By Howard Baldwin, Contributing Columnist
Changing global demographics are going to boost mobile broadband adoption significantly, according to a recent presentation by Wally Swain, senior vice president of the network research group at Yankee Group. Swain not only leads the emerging markets team, he has a front-row seat to emerging markets from his office in Bogotá, Colombia.
In his presentation, entitled “Fixed and Mobile Broadband Compete and Cooperate in Emerging Markets,” Swain revealed some intriguing insights about where mobile broadband is headed: nowhere but up.
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Tags: broadband, demographics, economic development, Emerging Markets, mobile internet, rural
I learned long ago that demography is destiny for retailers.
Baby booms mean more diapers and formula, more home remodels, more school supplies. The aging of Baby Boomers means more traffic for drug chains and grocers with pharmacies. Growing Hispanic populations mean different assortments in grocery and different scents in soaps and personal fragrance.
Demographic destiny for retail certainly came to mind when I read an analysis on the composition of current US households in the June 23 issue of The Economist.
Citing recent US Census Bureau data, the article noted that married couples, for the first time, make up less than half (45%) of all households.
But what hit me – and ought to keep mid-price merchants from Bentonville to Hoffman Estates awake at night – is a now-yawning education-marriage gap.
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Tags: demographics, low-income, marriage gap, penney's, retail, retailing, sears, wal-mart