjoy turning on the tunes at work. Employees ages 18 to 34 appreciate music while working the most (95%), compared to those ages 35-54 (84%) and 55 and older (66%).