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Gig Workers—Are they Entrepreneurs?

Are Uber drivers and similar Gig workers: 1) entrepreneurs: 2) contract workers or, 3) technically speaking, employees?

The sharing economy is disrupting the nature of work, employment and entrepreneurship. Most sharing/gig economy workers are working as independent, contract workers, not employees. This means that they do not qualify for company-provided benefits such as health coverage or retirement plans. Many of them conduct work for two or more sharing economy firms. That is, a worker might drive for Uber at night, do installations for TaskRabbit on weekends and shop for Instacart on weekdays. They may quickly vary their schedule according to the demand level, which can be constantly monitored via smartphone.

In one-on-one interviews, Plunkett Research has found that many sharing/gig workers consider themselves to be “entrepreneurs.” While they may not have created a new company that employs others or makes unique products, they nonetheless work for themselves, independently, using their own tools or vehicles and setting their own schedules. In that regard, they are literally running a business, in the same way that a one-person plumbing shop is a business. Traditional new business formation has been weak in the U.S., which is a startling change. In particular, formation of businesses that intend to hire employees and pay wages (as opposed to one-person enterprises) has been extremely weak.

At Plunkett Research, we believe that the weakness in small business startups is fueled by the ease of finding independent work in the sharing/gig economy, with little or no capital or risk involved and the prospect of immediate income. In addition, working independently in this manner generally requires no specialized education, and no licensing beyond a drivers’ license. This type of work also lends itself very well to people, such as retirees or students, who only want to work part-time, or who want a part-time sideline in addition to a regular job. One study found that 49% of part-time independent workers also had a full-time traditional job.

People who intentionally choose the independent work life tend to state extremely high levels of satisfaction with their work life as compared to traditional workers. The recite perceived value from being their own boss or having great flexibility in they way they schedule and manage each day.

There is a significant debate underway in many nations as to whether or not people working as Uber drivers, Instacart shoppers and similar agents are actually employees, rather than contract workers. Legislative reform may well be attempted on large scale in this regard. In some cases, class action lawsuits have been filed by the contract workers. If courts eventually rule that such workers are actually employees, it would have a massive effect on the business models of sharing economy firms. In the U.S., for example, it would mean that firms were subject to paying payroll taxes such as Social Security, and were subject to very high levels of labor, safety, health and anti-discrimination laws. This debate will likely continue for many years to come, and may well lead to legal reform in some nations. Another outcome may be the formation of contractor workers’ unions or union-like organizations that might demand better pay or working conditions. The “Independent Drivers Guild” now exists in New York City, representing tens of thousands of local Uber drivers, but not quite acting as a true labor union.

Meanwhile, intense competition among gig delivery firms, such as Uber, Didi and Lyft, to attract new drivers is causing the companies to offer sign-on bonuses and other perks. Over the long term, however, some types of gig jobs are definitely threatened by advances in technologies—this includes self-driving cars that may replace human drivers, and food-delivery robots (such as those now being tested on some university campuses.)

Plunkett’s Sharing & Gig Economy, Freelance Workers & On-Demand Delivery Industry Almanac 2019

Everything you need to know about the Sharing and Gig Industry:

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Available to Plunkett Research Online subscribers See more information about the online edition here.

Also available in Almanac Editions. Publication Date: January 2019 | Price: $379.99 Printed ISBN: 978-1-62831-482-3 eBook ISBN: 978-1-62831-807-4 See the complete listings of book contents and details here.

Complete Guide to the Internet of Things (IoT) & Machine-to-Machine (M2M) Industry From Plunkett Research 2019

HOUSTON, Texas – Plunkett Research, Ltd. recently announced an important market research and competitive analysis report,Internet of Things (IoT) & Machine-to-Machine (M2M) Industry Almanac, 2019 edition. A complete market research report, including forecasts and market estimates, technologies analysis and developments at innovative firms.

To put the massive scale and potential of Internet of Things (IoT) technology in perspective, consider the following: In a world of roughly 5 billion people with access to the internet (about two-thirds of the world’s population), about three times as many (14.6 billion) objects will be connected to the internet by 2022).

Key Findings:

  • Plunkett Research analyzes the top trends changing the industry, and provides in-depth industry statistics. In addition, this publication profiles the top 400 companies in the Internet of Things (IoT) & Machine-to-Machine (M2M) Industry.

Available Formats:

  • Printed Almanac: ISBN 978-1-62831-55- (Available)

  • E-book: ISBN 978-1-62831-840-1 (Available)

  • Online Subscription

Key Features Include:

  • Industry trends analysis, market data and competitive intelligence

  • Market forecasts and Industry Statistics

  • Industry Associations and Professional Societies List

  • In-Depth Profiles of hundreds of leading companies

  • Industry Glossary

  • Link to our 5-minute video overview of this industry

Pages: 576

Statistical Tables Provided: 8

Companies Profiled: 412

Geographic Focus: Global

Price: $379.99

Key Questions Answered Include:

  • How is the industry evolving?

  • How is the industry being shaped by new technologies?

  • How is demand growing in emerging markets and mature economies?

  • What is the size of the market now and in the future?

  • What are the financial results of the leading companies?

  • What are the names and titles of top executives?

  • What are the top companies and what are their revenues?

This feature-rich book covers competitive intelligence, market research and business analysis—everything you need to know about the Internet of Things (IoT) & Machine-to-Machine (M2M) business including:

  1. Introduction to the Internet of Things (IoT) and Machine-to-Machine (M2M) Industry

  2. Smart Cities Utilize Sensors and Artificial Intelligence (AI) to Increase Efficiencies/The Internet of Things (IoT) Boosts Potential

  3. The Internet of Things (IoT) and M2M to Boom, Enhanced by Artificial Intelligence (AI)

  4. Wireless Information Systems Surge Ahead in Vehicles: Telematics, Intelligent Transportation (ITS) and Real Time Traffic Information

  5. Self-Driving, Autonomous Cars Receive Massive Investments in Research and Development Worldwide

  6. Introduction to the Artificial Intelligence (AI) & Machine Learning Industry

  7. A Brief History of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the State of the Industry Today

  8. The Pros & Cons of Artificial Intelligence (AI) & Machine Learning

  9. Robotics, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Automation Revolutionize Supply Chain and Logistics Systems

  10. Voice and Face Recognition Change the Wireless World, Enhanced Through Artificial Intelligence (AI)

  11. Artificial Intelligence (AI), Deep Learning and Machine Learning Advance into Commercial Applications, Including Health Care and Robotics

  12. Industrial Robots and Factory Automation Advance Through Artificial Intelligence (AI)

  13. RFID Drives Inventory Management Evolution

  14. The Future of Transportation and Supply Chains: Massive Investments in Infrastructure, Mobility Services and Hyperloop

  15. Digital Assistants Include Amazon’s Echo and Google’s Home/Alexa and Similar Software Power Third-Party Developers

  16. Wi-Fi Enables Wireless Traffic Growth, Including the Internet of Things (IoT)

  17. Global Internet Market Tops 4.2 Billion Users/Ultrafast Broadband Expands, both Fixed and Wireless

  18. Cloud Computing and Software as a Service (SaaS) Point the Way to the Future

  19. Virtual Reality/Augmented Reality and 3-D Games Create Opportunities for the Tech Industry/Immersion Games to Grow

  20. Wearable Sensors Track Exercise Data/Apparel and Shoe Manufacturers Adopt Technologies

  21. Growth in Big Data Supported by Expansion of Cloud Computing and Predictive Analytics

  22. Precision Agriculture Technologies (AgTech), Farm Robotics, GPS and Irrigation Market Grows Worldwide/Hi Tech Greenhouses

  23. 5G Wireless Networks to Rollout Worldwide, Enabling the Internet of Things (IoT)/Massive Investments Required

  24. CyberSecurity Challenges for the Internet of Things (IoT)

  25. The Internet of Things (IoT) in Factories, Robotics and Equipment

  26. The Internet of Things (IoT) and the Smart Home

  27. Hot Fields Within Computers, Hardware and Software Include Artificial Intelligence (AI), Cybersecurity and the Internet of Things (IoT)

Internet of Things (IoT) & Machine-to-Machine (M2M) Industry Statistics

  1. Internet of Things & M2M Communications Industry Statistics and Market Size Overview

  2. Software Publishing Industry, U.S.: Estimated Revenue, Inventories & Expenses: 2013-2018

  3. Software Publishing Industry, U.S.: Estimated Selected Expenses: 2013-2018

  4. Data Processing, Hosting, and Related Services Industry, U.S.: Estimated Revenue & Expenses: 2013-2018

  5. Data Processing, Hosting, and Related Services Industry, U.S.: Estimated Selected Expenses: 2013-2018

  6. Number of Business & Residential High Speed Internet Lines, U.S.: 2013-2018

  7. Internet Access Technologies Compared

  8. Research Funding for Engineering, U.S. National Science Foundation: Fiscal Years 2017-2019

Companies Mentioned Include:

  • Cybereason Inc

  • Emerson Electric Co

  • Palantir Technologies Inc

  • WatchGuard Technologies Inc

  • SAIC Motor Corporation Limited

  • China Telecom Corporation Limited

  • Tech Mahindra Limited

  • Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co Ltd (TSMC)

Entertainment Content or Distribution? Which Side Wins?

Competition in the entertainment & media sector is growing at a fierce pace! Plunkett’s latest market research into the Entertainment, Media and Publishing industry, its technologies, trends and leading companies, has been published—online and in almanac format.

Which Side of the Entertainment & Media Industry Sets the Rules?—Companies that Publish News, Entertainment and Other Content, or Firms that Distribute that Content to Subscribers?

Companies that control massive distribution systems (such as internet sites, cable TV channels or magazines) are vital to firms on the other side of the equation: those that publish the news and entertainment.

Content-publishing firms generally must negotiate fees with the distribution platform owners. Such content-owning firms include those in film production, television production and publishing

Over the long haul, however, the greatest profits in the global entertainment and media business may come from distribution. Distribution systems tend to generate vast streams of renewable subscription revenues. Nonetheless, distribution companies often have good reasons to diversify into content.

Historically, Comcast was focused on its role as a major U.S. cable distribution company, but this firm has evolved dramatically. It acquired full ownership of NBC Universal (a content company). This gives Comcast control of the NBC network, NBC News, MSNBC, CNBC, Universal Pictures, Universal theme parks and resorts and a number of popular cable channels such as Bravo. In other words, Comcast is now a giant in both content and distribution on a very wide scale. In 2018, Comcast agreed to acquire UK-based Sky, a massive broadband and TV delivery system that also produces a large amount of its own content.

In June 2018, telecommunications and internet service (distribution) giant AT&T completed its acquisition of content leader Time Warner for $85 billion. This merges Time Warner’s television and film assets, including HBO, Warner Brothers and Turner, into AT&T’s massive business that delivers wireless smartphone connections and internet connections, as well as landlines and other services, to millions of homes and businesses. Earlier, AT&T had also acquired satellite delivery network DirecTV.

Disney has long been one of the world’s most powerful content publishers, but Disney is evolving rapidly. Disney’s businesses include the ABC Television Network, ESPN, the History Channel and A&E on the distribution side. Its content-generating businesses include film studios such as Touchstone Pictures and Pixar. It also owns the Marvel comics business. Disney parks, resorts and cruise lines provide additional opportunities to convert content (such as Mickey Mouse) into revenue through distribution (such as the sale of Mickey-logoed apparel at theme parks). Meanwhile, the Disney Interactive Studios generate video games and Disney Online runs web sites.

In July 2018, in one of the largest media industry mergers of all time, Disney acquired Twenty-First Century Fox’s movie and TV studios, in additional to other assets including Fox’s 30% state in streaming entertainment service Hulu, for $84 billion.

Long gone are the days when television and radio programmers enjoyed captive audiences who happily sat through ad after ad, or who planned their schedules around a favorite show. Consumers now demand near-total control over what they watch, read and listen to.

Issues Related to Control of Entertainment and News Content:

  1. Pricing for content, including free-of-charge access versus paid subscriptions; illegal downloads versus authorized downloads; and full ownership of a paid download versus pay-per-view.
  2. Portability, including the ability for a consumer to download once and then use a file on multiple platforms and devices, including tablets and smartphones, or the ability to share a download with friends or family.
  3. Delayed viewing or listening, such as viewing TV programming at the consumer’s convenience via TiVo and similar digital video recorders.

Plunkett’s Entertainment, Movie, Publishing & Media Industry Almanac 2019

Everything you need to know about the Entertainment & Media Industry:

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Available to Plunkett Research Online subscribers See more information about the online edition here.

Also available in Almanac Editions. Publication Date: January 2019 | Price: $379.99 Printed ISBN: 978-1-62831-481-6 eBook ISBN: 978-1-62831-805-0 See the complete listings of book contents and details here.

Complete Guide to the Advertising & Branding Industry From Plunkett Research 2019

HOUSTON, Texas – Plunkett Research, Ltd. recently announced an important market research and competitive analysis report, Advertising & Branding Industry Almanac, 2019 edition. A complete market research report, including forecasts and market estimates, technologies analysis and developments at innovative firms.

The size of the advertising market is difficult to assess, and estimates by analysts vary to some degree. This is partly due to the fact that the final cost of advertising for any company includes creative and agency costs; local branding and marketing efforts; catalogs, brochures and other printed matter; the creation and maintenance of web sites, email campaigns and social media campaigns; and myriad other components, in addition to expenses for media. Numbers that are available for analysis and comparison are generally limited to actual spending on media, such as radio, TV, billboards and paid search or Internet advertising.

Key Findings:

  • Plunkett Research analyzes the top trends changing the industry, and provides in-depth industry statistics. In addition, this publication profiles the top 325 companies in the Advertising & Branding Industry.

Available Formats:

  • Printed Almanac: ISBN 978-1-62831-490-8 (Available Now)

  • E-book: ISBN 978-1-62831-814-2 (Available Now)

  • Online Subscription

Key Features Include:

  • Industry trends analysis, market data and competitive intelligence

  • Market forecasts and Industry Statistics

  • Industry Associations and Professional Societies List

  • In-Depth Profiles of hundreds of leading companies

  • Industry Glossary

  • Link to our 5-minute video overview of this industry

Pages: 466

Statistical Tables Provided: 10

Companies Profiled: 329

Geographic Focus: Global

Price: $379.99

Key Questions Answered Include:

  • How is the industry evolving?

  • How is the industry being shaped by new technologies?

  • How is demand growing in emerging markets and mature economies?

  • What is the size of the market now and in the future?

  • What are the financial results of the leading companies?

  • What are the names and titles of top executives?

  • What are the top companies and what are their revenues?

This feature-rich book covers competitive intelligence, market research and business analysis—everything you need to know about the advertising & branding business including:

  1. Introduction to the Advertising and Branding Industry

  2. Agencies Face Both Evolving Client Needs and Vast Changes in Media

  3. Global Media Giants Acquire both Content and Distribution

  4. Digital Advertising Soars, Has Larger Market Share of U.S. Advertising Than TV

  5. Programmatic Ad Buying Dominates the Market

  6. Global Internet Market Tops 4.2 Billion Users/Ultrafast Broadband Expands, both Fixed and Wireless

  7. Television Ads Evolve to Face New Challenges, Formats and Online Competitors

  8. DVR Market Evolves/Time-Shifting Hurts Advertisers

  9. Embedded Advertising/Product Placement/Branded Entertainment and Marketing Soar

  10. Social Media Generates Billions of Dollars in Global Online and Mobile Ad Revenues

  11. Email Reigns as One of the Single Most Effective Advertising Tools

  12. Newspapers and Magazines Rely on Digital Editions and Apps

  13. Billboards Go Digital

  14. Location-Based Services (LBS) Enhance Smartphones and Mobile Advertising

  15. Private Label Brands Grow in Share of Total Store Sales

  16. LOHAS-Socially Conscious Consumers Create Challenges and Opportunities for Advertisers and Marketers

  17. Growth in China’s Ad Market

  18. Growth in Big Data Supported by Expansion of Cloud Computing and Predictive Analytics

  19. Retail Technologies Advance for Store Checkout and Restaurant Orders/Apps and Location-Based Ads Drive Sales

  20. Online Marketing, Social Media and Ecommerce Enable Startups and Disruption in Consumer Products and Cosmetics

  21. Consulting Firms Acquire Digital Advertising Agencies, Extending Their Marketing Services

Advertising & Branding Industry Statistics

  1. Advertising & Branding Industry Statistics and Market Size Overview

  2. Estimated U.S. Advertising Sector Revenues by NAICS Code: 2011-2018

  3. Advertising Agencies, Public Relations Agencies & Direct Mail Advertising: Estimated Sources of Revenue & Expenses, U.S.: 2012-2017

  4. Employment in Advertising & Related Industries, U.S.: 1990-January 2019

  5. Internet Publishing & Broadcasting & Web Search Portals: Estimated Revenue & Expenses, U.S.: 2013-2018

  6. Newspaper Publishers: Estimated Sources of Revenue & Expenses, U.S.: 2013-2018

  7. Periodical Publishers: Estimated Sources of Revenue & Expenses, U.S.: 2013-2018

  8. Radio Networks & Radio Stations: Estimated Sources of Revenue & Expenses, U.S.: 2013-2018

  9. Television Broadcasting: Estimated Sources of Revenue & Expenses, U.S.: 2013-2018

  10. Cable & Other Subscription Programming: Estimated Sources of Revenue & Expenses, U.S.: 2013-2018

Companies Mentioned Include:

  • Xaxis

  • Belo Corp

  • Disney Media Networks

  • CBS Radio

  • ACME Communications Inc

  • Acxiom Corp

  • Advance Publications Inc

  • Alliance Data Systems Corporation

  • Alloy Inc

  • Time Warner Inc

Complete Guide to the Transportation, Supply Chain & Logistics Industry From Plunkett Research 2019

HOUSTON, Texas – Plunkett Research, Ltd. recently announced an important market research and competitive analysis report, Transportation, Supply Chain & Logistics Industry Almanac, 2019 edition. A complete market research report, including forecasts and market estimates, technologies analysis and developments at innovative firms.

Transportation is one of the world’s largest industries. In total, during 2018, core transportation revenues in the U.S. were an estimated $1,237.0 billion, according to Plunkett Research estimates. Worldwide, these revenues were an estimated $5.1 trillion. This includes air, rail, water, pipeline, courier and warehousing segments.

Key Findings:

  • Plunkett Research analyzes the top trends changing the industry, and provides in-depth industry statistics. In addition, this publication profiles the top 500 companies in the Transportation, Supply Chain & Logistics Industry.

Available Formats:

  • Printed Almanac: ISBN 978-1-62831-489-2 (Available Now)
  • E-book: ISBN 978-1-62831-813-5 (Available Now)
  • Online Subscription

Key Features Include:

  • Industry trends analysis, market data and competitive intelligence
  • Market forecasts and Industry Statistics
  • Industry Associations and Professional Societies List
  • In-Depth Profiles of hundreds of leading companies
  • Industry Glossary
  • Link to our 5-minute video overview of this industry

Pages: 684

Statistical Tables Provided: 29

Companies Profiled: 495

Geographic Focus: Global Price: $379.99

Key Questions Answered Include:  

Statistical Tables Provided: 29

Companies Profiled: 495

Geographic Focus: Global

Price: $379.99

Key Questions Answered Include:

  • How is the industry evolving?
  • How is the industry being shaped by new technologies?
  • How is demand growing in emerging markets and mature economies?
  • What is the size of the market now and in the future?
  • What are the financial results of the leading companies?
  • What are the names and titles of top executives?
  • What are the top companies and what are their revenues?

