China's livestream sales: How brands reach consumers during COVID-19

Apr 6, 2020
Consumer spending plummeted while people stayed home. But Taobao saw livestream sales sessions double on its app.
Songzi during a marathon six-hour livestream broadcast selling cosmetics.
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Pepsi takes aim at health-conscious consumers

Feb 18, 2019
In an attempt to steal market share from rival Coca-Cola, Pepsi is making investments in healthier, less sugary beverages.
In an attempt to steal market share from rival Coca-Cola, Pepsi is making investments in healthier, less sugary beverages.
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Cold brew coffee is straight hotness right now

Jan 23, 2019
Across the United States, more people are getting their caffeine drinks ice-cold instead of steaming-hot.
Cold brew sales surged more than 500% from 2011 to 2016, according to the National Coffee Association.
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Ten years later, what we learned from WALL-E

“It's a wicked satire of American consumerism and of environmental degradation, but it also has this cheerful little character," according to sci-fi writer Kim Stanley Robinson.
Wall-E arrives at the world premiere of Disney-Pixar's film Wall-E held at the Greek Theater on June 21, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. 
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Why the middle class has less money and bigger bills

Jun 9, 2016
An economist explains why things have gotten more expensive and we make less money.
 Middle-class life has become 30 percent more expensive in the past 20 years.
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