ACKSONVILLE, Fla., Dec. 12, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — The consumer packaged goods industry is rapidly evolving, and a New Year will usher in even more changes. Experts from Acosta — a leading full-service sales and marketing agency in the consumer packaged goods industry — compiled their top CPG predictions for 2019, including what is next for e-commerce and brick-and-mortar stores, popular products and categories, and modifications in how consumers approach shopping trips.
“We expect to see the continuation of some trends that emerged in 2018, as well as several key new developments,” said Colin Stewart, Senior Vice President at Acosta. “In 2019, the topic of price will be on the agenda for both manufacturers and retailers. With increasing transportation and commodity costs, manufacturers will be forced to increase prices, and retailers will be aggressively scrutinizing price inflation to stay competitive in a fragmenting retail environment.”
Acosta’s top 10 CPG predictions for 2019 are:
1. Resurgence of Frozen
- After several years of decline, manufacturers have finally cracked the code on getting shoppers back into the frozen food aisle with cleaner labels and higher quality products that appeal to shoppers.
- Shoppers are coming to the realization that frozen is healthy and convenient, with dramatic improvements in quality and variety of prepared foods.
2. More E-commerce Changes
- Online retailers, such as meal kit services, will continue to move selectively into brick-and-mortar spaces or partner with established retailers to grow brand reach.
- Brick-and-mortar operators will continue to catch up to e-commerce competitors.
- Click-and-collect will continue to emerge as retailers refine implementation.
3. Continued Renaissance of the In-store Shopping Experience
- Convenience, immediacy and the ability to browse and sample will continue to be key draws.
- Additional in-store shopping changes could include:
- Prepared foods and eating spaces
- Individualization of experience
- Sampling, education and entertainment
- Integration with smart phones, such as deals, navigation, checkout and personalized offers
- Possible advances in mobile pay
4. Smaller Store Footprints
- Due to the slow death of the mall, anchor spaces will continue to be repurposed to entertainment and lifestyle destinations, like cinemas, arcades and even grocery stores, to drive traffic.
- Expect to see pop-up stores fill empty retail storefronts for seasonal or promotional “limited time only” periods.
5. Grocery Home Delivery
- With less cooking from scratch anticipated, grocery home delivery will expand to include prepared foods and complete meals.
- These changes require the development of infrastructure of meal prep and additional delivery logistics.
- E-commerce and home delivery create increased stress on trucking and delivery networks, and the infrastructure they depend on. Cardboard and other packaging suppliers and packaging waste will add to refuse challenges.
6. Omnichannel Experience
- Retailers will focus on creating a seamless “omnichannel experience” for consumers, from the physical store to the digital shopping experience and “click-and-collect.”
7. Naturally-derived Wellness Additives
- CBD derived products will continue to rise in popularity.
- The stigma of being related to cannabis will continue to decline as marijuana legalization expands and recognition of medicinal value grows.
8. Shopping Trip Composition Changes
- Stocking up/pantry load shopping trips could be a thing of the past, as consumers are shifting towards quick, fill in shopping trips.
9. Return to Premiumization
- As the recession fades, the value equation now favors quality, convenience and healthiness over pure price.
- Big food CPG will rationalize product mix and acquire relevant challenger brands.
10. Price Increases
- Increasing transportation and commodity costs will force price hikes.
Acosta is the sales and marketing powerhouse behind most of the trusted brands seen in stores every day. The company provides a range of outsourced sales, marketing and retail merchandising services throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe. For 90 years, Acosta has led the industry in helping consumer packaged goods companies move products off shelves and into shoppers’ baskets. For more information, please visit www.acosta.com.
Great Learning launches new programs in DevOps and Full Stack Development
- Full Stack Developers and DevOps Engineers amongst the top emerging jobs in India
- 20000+ openings for Full Stack Developers and 4500+ for DevOps Engineers
- Top hirers include Accenture, Cognizant, TCS, Tech Mahindra, Infosys and Samsung
- Starting salaries for Full Stack developers and DevOps Engineers goes up to Rs. 9 lacs
- Full Stack Development program is blended, with both classroom and online components
- DevOps Engineer Certificate Program is a structured online program with weekend mentorship sessions
New Delhi, March 12, 2019: Great Learning, India’s leading Edtech company announced the launch of two new programs – Full Stack Development and DevOps Engineer Certificate Program.
Currently, India has 20000+ job openings for Full Stack Developers and 4500+ for DevOps Engineers. The starting salaries for professionals proficient in these areas is often Rs. 9 Lacs per annum or more.
Full Stack Development Program (20 weeks)
The program enables practical learning by replicating a Production development atmosphere through pair programming labs, hackathons and periodic code reviews with senior Tech Leads and software architects from leading companies. By the end of the Program, learners will be able to build their own full stack applications enabling them to become Production Ready developers. The Full Stack program is offered with placement assistance by Great Learning through its career services program – GL Excelerate. As part of GL Excelerate, learners get exclusive access to career fairs and opportunities with leading organizations, 1-1 career mentoring from industry experts, interview preparation workshops and guidance on resume building.
