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- Trends Impacting Today's Italian Consumer
- Top 20 Global Destination Cities in 2013
- Managing European Consumer Payments Businesses through the Euro Crisis
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- Smarter Spending and Saving: Evolution in U.S. Consumer Behavior
- Healing Europe: Recasting the Future for Growth
- Global Economic Outlook 2012
Also of Interest
Is cash crucial for the running of small businesses? That’s the contention of Shari Drewett, the co-owner of the Better Being catering company and sandwich shops in New York [full disclosure: I’ve eaten some of Better Being’s sandwiches and they’re truly excellent]. She’s written this as part of The New York Times’ regular series Room
The emergence of Thanksgiving as a key shopping day to rival Black Friday was in full effect in 2013. With MasterCard Spending Pulse showing Thanksgiving 2013 sales up 23.68 percent year over year, and Black Friday sales up only 2.87 percent, together they lifted Thanksgiving “season” sales, if that’s the right word, fully eight percent.
Are some people finally getting tired of the chaos that is Black Friday at a traditional retail establishment? The answer is, maybe. A recent post on TotalPayments cited numbers from Adobe Systems Inc. and IBM Corp. that indicate somewhere in the neighborhood of $3 billion was spent at online retailers between Thanksgiving and Black Friday.
Anybody looking for a good summary of Insights’ 5personas work could do worse than read this story at the DataNeutrality.org website. It’s always fun upending conventional wisdom with facts.
Digital commerce is the solution for payments in cities. The share of global population living in urban areas has increased from 47 percent in 2000 to over 50 percent currently. Cities need to smarten up in order to accommodate the increasing payment volume as a result of a greater urban population. Digital solutions will affect