Category Archives: Rise & Fall of the Middle Class

Growing focus on Amazon’s private label potential

Growing focus on Amazon’s private label potential

During the summer, we here at Tematica spoke at length on the growing number of private label products and brands at Amazon (AMZN). Having seen the strategy work at a number of other retailers, like Costco Wholesale (COST), Kohl’s (KSS), Wal-Mart (WMT) and even JC Penny (JCP), we see it as “expected” that Amazon would […]

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Off-price retailers – another thorn in the side of department stores

Off-price retailers – another thorn in the side of department stores

A new report from Moody’s reinforces the negativity surrounding department stores like Macy’s (M), JC Penny (JCP) and Nordstrom (JWN). Unlike most that focus on the shift to digital commerce that is part of our Connected Society theme, Moody’s adds a perspective that meshes extremely well with our Cash-Strapped Consumer and Rise & Fall of the […]

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Obesity, diabetes rises Africa thanks to fast food. — Quartz

Obesity, diabetes rises Africa thanks to fast food. — Quartz

As the incomes have risen in emerging economies, quick service restaurants ranging from KFC and Pizza Hut at Yum Brands to McDonald’s, and Burger King among others have looked to capitalize on this. What this means is our Fattening of the Population theme is global in nature and is expanding past China into India and […]

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Gallup data confirms the rising middle class in Asia is more than China & India

Gallup data confirms the rising middle class in Asia is more than China & India

Nothing better than having an organization like Gallup issue confirming data for our Rise & Fall of the Middle-Class investing theme. While most tend to understandably focus on China and India given the size of their respective populations, Gallup’s finding remind us upward economic mobility is occurring in other emerging Asian economies. This target market […]

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More mall pain ahead as Gap and Banana Republic stores close by the dozens

More mall pain ahead as Gap and Banana Republic stores close by the dozens

More bad news for the mall as Gap (GPS), a key tenant across many a suburban mall, announced it will close 200 Gap and Banana Republic stores. These closings equate to 10% of the total number of Gap and Banana Republic locations and add to the growing vacancies at malls that spell trouble for mall-based […]

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With 2017 Poised to be the Year of Ransomware, More Cyber Spending is on the Way

With 2017 Poised to be the Year of Ransomware, More Cyber Spending is on the Way

With ransomware set to be THE cyber attack strategy of 2017, here’s what Tematica learned from our conversation with Focal-Point regarding WannaCry and other ransomware attacks.

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U.S. laptop ban could hit profitable international flights into the US 

U.S. laptop ban could hit profitable international flights into the US 

Internatinal travel is lucrative for airlines, but a potential expansion of the Trump Administration’s electronics ban could put a big monkey wrench in demand for international and luxury travel markets, which fall into our Affordable Luxury and Rise & Fall of the Middle Class investment themes. If the Trump ban is extended, it would mean […]

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