Currently, the classroom variant of the program is available in Bangalore and soon will be launched in Chennai and Hyderabad as well. Students can enroll for the program by filling this registration form.
DevOps Engineer Certificate Program (3 months, Fully Online, 150+ hours)
According to LinkedIn’s 33 Most Recruited Roles of 2018 report, DevOps Engineer is the most recruited job on LinkedIn globally in 2018. Great Learning’s DevOps Engineer Certificate Program is a 3-month structured online program with weekend mentorship sessions to help students become proficient in understanding and working with AWS (Amazon Web Services), Containers, Cloud Native and On-Premises DevOps, Infrastructure as Code, Python Scripting and more. The program comprises of 40+ hours of expert instructional content and 150+ hours of overall learning. The programs provide an opportunity for students to get personalized mentorship from DevOps practitioners who have worked with the leading organizations like Dell, SAP, Cisco, Walmart Labs, Infosys and FIS. Students will also be able to attend a live online session each weekend to clarify their conceptual doubts, ask questions and discuss use cases with industry practitioners. Students can enroll for the program by filling this registration form.
Harish Subramanian, Director – Great Learning said, “Skills in DevOps and Full Stack Development are in high demand today across all types of technology companies. Our programs delve deeply into both the topics and are designed to enable learning by doing. The hands-on approach that the programs offer, and the access to Full stack developers and DevOps professionals gives learners exposure to the challenges they’ll face in these jobs right from the start of the program, and ensures they are job ready by the time they complete their program.”
About Great Learning
Great Learning is an Ed-Tech company that offers programs in career critical competencies such as Analytics, Data Science, Big Data, Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, Cloud Computing & Deep Learning and more. Over 5000 professionals have taken Great Learning programs and it has already delivered 4 million hours of learning. The company is on a mission to make professionals proficient and future ready. Great Learning programs are offered in multiple modes such as Weekend classroom learning with online resources; online videos with weekly personalised mentorship sessions. and boot-camp full-time programs. The offline classroom sessions happen through Great Learning centers that are present in Gurgaon, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Pune, Chennai, and Mumbai.
Indian steel firms seek higher duties on imports as prices drop
Indian steel firms are putting pressure on the government to impose higher duties on imports as trade disputes and a global economic slowdown divert surplus Asian steel stocks to India, industry executives and government sources said.
Local producers are suffering from the double whammy of a rise in cheap imports and low domestic steel prices, which threatens to wipeout the healthy profits made in the past couple of years.
The steel companies have approached the ministry multiple times over the past few months, alleging China, Japan, South Korea and Vietnam are dumping various grades of low-cost steel into the Indian market and stealing market share as a result, three government sources said. Top four steelmakers – JSW Steel Ltd, Tata Steel Ltd, Jindal Steel and Power Ltd and state-owned Steel Authority of India Ltd – who together control over 45 per cent of country’s total steel production, are the key companies who have complained, the sources said.
The ministry has given various indications that some measures might be taken, the sources added. However, they are more likely to be non-tariff measures as India has already suffered defeat in a dispute with Japan at the World Trade Organisation (WTO) on charges that New Delhi unfairly imposed import duties in 2016 to safeguard its steel industry. The WTO upheld Japan’s complaint in November but India is planning to appeal.
India’s steel minister Chaudhary Birender Singh told Reuters earlier this month that the government wants to expand the quality control regime to all steel products very soon. Imports of various grades of steel into India rose by around 8 per cent in the April-December 2018 period, compared with a year earlier, government data showed. During the same period, exports from India fell by more than 17 per cent, making the country a net importer of steel, mainly because the US, one of India’s biggest markets, imposed additional duties last year on steel coming from some Asian countries, including India.
The government is also considering imposing higher duties on the import of iron ore, a key raw material, to help state-owned miner NMDC Ltd, the sources said. While this could hurt JSW Steel, other steel majors have their own captive iron ore mines which shields them from price volatility.
Abhyuday Jindal, managing director of Jindal Stainless, the country’s largest stainless-steel producer, said the company had asked the government review import duty on raw materials, as well as the impact of free trade agreements with the likes of Japan, South Korea and southeast Asian countries.
Ten Big Global Challenges Technology Could Solve
Edison said on innovation in technology that – big problems correspond to even bigger opportunities. Referring a famous Canadian Ice Hockey player, Wayne Gretzky, who had scored many hits in his time, “the trick is not to skate where the puck is, but to skate where the puck is going.” Today, technology performs a major role in solving a wide range of problems. It may be building a business or solving social problems and in this way, it can impact business all over the world. Here are the major challenges that can be solved by technology.
Rising of global temperature is a major threat for everyone. Reducing greenhouse gas emissions cannot alone sufficient to check an increase in global temperatures. Removal of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere can anyway help to reduce the temperature. But, it would be really expensive. Currently, many startups are searching for ways of recycling carbon dioxide into products, like synthetic fuels, carbon fiber, polymers, and concrete. It may somehow helpful, but we require the cheapest way to completely store the billions of tons of carbon dioxide and as a result, we might successfully pull carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere.
