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Thematic Signals highlights confirming data points and items to watch for our list of investing themes. Whether it’s a news item, video clip, or company commentary, we’ve included this full list of items literally “ripped from the headlines.”

Rent the Runway seeks to broaden appeal with new monthly service |Chain Store Age

Rent the Runway seeks to broaden appeal with new monthly service |Chain Store Age

Source: Rent the Runway seeks to broaden appeal with new monthly service |Chain Store Age   Yesterday, apparel Rent the Runway company announced a new, lower-priced service to broaden its target audience: The New York-based company on Monday announced a less costly membership option that allows women to rent four items from its website, choosing […]

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Facebook joins Amazon in disrupting food delivery 

Facebook joins Amazon in disrupting food delivery 

Recently it was announced that Amazon (AMZN) partnered with Olo, a supplier of order and pay technology to thousands of U.S.  restaurants, to expand its burgeoning food order/delivery service. After testing a similar solution over the last year, Facebook (FB) is now taking its own take on this live across the U.S. As we watch […]

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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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The Connected Society & Cash-Strapped Consumer increasingly weigh on publishers

The Connected Society & Cash-Strapped Consumer increasingly weigh on publishers

The publishing industry has been one of the early victims of the internet as readers shifted to online articles and publications, which altered the dynamics of the all-important advertising revenue stream and subscription dynamics. As we approach nearly two decades of internet related creative destruction, the rise of mobile usage is another thorn in the […]

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Has Amazon Made the Acquisition That Spells the End for Clothing Retailers?

Has Amazon Made the Acquisition That Spells the End for Clothing Retailers?

Co-Hosts Chris Versace and Lenore Hawkins assess the impact of Amazon’s acquisition of Body Labs and Chris challenges Lenore as to whether this could be the tipping point for Amazon to make significant inroads in apparel sales.  Hint: there is one more piece of the puzzle Lenore thinks Amazon needs to add.

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Remote Monitoring Tech to Play Large Role in Caring for Aging Baby Boomers

Remote Monitoring Tech to Play Large Role in Caring for Aging Baby Boomers

  Jane Helgesen had a rough night recently, as nausea kept the 71-year-old retired nurse scurrying to the bathroom. A sensor under the bed recorded her comings and goings, sending alerts to her daughter, Britt, who lives nearby. Feeling better the next day, Helgesen used a doorbell camera to welcome guests, whose images are displayed […]

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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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Volvo’s switch toward electric vehicles to will start in China

Volvo’s switch toward electric vehicles to will start in China

We expected the playing field in electric vehicles to become more competitive as a growing number of manufacturers looked to challenge Tesla (TSLA). Given the Rising Middle-Class and level of pollution in China — according to the Chinese Ministry of Health, industrial pollution has made cancer China’s leading cause of death — we are not […]

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