This feature-rich book covers competitive intelligence, market research and business analysis—everything you need to know about the Transportation, Supply Chain & Logistics business including:

  1. Introduction to the Transportation, Supply Chain & Logistics Industry
  2. 3PL Logistics Services and Supply Chain Management Services
  3. FedEx, UPS & DHL Compete in Global in Shipping and Logistics/Amazon.com Begins to
    Fulfill its Own Shipping Needs
  4. Trucking Companies Enjoy Dominant Market Share, Focus on Driver Challenges and Regulatory Issues
  5. Freight Railways Invest in Infrastructure and Safety
  6. China Makes Immense Investments in Railroads, Highways, Airports & Silk Road
  7. High Speed Passenger Trains, Including Maglev, Advance in China and Europe
  8. U.S. Passenger Train Projects Receive Funding, Including Light Rail and All Aboard Florida
  9. Ships Get Bigger and More Efficient as Freighter Overcapacity Hits the Shipping Industry
  10. Ports and Canals Expand to Accommodate Larger Vessels
  11. Discount Airlines Compete with Legacy Airlines, but the Differences Are Beginning to Blur
  12. Boeing and Airbus Have Massive Aircraft Order Backlogs/Major Aircraft Market in China
  13. New Aircraft Designs Offer Greater Passenger Comfort/More Efficient Engines
  14. Air Traffic Grows/Airports Expand/Asia Has Strong Air Traffic
  15. New Technologies Show Promise for Port and Airport Security
  16. RFID Drives Inventory Management Evolution
  17. Wireless Information Systems Surge Ahead in Vehicles: Telematics, ITS and Real Time
    Traffic Information
  18. India’s Transportation Infrastructure Needs Billions of Dollars in Construction
  19. Car Sharing Programs Like Zipcar and Autolib, AKA Mobility Services, Proliferate
  20. Uber and Didi Dominate the Car on Demand (Raid Hailing) Industry
  21. Self-Driving, Autonomous Cars Receive Massive Investments in Research and
    Development Worldwide
  22. Bicycle Sharing Grows in Major Cities, But Finances Are Challenging
  23. Smart Cities Utilize Sensors and Artificial Intelligence (AI) to Increase Efficiencies/The
    Internet of Things (IoT) Boosts Potential
  24. Robotics, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Automation Revolutionize Supply Chain and
    Logistics Systems
  25. The Future of Transportation and Supply Chains: Massive Investments in Infrastructure, Mobility Services and Hyperloop

Transportation, Supply Chain & Logistics Industry Statistics

  1. Transportation Industry Statistics and Market Size Overview
  2. Estimated U.S. Core Transportation Sector Revenues 1990-2018
  3. U.S. Transportation & Warehousing Industry Revenues: 2015-Q3 2018
  4. U.S. Transportation & Warehousing Industry Expenses: 2014-2017
  5. Top 50 Countries Providing U.S. Imports: 2011-2018
  6. Top 50 Countries Receiving U.S. Exports: 2011-2018
  7. Top 30 U.S. Customs Ports by Waterborne Foreign Container Trade: 2015-2017
  8. Top 30 U.S. Customs Ports by Waterborne Foreign Container Import: 2015-2017
  9. Top 30 U.S. Customs Ports by Waterborne Foreign Container Export: 2015-2017
  10. U.S.-Canadian Border Land-Freight Gateways: Number of Incoming Truck or Rail Container Crossings: 2017-2018
  11. U.S.-Mexican Border Land-Freight Gateways: Number of Incoming Truck or Rail Container Crossings: 2017-2018
  12. Truck Transportation Industry, U.S.: Estimated Revenue by Commodities Handled: 2015-2017
  13. Truck Transportation Industry, U.S.: Estimated Truck Inventories: 2013-2017
  14. Retail On-Highway Diesel vs. Regular Gasoline Prices, U.S.: January 1995-March 2019
  15. Top 10 U.S. Airlines & Airports Ranked by 2018 System Scheduled Enplanements
  16. Quarterly U.S. Scheduled Service Passenger Airlines Financial Reports: 3rd Quarter 2017-3rd Quarter 2018
  17. Annual U.S. Domestic Average Itinerary Air Fare: 1995-2018
  18. U.S. Aviation Industry Average Annual Percentage Growth Forecasts by World Region:
    2017-2038
  19. Total Scheduled U.S. International Passenger Traffic, U.S. Commercial Air Carriers: 2010-2038
  20. Air Carrier Traffic Statistics, U.S.: 12 Months Ended November 2018 and November 2017
  21. Air Carrier Traffic Statistics, U.S.: 1996- November 2018
  22. U.S. Airline Revenue Passenger Enplanements: January 1996- January 2019
  23. U.S. Airline Passenger Activity: 2010-2038
  24. Domestic Airline Fuel Cost, U.S.: January 1986- January 2019
  25. Average Freight Revenue Per Ton-mile, U.S.: 2000-2017
  26. Transportation Services Index, U.S.: January 2000- January 2019
  27. Personal Transportation Expenditures, U.S.: 2010-2017
  28. Federal R&D & R&D Plant Funding for Transportation, U.S.: Fiscal Years 2017-2019
  29. Transportation Industry Employment by Business Type, U.S.: 2014-January 2019

Companies Mentioned Include:

  • AMERCO (U-Haul)
  • AB Volvo
  • Go-Ahead Group plc (The)
  • Japan Airlines Co Ltd
  • ADA Sa
  • Aer Lingus Group
  • Aeroflot Russian Airlines JSC
  • Air Canada
  • Air China Limited
  • Air New Zealand Ltd

Mid-Size U.S. Employers Almanac From Plunkett Research 2019

HOUSTON, Texas – Plunkett Research, Ltd. recently announced an important market research and competitive analysis report on trends affecting job seekers, Mid-Size U.S. Employers Almanac, 2019 edition.

Job seekers in 2019 should see reasonably strong hiring and rising wages, if the low unemployment rates seen in early 2019 continue, and if confidence remains reasonably high for both consumers and business leaders.  Nonetheless, total growth of the U.S. economy has been disappointing for several years, and this relatively slow growth has a negative effect on hiring and wages. America’s job market is looking better than it has in recent years, and job seekers, including new college grads, should see a reasonable level of job openings.  There will be good opportunities for those who are diligent in seeking top employers in most business sectors.

Key Findings:

  • Plunkett Research analyzes the top trends changing the industry, and provides in-depth industry statistics for the top 500 companies for Mid-Size Employers and names top trends affecting job seekers for the mid term.

Available Formats:

  • Printed Almanac: ISBN 978-1-62831-488-5 (Available Now)
  • E-book: ISBN 978-1-62831-812-8 (Available Now)
  • Online Subscription

Key Features Include:

  • Industry trends analysis, market data and competitive intelligence
  • Market forecasts and Industry Statistics
  • Industry Associations and Professional Societies List
  • In-Depth Profiles of hundreds of leading companies
  • Industry Glossary
  • Link to our 5-minute video overview of this industry

Pages: 624            

Statistical Tables Provided: 12

Companies Profiled: 510

Geographic Focus: US

Price: $379.99

This feature-rich book covers major trends affecting job seekers—everything you need to know about major U.S. employers including:

  1. U.S. Job Market Overview
  2. Cost Control Remains a Major Concern at Employers/Consolidation Through Mergers Continues
  3. Unemployment Is Down Substantially Compared to the Recent Past
  4. The Sharing & Gig Economy’s Effect on Employment, Work Life and Careers
  5. Technology Continues to Create Sweeping Changes in the Workplace
  6. Continued Growth in Outsourcing, Including Supply Chain and Logistics Services
  7. Millions Working as Temps
  8. Offshoring, Reshoring and the Rebound in American Manufacturing
  9. Older Americans Will Delay Retirement and Work Longer/Many Employers Find Older Employees Desirable
  10. Employment Sectors that Will Offer an Above-Average Number of Job Opportunities

Employment Statistics

  1. U.S. Employment Overview: 2018-2019        
  2. U.S. Civilian Labor Force: 1997- January 2019          
  3. Employment by Major Industry Sector: 2006, 2016 & Projected 2026        
  4. Number of People Employed and Unemployed, U.S.: January 2018 vs. January 2019        
  5. U.S. Labor Force Ages 16 to 24 Years Old by School Enrollment, Educational Attainment,
  6. Sex, Race & Ethnicity: January 2019  
  7. Medical Care Benefits in the U.S.: Access, Participation and Take-Up Rates, March 2018  
  8. Retirement Benefits in the U.S.: Access, Participation and Take-Up Rates, March 2018     
  9. Top 30 U.S. Occupations by Numerical Change in Job Growth: 2016-2026 
  10. Top Fastest Growing Occupations: 2016-2026
  11. Occupations with the Largest Expected Employment Increases, U.S.: 2016-2026   
  12. Occupations with the Fastest Expected Decline, U.S.: 2016-2026

Research: 7 Keys for Job Seekers

  1. Financial Stability
  2. Growth Plans
  3. Research & Development Programs
  4. Product Launch & Production
  5. Marketing & Distribution Methods
  6. Employee Benefits
  7. Quality of Work Factors

Complete Guide to the Food Industry From Plunkett Research 2019

HOUSTON, Texas – Plunkett Research, Ltd. recently announced an important market research and competitive analysis report, Food Industry Almanac, 2019 edition. A complete market research report, including forecasts and market estimates, technologies analysis and developments at innovative firms.

The global food and agricultural industry for 2018 totaled about $8.7 trillion, according to Plunkett Research estimates, or about 10% of the world’s GDP. Global food exports totaled $1.47 trillion in 2017, according to the World Trade Organization (latest data available). While it is obvious that food is of equal importance to all people on planet Earth, the relative cost of that food is not equal. It varies widely due to such influences as location, local food industries and the availability of proper infrastructure for food transportation and storage.

Key Findings:

  • Plunkett Research analyzes the top trends changing the industry, and provides in-depth industry statistics. In addition, this publication profiles the top 500 companies in the Food Industry.

Available Formats:

  • Printed Almanac: ISBN 978-1-62831-487-8 (Available Now)
  • E-book: ISBN 978-1-62831-811-1 (Available Now)
  • Online Subscription

Key Features Include:

  • Industry trends analysis, market data and competitive intelligence
  • Market forecasts and Industry Statistics
  • Industry Associations and Professional Societies List
  • In-Depth Profiles of hundreds of leading companies
  • Industry Glossary
  • Link to our 5-minute video overview of this industry

Pages: 714

Statistical Tables Provided: 31

Companies Profiled: 511

Geographic Focus: Global

Price: $379.99

Key Questions Answered Include:

  • How is the industry evolving?
  • How is the industry being shaped by new technologies?
  • How is demand growing in emerging markets and mature economies?
  • What is the size of the market now and in the future?
  • What are the financial results of the leading companies?
  • What are the names and titles of top executives?
  • What are the top companies and what are their revenues?

This feature-rich book covers competitive intelligence, market research and business analysis—everything you need to know about the food business including:

  1. Introduction to the Food & Beverage Industry
  2. The State of the Food Industry Today
  3. Genetically Modified (GM) Seeds and Crops Planted in Dozens of Nations/Agribio R&D Investment Is High
  4. Genetically Modified (GM) Foods Prompt Controversy, Labeling and Legislation
  5. Cloning of Farm Animals/Meat and Cheese Substitutes Developed/3-D Printed Food
    Appears
  6. Selective Breeding, Mutagenesis and Gene-Editing, including CRISPR, as Alternatives to
    GMOs
  7. Obesity Sparks Government, School and Corporate Initiatives/Snack Foods Get Healthier/Taxes on Unhealthy Foods
  8. Organic Food Sales Continue Global Growth/Locally Sourced Foods and Farm to Table Increase in Popularity
  9. McDonald’s Repositions to Adapt to New Consumer Tastes
  10. Manhattan’s FreshDirect Sets the Pace in Grocery Sales Over the Internet/Amazon
    Competes in Groceries
  11. Precision Agriculture Technologies (AgTech), Farm Robotics, GPS and Irrigation Market
    Grows Worldwide/Hi Tech Greenhouses
  12. Drones Provide New Tools for Precision Agriculture
  13. Aquaculture Gains Major Fish Supply Market Share
  14. Packaging Technology Improves/Wal-Mart and Coca-Cola Boost Packaging Sustainability
  15. Retail Technologies Advance for Store Checkout and Restaurant Orders/Apps and
    Location-Based Ads Drive Sales
  16. RFID Drives Inventory Management Evolution
  17. Wal-Mart Still Dominates the Retail Industry, but Invests in Web Presence to Battle
    Amazon
  18. Private Label Brands Grow in Share of Total Store Sales
  19. Consumers Drive a Revolution in the Food Industry, Demanding Fresher, More Natural
    Foods, Creating both Pain and Opportunities
  20. Food Waste on the Rise/Recycling Efforts Underway
  21. Wages for Restaurant, Hotel and Hospitality Workers Rise
  22. Fast Food Faces Stiff Competition from Casual Dining Restaurants (Fast Casual/Fast Fine)
  23. Food Trucks Serve Busy Urban Diners, Introduce New Chefs
  24. Meal Kits from Firms like Blue Apron Make It Easy to Prepare Home-Cooked Meals
    Without Shopping at Supermarkets
  25. The Future of the Food Industry, Agriculture, Food Demand, Supermarkets and Online
    Food Retailing

Food Industry Statistics

  1. Global Food Industry Statistics and Market Size Overview
  2. U.S. Food Industry Statistics and Market Size Overview
  3. Food Sales, U.S.: 2015-July 2018
  4. Changes in Food Price Indexes, U.S.: 2017-2019
  5. Gross Output in the Food & Beverage & Tobacco Product Manufacturing Industries, U.S.:
    Selected Years, 2011-2017
  6. Retail Prices for Beef, Pork, Poultry Cuts, Eggs & Dairy Products, U.S.: July 2018-January 2019
  7. Meat Supply & Use, U.S.: 2017-2028
  8. Egg Supply & Use, U.S.: 2017-2028
  9. Poultry & Eggs Production, Use, Prices & Trade, U.S.: 2016-2019
  10. Dairy Production & Prices, U.S.: 2016 – January 2019
  11. Horticultural Crops, Baseline Projections, U.S.: 2016-2027
  12. Fruit Production, Per Capita Consumption, Retail Prices & Grower Returns, U.S.: 2008-2017
  13. Planted & Harvested Acreage for Major Field Crops, Baseline Projections, U.S.: 2017-2028
  14. Cost of Production Forecasts for U.S. Corn, Soybean, Wheat & Cotton Crops: 2018-2019
  15. Cost of Production Forecasts for U.S. Rice, Peanuts, Sorghum, Oats & Barley Crops: 2018-2019
  16. Global Area of Biotech Crops by Country: 2017
  17. Income Statement for U.S. Farm Sector: 2014-2018
  18. Farm Sector Cash Receipts from Sales of Agricultural Commodities, U.S.: 2013-2018
  19. Farm Sector Production Expenses, U.S.: 2013-2018
  20. Federal R&D & R&D Plant Funding for Agriculture, U.S.: Fiscal Years 2017-2019
  21. Direct Government Payments to U.S. Farms: 2012-2018
  22. Average Farm Operator Household Income & Assets, U.S.: 2013-2018
  23. Farm Receipts, Expenses & Income, Baseline Projections, U.S.: 2017-2028
  24. Value Added to the U.S. Economy by the Agricultural Sector via the Production of Goods and Services: 2013-2018
  25. Summary of U.S. Agricultural Trade Projections: Fiscal Years 2016-2027
  26. Total U.S. Agricultural Commodity Exports & Imports, Top Ten Countries: 2013-November 2018
  27. Value of U.S. Agricultural Exports & Imports by Commodity Group: 2013-November 2018
  28. Food Industry Employment, U.S.: 2013-2018
  29. Food Preparation and Serving Related Employment and Wage Estimates by Occupation,
    U.S.: May 2017
  30. World Supply & Utilization of Major Crops: 2016-2019
  31. World Supply & Utilization of Major Animal Products: 2012-2019

Companies Mentioned Include:

  • Molson Coors Brewing Company
  • Ben & Jerry’s Homemade Inc
  • Kendall-Jackson Wine Estates Ltd
  • Marathon Cheese Corporation
  • Merisant Company
  • Ahold USA Inc
  • Agri-Mark Inc
  • Newly Weds Foods Inc
  • Ajinomoto Co Inc
  • Albertsons LLC

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Great news! We’ve launched the Artificial Intelligence research channel for subscribers to Plunkett Research Online. And, we’ve published the industry almanac version.

Plunkett’s Artificial Intelligence (AI) & Machine Learning Industry Almanac 2019

Artificial Intelligence, or simply “AI,” is being fueled by the ever-growing power of computers, networks and software. This power has increased to the extent that software can learn from experience, by constantly analyzing data and results until the software can make exacting predictions on its own, thanks to its accumulated knowledge. This process is often referred to as “machine learning.”

A vast variety of industries have put AI to work and continue to invest very heavily in development. Today, AI has synergies with many highly advanced technologies, such as virtual reality, factory automation, robotics, self-driving cars, speech recognition, the Internet of Things, and predictive analytics.

Clearly, AI is a revolutionary, very disruptive technology. Its effects on the economy, as well as the workplace, will be profound. The potential for employment disruption by AI is creating controversy similar to that surrounding the potential effect of robotics on jobs. (The robotics sector is becoming more and more closely linked to AI—each is a vital part of the global trend of “automation,” whether that automation is in the factory, online or in driverless vehicles.)

As AI becomes more advanced, its use is moving toward much more critical situations and processes. Over the mid-term, machines will not only be able to make human tasks more efficient and accurate, to a growing extent they will assist and cooperate in the completion of work that humans cannot easily accomplish on their own. (The word “Cobots,” short for collaborative robots, has already evolved to describe such synergy between humans and machines.) This enhancement of labor productivity can be of critical value in a world where nearly all major nations, from Europe to Asia and North America, are facing aging populations, modest birth rates and the looming prospect of labor shortages.

Among the greatest benefits to mankind will be AI’s ability to help solve many of society’s most pressing and critical problems—AI will help to increase data security, reduce online fraud, reduce physical crimes, lower the cost of some types of consumer products and services, improve health care outcomes and improve environmental quality.

At the same time, there are many observers who are concerned about the potential misuse of artificial intelligence. The greatest single concern may be the way that AI incentivizes companies to capture more and more personal data about people and their individual actions. Since AI becomes more powerful as the size of a data pool grows, AI-driven firms, such as social media and advertising platforms, are capturing ever-greater amounts of personal dataThere is always the potential for significant abuse. This growing pool of personal data will also become even more appealing to hackers and criminals.

Cloud computing, ultra-fast 5G wireless networks and the Internet of Things will work hand-in-hand with AI and machine learning. This will be a great advantage to some firms. At the same time, ethical and privacy concerns may drive a new level of regulatory control by governments worldwide.

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Complete Guide to the Consumer Products, Cosmetics, Hair & Personal Services Industry From Plunkett Research 2019

HOUSTON, Texas – Plunkett Research, Ltd. recently announced an important market research and competitive analysis report, Consumer Products, Cosmetics, Hair & Personal Services Industry Almanac, 2019 edition. A complete market research report, including forecasts and market estimates, technologies analysis and developments at innovative firms.

Consumer products and services are such an ingrained part of everyday life it might be easy to forget their importance as an industrial sector. Ranging from household products, to soap, to cosmetics and makeup, the consumer products industry provides a large portion of daily needs. At Plunkett Research, we estimate U.S Cosmetics, personal care and household cleansers manufacturing industry revenues at about $98 billion for 2019, growing to $128 billion by 2025.

Key Findings:

  • Plunkett Research analyzes the top trends changing the industry, and provides in-depth industry statistics. In addition, this publication profiles the top 200 companies in the Consumer Products, Cosmetics, Hair & Personal Services Industry.

Available Formats:

  • Printed Almanac: ISBN 978-1-62831-483-0 (Available)
  • E-book: ISBN 978-1-62831-809-8 (Available)
  • Online Subscription

Key Features Include:

  • Industry trends analysis, market data and competitive intelligence
  • Market forecasts and Industry Statistics
  • Industry Associations and Professional Societies List
  • In-Depth Profiles of hundreds of leading companies
  • Industry Glossary
  • Link to our 5-minute video overview of this industry

Pages: 316

Statistical Tables Provided: 14

Companies Profiled: 207

Geographic Focus: Global

Price: $379.99

Key Questions Answered Include:

  • How is the industry evolving?
  • How is the industry being shaped by new technologies?
  • How is demand growing in emerging markets and mature economies?
  • What is the size of the market now and in the future?
  • What are the financial results of the leading companies?
  • What are the names and titles of top executives?
  • What are the top companies and what are their revenues?

This feature-rich book covers competitive intelligence, market research and business analysis—everything you need to know about the Consumer Products, Cosmetics, Hair & Personal Services business including:

  1. Introduction to the Consumer Products Industry
  2. Online Marketing, Social Media and Ecommerce Enable Startups and Disruption in
    Consumer Products and Cosmetics
  3. A Growing Middle Class in Emerging Markets Creates Vast New Opportunities for
    Consumer Products
  4. Amazon Continues to Boost Its Market Share
  5. LOHAS-Socially Conscious Consumers Create Challenges and Opportunities for
    Advertisers and Marketers
  6. Luxury Apparel, Accessories and Consumer Products Lines Compete for Growth
  7. Private Label Brands Grow in Share of Total Store Sales
  8. Diverse Selling Techniques Boost Direct Marketers and Non-Store Sales
  9. Super Beauty Stores Combine Shopping with Personal Care Services
  10. Up and Coming Independent Beauty Products Firms Snapped Up by Major Players
  11. Social Media Spurs Beauty Products Sales Among Millennials and Teens
  12. Beauty Products Firms Target Unique Needs of Diverse Consumers Worldwide
  13. On-Demand Products and Services on the Rise in Pet Care, Laundry and At-Home Hair and Beauty Care
  14. Regis Dominates the Hair Salon Business/Product Sales Enhance Salon Profits
  15. Blowout Bars Proliferate
  16. Natural/Organic Consumer Products Attract Greater Market Share
  17. Organic Food Sales Continue Global Growth/Locally Sourced Foods and Farm to Table Increase in Popularity
  18. Consumers Drive a Revolution in the Food Industry, Demanding Fresher, More Natural
    Foods, Creating both Pain and Opportunities

Consumer Products, Cosmetics, Hair & Personal Services Industry Statistics

  1. Consumer Goods & Services Industry Statistics and Market Size Overview
  2. Annual Consumer Price Index, 1940-2018, U.S.
  3. Average Annual Expenditures of All Consumer Households: 2012-2017, U.S.
  4. Distribution of Total U.S. Annual Household Expenditures, by Major Category: 2017
  5. Total U.S. Disposable Income, Expenditures & Gross Domestic & National Product Per Capita: Selected Years, 1960-2017
  6. Consumer Goods & Services Retail Sales by Kind of Business, U.S.: 2012-2017
  7. Consumer Goods & Services Retail Sales by Kind of Business, U.S.: Monthly, through
    August 2018
  8. U.S. Exports & Imports of Food: 2012-2nd Quarter 2018
  9. U.S. Exports & Imports of Beverages & Tobacco Products: 2012-2nd Quarter 2018
  10. U.S. Exports & Imports of Apparel Products: 2012-2nd Quarter 2018
  11. U.S. Exports & Imports of Paper: 2012-2nd Quarter 2018
  12. U.S. Exports & Imports of Pharmaceuticals & Medicines: 2012-2nd Quarter 2018
  13. U.S. Exports & Imports of Soaps, Cleaning Compounds & Toilet Preparations:
    2012-2nd Quarter 2018
  14. Consumer Goods & Services Industry Employment, U.S.: 2011- August 2018

Companies Mentioned Include:

  • Avon Products Inc.
  • Cos Bar USA Inc
  • Fetch! Pet Care Inc
  • Great Clips Inc
  • Jenny Craig Inc
  • NuGene International Inc
  • Seventh Generation Inc
  • Vitamin Shoppe Industries Inc

Everything you need to know about Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning

Great news! We’ve launched the Artificial Intelligence research channel for subscribers to Plunkett Research Online. And, we’ve published the industry almanac version.

Plunkett’s Artificial Intelligence (AI) & Machine Learning Industry Almanac 2019

Artificial Intelligence, or simply “AI,” is being fueled by the ever-growing power of computers, networks and software. This power has increased to the extent that software can learn from experience, by constantly analyzing data and results until the software can make exacting predictions on its own, thanks to its accumulated knowledge. This process is often referred to as “machine learning.”

