Insight and inspiration on photography, eyeware, loyalty, work and leisure trends

Insight and inspiration on photography, eyeware, loyalty, work and leisure trends


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Industry developments to help grow your company and marketing career

SONY World Photography Winners 2019

A series of evocative photographs secured the winners for each category in the SONY competition, with winners announced in April 2019.  For an exploration of the results and gallery, find out more here.

327,000 images were submitted for the four competitions, including Professional, Open, Student and Youth.  In the stunning Professional Photographer submissions, 10 categories included Architecture, Brief, Creative, Discover, Documentary, Landscape, Natural World and Wildlife, Portraiture, Sport and Still Life are well worth a view, see Professional for inspiration.

For insight on photographers’ work globally, across 62 countries, view the National Awards winners.  They showcase a stunning array of colour, composition and technique on display.

Spotlight on the eyewear market

Despite annual revenues of euro 16billion, 30% market share and net profits of euro 1.8billion, the newly merged EssilorLuxottica may not be top of mind.  That said, they are the parent company of their more famous brands, including Ray-Ban, Oakley and makers of lenses for glasses.

The eyewear sector is experiencing significant growth on the back of key macro-environment trends, including ageing populations, rising poor eyesight (health), use of smartphones affecting vision, the need for sun protection and glasses becoming fashion accessories, Cowie (2019). EssilorLuxottica have a strong and clear purpose in a growing market, to improve vision worldwide as it is, as yet, an unrecognised global health issue.

ONS new early warning tracking study

The new ONS system showed few indicators for concern in March 2019, despite the political UK and global turmoil. ONS is relying more on hard data compared to opinion-based surveys in a bid to improve UK economic trend forecasting, Wallace 2019

Tesco’s Clubcard set for expansion

Tesco is to follow in Amazon’s footsteps, to diversify its loyalty scheme offering.  Tesco have 80 million shoppers a week (compared to Amazon’s 15 million Prime members) and are looking to reach more customers with offers for its bank and mobile phone service. It is likely to use the Tesco Pay+ app, where Clubcard points could be earned when making payments, Chambers 2019.

The future of work to 2030 by Dell and the Institute for the Future

3,800 business global leaders were surveyed to uncover their forecasts to 2030 for the future of work, access the infographic.  Key findings include:

  • Investment in advanced AI will more than triple within five years and it is anticipated that the number of companies investing in VR/AR will rise from 27 percent to 78 percent.
  • 85% of respondents said that R&D will drive their organization forward
  • 42% believe there will be increased more job satisfaction as routine tasks will be offloaded to machines
  • 82 percent of leaders expect that humans and machines will work as integrated teams in their organization within five years – 26% say they already work this way.

UK Pubs and Restaurants boosted by warmer weather

The Coffer Peach Business Tracker industry sales study for the UK pub, bar and restaurant sector  found that sales grew by 3.8% in March 2019.  The industry benchmark research is conducted among 52 operating groups, with a combined turnover of over £9bn. UK pubs and restaurants will have high hopes for the Easter 2019 break to boost revenues further for April.

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