Grid-scale energy storage
Different renewable energy sources like wind and solar are becoming discounted and governments in different countries are deploying them widely. But they fail to generate electricity when the sun’s not shining or wind isn’t blowing. Still, then, some countries are trying to generate some amount of energy by which they can deviate from secure sources like coal and natural gas. The cost of building enough batteries is too much to provide backup to total networks for the days when renewable generation standards would be excessive. Many scientists and startups are trying to build up cheaper forms of grid-scale storage that can persist for longer periods, including flow batteries or tanks of molten salt. However, we urgently need a cheaper and more competent way to store vast amounts of electricity.
Universal flu vaccine
Pandemic flu is a rare worldwide spread deadly disease. It is caused by a virus and spreads all over the world. People with lack of immunity get affected by this new influenza. In the 1918 pandemic of H1N1 flu about 50 million people died and in the 1957-’58 around a million people died in pandemics. More recently, half a million died in a 2009 return of H1N1. The decrease in death tolls is due to the milder strains. We should not take this disease casually as these viruses may reproduce too quickly for any tailor-made vaccine to effectively fight it. Therefore, a common flu vaccine that confined not only against the relatively less harmful variants rather against a catastrophic once-in-a-century epidemic is a critical public health challenge.
There are a large number of tiny pieces of plastic, called “micro-plastics” are now floating all over the world’s oceans. The major source of this waste is bags or straws which have been broken up over time. It’s deadly for birds, fish, and humans. According to researchers, the effects on both human health and the environment will be intense, and it may take centuries to clean up the hundreds of millions of tons of plastic from the oceans which have been accumulated over the decades. As pollution is widespread, it’s difficult to clean up. When there are prototype methods for undertaking the massive oceanic garbage patches, we are helpless in cleaning coasts, seas, and waterways.
Dementia or Alzheimer’s is getting quite common worldwide. Above one in 10 Americans at the age of 65 suffer from Alzheimer’s. And around a third of those are of 85 years old or more than that. Till the date, Alzheimer’s has not been understood completely, as definite diagnoses can be done only after death, and even then, doctors show the distinction between Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. With advances in neuroscience and genetics are providing more insight. That understanding is offering clues to slow or even shut down the disturbing effects of the condition.
The quantity of salt water on earth is about 50 times as there is fresh water. The increase in the world’s population and climate change increase droughts and the call for fresh water is going to develop more. Israel is getting most of its household water from the sea by making the world’s biggest reverse-osmosis desalination facilities. But this method requires too much energy to be practical worldwide. New types of membranes, electrochemical techniques may be valuable to make salty water useful for irrigation. Similarly, the use of adaptation technologies to create drinking water from the ocean ought to be the main concern.
A video of Atlas, showing the jumping up steps of robot like a commando, designed by Boston Dynamics, swept the internet. This came only two years after AlphaGo challenged the world’s best Go player. Atlas can’t play Go (it is embodied, but not intelligent), and AlphaGo can’t run (it’s intelligent, in its own way, but lacks a body). So what happens if you put AlphaGo’s mind in Atlas’s body? According to so many researchers, real artificial intelligence may depend on a skill to share internal computational processes to actual things in the physical world. Additionally, an AI would obtain that ability by learning to work together with the physical world as people and animals do.
Secure driverless car
Till the date, independent vehicles have been used for millions of miles on public roads. Pilot programs for release and taxi services are in progress in places like the suburbs of Phoenix. But driverless cars have not been ready to capture roads in common. They are not working properly in disordered traffic, and in weather conditions like snow and fog. If they can be finished consistently safe, they might let an extensive reimagining of transportation. Traffic jams might be abolished, and cities could be altered as parking lots and these may give way to new developments. Especially, if self-driving cars extensively deployed, are likely to eradicate most of the 1.25 million yearly deaths caused by traffic accidents.
Earthquake is one of the devastating natural calamities in which over 100,000 people died in the 2010 Haiti earthquake, and the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami—prompted by one of the most powerful earthquakes ever recorded and it had killed around a quarter of a million people in Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India, and elsewhere. We are able to predict hurricanes days much in advance, but we are helpless in predicting earthquakes. Predicting earthquakes with some self-assurance would let the planners discover some long-lasting solutions. Even a few hours’ before a warning can help people to leave unsafe areas, and millions of lives can be saved.
Our brains stay deep obscurity to neuroscientists. All the things we think and remember, and all our movements, must in some way be coded in the billions of neurons in our heads. Here everyone wants to know that code. There are so many unknowns and puzzles in perceptive, by which our brains store and exchange our thoughts. Breaking in that code may lead to mental disorders like schizophrenia and autism. It might allow us to pick up direct boundaries which communicate straight from our brains to computers, or even to other people. This is life-changing progress for people who are paralyzed by injury or degenerative disease.
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