CONSUMER

Are smart speakers helping Americans warm to automation?

by in CONSUMER | September 25, 2018

How can you build a market for a cutting-edge product in an emerging field when people widely distrust it? That’s a catch-22 for the innovative businesses tackling automation in its many forms. On one hand, artificial intelligence can help people to be more productive at work while leading more convenient, cost-effective lives. On the other, ... continue »

The New Delivery Economy is here to stay. Is your business ready?

by in CONSUMER | September 20, 2018

It used to be that besides the mail carrier, garbage collector and occasional pizza delivery boy, most traffic came from the neighbors. Streets in bedroom communities that were once quiet now hum with the constant rolling of delivery trucks of all types. These vehicles drop orders from Amazon and bring subscription boxes from Birchbox. Dinner ... continue »

Back-to-school shopping lists aren’t so bad, say most parents

by in CONSUMER | August 28, 2018

Are your back-to-school shopping lists feeling a little “extra?” For some parents, the answer is “yes.” “Back-to-school lists are getting out of hand,” says Twitter user Ashley Mosley Dickens in an August 13 post. “Excited to sell my kidneys and one lung to afford everything on the back to school lists,” jokes Twitter user Elizabeth. ... continue »

Monitor your kid’s online life? The surprising weak spot in tracking tweens

by in CONSUMER | August 23, 2018

Lisa Sanders used to monitor her twin boys’ computer and video game screen time by physically watching them. That all changed in July when she bought iPhones for the twins’ 12th birthday. That’s when her tracking “went into high gear,” says the resident of Silver Spring, Maryland. Sanders bought the smartphones in part for their ... continue »

How iGen youth navigate the Selfie Era

by in CONSUMER | August 16, 2018

IGen youth are heading back to school and that means school photos. For some, it’s a fun day and for others it’s stressful, given the awkwardness of puberty and lack of control of the lens. Today’s tweens to young adults are the most photographed generation in history, thanks to the Selfie Era. They have tricks ... continue »