A vast variety of industries have put AI to work and continue to invest very heavily in development. Today, AI has synergies with many highly advanced technologies, such as virtual reality, factory automation, robotics, self-driving cars, speech recognition, the Internet of Things, and predictive analytics.

Clearly, AI is a revolutionary, very disruptive technology. Its effects on the economy, as well as the workplace, will be profound. The potential for employment disruption by AI is creating controversy similar to that surrounding the potential effect of robotics on jobs. (The robotics sector is becoming more and more closely linked to AI—each is a vital part of the global trend of “automation,” whether that automation is in the factory, online or in driverless vehicles.)

As AI becomes more advanced, its use is moving toward much more critical situations and processes. Over the mid-term, machines will not only be able to make human tasks more efficient and accurate, to a growing extent they will assist and cooperate in the completion of work that humans cannot easily accomplish on their own. (The word “Cobots,” short for collaborative robots, has already evolved to describe such synergy between humans and machines.) This enhancement of labor productivity can be of critical value in a world where nearly all major nations, from Europe to Asia and North America, are facing aging populations, modest birth rates and the looming prospect of labor shortages.

Among the greatest benefits to mankind will be AI’s ability to help solve many of society’s most pressing and critical problems—AI will help to increase data security, reduce online fraud, reduce physical crimes, lower the cost of some types of consumer products and services, improve health care outcomes and improve environmental quality.

At the same time, there are many observers who are concerned about the potential misuse of artificial intelligence. The greatest single concern may be the way that AI incentivizes companies to capture more and more personal data about people and their individual actions. Since AI becomes more powerful as the size of a data pool grows, AI-driven firms, such as social media and advertising platforms, are capturing ever-greater amounts of personal dataThere is always the potential for significant abuse. This growing pool of personal data will also become even more appealing to hackers and criminals.

Cloud computing, ultra-fast 5G wireless networks and the Internet of Things will work hand-in-hand with AI and machine learning. This will be a great advantage to some firms. At the same time, ethical and privacy concerns may drive a new level of regulatory control by governments worldwide.

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Complete Guide to the Green Technology (GreenTech), Clean Technology (CleanTech), & Sustainability Industry From Plunkett Research 2019

HOUSTON, Texas – Plunkett Research, Ltd. recently announced an important market research and competitive analysis report, Green Technology (GreenTech), Clean Technology (CleanTech), & Sustainability Industry Almanac, 2019 edition. A complete market research report, including forecasts and market estimates, technologies analysis and developments at innovative firms.

The phrase “green technology” generally refers to the application of advanced systems and services to a wide variety of industry sectors in order to improve sustainability and efficiency.  These improvements could include:  reduction of waste, spoilage and shrinkage; improvement of energy efficiency and energy conservation; creation of systems that are energy self-sustaining; the reduction of carbon emissions; a reduction in toxic waste and the emission of toxic gasses such as volatile organic compounds (VOCs); creation of products that are biodegradable; enhancement of water conservation and water quality; and promotion of the reuse and recycling of materials of all types. Plunkett Research estimates the global green tech sector for 2018 at approximately $4.67 trillion.

Key Findings:

  • Plunkett Research analyzes the top trends changing the industry, and provides in-depth industry statistics.  In addition, this publication profiles the top 250 companies in the Green Technology Industry.

Available Formats:

  • Printed Almanac: ISBN 978-1-62831-486-1 (Available Now)
  • E-book: ISBN 978-1-62831-810-4 (Available Now)
  • Online Subscription

Key Features Include:

  • Industry trends analysis, market data and competitive intelligence
  • Market forecasts and Industry Statistics
  • Industry Associations and Professional Societies List
  • In-Depth Profiles of hundreds of leading companies
  • Industry Glossary
  • Link to our 5-minute video overview of this industry

Pages: 414             

Statistical Tables Provided: 25

Companies Profiled: 255

Geographic Focus: Global

Price: $379.99

Key Questions Answered Include:

  • How is the industry evolving? 
  • How is the industry being shaped by new technologies? 
  • How is demand growing in emerging markets and mature economies?
  • What is the size of the market now and in the future?
  • What are the financial results of the leading companies?
  • What are the names and titles of top executives?
  • What are the top companies and what are their revenues?

This feature-rich book covers competitive intelligence, market research and business analysis—everything you need to know about the green technology business including:

  1. Introduction to the Green Technology Industry                                                                            
  2. Demand for Green Technologies and Conservation Practices Evolves, Fueling Investment and New Product Development                                                                                                                    
  3. Water Conservation Technologies to Enjoy Tremendous Growth/China Targets Desalination    
  4. Garbage Recycling Flourishes/Plasma Arc Gasification Technology Looks Promising                   
  5. Food Waste on the Rise/Recycling Efforts Underway                                                                    
  6. Biomass, Waste-to-Energy, Waste Methane and Biofuels from Algae                                          
  7. Smart Cities Utilize Sensors and Artificial Intelligence (AI) to Increase Efficiency/The  Internet of Things (IoT) Boosts Potential                                                                                                          
  8. Packaging Technology Improves/Wal-Mart and Coca-Cola Boost Packaging Sustainability         
  9. Lower Energy Intensity Is a Prime Focus in China/U.S. Achieves Dramatic Energy Intensity Reductions                                                                                                                                      
  10. Interest in Geoengineering Grows                                                                                                 
  11. Environmentalists Campaign for a Greener Chemical Industry                                                     
  12. Homes and Commercial Buildings Seek Green Certification                                                         
  13. The Internet of Things (IoT) and M2M to Boom, Enhanced by Artificial Intelligence (AI)             
  14. Major Research and Advancements in Lithium Batteries/Tesla and Panasonic Operate the Gigafactory                                                                                                                                     
  15. Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Power Research Continues/Fuel Cell Cars Enter Market                         
  16. Fuel Efficiency Continues to Improve/ Trump Administration Expected to Delay Increases in MPG Standards                                                                                                                                        
  17. Car Sharing Programs Like Zipcar and Autolib, AKA Mobility Services, Proliferate                       
  18. Electric Cars and Plug-in Hybrids (PHEVs) to See Massive New Investments by Auto
    Makers                                                                                                                                            
  19. Smart Electric Grid Technologies Are Adopted                                                                              
  20. The Energy Industry Invests in Storage Battery Technologies with an Eye on Distributed Power and Renewables                                                                                                                                     
  21. Superconductivity Provides Advanced Electricity Distribution Technology                                  
  22. Electric Utilities Adopt Coal Emissions Scrubbers While the Industry Tests Carbon
    Capture and Clean Coal Technologies                                                                                            
  23. Bio-plastics Become a Reality/Plastic Packaging Made from Corn and Soy                                  
  24. New Display Technologies with PLEDs                                                                                           
  25. Apparel Manufacturing Goes Green                                                                                              
  26. Precision Agriculture Technologies (AgTech), Farm Robotics, GPS and Irrigation Market
    Grows Worldwide/Hi Tech Greenhouses

Green Technology Industry Statistics

  1. GreenTech Industry Statistics and Market Size Overview                                                                
  2. Global Alternative Energy Industry Statistics and Market Size Overview                                         
  3. Global Green Technology Industry Revenues: 2018                                                                         
  4. Energy Production by Renewable Energy, U.S.: Selected Years, 1955-2017                                    
  5. Net Electrical Power Generation From Renewable Energy Sources, U.S.: 2000- November 2018  
  6. Total Renewable Electricity Net Generation by Source & State, U.S.: 2017                                     
  7. Share of Electricity Generation by Energy Source, U.S.: Projections, 2016-2050                             
  8. Estimated Levelized Cost of Electricity (LCOE) for New Electricity Generation by Energy Source   
  9. U.S. Renewable Energy Consumption by Energy Source, 2011 vs. 2017                                          
  10. Renewable Energy Consumption by Source, U.S.: Selected Years, 1960-2017                                
  11. Renewable Energy Consumption in the Residential, Commercial & Industrial Sectors, U.S.: 2011-2017                                                                                                                                                           
  12. Renewable Energy Consumption in the Transportation & Electric Power Sectors, U.S.:
    2011-2017                                                                                                                                          
  13. Fuel Ethanol Production & Consumption, U.S.: 1981- August 2018                                                 
  14. Biodiesel Production & Consumption, U.S.: 2001- August 2018                                                      
  15. Light Bulb Comparison                                                                                                                       
  16. Global Area of Biotech Crops by Country: 2017                                                                                
  17. Federal R&D Funding by Character of Work and Facilities and Equipment, U.S.:
    Fiscal Years 2017-2019                                                                                                                      
  18. Federal R&D Budget & Distribution by Agency, U.S.: Fiscal Years 2017-2019                                  
  19. U.S. Department of Energy Funding for Science & Energy Programs: 2017-2019                           
  20. Federal R&D & R&D Plant Funding for Energy, U.S.: Fiscal Years 2017-2019                                   
  21. Federal R&D & R&D Plant Funding for Basic Research, U.S.: Fiscal Years 2017-2019                      
  22. Federal R&D & R&D Plant Funding for Transportation, U.S.: Fiscal Years 2017-2019                      
  23. Federal R&D & R&D Plant Funding for Agriculture, U.S.: Fiscal Years 2017-2019                            
  24. Federal Funding for Research, by Agency & Field of Science & Engineering, U.S.: Fiscal Year 2017
  25. Major Patenting U.S. Universities: 2016        

Companies Mentioned Include:

  • 3M Company
  • ABB Ltd
  • AkzoNobel NV
  • Samsung Electronics Co Ltd
  • Alstom SA
  • American Superconductor Corp
  • Applied Materials Inc
  • Arotech Corporation
  • Ballard Power Systems Inc
  • BASF SE

Complete Guide to the E-Commerce & Internet Industry From Plunkett Research 2019

The global internet audience continues to grow steadily, with the worldwide base of broadband internet users (including fixed and wireless) in excess of 4.3 billion as 2019 began.  This vast base of high speed internet users encourages businesses to innovate in order to offer an ever-evolving array of online services.  Sectors that are growing very rapidly online include the sale of entertainment products, travel, apparel and consumer electronics.  Even groceries have moved into the fast lane, as online grocery sales are growing quickly in the U.S. thanks to a growing list of same-day delivery options.  The most powerful trends on the internet include access via wireless devices, the migration of entertainment, including TV programming, to the web and cloud-based software-as-a-service.

Key Findings:

  • Plunkett Research analyzes the top trends changing the industry, and provides in-depth industry statistics.  In addition, this publication profiles the top 500 companies in the E-Commerce & Internet Industry.

Available Formats:

  • Printed Almanac: 978-1-62831-485-4 ISBN (Available Now)
  • E-book: 978-1-62831-808-1 ISBN (Available Now)
  • Online Subscription

Key Features Include:

  • Industry trends analysis, market data and competitive intelligence
  • Market forecasts and Industry Statistics
  • Industry Associations and Professional Societies List
  • In-Depth Profiles of hundreds of leading companies
  • Industry Glossary
  • Link to our 5-minute video overview of this industry

Pages:   670          

Statistical Tables Provided: 14

Companies Profiled: 501

Geographic Focus: Global

Price: $379.99

Key Questions Answered Include:

  • How is the industry evolving? 
  • How is the industry being shaped by new technologies? 
  • How is demand growing in emerging markets and mature economies?
  • What is the size of the market now and in the future?
  • What are the financial results of the leading companies?
  • What are the names and titles of top executives?
  • What are the top companies and what are their revenues?

This feature-rich book covers competitive intelligence, market research and business analysis—everything you need to know about the e-commerce & internet business including:

  1. Introduction to the E-Commerce & Internet Business                                                                   
  2. Bricks, Clicks and Catalogs Create Synergies While Online Sales Growth Surges                          
  3. Amazon Continues to Boost its Market Share                                                                               
  4. Retailers Offer Expedited Delivery to Compete with Amazon                                                       
  5. Package Delivery by Drone                                                                                                             
  6. Wi-Fi Enables Wireless Traffic Growth                                                                                           
  7. Global Internet Market Tops 4.0 Billion Users/Ultrafast Broadband Expands, both Fixed and Wireless                                                                                                                                          
  8. Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) Gains Traction                                                                                      
  9. Cloud Computing and Software as a Service (SaaS) Point the Way to the Future                         
  10. China is the World’s Largest E-commerce Market and Continues to Boom                                  
  11. India Is the New E-Commerce Battle Ground                                                                                
  12. Social Media Generates Billions of Dollars in Global Online and Mobile Ad Revenues                 
  13. Overview of the Social Media Industry                                                                                          
  14. Digital Advertising Soars, Has Larger Share of U.S. Advertising Market Than TV                          
  15. Programmatic Ad Buying Dominates the Digital Media Market                                                    
  16. Online Travel Agencies (OTAs) Continue Strong Growth in Bookings/Hotels Fight to Keep Control of the Customer                                                                                                                                  
  17. Apple’s iTunes Set the Standard in the Music Industry, but Digital Sales Slow                             
  18. Pandora and Spotify Lead in Streaming Music Via Internet Radio but Face New
    Challenge from Apple Music/SiriusXM Tops 33 Million Subscribers                                             
  19. Overview of the Mobile Apps Industry                                                                                           
  20. Cable and Satellite TV Struggle With Cord-Cutting/Cheaper Streaming Options Proliferate, Including Netflix                                                                                                                                             
  21. Quality of Care and Health Care Outcomes Data Are Available Online, Creating a New
    Level of Transparency                                                                                                                     
  22. Online Banking Grows on Smartphones/The Internet and ATMs Replace Branches and
    Tellers                                                                                                                                             
  23. Insurance Direct Selling and E-Commerce Grow                                                                           
  24. The “Internet of Things (IoT)” and M2M to Boom, Enhanced by Artificial Intelligence (AI)         
  25. Manhattan’s FreshDirect Sets the Pace in Grocery Sales Over the Internet/Amazon
    Competes in Groceries                                                                                                                   
  26. Designers and Manufacturers Bypass the Middleman with Direct-to-Consumer Online
    Business Models                                                                                                                             
  27. Fashion Rental Grows Thanks to Online Apparel Pioneer Rent the Runway                                 
  28. Light-Weight Satellites and Project Loon Balloons Studied for Internet Access and
    Whole-Earth Imaging                                                                                                                      
  29.  “Sharing Economy” Gains Market Share in Travel with Online Sites Like Airbnb, HomeAway and Many Global Competitors                                                                                                              
  30. Digital Assistants Include Amazon’s Echo and Google’s Home/Alexa and Similar Software Power Third-Party Developers                                                                                                                   
  31. Embedded LTE Wi-Fi and Onboard Apps Incorporated by Auto Makers in New Car Infotainment Systems                                                                                                                                           
  32. Subscription Fashion Services Grow, Including Stitch Fix                  
  33. Amazon Becomes One of the World’s Leading Sellers of Apparel and Shoes                                          

E-Commerce & Internet Industry Statistics

  1. E-Commerce & Internet Business Statistics and Market Size Overview       
  2. Estimated Quarterly U.S. Retail Sales, Total & E-Commerce: 1st Quarter 2009-3rd Quarter 2018 
  3. E-Commerce Related Services Quarterly Revenue, U.S.: 2017-2018
  4. U.S. Retail Trade Sales, Total & E-commerce: 2015-2018     
  5. Total & E-commerce Sales for Electronic Shopping & Mail-Order Houses, By Merchandise Line, U.S.: 2015-2018      
  6. Internet Publishing & Broadcasting & Web Search Portals: Estimated Revenue & Expenses, U.S.: 2013-2018
  7. Internet Access Technologies Compared
  8. Number of Business & Residential High Speed Internet Lines, U.S.: 2013-2018
  9. Home Broadband Adoption Demographics, U.S.: January 2018
  10. Smartphone Adoption Demographics, U.S.: January 2018
  11. Internet Users by Demographic Group, U.S.: 2018
  12. Amazon.com, Inc. Annual Sales & Income: 2012-2018
  13. eBay Annual Statistics: 2012-2017
  14. Employment in E-commerce & Internet-related Fields, U.S.: 1999-2018

Companies Mentioned Include:

  • Xaxis
  • 1-800 Contacts Inc
  • 1-800-Flowers.com Inc
  • Adobe Systems Inc
  • Automatic Data Processing Inc (ADP)
  • A B Watley Group Inc
  • About Inc
  • Acxiom Corp
  • AdStar Inc
  • ADTRAN Inc

Complete Guide to the Sharing & Gig Economy Industry From Plunkett Research 2019

HOUSTON, Texas – Plunkett Research, Ltd. recently announced an important market research and competitive analysis report, Sharing & Gig Economy Industry Almanac, 2019 edition. A complete market research report, including forecasts and market estimates, technologies analysis and developments at innovative firms.

The penetration of digital technology into all aspects of life is no better represented than in the adjustment of work arrangements through the sharing economy. A sometimes-misunderstood term, the “sharing economy” is a system of peer-to-peer exchanges or rentals facilitated through a digital intermediary. Closely intertwined with the sharing economy is an expansion of “gig” and freelance work through digital platforms. These platforms allow increased access to services and workers in ways not seen before. Plunkett Research estimates the size of the global sharing economy at $116 billion for 2018 with industry growth expected through 2025.

Key Findings:

  • Plunkett Research analyzes the top trends changing the industry, and provides in-depth industry statistics. In addition, this publication profiles the top 150 companies in the Sharing & Gig Economy Industry.

Available Formats:

  • Printed Almanac: ISBN 978-1-62831-482-3 (Available)
  • E-book: ISBN 978-1-62831-807-4 (Available)
  • Online Subscription

Key Features Include:

  • Industry trends analysis, market data and competitive intelligence
  • Market forecasts and Industry Statistics
  • Industry Associations and Professional Societies List
  • In-Depth Profiles of hundreds of leading companies
  • Industry Glossary
  • Link to our 5-minute video overview of this industry

Pages: 234

Statistical Tables Provided: 3

Companies Profiled: 160

Geographic Focus: Global

Price: $379.99

Key Questions Answered Include:

  • How is the industry evolving?
  • How is the industry being shaped by new technologies?
  • How is demand growing in emerging markets and mature economies?
  • What is the size of the market now and in the future?
  • What are the financial results of the leading companies?
  • What are the names and titles of top executives?
  • What are the top companies and what are their revenues?

This feature-rich book covers competitive intelligence, market research and business analysis—everything you need to know about the Sharing & Gig Economy business including:

  1. Introduction to the Sharing & Gig Economy Industry
  2. The Sharing & Gig Economy’s Effect on Employment, Work Life and Careers
  3. Demand for E-Commerce Deliveries and On-Demand Car Hailing Services Spurs Gig
    Economy Worker Demand
  4. Repairs, Errand-Running and Assembly-on-Demand Businesses Thrive
  5. “Sharing Economy” Gains Market Share in Travel with Online Sites Like Airbnb,
    HomeAway and Many Global Competitors
  6. Private Jet Sharing and Rentals Grow
  7. Car Sharing Programs Like Zipcar and Autolib, AKA Mobility Services, Proliferate
  8. Uber and Didi Dominate the Car on Demand (Ride Hailing) Industry
  9. Self-Driving, Autonomous Cars Receive Massive Investments in Research and
    Development Worldwide
  10. Bicycle Sharing Grows in Major Cities, But Finances Are Challenging
  11. Manhattan’s FreshDirect Sets the Pace in Grocery Sales Over the Internet/Amazon
    Competes in Groceries
  12. Meal Kits from Firms like Blue Apron Make It Easy to Prepare Home-Cooked Meals Without Shopping at Supermarkets
  13. Grubhub, DoorDash and Others Deliver Restaurant Meals to Customers’ Homes and Offices
  14. Fashion Rental Grows Thanks to Online Apparel Pioneer Rent the Runway
  15. Co-Living and Co-Working Catch on in Urban Areas
  16. Gig Economy and Self-Driving Cars Pose Insurance Challenges and Underwriting
    Opportunities
  17. The Future of the Sharing Economy and Gig Workforce: Regulation, Benefits, Licensing
    and Soaring Growth

Sharing & Gig Economy Industry Statistics

  1. Sharing and Gig Economy Industry Statistics and Market Size Overview
  2. Ride-Hailing Services Adoption Demographics, U.S.: 2015 vs. 2018
  3. Persons Not in the Labor Force and Multiple Jobholders by Sex, U.S.: 2017-2018

Companies Mentioned Include:

  • GLAMSQUAD Inc
  • Care.com Inc
  • FreshDirect LLC
  • HomeAway Inc
  • Trueblue Inc
  • Parking Panda Corp

Complete Guide to the Computers, Hardware & Software Industry From Plunkett Research 2019

HOUSTON, Texas – Plunkett Research, Ltd. recently announced an important market research and competitive analysis report,  Computers, Hardware & Software Industry Almanac, 2019 edition. Formally Plunkett’s InfoTech industry Almanac, you will find a complete market research report, including forecasts and market estimates, technologies analysis and developments at innovative firms.

The computer, hardware and software industry is a truly globalized sector. Estimated global spending for this industry in 2018 was $3.7 trillion, up from $3.5 trillion the previous year. Emerging markets are of extreme importance to the IT sector. The number of wireless subscriptions worldwide is soaring while the number of laptop and tablet owners is also growing at a rapid rate in emerging nations. Low prices for equipment and services are fueling this boom. The InfoTech industry’s footprint goes beyond smartphones and PCs with the expansion of broadband sources allowing high-speed access to information and media, the increasing use of computerized systems in business and healthcare, and high-tech approaches to logistics and supply chain strategies.

Key Findings:

  • Plunkett Research analyzes the top trends changing the industry, and provides in-depth industry statistics. In addition, this publication profiles the top 500 companies in the Computers, Hardware & Software Industry.

