Category: Product Development and Innovation

#1 AR Power Brand Pokémon Go Drives Enduring Appeal

#1 AR Power Brand Pokémon Go Drives Enduring Appeal
App Engages and Re-engages Light, Medium and Serious Users According to Apptopia, Pokémon Go ranks among the Top 10 Grossing Games as of September 2018. This augmented-reality game exploded in popularity upon its 2016 release as an iOS and Android app, and continues to dominate the market. In the last two years, players have spent $2... Read more »

CREtech Explores Self Driving Cars, Flexible Workspace and More at Los Angeles Event

CREtech Explores Self Driving Cars, Flexible Workspace and More at Los Angeles Event
Turning Parking Garages into Office Space and Blurring the Line Between Retail and Office CREtech recently held its annual Los Angeles regional event at the Fashion Theater. CREtech CEO Michael Beckerman opened the event, welcoming attendees to the CREtech community, whose mission is to bring together the commercial real estate and tech communities. As evidence of... Read more »

Making Cross-Functional Teams Work: Going on a Customer Safari with an Agile Team

Making Cross-Functional Teams Work: Going on a Customer Safari with an Agile Team
Agile is the popular software development methodology that is making its way into business team circles. Safari is the proven positioning and new product qualitative optimization process developed by the Cambridge Group. Although developed by very different professionals, the two methodologies share many similar elements and goals, especially the primacy of cross-functional teams to the... Read more »
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LEGO AR-Studio: Augmented Reality Brings New Adventures to World’s Most Valuable Toy Brand

LEGO AR-Studio: Augmented Reality Brings New Adventures to World’s Most Valuable Toy Brand
LEGO was ranked the world’s 91st most valuable brand by Forbes in 2017, and the world’s most valuable toy brand, according to Brand Finance Toys 25 2018 report, ahead of My Little Pony, Monsters High, Nerf and Fisher-Price. Despite this brand success, the company reported an 8% decline in sales and a 17% decline in... Read more »

For This LA Office, Panera Bread Doesn’t Deliver

For This LA Office, Panera Bread Doesn’t Deliver
Panera Bread Catering lunch boxes have always been one of my favorite options for a working lunch in the office. Over the years, I’ve personally enjoyed getting the sandwich, side dish and cookie, with the quality bread and ingredient combinations that go beyond the basics. To me, the quality food experience helps set the tone... Read more »

Patients Take Control with Retail Health Care

Patients Take Control with Retail Health Care
Retail Health Clinics, Self-Care with OTC Meds, and Pharmacist Counseling Often Replace Primary Care Physicians If you experience difficulty getting timely access to your doctor, you’re not alone. A Commonwealth Fund Survey reports that 73% of Americans feel the same way. Over the last two decades, several market forces have aligned to bring health care... Read more »
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Enduring Online Retail Needs: Things Change, But They Don’t

Enduring Online Retail Needs: Things Change, But They Don’t
Things Change… Online purchasing by consumers grew an estimated 10% in 2016, compared with a much more modest 1% growth in retail. While 2017 year-end results are not yet fully available, indications are that the increased share and fast growth in online spending continued in 2017. Specifically, full year 2017 US ecommerce sales are estimated... Read more »

Mattel Re-Energizes 72-Year-Old Thomas & Friends Brand for New Generation of Kids

Mattel Re-Energizes 72-Year-Old Thomas & Friends Brand for New Generation of Kids
Everyone is familiar with the smiling engines of Thomas & Friends, chuffing along the island of Sodor and learning valuable life lessons that the characters share with rapt toddler audiences. Iconic Wooden Railway toys can be found in playrooms, preschools, libraries and children’s museums across the world—anywhere young children usually gather. Previous Thomas & Friends... Read more »

Think the B2B World is Going Mobile? Not Exactly.

Think the B2B World is Going Mobile? Not Exactly.
Cutting Edge B2B Developers Explain Why Mobile Isn’t Their Focus I recently went on a hike with developers from several tech start up firms based in Silicon Beach (Southern California). These start-up founders mentioned that mobile may get all the buzz, but desktops are still the tool of choice for their B2B customers. One augmented... Read more »
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An Apple a Day: Craft and Local Hard Ciders Growing and Commanding Price Premium

An Apple a Day: Craft and Local Hard Ciders Growing and Commanding Price Premium
Craft Hard Cider 101 Did you know cider judges undergo sensory training to prepare them for the task of rating ciders? As a judge for the California Cider Competition, I just completed my initiation. Many of the other judges brought a wealth of wine and beer judging and tasting experience, and I was privileged to... Read more »
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