Posts in category "Product Development and Innovation"

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 »

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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Hard Soda Brands Built Business by Understanding Millennial Drinkers

Hard Soda Brands Built Business by Understanding Millennial Drinkers
The 2016 IRI Top Ten Pacesetters highlight food and beverage brands that create novel or unexpected experiences. Earning spots #3 and #10 are competitive alcoholic beverages Not Your Father’s Root Beer and Henry’s Hard Soda. These brands started strong and celebrated strong success, although more recently other beverages have stolen market share. While they both have experienced sales... Read more »

Farmers Markets Provide Innovative Food for Thought

Farmers Markets Provide Innovative Food for Thought
Since moving to California in 2015, I’ve been able to enjoy one of my favorite experiences more often: shopping for fresh produce and other local products at the farmers market. Both Santa Monica and El Segundo (where I’ve lived) have year-round farmers markets.   While I still miss the Mirai corn as a highlight of Chicago... Read more »

Cobblestone Bread Soars to Success with its $60 ‘Million Dollar White’ Bread

Cobblestone Bread Soars to Success with its $60 ‘Million Dollar White’ Bread
Each year, research firm IRI releases its “New Product Pacesetters” report describing successful CPG product launches. In the Top 10 Pacesetters for Food and Beverage are product launches from well-known brands like McCafe, Oscar Meyer Deli Fresh BOLD and Cheerios Protein. But among these brands is nestled a surprise winner at #9: Cobblestone Bread Co.,... Read more »
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Driving Front-End B2B Strategic Innovation by Understanding End-User Experiences

Driving Front-End B2B Strategic Innovation by Understanding End-User Experiences
B2B firms often develop products and services that are ultimately experienced by end users with whom the firm has no contact. It can be challenging to develop market strategy and product innovation to suit these users’ needs while achieving results for the B2B firm’s direct customers. Here are two B2B examples from my firm, Insight... Read more »

Protein is the Breakfast Trend Cheerios and Quaker are Banking On

Protein is the Breakfast Trend Cheerios and Quaker are Banking On
Thanks in part to cultural influencers like the Paleo Diet, CrossFit and gluten-free diets, protein and breakfast are enjoying their time in the nutritional limelight. For instance, CrossFit promotes fitness through specific nutritional guidelines that are becoming popular in the mainstream: “Eat meat and vegetables, nuts and seeds, some fruit, little starch and no sugar.... Read more »

How Hilton’s Tru and Other Offerings Aim to Capture Millennial Traveler Demand

How Hilton’s Tru and Other Offerings Aim to Capture Millennial Traveler Demand
Both Airbnb and Hotels Like Tru Offer a Place to Sleep, But What about Conveniently Eating and Drinking, Exercising, Working or Just Hanging Out? In 2016, Hilton announced their new concept, Tru, which is designed to offer affordable and stylish places to stay, work and eat while traveling. Tru will serve the midscale segment (approximately... Read more »
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Retail Juggernaut Amazon Earns Much of its Profit in the Cloud

Retail Juggernaut Amazon Earns Much of its Profit in the Cloud
With respect to Amazon, you’ve probably thought about the challenge for traditional brick and mortar retailers in competing with the online company. And you’ve probably enjoyed the convenience of Amazon Prime delivery. But you may not have thought much about Amazon’s cloud business: AWS. Popular services like Hulu, MailChimp, Signpost and Roadtrippers all experienced major... Read more »
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