Available Formats:

  • Printed Almanac: ISBN 978-1-62831-484-7 (Available Now)
  • E-book: ISBN 978-1-62831-806-7 (Available Now)
  • Online Subscription

Key Features Include:

  • Industry trends analysis, market data and competitive intelligence
  • Market forecasts and Industry Statistics
  • Industry Associations and Professional Societies List
  • In-Depth Profiles of hundreds of leading companies
  • Industry Glossary
  • Link to our 5-minute video overview of this industry

Pages: 636

Statistical Tables Provided: 13

Companies Profiled: 468

Geographic Focus: Global

Price: $379.99

Key Questions Answered Include:

  • How is the industry evolving?
  • How is the industry being shaped by new technologies?
  • How is demand growing in emerging markets and mature economies?
  • What is the size of the market now and in the future?
  • What are the financial results of the leading companies?
  • What are the names and titles of top executives?
  • What are the top companies and what are their revenues?

This feature-rich book covers competitive intelligence, market research and business analysis—everything you need to know about the Computers, Hardware & Software business including:

  1. Introduction to the Computers, Hardware and Software Industry
  2. Hot Fields Within Computers, Hardware and Software Include Artificial Intelligence,
    Cybersecurity and the Internet of Things (IoT)
  3. Supercomputing Hits 143.5 Petaflops/ IBM’s Watson Expands Commercial Applications for Big Data
  4. Cloud Computing and Software as a Service (SaaS) Point the Way to the Future
  5. Growth in Big Data Supported by Expansion of Cloud Computing and Predictive Analytics
  6. Wi-Fi Enables Wireless Traffic Growth
  7. Global Internet Market Tops 4.2 Billion Users/Ultrafast Broadband Expands, both Fixed and Wireless
  8. Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) Gains Traction
  9. TVs Are Internet Ready/Game Consoles and Set Top Accessories like Roku and Chromecast Stream Content
  10. Electronic Health Records (EHR) Digitize Patient Data at an Accelerating Pace
  11. Many Industry Sectors Seek Consulting and Outsourcing Income, Competing with Pure Consultancies
  12. Computer Chips with 7-Nanometer Density/Nanotechnology, FinFET, Memristors to Create Powerful Semiconductors
  13. Breakthroughs Achieved in Quantum Computing
  14. Voice and Face Recognition Changes the Wireless World, Enhanced Through Artificial
    Intelligence (AI)
  15. Digital Assistants Include Amazon’s Echo and Google’s Home/Alexa and Similar Software
    Power Third-Party Developers
  16. Wearable Sensors Track Exercise Data/Apparel and Shoe Manufacturers Adopt Technologies
  17. The “Internet of Things” (IoT) and M2M to Boom, Enhanced by Artificial Intelligence (AI)
  18. Artificial Intelligence (AI), Deep Learning and Machine Learning Advance into Commercial Applications, Including Health Care and Robotics
  19. Virtual Reality/Augmented Reality and 3-D Games Create Opportunities for the Tech Industry/Immersion Games to Grow
  20. Digital Currency, Bitcoin and Blockchain Technologies Advance
  21. The Future: Pervasive Computing and Complete Mobility Will Be Standard

Computers, Software, Hardware & Technology Industry Statistics

  1. Computers, Hardware & Software Industry Statistics and Market Size Overview
  2. Internet Access Technologies Compared
  3. S. InfoTech Industry Quarterly Revenue: 2017-2018
  4. Software Publishing Industry, U.S.: Estimated Revenue, Inventories & Expenses:
    2013-2018
  5. Internet Publishing & Broadcasting & Web Search Portals: Estimated Revenue & Expenses,
    S.: 2013-2018
  6. Estimated Quarterly U.S. Retail Sales, Total & E-Commerce: 1st Quarter 2009-3rd Quarter 2018
  7. Top Ten Suppliers & Destinations of U.S. Computers & Electronic Products: 2012-3rd Quarter 2018
  8. Value of Computers & Electronic Products Manufacturers’ Shipments, Inventories &
    Orders by Industry, U.S.: 2010-October 2018
  9. Exports, Imports & Trade Balance of Computers & Electronic Products, U.S.: 2012-3rd
    Quarter 2018
  10. Exports & Imports of Telecommunications Equipment, U.S.: 2012-3rd Quarter 2018
  11. Number of Business & Residential High Speed Internet Lines, U.S.: 2013-2018
  12. Computer Industry Employment by Business Type, U.S.: 2013-November 2018
  13. InfoTech Employment, U.S.: 2000-November 2018

Companies Mentioned Include:

  • Adobe Systems Inc
  • Benchmark Electronics Inc
  • Activision Blizzard Inc
  • Acxiom Corp
  • Omron Adept Technologies Inc
  • ADTRAN Inc
  • Advanced Micro Devices Inc (AMD)
  • Affiliated Computer Services Inc
  • Akamai Technologies Inc
  • ASG Technologies Group Inc

Complete Guide to the Artificial Intelligence (AI) & Machine Learning Industry From Plunkett Research 2019

HOUSTON, Texas – Plunkett Research, Ltd. recently announced an important market research and competitive analysis report, Artificial Intelligence (AI) & Machine Learning Industry Almanac, 2019 edition. A complete market research report, including forecasts and market estimates, technologies analysis and developments at innovative firms.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine learning will create vast changes in nearly all segments of business and industry over the mid-term. The effect of AI on consumers and households is already in broad evidence, although the people benefitting from such technologies may not be aware of the process or the significance of what’s going on around them. Simply put, AI and machine learning work by finding patterns in data. The larger the pool of data, the more observable the patterns and the better the accuracy and outcomes of the machine learning process. Artificial Intelligence (AI) spending worldwide was estimated at $24 billion for 2018 by analysts at IDC and is expected to grow to $77.6 billion by 2022. Plunkett Research estimates the U.S. market for AI alone at more than $14.4 billion for 2018.

 

Key Findings:

  • Plunkett Research analyzes the top trends changing the industry, and provides in-depth industry statistics. In addition, this publication profiles the top 375 companies in the Artificial Intelligence (AI) & Machine Learning Industry.

Available Formats:

  • Printed Almanac: ISBN 978-1-62831-516-5 (Available Now)
  • E-book: ISBN 978-1-62831-841-8 (Available Now)
  • Online Subscription

Key Features Include:

  • Industry trends analysis, market data and competitive intelligence
  • Market forecasts and Industry Statistics
  • Industry Associations and Professional Societies List
  • In-Depth Profiles of hundreds of leading companies
  • Industry Glossary
  • Link to our 5-minute video overview of this industry

Pages: 532

Statistical Tables Provided: 11

Companies Profiled: 383

Geographic Focus: Global

Price: $379.99

Key Questions Answered Include:

  • How is the industry evolving?
  • How is the industry being shaped by new technologies?
  • How is demand growing in emerging markets and mature economies?
  • What is the size of the market now and in the future?
  • What are the financial results of the leading companies?
  • What are the names and titles of top executives?
  • What are the top companies and what are their revenues?

This feature-rich book covers competitive intelligence, market research and business analysis—everything you need to know about the Artificial Intelligence (AI) & Machine Learning business including:

  1. Introduction to the Artificial Intelligence (AI) & Machine Learning Industry
  2. A Brief History of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the State of the Industry Today
  3. The Pros & Cons of Artificial Intelligence (AI) & Machine Learning
  4. Voice and Face Recognition Change the Wireless World, Enhanced Through Artificial Intelligence (AI)
  5. Wearable Sensors Track Exercise Data/Apparel and Shoe Manufacturers Adopt
    Technologies
  6. Smart Cities Utilize Sensors and Artificial Intelligence (AI) to Increase Efficiency/The
    Internet of Things (IoT) Boosts Potential
  7. The Internet of Things (IoT) and M2M to Boom, Enhanced by Artificial Intelligence (AI)
  8. Wireless Information Systems Surge Ahead in Vehicles: Telematics, Intelligent
    Transportation (ITS) and Real Time Traffic Information
  9. Self-Driving, Autonomous Cars Receive Massive Investments in Research and Development Worldwide
  10. Technology Drives Insurance Efficiencies/Policy Holders Allow Their Habits to Be Tracked
    for Lower Insurance Rates
  11. Financial Technology (FinTech) Enables Online Lending, Insurance and Online “Robo Advisors”
  12. Robotics, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Automation Revolutionize Supply Chain and
    Logistics Systems
  13. Artificial Intelligence (AI), Deep Learning and Machine Learning Advance into Commercial Applications, Including Health Care and Robotics
  14. Industrial Robots and Factory Automation Advance Through Artificial Intelligence (AI)
  15. Service Robots Are Applied in a Variety of Industries
  16. The Future of Transportation and Supply Chains: Massive Investments in Infrastructure, Mobility Services and Hyperloop
  17. R&D Expands in Chinese Research Parks/Patent Filings Soar
  18. Digital Assistants Include Amazon’s Echo and Google’s Home/Alexa and Similar Software Power Third-Party Developers
  19. Virtual Reality/Augmented Reality and 3-D Games Create Opportunities for the Tech Industry/Immersion Games to Grow
  20. Hot Fields Within Computer Hardware and Software Include Artificial Intelligence (AI), Cybersecurity and the Internet of Things (IoT)
  21. Growth in Big Data Supported by Expansion of Cloud Computing and Predictive Analytics
  22. Artificial Intelligence (AI) Powers Hedge Fund Investment Strategies

 

Artificial Intelligence (AI) & Machine Learning Industry Statistics

  1. Artificial Intelligence Industry Statistics and Market Size Overview
  2. U.S. Artificial Intelligence Related Industry Quarterly Revenue: 2017-2018
  3. Software Publishing Industry, U.S.: Estimated Revenue, Inventories & Expenses: 2013-2018
  4. Software Publishing Industry, U.S.: Estimated Selected Expenses: 2013-2018
  5. Data Processing, Hosting, and Related Services Industry, U.S.: Estimated Revenue & Expenses: 2013-2018
  6. Data Processing, Hosting, and Related Services Industry, U.S.: Estimated Selected Expenses: 2013-2018
  7. Estimated Quarterly U.S. Retail Sales, Total & E-Commerce: 1st Quarter 2008-3rd Quarter 2018
  8. Research Funding for Engineering, U.S. National Science Foundation: Fiscal Years 2017-2019
  9. Internet Access Technologies Compared
  10. Artificial Intelligence Related Industry Employment by Business Type, U.S.: 2013-September 2018
  11. Artificial Intelligence Related Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates, U.S.: May 2017

 

Companies Mentioned Include:

  • SAP SE
  • AB Volvo
  • Silicon Laboratories Inc
  • China Mobile Limited
  • Nintendo Co Ltd
  • Orbital Insight
  • Rocket Software
  • Carbon Black Inc
  • Akamai Technologies
  • Hangzhou Hikvision Digital Technology Co Ltd

Complete Guide to the Entertainment, Media, Publishing & Broadcasting Industry From Plunkett Research 2019

HOUSTON, Texas – Plunkett Research, Ltd. recently announced an important market research and competitive analysis report, Entertainment, Media, Publishing & Broadcasting Industry Almanac, 2019 edition. A complete market research report, including forecasts and market estimates, technologies analysis and developments at innovative firms.With astonishing speed, the entertainment, media, and publishing industries have digitized, evolving into a highly dynamic industry, interconnected by global digital platforms in a manner that few people could even have conceived of a few decades ago. This has transformed the entertainment industry into an always-on, user-controlled, portable and always-with-you experience. Now, the industry is driven by the needs, habits, and desires of individual consumers; delivering content that is easy to time-shift, accessible as customized digital streams; serving up news, entertainment, movies, ebooks and music on demand. If you don’t know what you want to watch, listen to or read, the best digital platforms push suggestions to you.Entertainment and media, as a broad sector, are somewhat unique in that revenues are generated by multiple methods. Primarily, these methods are: 1) outright purchase, such as the download of an ebook or the purchase of a magazine or a movie theater ticket; 2) subscription, such as cable TV fees, Netflix fees or subscriptions to magazines or to music on Pandora; and 3) advertising fees.Key Findings:
  • Plunkett Research analyzes the top trends changing the industry, and provides in-depth industry statistics. In addition, this publication profiles the top 400 companies in the Entertainment, Media, Publishing & Broadcasting Industry.
Available Formats:
  • Printed Almanac: ISBN 978-1-62831-481-6 (Available Now)
  • E-book: ISBN 978-1-62831-805-0 (Available Now)
  • Online Subscription

 Key Features Include:

  • Industry trends analysis, market data and competitive intelligence
  • Market forecasts and Industry Statistics
  • Industry Associations and Professional Societies List
  • In-Depth Profiles of hundreds of leading companies
  • Industry Glossary
  • Link to our 5-minute video overview of this industry
Pages: 576 Statistical Tables Provided: 17Companies Profiled: 401Geographic Focus: GlobalPrice: $379.99Key Questions Answered Include:
  • How is the industry evolving?
  • How is the industry being shaped by new technologies?
  • How is demand growing in emerging markets and mature economies?
  • What is the size of the market now and in the future?
  • What are the financial results of the leading companies?
  • What are the names and titles of top executives?
  • What are the top companies and what are their revenues?
This feature-rich book covers competitive intelligence, market research and business analysis—everything you need to know about the Entertainment, Media, Publishing & Broadcasting business including:
  1. Introduction to the Entertainment, Movie, Publishing & Media Industry
  2. TVs are Internet Ready/Game Consoles and Set Top Accessories Like Roku and Chromecast Stream Content
  3. DVR Market Evolves/Time-Shifting Hurts Advertisers
  4. Apple’s iTunes Set the Standard in the Music Industry, but Digital Sales Slow
  5. Pandora and Spotify Lead in Streaming Music Via Internet Radio but Face Challenge from Apple Music/SiriusXM Tops 33 Million Subscribers
  6. New Video Game Console Technologies and Features Boost Sales
  7. Cable and Satellite TV Struggle with Cord-Cutting/Cheaper Streaming Options Proliferate, Including Netflix
  8. Telecom Companies, Including AT&T and Verizon, Compete Fiercely Against Cable in the TV, Internet and Telephone Market
  9. Television Ads Evolve to Face New Challenges, Formats and Online Competitors
  10. Movie Attendance Rises/Film Companies Innovate with Digital Projection and Enhanced Cinema Experiences
  11. China and India Expand Film and TV Production Activity
  12. Global Internet Market Tops 4.2 Billion Users/Ultrafast Broadband Expands, both Fixed and Wireless
  13. Entertainment-Based Retailing, including Power Towns
  14. Newspapers and Magazines Rely on Digital Editions and Apps
  15. Virtual Worlds Provide Revenue for Games Publishers
  16. Virtual Reality/Augmented Reality and 3-D Games Create Opportunities for the Tech Industry/Immersion Games to Grow
  17. Global Mobile Apps Revenues Hit $92.1 Billion Yearly
  18. Embedded LTE Wi-Fi and Onboard Apps Incorporated by Auto Makers in New Car Infotainment Systems
  19. Global Media Giants Acquire both Content and Distribution
  20. Digital Assistants Include Amazon’s Echo and Google’s Home/Alexa and Similar Software Power Third-Party Developers
  21. Overview of the Electronic Games Industry
  22. The Future of Entertainment, Media and Publishing: Disruption, Portability and Consumer Control

 Entertainment, Media, Publishing & Broadcasting Industry Statistics

  1. Entertainment, Movie, Publishing & Media Industry Statistics and Market Size Overview
  2. Estimated U.S. Information & Entertainment Sector Revenues by NAICS Code: 2013-2018
  3. Estimated U.S. Arts, Entertainment & Recreation Services Sector Revenues by NAICS Code: 2013-2018
  4. Personal Consumption Expenditures for Recreation, U.S.: Selected Years, 2010-2017
  5. Newspaper Publishers: Estimated Sources of Revenue & Expenses, U.S.: 2013-2018
  6. Periodical Publishers: Estimated Sources of Revenue & Expenses, U.S.: 2013-2018
  7. Book Publishers: Estimated Sources of Revenue, Inventories & Expenses, U.S.: 2013-2018
  8. Motion Picture & Video Industries: Estimated Sources of Revenue, U.S.: 2013-2018
  9. Sound Recording Industries: Estimated Sources of Revenue, U.S.: 2013-2018
  10. Radio Networks & Radio Stations: Estimated Sources of Revenue & Expenses, U.S.: 2013-2018
  11. Television Broadcasting: Estimated Sources of Revenue & Expenses, U.S.: 2013-2018
  12. Cable & Other Subscription Programming: Estimated Sources of Revenue & Expenses, U.S.: 2013-2018
  13. Internet Publishing & Broadcasting & Web Search Portals: Estimated Revenue & Expenses, U.S.: 2013-2018
  14. Number of Business & Residential High Speed Internet Lines, U.S.: 2013-2018
  15. Estimated Export Revenue for Information Sector Firms, U.S.: 2013-2017
  16. Employment & Earnings in Selected Entertainment & Media Occupations, U.S.: May 2017
  17. Employment in Selected Information & Entertainment Industries, U.S.: 2013-October 2018

 Companies Mentioned Include:

  • Xaxis
  • Belo Corp
  • Disney Media Networks
  • About Inc
  • CBS Radio
  • ACME Communications Inc
  • Activision Blizzard Inc
  • Kerzner International Limited
  • Advance Publications Inc
  • Netflix Inc

Artificial Intelligence, and the Internet of Things—2 Must Have Industries for 2019

Great news, we’re adding in-depth coverage of 2 vital industry sectors for our 2019 online database and almanacs list:

✓ Plunkett’s Internet of Things (IoT) & Machine-to-Machine (M2M) Communications Industry
✓ Plunkett’s Artificial Intelligence (AI) & Machine Learning Industry

1) Artificial Intelligence (AI) & Machine Learning Industry Almanac 2019

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Artificial Intelligence (AI) will rapidly be adopted by virtually all industry sectors. Banks will make lending decisions with AI, engineers will rely on it for help with sophisticated design decisions, manufacturers will rely on it for efficiency, and marketers will utilize AI to push advertising campaigns to the most likely audiences. Massive amounts of investment are pouring into AI in such nations as the U.S., Japan, China and Germany.

At Plunkett Research Online, and
Almanac editions: Publication: February 2019       Price: $379.99
Printed ISBN: 978-1-62831-516-5
eBook ISBN: 978-1-62831-841-8

2) The Internet of Things (IoT) & Machine-to-Machine (M2M) Industry Almanac 2019

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The Internet of Things, along with the related technology of Machine-to-Machine Communications, will soon be a major change in the way that we communicate with, monitor and control virtually everything: from self-driving cars—to air conditioning systems—to industrial plants—to airliners. Billions of dollars are pouring into this sector now, which will create a vital leap forward for the environment and sustainability; health care, transportation and manufacturing, to name but a few uses.

At Plunkett Research Online, and
Almanac editions: Publication: April 2019       Price: $379.99
Printed ISBN: 978-1-62831-477-9
eBook ISBN: 978-1-62831-802-9

Complete Guide to the Investment & Asset Management Industry From Plunkett Research 2019

HOUSTON, Texas – Plunkett Research, Ltd. recently announced an important market research and competitive analysis report, Investment & Asset Management Industry Almanac, 2019 edition. A complete market research report, including forecasts and market estimates, technologies analysis and developments at innovative firms.

The investment industry is comprised of a wide variety of sectors and service providers. At the top of the list are the giant asset managers, like BlackRock, a firm managing $6 trillion in investment assets, an amount so immense that it is roughly equal to the Gross Domestic Products (GDP) of Russia and India combined. Also at the top of the industry are the biggest exchanges, where billions of shares trade hands yearly, along with the major investment banks, those firms that raise money for corporate clients by selling their stocks and bonds to the public. Investment banks also deal in private equity investments and asset management, and they earn immense fees by brokering mergers and acquisitions.

Key Findings:

  • Plunkett Research analyzes the top trends changing the industry, and provides in-depth industry statistics. In addition, this publication profiles the top 400 companies in the Investment & Asset Management Industry.

Available Formats:

  • Printed Almanac: ISBN 978-1-62831-480-9 (Available Now)
  • E-book: ISBN 978-1-62831-804-3 (Available Now)
  • Online Subscription

 

Key Features Include:

  • Industry trends analysis, market data and competitive intelligence
  • Market forecasts and Industry Statistics
  • Industry Associations and Professional Societies List
  • In-Depth Profiles of hundreds of leading companies
  • Industry Glossary
  • Link to our 5-minute video overview of this industry

Pages: 554

Statistical Tables Provided: 14

Companies Profiled: 401

Geographic Focus: Global

Price: $379.99

Key Questions Answered Include:

  • How is the industry evolving?
  • How is the industry being shaped by new technologies?
  • How is demand growing in emerging markets and mature economies?
  • What is the size of the market now and in the future?
  • What are the financial results of the leading companies?
  • What are the names and titles of top executives?
  • What are the top companies and what are their revenues?

