Friday, April 1, 2016

Traditional Providers Get Into the Urgent-Care Game

When it comes to health issues that need immediate attention but aren’t life-threatening, more Americans are turning to urgent-care centers—and traditional health-care providers are getting into the game.

Over the past two years, hospital chains and insurance companies have snapped up urgent-care centers in a spate of mergers and acquisitions. Health systems, too, are moving into this space, striking joint ventures with independent urgent-care operators, says Tom Charland, chief executive of consulting firm Merchant Medicine.

Read the entire article here courtesy of the Wall Street Journal.

Thursday, March 31, 2016

The best month — and day — to list your home

Spring has officially sprung, but the spring housing market started about a month ago, according to most real estate agents. With the supply of homes for sale not even close to demand, competition has been fierce, and that is changing the rules of the real estate road. Yes, it's a seller's market, but not all homes sell quickly, especially if they're not priced right and if the timing isn't right.

When is the best time to sell? That depends on whom you ask.

Read the entire article here courtesy of CNBC here.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Millennials Have Nothing on Boomers When It Comes to Snacking

Boomers total about 90.4 billion ready-to-eat snack eatings a year, 20 percent more than Millennials

Chicago, March 8, 2016 — Millennials are the shining stars of today’s marketplace but when it comes to snacking — which is all the rage in the food industry — it’s Boomers who shine, finds The NPD Group, a leading global information company. Boomers eat ready-to-eat snack food 20 percent more often than Millennials do, according to NPD’s daily tracking of U.S. consumers snacking habits.

While Millennials overtook Boomers in population number in 2015, both generational groups are large and it’s the size of the prize that appeals to snack manufacturers.  In terms of snack eatings* the size of the prize is substantial. Based on NPD’s snacking research, annual eatings of ready-to-eat snacks per Boomer are about 1200, or a total of 90.4 billion snack eatings, and  there are about 1,000 snack eatings for each Millennial or a total of 83.1 billion snack eatings.

The reasons why each of these generational groups snack are as different as their ages.  Millennials reach for what is often a grab-and-go snack because they’re hungry. Boomers snack because they don’t want to prepare a big meal and eat alone more often than other age groups. Both groups choose snacks based on taste and craving.

Millennials are aligned when it comes to the types of ready-to-eat snack foods consumed. Fruit, chocolate candy/candy bars, and potato chips rank as the top three snack picks for both. Boomers and Millennials take different paths after the top three with Boomers reaching for nuts and yogurt and Millennials for the tortilla chips and cookies.

Although Boomers hold the top score over Millennials in ready-to-eat snack food eatings, they don’t come close to kids when it comes to the amount of snack foods consumed. Kids, ages 2-17, consume an average of 1,500 snack foods per year, an above average amount compared to other age groups. Healthier snack foods rank highest with kids, particularly with kids 2-5, ages where parents primarily control what they’re eating.  Sweet and savory snacks start to creep up in rank with older kids.

“Our snacking research shows us that all snackers are not alike. Motivations, snack food choice, and when and where to snack differs among age groups,” says Darren Seifer, NPD food and beverage industry analyst and author of the company’s Snacking in America study. “Everyone gets it that as a nation we like snack foods but the key for food manufacturers is to find the nuances in snacking behaviors in order to differentiate a brand or find a white space opportunity.”

*Eatings are an occasion where snack foods are consumed. The eatings measure does not include amount of snack foods consumed.

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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

These Are the Highest-Paying Jobs in America

If a robot wouldn't be able to handle your job, then you might be in the rarefied group that got the highest paychecks in America last year. According to a new report from career website Glassdoor Inc., physicians, lawyers, and pharmacy managers had some of the top salaries in 2015. 

Read the entire article here courtesy of Bloomberg Business.

Monday, March 28, 2016

Wearables and Apps Influence Positive Health and Wellness Behaviors

There is a large market opportunity for health services that cater to consumers’ healthy living needs. Overall, about half of Americans participate in at least one health or wellness service—one in four has a fitness club membership; one in seven is in a diet and nutrition program; and a similar percentage are participants of a weight loss program. 

The challenge for the health and wellness industry is to move the needle towards producing more positive outcomes, or at least providing an engaging consumer experience so participants will continue their participation.

Read the entire article here courtesy of Park Associates.

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