February 22, 2017

New Features for 2017’s Truck Models Haul in Shoppers

Courtney Huckabay

"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."

February 21, 2017

Diabetes and America’s State of Well-Being

Courtney Huckabay

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.

February 16, 2017

Nail It with these Manicure Trends

Courtney Huckabay

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.

February 14, 2017

Are Indie Pharmacy Users Rationing Their Drugs?

Courtney Huckabay

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.

February 13, 2017

VR Headsets Are the Next Tech Gadget in Demand

Courtney Huckabay

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.

February 10, 2017

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

Courtney Huckabay

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.

February 9, 2017

NRF/Forrester Study Finds Mobile Investments Pay Off in Retail

Courtney Huckabay

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 Shop.org division and Forrester.

February 8, 2017

Generational Differences Affect SUV-Shopping Behavior

Courtney Huckabay

Millennial vehicle-buying preferences may drive some big shifts in the automotive industry, according to a study from Autolist.com. The Autolist.com study, What Drives Millennials, is based on 3,383 vehicle owners nationwide. It shows that Millennials care more about buying a new vehicle (+6.2% vs Gen X). Millennials also care less about price (-5.5% vs Gen X).

February 7, 2017

22% of Exercisers Say Tracking Their Workouts Inspires Them to Exercise

Courtney Huckabay

It seems many Americans are taking a proactive approach to their health and wellness as new research from Mintel reveals that nearly half (45 percent) of exercisers say that they exercise to prevent future health problems, including two in five (39 percent) who exercise to reduce stress. Concerns about short- and long-term health are a motivating factor for the majority of Americans given that over two thirds (64 percent) of exercisers say that improving overall health is their biggest motivation to work out.

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