This feature-rich book covers competitive intelligence, market research and business analysis—everything you need to know about the investment & asset management business including:

  1. Investment & Securities Industry Overview
  2. Basel III, Dodd-Frank Act and Volcker Act Increase Regulation/European Solvency II and MiFID 2 Take Effect
  3. Shadow Banking Soars with Non-Bank Alternatives, Online or Peer-to-Peer Lending and Crowdfunding
  4. Investment Market Evolves in China
  5. Aging Populations, Baby Boomers Create Opportunities/U.S. Pension Accounts Top $28.3 Trillion
  6. Employers Make 401(k) Enrollment Automatic/Broad Changes Are Suggested for Retirement Savings Plans
  7. Investment Firms and Banks Compete for Clients in High Net Worth Households
  8. ETFs Expand and Take Market Share from Mutual Funds/Mutual Fund Managers Are
    Forced to Change
  9. Online Brokers Open Physical Offices/Online Trading Is Free for Large Depositors
  10. Hedge Funds Regroup and Play a Major Role in Financial Products Including Derivatives, Lending and Insurance
  11. Annuity Account Managers Create New Product Strategies/Fiduciary Rule Changes Help Annuity Sales Soar
  12. Credit Default Swaps (CDS) and Derivatives Soar into the Trillions of Dollars
  13. Stock Exchanges Merge/High Speed Technologies Force Massive Changes
  14. Financial Technology (FinTech) Enables Online Payments, Lending, Insurance and Online “Robo Advisors”
  15. Artificial Intelligence Powers Hedge Fund Investment Strategies
  16. Digital Currency, Bitcoin and Blockchain Technologies Advance
  17. Investment Product Facts

Investment & Asset Management Industry Statistics

  1. Investment & Securities Industry Statistics and Market Size Overview
  2. Stock Market Performance Indices, U.S.: 1985-2018
  3. Stock Market Average Daily Trading Volume, U.S.: 2008-2018
  4. Common Stock Prices & Yields, U.S.: 1985-2018
  5. Sales, Profits & Stockholders' Equity, All Manufacturing Corporations, U.S.: 1990-Q3 2018
  6. Components of U.S. Money Stock Measures: 1980-2018
  7. Treasury Securities Outstanding by Kind of Obligation, U.S.: 1985-2017
  8. Estimated Ownership of U.S. Treasury Securities: 2009-2017
  9. Public Debt Securities Held by Private Investors, U.S.: 1985- September 2018
  10. Average Interest Rates of 3-Month & 10-Year U.S. Treasuries: 1985-2018
  11. Retirement Benefits in the U.S.: Access, Participation and Take-Up Rates, March 2018
  12. Employment in the Investment & Securities Industry, U.S.: 2012- October 2018
  13. Securities, Commodity Contracts & Other Financial Investment Activities, Estimated Revenue for Employer Firms, U.S.: 2013-2018
  14. Securities, Commodity Contracts & Other Financial Investment Activities, Estimated Sources of Revenue for Employer Firms, U.S.: 2015-2017

Companies Mentioned Include:

  • A B Watley Group Inc
  • Affiliated Managers Group Inc
  • AllianceBernstein Holding LP
  • Allstate Corporation (The)
  • Ambac Financial Group Inc
  • American International Group Inc (AIG)
  • TD Ameritrade Holding Corporation
  • Annaly Capital Management Inc
  • Bank of America Corp
  • Bank of Montreal (BMO Financial Group)

Complete Guide to the Solar Power, Wind Power & Renewable Energy Industry From Plunkett Research 2019

HOUSTON, Texas – Plunkett Research, Ltd. recently announced an important market research and competitive analysis report, Plunkett’s Solar Power, Wind Power & Renewable Energy Industry Almanac, 2019 edition. Formally Plunkett’s Renewable & Alternative Energy Industry Almanac, this is a complete market research report, including forecasts and market estimates, technologies analysis and developments at innovative firms.

Analysts at BP report that non-hydroelectric renewable power consumption grew by a respectable 17.0% worldwide during 2017 (the latest year for which data is available). Steady growth however does not mean that renewables account for a large amount of the world’s energy. Instead, non-hydroelectric renewables as a percent of global electricity generation accounted for about 8.4% in 2017. Even at such levels, renewable energy sources continue to remain popular with wind power seeing rapid growth worldwide while solar power is enjoying significant technological innovation. In addition, cleaner-burning fuels, fuel-efficient automobiles, as well as homes and buildings that utilize energy-efficient materials and controls are of great appeal to the large number of consumers worldwide who have developed a true interest in sustainability or in protecting the environment.

Key Findings:

  • Plunkett Research analyzes the top trends changing the industry, and provides in-depth industry statistics. In addition, this publication profiles the top 250 companies in the Solar Power, Wind Power & Renewable industry.

Available Formats:

  • Printed Almanac: ISBN 978-1-62831-479-3 (Available Now)
  • E-book: ISBN 978-1-62831-839-5 (Available Now)
  • Online Subscription

 

Key Features Include:

  • Industry trends analysis, market data and competitive intelligence
  • Market forecasts and Industry Statistics
  • Industry Associations and Professional Societies List
  • In-Depth Profiles of hundreds of leading companies
  • Industry Glossary
  • Link to our 5-minute video overview of this industry

Pages: 430

Statistical Tables Provided: 31

Companies Profiled: 260

Geographic Focus: Global

Price: $379.99

Key Questions Answered Include:

  • How is the industry evolving?
  • How is the industry being shaped by new technologies?
  • How is demand growing in emerging markets and mature economies?
  • What is the size of the market now and in the future?
  • What are the financial results of the leading companies?
  • What are the names and titles of top executives?
  • What are the top companies and what are their revenues?

This feature-rich book covers competitive intelligence, market research and business analysis—everything you need to know about the Solar Power, Wind Power & Renewable Energy business including:

  1. Introduction
  2. Small-Scale Solar Panel Installations Soar Through Subsidies, While Solar Cell Costs
    Plummet
  3. Photovoltaic Technologies, Thin-Film Solar and Solar Panel Efficiency
  4. Utility-Scale Solar Plants, Including Concentrating Solar Power (CSP), Are Operating,
    But Costs Are Massive
  5. Wind Power
  6. Hydroelectric Power
  7. Geothermal Power
  8. Biomass, Waste-to-Energy, Waste Methane and Biofuels from Algae
  9. Ethanol Production Soared, But U.S. Federal Subsidy Expires
  10. Cellulosic Ethanol Makes Slow Commercial Progress
  11. Tidal Power
  12. Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Power Research Continue/Fuel Cell Cars Enter Market
  13. Electric Cars and Plug-in Hybrids (PHEVs) to See Massive New Investments by Auto
    Makers
  14. Major Research and Advancements in Lithium Batteries/Tesla and Panasonic Open the Gigafactory
  15. Natural Gas-Powered Vehicles Gain in Popularity/Long Term Potential Is Bright Thanks
    to Low Shale Gas Prices
  16. Homes and Commercial Buildings Seek Green Certification
  17. Smart Electric Grid Technologies Are Adopted
  18. The Energy Industry Invests in Storage Battery Technologies with an Eye on Distributed Power and Renewables
  19. Nuclear Energy Moves Ahead in India, China and the Middle East
  20. New Display Technologies with PLEDs
  21. Electric Utilities Adopt Coal Emissions Scrubbers While the Industry Tests Carbon Capture and Clean Coal Technologies
  22. Superconductivity Provides Advanced Electricity Distribution Technology
  23. Lower Energy Intensity Is a Prime Focus in China/U.S. Achieves Dramatic Energy
    Intensity Reductions

 

Solar Power, Wind Power & Renewable Energy Industry Statistics

  1. Global Alternative Energy Industry Statistics and Market Size Overview
  2. U.S. Alternative Energy Industry Statistics and Market Size Overview
  3. Approximate Energy Unit Conversion Factors
  4. Average Heat Content of Selected Biomass Fuels
  5. Biomass Energy Resource Hierarchy
  6. Comparison of Alternative Fuels with Gasoline & Diesel
  7. World Total Primary Energy Consumption by Region: 2012-2050
  8. World Consumption of Hydroelectricity & Other Renewable Energy by Region: Projections, 2015-2050
  9. Share of Electricity Generation by Energy Source, U.S.: Projections, 2016-2050
  10. Energy Consumption by Source & Sector, U.S.: 2017
  11. Primary Energy Flow by Source & Sector, U.S.: 2017
  12. Net Electrical Power Generation by Fuel Type, U.S.: 2017
  13. Net Electrical Power Generation by Fuel Type, U.S.: 1981-July 2018
  14. Net Electrical Power Generation From Renewable Energy Sources, U.S.: 2000-July 2018
  15. Total Renewable Electricity Net Generation by Source & State, U.S.: 2017
  16. Net Electricity Generation from Conventional Hydropower by Sector & Region, U.S.: 2016-2017
  17. U.S. Historical Hydroelectric Generation Compared to 20-Year Average for 1998-2017
  18. Energy Production by Fossil Fuels & Nuclear Power, U.S.: Selected Years, 1950-2017
  19. Energy Production by Renewable Energy, U.S.: Selected Years, 1955-2017
  20. Renewable Energy Consumption by Source, U.S.: Selected Years, 1960-2017
  21. U.S. Renewable Energy Consumption by Energy Source, 2011 vs. 2017
  22. Renewable Energy Consumption in the Residential, Commercial & Industrial Sectors, U.S.: 2011-2017
  23. Renewable Energy Consumption in the Transportation & Electric Power Sectors, U.S.: 2011-2017
  24. Fuel Ethanol Production & Consumption, U.S.: 1981- August 2018
  25. Biodiesel Production & Consumption, U.S.: 2001- August 2018
  26. Top 10 Countries by Installed Wind Generating Capacity: 2017
  27. Top 15 U.S. States by Installed Wind Generating Capacity: 3rd Quarter 2018
  28. Net Electricity Generation from Wind by Region, All Sectors, U.S.: 2007-2017
  29. U.S. Department of Energy Funding for Science & Energy Programs: 2017-2019
  30. Federal R&D & R&D Plant Funding for Energy, U.S.: Fiscal Years 2017-2019
  31. Estimated Levelized Cost of Electricity (LCOE) for New Electricity Generation by Energy Source

Companies Mentioned Include:

  • 3M Company
  • ABB Ltd
  • AES Corporation (The)
  • Air Products and Chemicals Inc
  • Samsung Electronics Co Ltd
  • Alstom SA
  • Ultralife Corporation
  • American Superconductor Corp
  • Applied Materials Inc
  • Archer Daniels Midland Co (ADM)

 

Complete Guide to the Retailing & Chain Stores Industry From Plunkett Research 2019

HOUSTON, Texas – Plunkett Research, Ltd. recently announced an important market research and competitive analysis report, Retailing & Chain Stores Industry Almanac, 2019 edition. A complete market research report, including forecasts and market estimates, technologies analysis and developments at innovative firms.

Retail, with nearly 15.8 million employees in America alone (more than one out of 10 workers), is one of the largest industries in the world. Retail sales in the U.S. totaled an estimated $6.05 trillion during 2018, according to Plunkett Research, up about 5% for the year, and up dramatically from only $4.0 trillion during 2009.

Competition among retailers has never been tougher. A retailer without a significant competitive advantage doesn’t stand a chance. Superstores are battling each other on every major corner, while internet marketers are consistently taking market share away from stores.

Key Findings:

  • Plunkett Research analyzes the top trends changing the industry, and provides in-depth industry statistics. In addition, this publication profiles the top 500 companies in the Retailing Industry.

Available Formats:

  • Printed Almanac: ISBN 978-1-62831-514-1 (Available Now)
  • E-book: ISBN 978-1-62831-838-8 (Available Now)
  • Online Subscription

 

Key Features Include:

  • Industry trends analysis, market data and competitive intelligence
  • Market forecasts and Industry Statistics
  • Industry Associations and Professional Societies List
  • In-Depth Profiles of hundreds of leading companies
  • Industry Glossary
  • Link to our 5-minute video overview of this industry

Pages: 650

Statistical Tables Provided: 15

Companies Profiled: 490

Geographic Focus: Global

Price: $379.99

Key Questions Answered Include:

  • How is the industry evolving?
  • How is the industry being shaped by new technologies?
  • How is demand growing in emerging markets and mature economies?
  • What is the size of the market now and in the future?
  • What are the financial results of the leading companies?
  • What are the names and titles of top executives?
  • What are the top companies and what are their revenues?

This feature-rich book covers competitive intelligence, market research and business analysis—everything you need to know about the retailing business including:

  1. Introduction to the Retail Industry
  2. Wal-Mart Still Dominates the Retail Industry, but Invests in Web Presence to Battle
    Amazon
  3. Department Stores Suffer, While Today’s Consumers Demand Discounts and Convenience
  4. Warehouse Clubs and Discount Department Stores Battle for Market Share
  5. Private Label Brands Grow in Share of Total Store Sales
  6. Diverse Selling Techniques Boost Direct Marketers and Non-Store Sales
  7. Apple Sets the Bar for Showcase Stores and Super-Merchandisers
  8. Consumers Slowly Increase Borrowing
  9. Bricks, Clicks and Catalogs Create Synergies While Online Sales Growth Surges
  10. Retail Technologies and Artificial Intelligence Advance for Store Checkout and Restaurant Orders
  11. Robotics in Retail
  12. Retailers Offer Expedited Delivery to Compete with Amazon
  13. RFID Drives Inventory Management Evolution
  14. Smartphones and Financial Technology (FinTech) Enable New Mobile Payment Methods
  15. Self-Service Apparel Fitting Technologies Grow in Stores and Online
  16. Retailers Look for Long-Term Growth in Emerging Markets, Including China and India
  17. Retail Center Occupancy Is Challenged as Online Sales Hurt Stores
  18. Entertainment-Based Retailing, including Power Towns
  19. Malls Remodel to Boost Sales and Attract Shoppers/Store Visitor Counts Are Disappointing
  20. Fast Fashion: Designers and Retailers Speed Up
  21. LOHAS- Socially Conscious Consumers Create Challenges and Opportunities for Advertisers and Marketers
  22. Plus-Size and Vanity Sizing Target Overweight Consumers
  23. Discount Clothing Retailers See Promise in Designer Lines
  24. Luxury Apparel, Accessories and Consumer Products Lines Compete for Growth
  25. Manhattan’s FreshDirect Sets the Pace in Grocery Sales Over the Internet/Amazon
    Competes in Groceries
  26. How to Interpret Reports of Retail Sales

 

Retail Industry Statistics

  1. U.S. Retail Industry Statistics and Market Size Overview
  2. Annual Consumer Price Index, 1940-2018, U.S.
  3. Exports, General Imports & Trade Balance in Goods, U.S.: 1989-3rd Quarter 2018
  4. Total U.S. Retail Sales & Annual Percent Change: 1992- September 2018
  5. U.S. Retail Trade Corporation Statistics, 2nd Quarter 2018
  6. Total Annual Sales of Merchant Wholesalers, U.S.: 2012-2017
  7. Total Monthly Sales and Inventories of Merchant Wholesalers, U.S.: January- September 2018
  8. Retail & Food Services Sales by Kind of Business, U.S.: Monthly, through September 2018
  9. Retail & Food Services Sales by Kind of Business, U.S.: 2012-2017
  10. Estimated Quarterly U.S. Retail Sales, Total & E-Commerce: 1st Quarter 2009-3rd Quarter 2018
  11. Total U.S. Disposable Income, Expenditures & Gross Domestic & National Product Per Capita: Selected Years, 1960-2017
  12. Average Annual Expenditures of All Consumer Households: 2012-2017, U.S.
  13. Distribution of Total U.S. Annual Household Expenditures, by Major Category: 2017
  14. Resident Population Estimates by Age, U.S.: 2011-2017
  15. Employment in the Retail Industry, U.S.: 2010-September 2018

Companies Mentioned Include:

  • Cabela's Inc
  • 7-Eleven Inc
  • 99 Cents Only Stores LLC
  • A C Moore Arts & Crafts Inc
  • Aarons Inc
  • Abercrombie & Fitch Co
  • Advance Auto Parts Inc
  • Ahold USA Inc
  • Albertsons LLC
  • SkyMall Inc

Complete Guide to the Energy & Utilities, Oil & Gas Industry From Plunkett Research 2019

HOUSTON, Texas – Plunkett Research, Ltd. recently announced an important market research and competitive analysis report, Energy & Utilities, Oil & Gas Industry Almanac, 2019 edition. A complete market research report, including forecasts and market estimates, technologies analysis and developments at innovative firms.

There is a broad, global focus today on energy as an economic, geopolitical and strategic resource. In addition, there is an intense interest in the potential environmental consequences of energy production, and a steady push toward adoption of energy conservation technologies and practices.

Key Findings:      

  • Plunkett Research lists top 500 companies in the Energy & Utilities, Oil & Gas Industry and names the top trends changing for the mid term.

Available Formats:      

  • Printed Almanac: ISBN 978-1-62831-513-4 (Available Now)       
  • E-book: ISBN 978-1-62831-837-1 (Available Now)         
  • Online Subscription

 

Key Features Include:

  • Industry trends analysis, market data and competitive intelligence
  • Market forecasts and Industry Statistics
  • Industry Associations and Professional Societies List      
  • In-Depth Profiles of hundreds of leading companies    
  • Industry Glossary     
  • Link to our 5-minute video overview of this industry

Pages: 688

Statistical Tables Provided: 39

Companies Profiled: 504

Geographic Focus: Global

Price: $379.99

Key Questions Answered Include:

  • How is the industry evolving?
  • How is the industry being shaped by new technologies?
  • How is demand growing in emerging markets and mature economies?
  • What is the size of the market now and in the future?
  • What are the financial results of the leading companies?
  • What are the names and titles of top executives?
  • What are the top companies and what are their revenues?

This feature-rich book covers competitive intelligence, market research and business analysis—everything you need to know about the energy & utilities, oil & gas business including:

  1. Energy & Utilities Industry Introduction     
  2. A Brief History of Oil, Natural Gas and Electricity Production         
  3. Smart Electric Grid Technologies Are Adopted               
  4. The Energy Industry Invests in Storage Battery Technologies with an Eye on Distributed Power and Renewables       
  5. Superconductivity Provides Advanced Electricity Distribution Technology   
  6. Global Shale Oil and Gas Resources Revolutionize the Energy Industry
  7. Oil from Shale Makes America Rank with Top Oil Producers/E&P Companies Reduce Drilling and Seek Lower Costs
  8. LNG Projects Boom, Including Floating Plants (FLNG)/America Boosts LNG Exports
  9. Seismic Mapping Gains from Advanced Technologies   
  10. Offshore Wells Around the World Become More Efficient/Production Increases Significantly
  11. Energy Demand Climbs in India and China/Nuclear, Hydro and Gas Projects Grow, but Coal Remains Dominant
  12. Canada’s Oil Sands Production Reaches 4.2 Million Barrels per Day, but Operating Costs Are High
  13. Some Electric Utilities Regulations Are Rolled Back While Utilities Invest in Gas-Fired Plants
  14. Electric Utilities Adopt Coal Emissions Scrubbers While the Industry Tests Carbon Capture and Clean Coal Technologies
  15. U.S. Coal Industry Faces Challenges, while Coal Use Grows Dramatically in India and China
  16. Nuclear Energy Moves Ahead in India, China and the Middle East  
  17. Ethanol Production Soared, but U.S. Federal Subsidy Expires
  18. Cellulosic Ethanol Makes Slow Commercial Progress
  19. Refineries Along with Chemicals and Plastics Plants Invest Heavily in U.S./Take Advantage of Shale Natural Gas
  20. Petrochemicals Plants in the Middle East Expand but Face Challenges
  21. Lower Energy Intensity Is a Prime Focus in China/U.S. Achieves Dramatic Energy Intensity Reductions
  22. U.S. Exports Crude Oil to Global Markets in High Volume

 

Energy & Utilities, Oil & Gas Industry Statistics

I. Overview of the Energy & Utilities Industry

  1. Global Energy & Utilities Industry Statistics and Market Size Overview: 2016-2017
  2. U.S. Energy & Utilities Industry Statistics and Market Size Overview
  3. U.S. Energy Industry & Utilities Statistics and Market Size Overview: Selected Years, 1990-2017  
  4. U.S. Energy Intensity: 2015-2050
  5. Primary Energy Flow by Source & Sector, U.S.: 2017
  6. Energy Consumption by Source & Sector, U.S.: 2017  
  7. Total U.S. Energy Consumption: 2016-2050
  8. Energy Consumption & Expenditures Indicators, U.S.: Selected Years, 1975-2017
  9. Energy Imports, U.S.: Selected Years, 1950-2017
  10. Energy Exports, U.S.: Selected Years, 1950-2017
  11. Total Energy Imports, Net Energy Imports & Petroleum Imports, U.S.: 1970-2017
  12. Federal R&D & R&D Plant Funding for Energy, U.S.: Fiscal Years 2017-2019
  13. U.S. Department of Energy Funding for Science & Energy Programs: 2017-2019
  14. Approximate Energy Unit Conversion Factors

II. Electricity

  1. Electricity Overview, U.S.: Selected Years, 1950-2017
  2. Net Electrical Power Generation by Fuel Type, U.S.: 1981-July 2018
  3. Net Electrical Power Generation by Fuel Type, U.S.: 2017
  4. Net Electrical Power Generation From Renewable Energy Sources, U.S.: 2000-July 2018
  5. Average Retail Prices of Electricity Sold by U.S. Electric Utilities: Selected Years, 1960-2017
  6. Estimated Levelized Cost of Electricity (LCOE) for New Electricity Generation by Energy Source

III. Fossil Fuels and Nuclear Energy

  1. Energy Production by Fossil Fuels & Nuclear Power, U.S.: Selected Years, 1950-2017
  2. Petroleum Overview, U.S.: Selected Years, 1950-2017
  3. Crude Oil Production & Drilling Activity, U.S.: Selected Years, 1990-2017
  4. Crude Oil Domestic First Purchase Prices, U.S.: Selected Years, 1960-2017
  5. Petroleum Imports by Country of Origin, U.S.: Selected Years, 1980-2017
  6. Refinery Capacity & Utilization in the U.S.: Selected Years, 2000-2017
  7. Petroleum Consumption by the Transportation Sector, U.S.: Selected Years, 1950-2017
  8. Retail On-Highway Diesel vs. Regular Gasoline Prices, U.S.: January 1995- November 2018
  9. Top World Oil Reserves by Country: 2017
  10. Top World Oil Producers: 2017
  11. Top World Oil Consumers: 2017 
  12. Coal Overview, U.S.: Selected Years, 1950-2017
  13. Natural Gas Overview, U.S.: Selected Years, 1950-2017
  14. Natural Gas Prices Paid, by Sector, U.S.: Selected Years, 1970-2017
  15. Annual U.S. Shale Gas Production: 2007-2016

IV. Renewable Energy     

  1. Energy Production by Renewable Energy, U.S.: Selected Years, 1955-2017
  2. Renewable Energy Consumption by Source, U.S.: Selected Years, 1960-2017
  3. Renewable Energy Consumption in the Residential, Commercial & Industrial Sectors, U.S.: 2011-2017
  4. Renewable Energy Consumption in the Transportation & Electric Power Sectors, U.S.: 2011-2017

Companies Mentioned Include:     

  • Ameren Corporation
  • Denbury Resources Inc
  • ABB Ltd    
  • Geokinetics Inc    
  • Goodrich Petroleum Corporation 
  • AES Corporation (The)    
  • Adams Resources & Energy Inc   
  • Southern Company Gas       
  • Alliance Resource Partners LP 
  • Alliant Energy Corporation

Low Oil and Gas Prices Boost the Chemicals Industry

The dramatic recent declines in the price of crude oil and natural gas have reduced costs for much of the chemicals industry. In many cases, these reduced costs have been passed on to end users. The global chemicals industry will total about $5.3 trillion in revenues in 2018, according to Plunkett Research estimates. In the U.S., chemicals will generate about $901 billion in revenues during 2018. U.S. plastics and rubber industry revenues were $232.5 billion in 2017, according to the Bureau of the Census.

Chemicals and plastics companies are taking advantage of abundant natural gas in the United States. As a result, the future looks extremely bright for American chemicals makers. The continuing flow of natural gas from shale formations is the driving factor here, since gas is a primary need of the chemicals sector. Additional significant factors are the relatively low cost of electricity in many parts of America, and reasonable wage costs. Compared to much of the rest of the world, gas and electricity are superb bargains in the U.S.

America’s chemicals sector manufacturers are gaining considerable advantage from the extremely low price of natural gas, an advantage that is likely to last for many years. The immense surge in shale gas and shale oil production is leading to a boom in chemicals plant construction on the Gulf Coast of America, close to major gas fields. As of mid-2018, The American Chemistry Council reported 325 new U.S. petrochemical projects in the works, largely due to the massive output of America’s shale gas fields. The Council estimates the new activity will add $337 billion to the U.S. economy and 467,000 direct and indirect jobs by 2025. U.S. exports of chemicals will soar.

In particular, the manufacture of ethylene-based plastics is a major benefactor of today’s boom in low-priced natural gas from shale formations. Makers of oil-based chemicals (propylene polymers) are likewise getting relief from the low level of U.S. oil prices, and strong production from oil fields such as the Eagle Ford in Texas.

Plunkett’s Chemicals, Coatings & Plastincs Industry Almanac, 2019 edition.

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Complete Guide to the Banking, Mortgages & Credit Industry From Plunkett Research 2019

HOUSTON, Texas – Plunkett Research, Ltd. recently announced an important market research and competitive analysis report, Plunkett’s Banking, Mortgages & Credit Industry Almanac, 2019 edition. A complete market research report, including forecasts and market estimates, technologies analysis and developments at innovative firms.

With few exceptions, the banking and lending industry has rebounded to a much healthier condition after suffering intensely from the Great Recession that officially ended in 2009, along with the related financial meltdown that brought the world of banking into a state of crisis. Meanwhile, global financial regulators have steadfastly continued the struggle to improve banking reserves and oversight to the point that future meltdowns might be avoided.

Key Findings:

  • Plunkett Research lists top 450 companies in the Banking, Mortgages & Credit business and names the top trends changing for the mid term.

Available Formats: 

  • Printed Almanac: ISBN 978-1-62831-512-7 (Available Now)
  • E-book: ISBN 978-1-62831-835-7 (Available Now)
  • Online Subscription

 

Key Features Include:

  • Industry trends analysis, market data and competitive intelligence
  • Market forecasts and Industry Statistics
  • Industry Associations and Professional Societies List
  • In-Depth Profiles of hundreds of leading companies
  • Industry Glossary
  • Link to our 5-minute video overview of this industry

Pages: 642

Statistical Tables Provided: 23

Companies Profiled: 473

Geographic Focus: Global

Price: $379.99

Key Questions Answered Include:

  • How is the industry evolving?
  • How is the industry being shaped by new technologies?       
  • How is demand growing in emerging markets and mature economies?
  • What is the size of the market now and in the future?          
  • What are the financial results of the leading companies?
  • What are the names and titles of top executives?     
  • What are the top companies and what are their revenues?

This feature-rich book covers competitive intelligence, market research and business analysis—everything you need to know about the banking, mortgages & credit business including:

  1. Introduction to the Banking, Mortgages & Credit Industry     
  2. Consumers Slowly Increase Borrowing 
  3. Aging Populations, Baby Boomers Create Opportunities/U.S. Pension Accounts Top $28.3 Trillion
  4. Basel III, Dodd-Frank Act and Volcker Act Increase Regulation/European Solvency II and MiFID 2 Take Effect
  5. Investment Firms and Banks Compete for Clients in High Net Worth Households      
  6. Wal-Mart Offers Checking and Debit Service in the U.S./Banco de Wal-Mart in Mexico
  7. China Sees Growth in Online Payments, Banking and Lending/Alipay Soars
  8. India’s Foreign Banking Presence Shrinks/Microloans Continue
  9. Credit Default Swaps (CDS) and Derivatives Soar into the Trillions of Dollars        
  10. Shadow Banking Soars with Non-Bank Alternatives, Online or Peer-to-Peer Lending and Crowdfunding
  11. Online Banking Grows on Smartphones/The Internet and ATMs Replace Tellers and Branches
  12. Visa and MasterCard Enjoy Global Growth
  13. Credit Card Technologies Advance with Embedded Chips (EMV) for Better Security
  14. Smartphones and Financial Technology (FinTech) Enable New Mobile Payment Methods
  15. In Emerging Nations, mChek and M-PESA Enable Remote Banking via Cellphone
  16. Smaller Down Payments/Easier Loan Qualifications Change Mortgage Market    
  17. Online Competition Changes the Mortgage Industry     
  18. Hedge Funds Play a Major Role in Financial Products Including Derivatives, Lending and Insurance
  19. Financial Technology (FinTech) Enables Online Lending, Insurance and Online “Robo Advisors”
  20. Digital Currency, Bitcoin and Blockchain Technologies Advance
  21. The Future of Banking, Credit Cards, Mobile Payments and Mortgages

Banking Industry Statistics     

  1. U.S. Banking, Mortgages & Credit Industry Statistics and Market Size Overview     
  2. Global Banking, Mortgages & Credit Industry Statistics and Market Size Overview 
  3. Top 50 U.S. Bank Holding Companies: June 30, 2018  
  4. FDIC Insured Institution Statistics: 2nd Quarter 2018       
  5. Number of Failed U.S. Bank Institutions, 1980-2018    
  6. Deposit Insurance Fund Balance and Insured Deposits: 2010-2018    
  7. Assets & Liabilities of FDIC-Insured Commercial Banks, Grouped by Asset Size: June 2018    
  8. Top Ten Federally-Chartered & State-Chartered Banks by Assets: June 2018
  9. Deposits, Income & Expenses of FDIC-Insured Commercial Banks: 2013-June 2018
  10. Assets & Liabilities of Foreign Banking Offices in the U.S.: 2015-2nd Quarter 2018        
  11. Prime Interest Rate, U.S.: 1955-October 2018         
  12. Bond Yields & Interest Rates, U.S.: Selected Years, 1950-2017      
  13. Employment in the Banking Industry, U.S.: 2012-August 2018
  14. Homeownership Rates by Race & Ethnicity of Householder, U.S.: 1998-2017        
  15. Homeownership Rates by Region, U.S.: Selected Years, 1980-2017        
  16. New Privately-Owned Housing Units Started, U.S.: 1977-2017     
  17. Mortgage Loans Outstanding, U.S.: 1978-2nd Quarter 2018      
  18. Home Mortgages by Holder, U.S.: 2015-2nd Quarter 2018      
  19. Assets & Liabilities, U.S. Agency- & Government Sponsored Enterprise (GSE)-Backed Securities by Holder: 2015-2nd Quarter 2018        
  20. Consumer Credit Outstanding, U.S.: 1971-August 2018     
  21. Consumer Credit Outstanding by Major Holders, U.S.: 2013-2nd Quarter 2018        
  22. Terms of Credit at Commercial Banks, U.S.: 2013-2nd Quarter 2018     
  23. Loan Performance, FDIC-Insured Institutions: June 2018

Companies Mentioned Include:          

  • Ace Cash Express Inc
  • Alliance Data Systems Corporation
  • Toyota Motor Credit Corp   
  • American Express Co     
  • General Motors Financial Company Inc        
  • Anchor BanCorp Wisconsin Inc 
  • Annaly Capital Management Inc 
  • Associated Banc-Corp            
  • Astoria Financial Corporation
  • TD Bank NA

 

Complete Guide to the Insurance, Risk Management & Reinsurance Industry From Plunkett Research 2019

HOUSTON, Texas – Plunkett Research, Ltd. recently announced an important market research and competitive analysis report, Insurance, Risk Management & Reinsurance Industry Almanac, 2019 edition. A complete market research report, including forecasts and market estimates, technologies analysis and developments at innovative firms.

Insurance and risk management make up an immense global industry. According to a survey conducted by a leading global insurance firm, Swiss Re, worldwide insurance premiums totaled $4.89 trillion in 2017 (the latest data available), down from $4.73 trillion in 2016. This was equal to about 6.3% of global GDP. Global life insurance premiums were $2.66 trillion during 2017, while all other types of insurance totaled $2.23 trillion.

Key Findings:

  • Plunkett Research lists top 350 companies in the Insurance Industry and names the top trends changing for the mid term.

Available Formats:

  • Printed Almanac: ISBN 978-1-62831-510-3 (Available Now)
  • E-book: ISBN 978-1-62831-834-0 (Available Now)
  • Online Subscription

 

Key Features Include:

  • Industry trends analysis, market data and competitive intelligence
  • Market forecasts and Industry Statistics
  • Industry Associations and Professional Societies List
  • In-Depth Profiles of hundreds of leading companies
  • Industry Glossary
  • Link to our 5-minute video overview of this industry

Pages: 512

Statistical Tables Provided: 14

Companies Profiled: 368

Geographic Focus: Global

Price: $379.99

Key Questions Answered Include:

  • How is the industry evolving?
  • How is the industry being shaped by new technologies?
  • How is demand growing in emerging markets and mature economies?
  • What is the size of the market now and in the future?
  • What are the financial results of the leading companies?
  • What are the names and titles of top executives?
  • What are the top companies and what are their revenues?

This feature-rich book covers competitive intelligence, market research and business analysis—everything you need to know about the insurance business including:

  1. Introduction to the Insurance Industry
  2. Aging Populations Create Challenges and Opportunities for the Insurance Industry
  3. Sophisticated Risk Management and Prevention Programs Lead to Lower Losses
  4. Risk Managers Seek Certification
  5. Independent Agencies Continue to Dominate Commercial Insurance, but Play a Lesser
  6. Role in Personal Lines/Life Insurance Sales Fall in the U.S.
  7. Insurance Direct Selling and E-Commerce Grow
  8. Technology Drives Insurance Efficiencies/Policy Holders Allow Their Habits to Be Tracked
  9. for Lower Insurance Rates
  10. States Pick Up Some Wind and Flood Risk for Homeowners/Underwriters Rely on Sophisticated Risk Analysis Technology to Set Rates
  11. No End in Sight to the Growth of Specialized Insurance Lines
  12. Annuity Account Managers Create New Product Strategies/Fiduciary Rule Changes Help Annuity Sales Soar
  13. Major U.S., Japanese and European Insurance Firms See Vast Promise in the Chinese, Southeast Asian Market and Emerging Markets
  14. Continued Rise in Health Care Costs
  15. Number of Uninsured Americans Declines But Remains High
  16. U.S. Affordable Care Act (ACA) of 2010 Rewrote the Rules and Increased Coverage,
  17. But Costs Continue to Rise
  18. Employers Fight Rapidly Growing Health Care Premiums/Require Employees to Pay a Significant Share of Costs
  19. Insurance Companies Change Strategies Due to Affordable Care Act (ACA) and Rapidly
  20. Rising Costs of Care
  21. Malpractice Suits Are Blamed for Rising Health Care Costs/Tort Reform Is Capping
  22. Awards for Damages
  23. Hedge Funds Play a Major Role in Financial Products Including Derivatives, Lending and Insurance
  24. Credit Default Swaps (CDS) and Derivatives Soar into the Trillions of Dollars
  25. Aging Populations, Baby Boomers Create Opportunities/U.S. Pension Accounts Top $28.3 Trillion
  26. Basel III, Dodd-Frank Act and Volcker Act Increase Regulation/European Solvency II
  27. and MiFID 2 Take Effect
  28. Financial Technology (FinTech) Enables Online Payments, Lending, Insurance and Online “Robo Advisors”
  29. Drones Save Time and Money in Safety Inspections and Insurance Adjusting
  30. Gig Economy and Self-Driving Cars Pose Insurance Challenges and Underwriting
  31. Opportunities
  32. The Future of the Insurance Industry and Risk Management

Insurance Industry Statistics

  1. Insurance Industry Statistics and Market Size Overview
  2. Assets & Liabilities of U.S. Property-Casualty Insurance Companies: 2015-2nd Quarter 2018
  3. Assets & Liabilities of U.S. Life Insurance Companies: 2015-2nd Quarter 2018
  4. Typical U.S. Automobile Insurance Costs, per Year: 2018
  5. Employers' Costs for Total Compensation and Health Insurance, by Selected Characteristics,
    U.S.: Selected Years, 2014-2018
  6. The Nation's Health Dollar: 2018 Where It Came From (Estimated)
  7. Number & Percent of Persons of All Ages with and without Health Insurance Coverage,
    U.S.: 1999-2017
  8. Number & Percent of Persons without Health Insurance Coverage, by Age Group,
    U.S.: 1999-2017
  9. Affordable Care Act Overview
  10. Medical Care Benefits in the U.S.: Access, Participation and Take-Up Rates, March 2018
  11. Retirement Benefits in the U.S.: Access, Participation and Take-Up Rates, March 2017
  12. Life Expectancy at Age 65, U.S.
  13. Employment in the Insurance Industry, U.S.: 2012-August 2018
  14. Employment & Earnings in Insurance Industry Occupations, U.S.: May 2017

Companies Mentioned Include:

  • Chubb Limited
  • Metropolitan Health Networks Inc
  • National Security Group Inc (The)
  • Aetna Inc
  • AFLAC Inc
  • AIG American General
  • Alfa Insurance
  • Alleghany Corporation
  • Samsung Electronics Co Ltd
  • Hanover Insurance Group Inc (The)

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Revenues Forecast for the Small Electrical and Major Household and Kitchen Appliance Manufacturing, Including Vacuum Cleaners Industry News from Plunkett Research

Plunkett Research, Ltd. announces publication of its complete market forecasts and financial analysis for the Small Electrical and Major Household and Kitchen Appliance Manufacturing, Including Vacuum Cleaners Industry. Plunkett estimates U.S. revenues for this industry at $21.784 billion for the year 2017, and provides forecasts for several years in its latest Industry Analytics report.

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Revenues Forecast for the Residential, Commercial, Industrial and Institutional Lighting Fixture and Lamp Manufacturing Industry News from Plunkett Research

Plunkett Research, Ltd. announces publication of its complete market forecasts and financial analysis for the Residential, Commercial, Industrial and Institutional Lighting Fixture and Lamp Manufacturing Industry. Plunkett estimates U.S. revenues for this industry at $11.239 billion for the year 2017, and provides forecasts for several years in its latest Industry Analytics report.

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Revenues Forecast for the Lighting Fixture and Equipment (Including Controls, Lamps, Parts & Bulbs) Manufacturing Industry News from Plunkett Research

Plunkett Research, Ltd. announces publication of its complete market forecasts and financial analysis for the Lighting Fixture and Equipment (Including Controls, Lamps, Parts & Bulbs) Manufacturing Industry. Plunkett estimates U.S. revenues for this industry at $12.766 billion for the year 2017, and provides forecasts for several years in its latest Industry Analytics report.

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Revenues Forecast for the Electrical Equipment, Lighting, Wire, Cable, Battery, Appliance and Component Manufacturing Industry News from Plunkett Research

Plunkett Research, Ltd. announces publication of its complete market forecasts and financial analysis for the Electrical Equipment, Lighting, Wire, Cable, Battery, Appliance and Component Manufacturing Industry. Plunkett estimates U.S. revenues for this industry at $129.72 billion for the year 2017, and provides forecasts for several years in its latest Industry Analytics report.

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Revenues Forecast for the Measuring and Controlling Devices, Including Watches, Accelerometers, Barometers and Seismographs, etc., Manufacturing Industry News from Plunkett Research

Plunkett Research, Ltd. announces publication of its complete market forecasts and financial analysis for the Measuring and Controlling Devices, Including Watches, Accelerometers, Barometers and Seismographs, etc., Manufacturing Industry. Plunkett estimates U.S. revenues for this industry at $11.265 billion for the year 2017, and provides forecasts for several years in its latest Industry Analytics report.

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Games Industry Tops $100 Billion in Global Revenues

Never doubt the power of electronics and mobile devices to disrupt the traditional world. Most analysts believe that the electronic games industry, including game players, software, subscriptions and mobile gaming, has burst through the $100 billion in global revenues per year level. This means that games generate more money than movie theaters, book stores, recorded music downloads or magazine sales—all of which compete heavily for our entertainment time, attention and payments.

Three extremely vital, interconnected components of the evolving personal entertainment, communications and media world include electronic games, apps and social media (GASM), and the lines between these three sectors frequently blur. For example, multiplayer online games encourage communication between communities of players, while social media like Facebook are often the platforms that support the most popular games. Meanwhile, apps are rapidly becoming the tool of choice for launching a wide variety of communications tools, entertainment and internet sites, including games. Users seamlessly let their online access flow from one segment of GASM to the other, and often use all three at once.

Plunkett Research recently published the 2019 edition of its Plunkett’s Games, Apps & Social Media Industry Almanac. This vital reference tool includes industry trends analysis, global car industry statistics and profiles of hundreds of leading automotive firms. It is available online to subscribers to Plunkett Research Online, as well as in printed almanac and ebook editions.

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Revenues Forecast for the Laboratory Instruments and Lab Equipment Manufacturing Industry News from Plunkett Research

Plunkett Research, Ltd. announces publication of its complete market forecasts and financial analysis for the Laboratory Instruments and Lab Equipment Manufacturing Industry. Plunkett estimates U.S. revenues for this industry at $18.213 billion for the year 2017, and provides forecasts for several years in its latest Industry Analytics report.

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Revenues Forecast for the Electric Signal, Electricity, and Semiconductor Test and Measuring Equipment Manufacturing Industry News from Plunkett Research

Plunkett Research, Ltd. announces publication of its complete market forecasts and financial analysis for the Electric Signal, Electricity, and Semiconductor Test and Measuring Equipment Manufacturing Industry. Plunkett estimates U.S. revenues for this industry at $11.172 billion for the year 2017, and provides forecasts for several years in its latest Industry Analytics report.

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Revenues Forecast for the Water Meters, Fluid Metering, Fluid Measurement and Control Instruments Industry News from Plunkett Research

Plunkett Research, Ltd. announces publication of its complete market forecasts and financial analysis for the Water Meters, Fluid Metering, Fluid Measurement and Control Instruments Industry. Plunkett estimates U.S. revenues for this industry at $5.419 billion for the year 2017, and provides forecasts for several years in its latest Industry Analytics report.

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Revenues Forecast for the Factory Automation, Industrial Process, Thermostat, Flow Meter and Environmental Quality Monitoring and Control Manufacturing Industry News from Plunkett Research

Plunkett Research, Ltd. announces publication of its complete market forecasts and financial analysis for the Factory Automation, Industrial Process, Thermostat, Flow Meter and Environmental Quality Monitoring and Control Manufacturing Industry. Plunkett estimates U.S. revenues for this industry at $11.259 billion for the year 2017, and provides forecasts for several years in its latest Industry Analytics report.

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Revenues Forecast for the Radar, Navigation, Sonar, Space Vehicle Guidance, Flight Systems and Marine Instrument Manufacturing Industry News from Plunkett Research

Plunkett Research, Ltd. announces publication of its complete market forecasts and financial analysis for the Radar, Navigation, Sonar, Space Vehicle Guidance, Flight Systems and Marine Instrument Manufacturing Industry. Plunkett estimates U.S. revenues for this industry at $46.24 billion for the year 2017, and provides forecasts for several years in its latest Industry Analytics report.

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Can We Afford to Cure Cancer?

Promising New Cancer Treatments, But Massive Costs

The U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) estimate that 1.7 million new cases of cancer will be diagnosed in America alone during 2018. While the overall cancer death rate fell by 25% from 1990 to 2014, according to the NIH, the cost of the treatments that are saving these lives is staggering, at nearly $150 billion yearly in America alone.

Dramatic new cures like CAR-T therapies will combine with an aging population to make this cost soar. In this advanced treatment for cancer, doctors remove millions of blood cells from the patient and insert new genes that enable the cells to fight malignancy. A form of disabled virus may be used in the drug’s design, because the virus quickly and easily carries the inserted genetic material into the T-cells, which are reprogrammed to attack cancer. The altered T-cells, called CAR-T, are put back in the patient’s bloodstream via an intravenous drip. Treatment may cause a violent reaction in the patient, including extremely high fevers and chills. Nonetheless, in many patients CAR-T has been successful in achieving amazing and lasting remission, including such patients as children with acute leukemia and adults with leukemia and lymphoma. (Unfortunately, some clinical trials have also resulted in patient deaths. This risk may be well justified considering the high remission rates in patients who have not responded to other therapies for their potentially fatal cancers.)

Although traditional cancer treatments such as chemotherapies have improved in recent years, they continue to indiscriminately kill both healthy cells and cancerous cells, with significant long-term side effects for the patient. The revolutionary CAR-T treatment, in contrast, hits only the targeted cancerous cells. That is, CAR-T therapies are designed to recognize a specific cancerous tumor antigen, bind to this target and then activate, creating a tremendous immune system response to kill the cancer. Cancer remission rates of as high as 94% have been achieved in trials.

Unfortunately, recently approved CAR-T drugs, such as Novartis’s Kymriah, approved in the U.S. in 2018, and Gliead/Kite Pharma’s Yescarta, approved in 2017, can cost more than $370,000 for the drugs alone, plus hundreds of thousands of additional dollars for the complete regimen of medical support and treatments required to complete the therapy—the total can easily top $1.5 million per patient. Drug developers claim that they need to charge such high prices to gain a reasonable return on their investment in research and development. Critics claim that the drug firms are simply charging the highest prices that they think the market will bear. CAR-T is so promising and so effective that hundreds of CAR-T based drugs are in various stages of clinical trials, including drugs targeting lung or breast cancers.

Even if CAR-T costs were driven down to $1 million in total costs per treatment, they could double the total annual cost of cancer care, to $300 billion, if given to only 150,000 patients yearly (or 10% of new cancer patients).

Meanwhile, insurers and government agencies are struggling to find ways to force down drug prices while reasonably maintaining patient access to the most promising treatments. The challenges are massive. For example, under current law, federal government administered Medicare is not allowed to negotiate drug prices, despite Medicare’s incredible size and cost to taxpayers. A bill recently proposed and sponsored by several members of Congress, the Medicare Drug Price Negotiation Act, is attempting to solve this situation. On the private coverage side, business giants Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JP Morgan Chase have established a “moon-shot” non-profit organization to attempt to use advanced technologies to improve health care results while driving down costs. The intent is to share this new entity’s findings freely in hopes of helping both the three founding firms and the nation as a whole.

CAR-T Companies To Watch
Cellectis
Bellicum Pharmaceduticals
Cellyad
Bluebird Bio
TC Biopharm
Juno Therapeutics
Celegene
Mustang Bio

Plunkett Research recently published the 2019 edition of its Plunkett’s Biotechnology, Pharmaceuticals & Genetics Industry Almanac. This vital reference tool includes industry trends analysis, global industry statistics and profiles of hundreds of leading firms. It is available online to subscribers to Plunkett Research Online, as well as in printed almanac and ebook editions.

Plunkett’s Biotechnology, Pharmaceuticals & Genetics Industry Almanac, 2019 edition.

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Complete Guide to the Aerospace Industry From Plunkett Research 2019

HOUSTON, Texas – Plunkett Research, Ltd. recently announced an important market research and competitive analysis report, Aerospace Industry Almanac, 2019 edition. A complete market research report, including forecasts and market estimates, technologies analysis and developments at innovative firms.

The aerospace industry plays a vital role in such sectors as global trade and commerce, communications, transportation, and defense. More than just airlines and aircraft manufacturing, the aerospace industry includes original equipment manufacturing (OEM), avionics, electronics, rockets, space vehicles, satellites, and drones. The complex needs for achieving flight also makes the aerospace industry a key contributor to advancements in computing, advanced materials, and manufacturing. Historically the stuff of fantasy, the development of the commercial space and drone industry of today adds a new dimension to the impact of aerospace in everyday life. While aerospace also plays a vital role in defense industries and military applications; coverage is largely limited to non-defense applications.

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Companies Profiled: 356

Geographic Focus: Global

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  • What are the names and titles of top executives?
  • What are the top companies and what are their revenues?

This feature-rich book covers competitive intelligence, market research and business analysis—everything you need to know about the aerospace business including:

  1. Introduction to the Aerospace, Aircraft, Satellites & Drones Industry
  2. Boeing and Airbus Have Massive Aircraft Order Backlogs/Major Aircraft Market in China
  3. New Aircraft Designs Offer Greater Passenger Comfort/More Efficient Engines
  4. Supersonic Jets Expected to Enter the Commercial Market
  5. Electric-Powered Airplanes Are Under Research and Development
  6. Flying Cars Get Off the Ground
  7. Smaller Satellites (SmallSats and CubeSats) and Low Earth Orbit Revolutionize Telecommunications
  8. Light-Weight Satellites and Solar-Powered Drones Used for Internet Access and Whole Earth Imaging
  9. Giant Balloons Used for Communications and Research
  10. Private, Reusable Rockets Launch Commercial Satellites, Lowering Costs
  11. Space Travel Firms Seek Tourists/New Vehicles for U.S. Astronauts
  12. Commercial Uses of Drones
  13. Drone Regulation and Licensing Evolve
  14. Drones Provide New Tools for Precision Agriculture
  15. Drones Save Time and Money in Safety Inspections and Insurance Adjusting
  16. Package Delivery by Drone
  17. The Future of Aviation, Satellites and the Aerospace Industry

 

Aerospace Industry Statistics

  1. Aerospace, Aircraft, Satellites & Drones Industry Statistics and Market Size Overview
  2. Quarterly Aerospace Manufacturing Industry Net Sales, U.S. : 2001-2nd Quarter 2018
  3. Gross Output in the Aircraft Manufacturing and Air Transportation Industries, U.S. Selected Years, 2010-2016
  4. Satellite Telecommunications: Estimated Sources of Revenue & Expenses, U.S.: 2013-2016
  5. Federal R&D & R&D Plant Funding for Space Flight, Research & Supporting Activities, U.S.: Fiscal Years 2017-2019
  6. Federal R&D & R&D Plant Funding for Air Transportation, U.S.: Fiscal Years 2016-2018
  7. Federal R&D & R&D Plant Funding for National Defense, U.S.: Fiscal Years 2017-2019
  8. NASA Budget Appropriations & Projections: 2017-2023
  9. U.S. Exports & Imports of Aircraft, Spacecraft, and Parts: 2013-2nd Quarter 2018
  10. Consolidation in U.S. Airlines
  11. U.S. Aviation Industry Average Annual Percentage Growth Forecasts by World Region: 2018-2038
  12. Total Scheduled U.S. International Passenger Traffic, U.S. Commercial Air Carriers: 2010-2038
  13. Quarterly U.S. Scheduled Service Passenger Airlines Financial Reports: 1st Quarter 2017-1st Quarter 2018
  14. Air Carrier Traffic Statistics, U.S.: 1996-2017 37
  15. Air Carrier Traffic Statistics, U.S.: 12 Months Ended December 2017 and December 2016
  16. U.S. Airline Passenger Activity: 2010-2038
  17. U.S. Airline Revenue Passenger Enplanements: January 1996-April 2018
  18. Annual U.S. Domestic Average Itinerary Air Fare: 1995-2018
  19. Top 10 U.S. Airlines & Airports Ranked by 2017 System Scheduled Enplanements
  20. Domestic Airline Fuel Cost, U.S.: January 1986-January 2018
  21. Employment in the Aerospace Manufacturing Industry, U.S.: Monthly, January 1990-July 2018
  22. Employment & Earnings in Aerospace Occupations, U.S.: May 2017

Companies Mentioned Include:

  • Japan Airlines Co Ltd
  • Aer Lingus Group
  • Aeroflot Russian Airlines JSC
  • Air Canada
  • Air China Limited
  • Air New Zealand Ltd
  • Air Partner plc
  • Air Wisconsin Airlines Corp
  • Airbus SAS
  • Alaska Air Group Inc

Revenues Forecast for the Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical (Medical Devices) and Control Instruments Manufacturing Industry News from Plunkett Research

Plunkett Research, Ltd. announces publication of its complete market forecasts and financial analysis for the Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical (Medical Devices) and Control Instruments Manufacturing Industry. Plunkett estimates U.S. revenues for this industry at $146.014 billion for the year 2017, and provides forecasts for several years in its latest Industry Analytics report.

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Revenues Forecast for the LCD (Liquid-Crystal Display), Radio Frequency (RF, RFID) and Microwave Equipment Manufacturing Industry News from Plunkett Research

Plunkett Research, Ltd. announces publication of its complete market forecasts and financial analysis for the LCD (Liquid-Crystal Display), Radio Frequency (RF, RFID) and Microwave Equipment Manufacturing Industry. Plunkett estimates U.S. revenues for this industry at $12.1 billion for the year 2017, and provides forecasts for several years in its latest Industry Analytics report.

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Revenues Forecast for the Contract Electronics Manufacturing Services (CEM) and Printed Circuits Assembly Industry News from Plunkett Research

Plunkett Research, Ltd. announces publication of its complete market forecasts and financial analysis for the Contract Electronics Manufacturing Services (CEM) and Printed Circuits Assembly Industry. Plunkett estimates U.S. revenues for this industry at $18.574 billion for the year 2017, and provides forecasts for several years in its latest Industry Analytics report.

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Revenues Forecast for the Connectors for Electronics Manufacturing Industry News from Plunkett Research

Plunkett Research, Ltd. announces publication of its complete market forecasts and financial analysis for the Connectors for Electronics Manufacturing Industry. Plunkett estimates U.S. revenues for this industry at $5.738 billion for the year 2017, and provides forecasts for several years in its latest Industry Analytics report.

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Revenues Forecast for the Capacitor, Resistor, Coil, Transformer and Other Electronic Inductor Components Manufacturing Industry News from Plunkett Research

Plunkett Research, Ltd. announces publication of its complete market forecasts and financial analysis for the Capacitor, Resistor, Coil, Transformer and Other Electronic Inductor Components Manufacturing Industry. Plunkett estimates U.S. revenues for this industry at $3.537 billion for the year 2017, and provides forecasts for several years in its latest Industry Analytics report.

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Complete Guide to the Health Care Industry From Plunkett Research 2019

HOUSTON, Texas – Plunkett Research, Ltd. recently announced an important market research and competitive analysis report, Health Care Industry Almanac, 2019 edition. A complete market research report, including forecasts and market estimates, technologies analysis and developments at innovative firms.

Health care costs continue to rise in the U.S. Total U.S. health care expenditures were estimated to be $3.68 trillion in 2018, and are projected to soar to $5.70 trillion in 2026. Health spending in the U.S., at about 18.2% of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in 2018, is projected to grow steadily. In addition to expected higher costs, the Trump has been focused on altering 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). The most significant change has been the mandate that Americans must carry insurance or face penalties has been dropped.

Outside the U.S., a comprehensive study published by the Organization for Economic Cooperation & Development (OECD) covering more than 30 nations found stark contrasts between health costs in the United States and those of other nations. In 2017 (the latest complete data available), the average of a list that includes, for example, the UK, France, Germany, Mexico, Canada, South Korea, Japan, Australia and the U.S., spent 8.9% of GDP on health care. The highest figures in this study were in America at 17.1% of GDP, Switzerland at 12.3%, France at 11.5%, Germany at 11.3%, Sweden at 10.9%, Japan at 10.7% Canada at 10.4%, and Norway at 10.4%.

Total health care expenditures around the world are difficult to determine, but $9.6 trillion would be a fair estimate for the formal health care industry for 2018. That would place health care at about 11% of global GDP, with expenditures per capita of about $1,250. This $9.6 trillion breaks down to approximately $3.7 trillion in the U.S., $3.2 trillion in non-U.S. OECD nations and $2.7 trillion elsewhere around the world.

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Key Features Include:

  • Industry trends analysis, market data and competitive intelligence
  • Market forecasts and Industry Statistics
  • Industry Associations and Professional Societies List
  • In-Depth Profiles of hundreds of leading companies
  • Industry Glossary
  • Link to our 5-minute video overview of this industry

Pages: 686

Statistical Tables Provided: 28

Companies Profiled: 499

Geographic Focus: Global

Price: $379.99

Key Questions Answered Include:

  • How is the industry evolving?
  • How is the industry being shaped by new technologies?
  • How is demand growing in emerging markets and mature economies?
  • What is the size of the market now and in the future?
  • What are the financial results of the leading companies?
  • What are the names and titles of top executives?
  • What are the top companies and what are their revenues?

This feature-rich book covers competitive intelligence, market research and business analysis—everything you need to know about the health care business including:

Major Trends and Technologies Affecting the Health Care Industry

  1. Introduction to the Health Care Industry
  2. Continued Rise in Health Care Costs
  3. Employers Fight Rapidly Growing Health Care Premiums/Require Employees to Pay a Significant Share of Costs
  4. Medicare and Medicaid Spending Continue to Surge/More Baby Boomers Hit 65+ Years of Age
  5. U.S. Affordable Care Act (ACA) of 2010 Rewrote the Rules and Increased Coverage, But Costs Continue to Rise
  6. Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) and Hospital Mergers Result from the Affordable Care Act/Many Hospital Chains Grow Dramatically in Market Share
  7. Concierge Care/Direct Primary Care Are on the Rise/New Twists on House Calls
  8. Insurance Companies Change Strategies Due to Affordable Care Act (ACA) and Rapidly Rising Costs of Care
  9. Number of Uninsured Americans Declines But Remains High
  10. New Blockbuster Drugs Come to Market/Drug Prices Soar
  11. Generic Drugs Have Biggest Market Share By Unit Volume, but not by Total Revenues
  12. Coupons and Other Marketing Schemes Obscure the Retail Prices of Drugs in the U.S., Which Are Vastly Higher than Prices Paid in Other Nations
  13. Biotech and Orphan Drugs Create New Revenues for Drug Firms
  14. Quality of Care and Health Care Outcomes Data Are Available Online, Creating a New Level of Transparency
  15. Malpractice Suits Are Blamed for Rising Health Care Costs/Tort Reform Is Capping Awards for Damages
  16. Obesity Sparks Government, School and Corporate Initiatives/Snack Foods Get Healthier/Taxes
    on Unhealthy Foods
  17. Health Care Goes Offshore, Medical Tourism and Clinical Trials Continue in China, India and Elsewhere
  18. Retail Clinics, Urgent Care Centers and Employer Sites Increase Health Care Options/Reduce Costs
  19. Health Care Industry Grows Rapidly in China, India and Mexico

 

The Outlook for Health Care Technology:

  1. Health Care Technology Introduction
  2. RFID Helps Manage Hospital and Pharmacy Inventories
  3. Electronic Health Records (EHR) Digitize Patient Records at an Accelerating Pace
  4. Telemedicine and Remote Patient Monitoring Rely on Wireless
  5. Stem Cells—Multiple Sources Stem from New Technologies
  6. Government Support for Stem Cell Research Evolves
  7. Stem Cells—Therapeutic Cloning Techniques Advance
  8. Stem Cells and 3D Printing—A New Era of Regenerative Medicine Takes Shape
  9. Health Care Robotics
  10. Patients’ Genetic Profiles Plummet in Price as DNA Sequencing Technologies Advance
  11. Advances for Cancer Patients in Chemotherapy and Radiation, Including Proton Beams and IMRT
  12. Better Imaging, including MRI, PET and 320-Slice CT, Creates Advances in Detection
  13. Nanotechnology Makes Breakthroughs in Health Care
  14. Artificial Intelligence (AI), Deep Learning and Machine Learning Advance into Commercial Applications, Including Health Care and Robotics

 

Health Care Industry Statistics

  1. U.S. Health Care Industry Overview

         U.S. Health Care Industry Statistics and Market Size Overview

         Global Health Statistics, 2012-2018

         Affordable Care Act Overview

         Domestic & Foreign Pharmaceutical Sales, PhRMA Member Companies: 1980-2016

         Employment in the Health Care Industry, U.S.: 2013-July 2018

         Employment & Earnings in Health Care Practitioner & Technical Occupations, U.S.: May 2017

         Employment & Earnings in Health Care Support Occupations, U.S.: May 2017

         The U.S. Drug Discovery & Approval Process

         U.S. FDA New Drug (NDA) and Biologic (BLA) Approvals, 2017

         Federal R&D & R&D Plant Funding for Health and Human Services,, U.S.: Fiscal Years 2017-2019

  1. The Nation's Health Dollar: 2018 Where It Came From (Estimated)

    The Nation's Health Dollar: 2018 Where It Went (Estimated)

    National Health Expenditures & Annual Percent Change, U.S.: 2010-2026

    National Health Expenditures by Type of Expenditure with Affordable Care Act Impacts, U.S.: Selected Calendar Years, 2010-2026

    Hospital Care Expenditures & Annual Percent Change, U.S.: 2010-2026

    Nursing Home Care Expenditures & Annual Percent Change, U.S.: 2010-2026

    Home Health Care Expenditures & Annual Percent Change, U.S.: 2010-2026

    Prescription Drug Expenditures, U.S.: 1996-2026

    Prescription Drug Expenditures & Annual Percent Change, U.S.: 2010-2026

    1. Medicare & Medicaid

    Medicare Enrollment, 1975-2092

    Medicare Cost & Non-Interest Income by Source as a Percent of GDP, 1970-2092

    Medicare Beneficiaries with Prescription Drug Coverage, Summary Report: August 2018

    Medicaid Enrollment & Expenditures for Medical Assistance Payments & Administration: Selected Years, 1966-2025

    Medicaid Enrollment and Expenditures, by Enrollment Group: Fiscal Year 2015

    1. U.S. Health Insurance Coverage & The Uninsured

    Number & Percent of Persons of All Ages with and without Health Insurance Coverage, U.S.: 1999-2017

    Employers' Costs for Health Insurance, Amount & Percent of Total Compensation, U.S.:
    Selected Years, 2014-2018

    1. U.S. Vital Statistics & Population Indicators

    Life Expectancy at Age 65, U.S.

    Prevalence of Obesity Among Adults, by Age, Sex and Race/Ethnicity: U.S., 2017

     

    Companies Mentioned Include:

    • Premier Inc
    • 3M Company
    • ArthroCare Corporation
    • Agfa-Gevaert NV
    • Abbott Laboratories
    • Abiomed Inc
    • Accredo Health Group Inc
    • Metropolitan Health Networks Inc
    • Diversicare Healthcare Services Inc
    • Aetna Inc

Major U.S. Employers Almanac From Plunkett Research 2019

HOUSTON, Texas – Plunkett Research, Ltd. recently announced an important market research and competitive analysis report on trends affecting job seekers, Major U.S. Employers Almanac, 2019 edition.

Job seekers in 2019 should see strong hiring and rising wages, if the low unemployment rates seen in late 2018 continue, and if confidence is reasonably high among both consumers and business leaders. Job seekers who want good positions with good pay must be extremely well prepared for the process of seeking a job. A large part of the preparation requires that they do meaningful research into prospective employers and the industries in which they operate.

Key Findings:

  • Plunkett Research analyzes the top trends changing the industry, and provides in-depth industry statistics. In addition, this publication profiles the top 500 American Employers and names major trends affecting job seekers.

Available Formats:

  • Printed Almanac: ISBN 978-1-62831-508-0 (Available Now)
  • E-book: ISBN 978-1-62831-833-3 (Available Now)
  • Online Subscription

 

Key Features Include:

  • Industry trends analysis, market data and competitive intelligence
  • Market forecasts and Industry Statistics
  • Industry Associations and Professional Societies List
  • In-Depth Profiles of hundreds of leading companies
  • Industry Glossary
  • Link to our 5-minute video overview of this industry

Pages: 622

Statistical Tables Provided: 11

Companies Profiled: 507

Geographic Focus: US

Price: $379.99

This feature-rich book covers major trends affecting job seekers—everything you need to know about major U.S. employers including:

  1. U.S. Job Market Overview
  2. Cost Control Remains a Major Concern at Employers/Consolidation Through Mergers Continues
  3. Unemployment Is Down Substantially Compared to the Recent Past
  4. The Sharing & Gig Economy’s Effect on Employment, Work Life and Careers
  5. Technology Continues to Create Sweeping Changes in the Workplace
  6. Continued Growth in Outsourcing, Including Supply Chain and Logistics Services
  7. Millions Working as Temps
  8. Offshoring, Reshoring and the Rebound in American Manufacturing
  9. Older Americans Will Delay Retirement and Work Longer/Many Employers Find Older Employees Desirable
  10. Employment Sectors that Will Offer an Above-Average Number of Job Opportunities

Employment Statistics

  1. U.S. Employment Overview: 2017-2018
  2. U.S. Civilian Labor Force: 1997-July 2018
  3. Employment by Major Industry Sector: 2006, 2016 & Projected 2026
  4. Number of People Employed and Unemployed, U.S.: July 2017 vs. July 2018
  5. U.S. Labor Force Ages 16 to 24 Years Old by School Enrollment, Educational Attainment, Sex, Race & Ethnicity: October 2017
  6. Medical Care Benefits in the U.S.: Access, Participation and Take-Up Rates, March 2018
  7. Retirement Benefits in the U.S.: Access, Participation and Take-Up Rates, March 2017
  8. Top 30 U.S. Occupations by Numerical Change in Job Growth: 2016-2026
  9. Top 30 U.S. Fastest growing occupations: 2016-2026
  10. Occupations with the Largest Expected Employment Increases, U.S.: 2016-2026
  11. Occupations with the Fastest Expected Decline, U.S.: 2016-2026

Research: 7 Keys for Job Seekers

  1. Financial Stability
  2. Growth Plans
  3. Research and Development Programs
  4. Product Launch and Production
  5. Marketing and Distribution Methods
  6. Employee Benefits
  7. Quality of Work Factors

RESEARCH: 7 KEYS FOR JOB SEEKERS

How to use your library, college placement office, the internet and other resources to become well-informed about a company and its industry before you ask for an interview

Research is the key to finding appropriate job openings, targeting the best possible employers and performing well when you go to job interviews. Learn what’s unique about a company compared to other firms in its industry. Learn why it’s prospering–or why it isn’t. Where is this company going? Is it favored by stock investors? Is it privately-owned by a family, or has it been acquired by private equity investors who plan to resell it over the mid-term? What are its hottest-selling products and services? Is it investing in research and new facilities so that it may prosper in the future? Also, as many people who have been laid off from failing firms have learned the hard way, determining a company’s level of financial stability can be one of the most important factors in making a career decision.

The more you’re willing to dig deep at the library or your college’s career planning office, and the more adept you are at using the internet for research, the better your chances of success in a job search. If you are willing to ask questions of knowledgeable businesspeople and of employees who currently work for your target employers, you will enhance your job search even further. The two secrets to successful job research are tenacity and focus. Know what to look for and where to find it.

Once you’ve landed an interview, you should research both the prospective employer and its industry even further. In this manner, you’ll know what questions to ask before you agree to take the job, and you’ll present yourself as a knowledgeable potential hire who is truly interested in the company and its business.

Here are the seven keys for research that can lead you to a great employer:

1) Financial Stability
Check bond ratings, credit ratings, debt level, growth in sales and growth in profits, along with the views of stock analysts and business journalists.

2) Growth Plans
Look for new plants, stores or offices to be opened; new technologies, products or divisions to be launched; or plans for strategic acquisitions. (See 3, 4 and 5 below.) Is the employer’s growth strategy focused primarily on offshoring work to overseas locations or outsourcing work to outside services providers? Or, does it have a balanced growth strategy that will create good opportunities in its American operations?

3) Research and Development Programs
If the company is a major manufacturer or a technology-based firm, then you should investigate how it invests in R&D (research and development). Is its research and development budget growing? For many types of companies, research is a vital investment in the future.

4) Product Launch and Production
Does the company have the ability to successfully launch new products and services (see 5 below) or to invest in and utilize cutting-edge technologies needed to maintain a competitive edge?

5) Marketing and Distribution Methods
Does the firm utilize an in-house sales force? Does it work through outside dealers and distribution partners? What are its advertising methods? Is it increasing its market share, or are competitors taking customers away? Is the company growing its international sales? Is it adept at using the internet as a powerful sales tool? Is it successful at selling into vital international markets?

6) Employee Benefits
Are wealth-building benefit plans offered? Will the company match all or part of your deposits to a 401(k) savings plan? Check for tuition reimbursement, pension plans, profit sharing, stock ownership plans, discount stock purchase plans, stock options or performance-based bonuses.

7) Quality-of-Work Factors
Does the company offer continual training, wellness programs, child care, elder care support, promote-from-within policies, flexible work schedules, performance reviews, product discounts or on-site health clubs? Is it a corporate culture that fits your lifestyle?

As a serious job seeker, you should conduct in-depth research and make detailed notes about these key factors for each firm you are considering. Then compare each company’s finances, plans and programs to others in the same industry. You’ll begin to see what makes some firms outstanding and why those outstanding companies are the best places to make a career investment. For example, if you compare two discount store giants, Wal-Mart and Costco, you will find that Wal-Mart is by far the larger firm, but Costco has an outstanding record of providing superior employee pay and benefits.

Your research goal should be twofold: First, determine whether this is a firm you want to work for. Are the salaries and benefits appealing? Are layoffs likely? Is it planning to expand its workforce in lower-cost nations like India and then lay off U.S. employees? Is the firm growing steadily? A growing company will offer opportunities for you to advance when it launches new locations, services, technologies or product lines. Second, develop a personal understanding of both the company and its industry so you can better sell yourself as a potential employee.

Other considerations:

Women and Minorities

Certain industries have a greater tendency to offer advancement opportunities for women or minorities. Historically, the banking and insurance segments have tended to promote both women and minorities, as have retailing, electric utilities, apparel, consumer goods, packaged food and beverages, education, publishing and telephone companies.

Some technology companies have been terrific places for women who want to advance, and many tech companies, such as Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Yahoo, Xerox and eBay, have been known to post women to CEO spots.

Black Enterprise magazine publishes an annual list of the “Power in the Boardroom: Registry of Black Corporate Board Members,” (see www.blackenterprise.com). Meanwhile, the Executive Leadership Council, www.elcinfo.com, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit group that conducts programs aimed at filling more executive posts with African Americans, has a unique statistic to report. Its membership is composed of senior-level black executives who have jobs that are no more than three levels below the CEO spot at Fortune 500 companies. When the group was founded in 1986, it had only a handful of members. Today, its membership is about 500 people employed in high-level executive jobs at major corporations (about one-third of them are women).

The Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility (www.hacr.org) promotes Hispanic advancement in the areas of employment, procurement, philanthropy and governance. Another nonprofit agency, National Hispanic Corporate Achievers (hispanicachievers.org), provides an educational forum for Hispanics working for Fortune 1000 companies.

Tips on Using Business Magazines, Newspapers and Trade Journals to Find Job Leads and Do Employer Research

Many job seekers overlook the tremendous advantages offered by industry magazines (called “trade journals”) and other publications when conducting research.

Industry-specific trade journals frequently have classified ads in the back that list job openings. An example of a great magazine to study is American Banker, which can be found at major libraries. Additional information is available at www.americanbanker.com.

Journalists at trade journals and business newspapers continuously interview industry-leading executives regarding their companies’ growth plans. New projects and company expansion plans described in these articles provide terrific job leads.

You can also get great contact information from these publications. Read the latest business stories about companies and industries that interest you and you will learn vital information. Best of all, you can glean from stories and interviews the names and titles of executives who lead projects, divisions and subsidiaries.

There are literally hundreds of these trade journals—at least one for each industry sector and sometimes dozens covering the largest industries.

Other great resources include business newspapers such as the Dallas/Ft. Worth Business Journal, The Wall Street Journal, the business pages of major newspapers like The New York Times and publications written for major investors like Investor’s Business Daily. www.bizjournals.com, you can gain access to news stories from business journals from all over the U.S.

Quality-of-life benefits:

Many companies offer benefits that help employees balance their personal and professional lives. The concept is that employees who are healthy and comfortable with their personal and family lives make better, more productive employees. To that end, many companies include fitness programs and family services such as extended maternity leaves and child care or elder care, whether on-site or off-site in the form of referral services. Other popular family-friendly benefits include flextime, flexible benefits spending accounts, adoption assistance and telecommuting. In many cases, benefits are listed on employers’ web sites.

Work-Life has become a popular phrase for family-friendly benefits and programs among major employers such as Intel, Abbott Laboratories, Baxter International and Aramark. For additional information, you can study such organizations at WorldatWork (formerly the Alliance for Work-Life Progress) site at www.awlp.org

Growth Potential and Job Stability

A firm’s growth potential should be among your top priorities. Companies are always trying to maintain or increase productivity, or the ratio of revenues per employee. If a company’s sales are sliding, or if it is running out of cash, the job picture starts to collapse. A little extra research into a company’s finances and true potential for growth might save you from a future layoff.

Of course, employers sometimes must resort to layoffs due to conditions outside of their control. The devastating economic recession that officially ran from late 2007 through early 2009 led to millions of layoffs in America.

As a job seeker, you’re forced to look out for your own best interests while you sort through thousands of potential employers in dozens of industries. This means that good research is vital. For example, if you put salary at the top of your list, you may have the wrong priorities. From time to time, some of the highest-paying firms have been among those cutting the largest numbers of employees. If you are looking for job stability, your biggest challenge is to pick companies that are more likely to hire now and less likely to have layoffs in the future. That’s why a firm’s growth outlook should be one of your guiding lights.

However, the goal is internal growth caused by expanding sales. Generally less appealing are firms that post a quick spike in growth through big mergers. (In many cases, merged companies lay off people who suddenly find themselves filling jobs duplicated in newly consolidated offices. Also, companies that grow excessively through acquisitions may be taking on loads of debt that can become hard to handle later. However, there are occasional exceptions to this rule, where firms are enjoying soaring demand for products or services and find it difficult to hire quickly enough to keep up.) Companies that are growing rapidly through internal expansion include those opening new stores, distribution centers or offices, developing exciting new products, moving into new markets (including international markets) and creating hot new technologies, retail formats or services. Those types of expansion frequently mean great career opportunities, including the chance for rapid job promotion.

If you’re tenacious, you can find opportunities where others will find only rejection. Identifying real prospects for growth takes more than a quick glance.

Here’s an extremely important point for you to remember: You should also look for opportunities in growing divisions that serve special niches, even when the company as a whole is cutting jobs. For example, a firm’s online division may be growing, even while its traditional business units are shrinking.

Additional key factors for strong corporate growth, and thereby the best job prospects, include:

1) Companies or divisions with a growing share of a promising market.

Here’s an extremely important point for you to remember: You should also look for opportunities in growing divisions that serve special niches, even when the company as a whole is cutting jobs. For example, a firm’s online division may be growing, even while its traditional business units are shrinking.

Microsoft made its way to the top with unique products serving a soaring market when it developed highly functional software for personal computers. The software giant created thousands of millionaire employees through the immense increase in the value of its stock plans. HEB, an innovative grocer in Texas, has evolved continually over the decades, constantly introducing improvements to store layouts, and even creating an exciting new HEB Marketplace concept that is a retail industry leader. HEB has large numbers of job openings of many types on a continuous basis.

The point to these stories is that you shouldn't invest your career in a company with mediocre prospects. With perseverance, you can target your own list of employers that are posting growth due to competitive advantages or growing market demand. Your best bets are companies taking reasonable risks in order to move ahead. Those risks may include investments in advertising, research and development, new technology, improved techniques on the manufacturing floor, testing of new products and the opening of new retail store formats. For example, Chico’s FAS stores scored a hit by filling a niche in the women’s apparel market, and Genentech became a leader in the biotechnology field by risking vast amounts on research. Also, don’t overlook the potential of the export market—many American firms find much of their growth by creating products and services that enjoy demand overseas as well as in the U.S.

2) Sales and profits: past and present.

The companies most likely to move along at a good clip are those with an exciting mid-term history. Firms with an average annual growth in sales of 10% to 15% or more over the past several years are generally very promising. Many small and mid-size firms grow at much faster rates and find themselves hiring continuously.

3) Beware of fads.

Unfortunately, a few companies post meteoric growth in businesses that turn out to be mere fads. The restaurant industry suffers from this problem on a regular basis. In recent years, companies selling bagels, frozen yogurt, rotisserie chicken and the like enjoyed impressive, nationwide growth only to collapse like a house of cards a couple of years later.

How to find and use expert opinions:

Superior sources used by sophisticated job researchers include reports written by: 1) analysts; 2) professional researchers and executives; and 3) journalists at business magazines and industry-specific web sites. Many major libraries have large collections of industry-specific “trade magazines” that can give you vital clues that competing job seekers will overlook. Virtually every industry is covered by one or two major websites and trade magazines that will give you leads to growing companies. Many articles in these resources contain the names of executives you may want to contact. Also, some trade magazines publish help-wanted ads in the back. It’s easy to do an online search for trade magazines and industry-specific websites, and many of them are filled with extremely useful information. For example, a recent search on Google for “pet industry trade magazine” quickly turned up leads to the top magazines for that sector.

Next, move on to reports from experts. Marketing and investment professionals are looking for some of the same clues you should use as a job seeker, and reports written by full-time analysts who cover specific companies or industries can help you find firms that are growing and hiring. Search the internet for white papers, industry reports and studies that cover your industry of interest.

Professionally written market research can be found at Marketresearch.com, www.marketresearch.com. This market research broker charges varying fees for access to the reports. However, many of the reports are reasonably priced, and the insight you gain into industries, markets and leading companies can be extremely helpful. Web sites such as this offer the ability to search for reports by a wide variety of criteria, including company name and industry.

Internet Research Tip:

Be sure to create Google “Alerts” to follow your targeted employers and profession. Google will email results to you daily.

By going to the “more” link at the top of the Google home page, and then selecting “even more” from the drop-down list, you can access Google’s “Alerts” tool. Here you can arrange to receive email updates on topics of your choice. For example, you can set a general alert about an industry or locale: sales jobs in California, for example. Or something like: opportunities in the American wireless industry. Or even: sales jobs at automobile dealers.

You can use alerts to track specific jobs or employers. For example: openings at Intel. Or: regional sales manager opening Los Angeles. Finally, don’t forget that you may want to put a search phrase within quotes to get an exact match to part of your phrase. For example: “loan officer” wanted.

Other basic resources:

Annual Reports/10-Ks/S-1s: : Companies that sell their stocks to the public, including most of the firms covered in this book, publish annual reports that contain a wealth of information. Annual reports and 10-Ks cover yearly results, financial statements, management practices and other vital information for publicly held firms. S-1s provide the same type of information on companies that are selling stock to the public for the first time. You can find copies of these reports at large libraries. Online, the best place to acquire this information is at typically at the “Investors” tab on the website of the company you are researching. Alternately, try the site of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. They have a user-friendly service that enables you to search for companies and access their financial reports at www.sec.gov. (Look for the “Filings & Forms” section, and then see “Search for Company Filings.”) Look especially at the five-year “summary financial statement” in the back of these reports. Also, look for growth in sales and earnings. If these are falling, dig deeper to find out why. Faltering sales or profits can lead to layoffs or to a merger with another firm (which could result in deep job cuts).

Also, you can find a wealth of financial information on publicly-traded firms at Yahoo! Finance, Yahoo! Finance.

See Chapter 4, "Important Contacts for Job Seekers," for additional places to get basic corporate data.

Tips on utilizing financial documents filed by publicly held firms

(Access these documents at the Securities Exchange Commission, www.sec.gov.)

10-K (also called Annual Report on Form 10-K):
This is an annual filing required by federal law. It follows a standard format. Information includes a complete description of the business, risk factors, historical financial data and much more. It is vital reading for job seekers. You will find that these documents are written in dry, legal language, but they contain a wealth of information.

DEF 14A Proxy Statement:
This is an annual document that gives shareholders certain options to consider at their annual meeting. It names the firm’s board of directors and top management. It also gives the dollar value and description of salaries, bonuses, pension plans, stock options and other benefits enjoyed by the company’s five highest-paid officers. Job seekers can learn a great deal about a firm’s management, pay and benefits from this document. Included is a list of the people or organizations that own more than 5% of the company’s stock.

S-1:
This is a new registration document for companies that are going public for the first time. In other words, they are creating an IPO (initial public offering). The information includes all of the data found in the 10-K and proxy statement filed annually by companies that have been public for more than one year.

10-Q:
This is a quarterly report detailing a company’s latest sales, profits and balance sheet.

       Press Releases: Most mid-size to large companies issue a continual stream of press releases about new products, technologies and locations; new executive appointments; community activities and a wide variety of other company developments. The best place to find these is online, at the “News” tab on the company’s own web site. You can also search popular business press release services such as www.prnewswire.com and www.businesswire.com

More ways to research an employer’s financial stability and growth plans:

1) Check out its bond rating.
There’s no sense in trying to become a financial analyst on your own. Use internet searches to look for the bond ratings of potential employers. These ratings are based on a company’s ability to pay principal and interest when due. If you’re considering a major corporation with a bond rating of less than BB (an indicator that a company’s debt is riskier than “investment grade”), you should do a lot more investigating before you continue chasing a job at that company.

2) Talk to vendors and current employees.
Talk to employees who work for the employer, or talk to people who do business with it. No one knows what’s really going on better than people who are on the scene. If there are problems that are not yet known by the media, or if there are exciting new developments that have not yet been announced, you may find out a lot just by asking around. While you’re at it, ask about corporate culture—how well are employees treated?

Popular Job-Search Internet Sites

CareerBuilder www.careerbuilder.com
Monster www.monster.com
Indeed www.indeed.com

Tips on Finding Information on Privately Held Employers

Our subscription service, Plunkett Research Online, and our printed Plunkett’s industry almanacs, are among the world’s most highly regarded sources of profiles of privately-held companies. Check with your library to see if you have access to these tools.

Study back-issue indexes and archives to major newspapers to see what journalists are reporting about a prospective private employer. Many libraries have recent issues of The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and other important business newspapers. At major public and university libraries, you may be able to access online databases like ProQuest. These databases have excellent search engines that lead you into online archives of the best publications, including The Wall Street Journal, as well as many trade magazines and local business journals.

For smaller firms, go online and try American Journalism Review at www.newslink.org where you'll be able to search news sites including hometown newspapers across the nation. Likewise, search local business newspapers at www.bizjournals.com, where you'll find links to dozens of major business weeklies like the Houston Business Journal.

Finally, invest in a credit report. If you really want reassurance, go to Experian SmartBusinessReports, www.smartbusinessreports.com. You can use its links to order a credit report on the employer. These reports are reasonably priced, and they can help you determine whether the company is paying its bills on time or has other problems. This could be vital in helping you determine whether to accept a job at a privately-held firm.

3) Use Internet search engines.
Look up your firm and industry in an internet search engine such as Google. (You may need to click on “News” instead of relying on a general web search.) There, you may find unusual articles that were recently written about a company’s product breakthroughs, treatment of women or minorities, human interest stories, training programs or stories written from other unique slants.

4) Study other business books and guides.
Search at a library or at an online bookseller like Amazon.com for recent books regarding major companies. For example, if you want to apply to biotech leader Genentech for a job, don’t fail to read The Billion Dollar Molecule: One Company’s Quest for the Perfect Drug. With a little research, you can turn up many other excellent books about specific companies, from banks like Bank of America to publishers like Gannett.

Great places for industry research

Plunkett Research, www.plunkettresearch.com.
Go to the specific industry of your choice to see an overview of trends and statistics.  At our subscription service, www.plunkettresearchonline.com, subscribers have access to thousands of pages of industry analysis, statistics, contacts and company profiles, along with multiple search and export tools.

Vault.com, www.vault.com
This site publishes insights about careers with hundreds of leading firms.

5) Explore industry-specific web sites.
In particular, study the leading industry associations for the sector in which you want to work. You will find listings of hundreds of the most important organizations, professional societies and resources, personally selected by our editors, in the almanacs published by Plunkett Research, Ltd., and in the contacts databases at Plunkett Research Online.

6) Research benefits and pension plans.
For additional information about corporate pension plans, start with the government agency charged with protecting and regulating pensions: the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation, 1200 K St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20005-4026, 202-326-4000, www.pbgc.gov.  They can answer certain questions over the telephone.

The U.S. Department of Labor publishes a useful site titled Consumer Information on Retirement Plans, https://www.dol.gov/general/topic/retirement/consumerinfpension .

The Social Security Administration, 800-772-1213, http://www.ssa.gov, can provide you with information regarding your potential Social Security benefits.

Note: Generally, employees covered by wealth-building benefit plans do not fully own (“vest in”) funds contributed on their behalf by the employer until as many as five years of service with that employer have passed. All pension plans are voluntary—that is, employers are not obligated to offer pensions.

Pension Plans: The type and generosity of these plans vary widely from firm to firm. Caution: Some employers refer to plans as “pension” or “retirement” plans when they are actually 401(k) savings plans that require a contribution by the employee.

Defined Benefit Pension Plans: Pension plans that do not require a contribution from the employee are infrequently offered. However, a few companies, particularly larger employers in high-profit-margin industries, offer defined benefit pension plans where the employee is guaranteed to receive a set pension benefit upon retirement. The amount of the benefit is determined by the years of service with the company and the employee’s salary during the later years of employment. The longer a person works for the employer, the higher the retirement benefit. These defined benefit plans are funded entirely by the employer. The benefits, up to a reasonable limit, are guaranteed by the Federal Government’s Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation. These plans are not portable—if you leave the company, you cannot transfer your benefits into a different plan. Instead, upon retirement you will receive the benefits that vested during your service with the company. If your employer offers a pension plan, it must give you a “summary plan description” within 90 days of the date you join the plan. You can also request a “summary annual report” of the plan, and once every 12 months you may request an “individual benefit statement” accounting of your interest in the plan.

Defined Contribution Plans: These are quite different. They do not guarantee a certain amount of pension benefit. Instead, they set out circumstances under which the employer will make a contribution to a plan on your behalf. The most common example is the 401(k) savings plan. Pension benefits are not guaranteed under these plans.

Cash Balance Pension Plans: These plans were recently invented. They are hybrid plans—part defined benefit and part defined contribution. Many employers have converted their older defined benefit plans into cash balance plans. The employer makes deposits (or credits a given amount of money) on the employee’s behalf, usually based on a percentage of pay. Employee accounts grow based on a predetermined interest benchmark, such as the interest rate on Treasury Bonds. There are some advantages to these plans, particularly for younger workers: a) The benefits, up to a reasonable limit, are guaranteed by the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation. b) Benefits are portable—they can be moved to another plan when the employee changes companies. c) Younger workers and those who spend a shorter number of years with an employer may receive higher benefits than they would under a traditional defined benefit plan.

ESOP Stock Plan (Employees’ Stock Ownership Plan): This type of plan is in wide use. Typically, the plan borrows money from a bank and uses those funds to purchase a large block of the corporation’s stock. The corporation makes contributions to the plan over a period of time, and the stock purchase loan is eventually paid off. The value of the plan grows significantly as long as the market price of the stock holds up. Qualified employees are allocated a share of the plan based on their length of service and their level of salary. Under federal regulations, participants in ESOPs are allowed to diversify their account holdings in set percentages that rise as the employee ages and gains years of service with the company. In this manner, not all of the employee’s assets are tied up in the employer’s stock.

Savings Plan, 401(k): Under this type of plan, employees make a tax-deferred deposit into an account. In the best plans, the company makes annual matching donations to the employees’ accounts, typically in some proportion to deposits made by the employees themselves. A good plan will match one-half of employee deposits of up to 6% of wages. For example, an employee earning $50,000 yearly might deposit $3,000 (6%) into the plan. The company will match one-half of the employee’s deposit, or $1,500. The plan grows on a tax-deferred basis, similar to an IRA. A very generous plan will match 100% of employee deposits. However, some plans do not call for the employer to make a matching deposit at all. Other plans call for a matching contribution to be made at the discretion of the firm’s board of directors. Actual terms of these plans vary widely from firm to firm. Generally, these savings plans allow employees to deposit as much as 15% of salary into the plan on a tax-deferred basis. However, the portion that the company uses to calculate its matching deposit is generally limited to a maximum of 6%. Employees should take care to diversify the holdings in their 401(k) accounts, and most people should seek professional guidance or investment management for their accounts. (Note: when profits are down, many employers exercise their right to suspend their contributions to 401(k)s. Employees may continue to make contributions, but they will not be matched by the employer in these cases.)

Stock Purchase Plan: Qualified employees may purchase the company’s common stock at a price below its market value under a specific plan. Typically, the employee is limited to investing a small percentage of wages in this plan. The discount may range from 5% to 15%. Some of these plans allow for deposits to be made through regular monthly payroll deductions. However, new accounting rules for corporations, along with other factors, are leading many companies to curtail these plans—dropping the discount allowed, cutting the maximum yearly stock purchase or otherwise making the plans less generous or appealing.

Profit Sharing: Qualified employees are awarded an annual amount equal to some portion of a company’s profits. In a very generous plan, the pool of money awarded to employees would be 15% of profits. Typically, this money is deposited into a long-term retirement account. Caution: Some employers refer to plans as “profit sharing” when they are actually 401(k) savings plans. True profit sharing plans are rarely offered.

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