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Consumer Behavior Economics Trend Watching

Living in Germany: fascination with saving money

Germans not only have been saving more than their UK counterparts, but the deep rooted national habit has more implications than those numbers would reveal […]

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Economics Trend Watching

Economy in Brazil: nearly 7000 new super rich in 2013

In Brazil, the number of super-rich has increased in 7000, up 4.1% to 172,000. The country, however, has dropped two places to 13th in number of rich people […]

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Economics Trend Watching

Infrastructure in Brazil: falling 20 positions in logistics ranking

Brazil fell twenty positions in the world ranking logistics of the World Bank (Bird), which measures the efficiency of transport systems in 160 countries. Brazil occupied the 65th place in the ranking. This is the worst placement since the ranking was released in 2007.

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Information Technology Trend Watching

Mobile Devices in Brazil: 4G offer grows, but price remains high

Model offering of smartphones with mobile Internet fourth generation 4G more than doubled in the last six months in Brazil, but the high price and network challenges still limit the broadening of the user base of this technology […]

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Economics Trend Watching

Economy in Brazil: study shows market growth for vehicle tracking and fleet management

2012, the Brazilian market for vehicle tracking and fleet management handled R$ 1.5 billion and peaked at 1.94 million devices operating in the national fleet. Also according to the study, 39% of companies that already employ tracking solutions aim to increase their investment in 2014 […]

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Economics Trend Watching

Economy in Brazil: 1.84 million of new businesses in 2013

1,840,187 new businesses were opened in Brazil in 2013, according to a survey released on Friday (31) by SERASA. It was 8.8% higher than the number recorded in 2012, when 1,690,760 new businesses have opened in the country […]

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Consumer Behavior Trend Watching

Consumer Behavior in Brazil: Even with US Dollar appreciation, spending abroad hits record

Even the 15% appreciation of the dollar against the Brazilian Real in 2013 (the highest in the last five years, making air tickets and hotels quoted in foreign currency more expensive) did not deter the spending by Brazilians abroad, which grew to a new record […]

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Economics Trend Watching

Economy in Brazil: the 5th most expensive Big Mac in the world

Brazil has the fifth most expensive Big Mac in the world, costing $ 5.25. The  McDonald’ snack is used as an index for the British magazine The Economist since 1986, to show the purchasing power of the currencies of the countries surveyed, according to the last calculation released recently. The Big Mac index suggests that […]

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Talks & Workshops User Experience

Designing Interactions / Experiences: The Design of Experiences

This is the 5th (fifth) lecture of the “Designing Interactions / Experiences” module I’m teaching at Köln International School of Design of the Cologne University of Applied Sciences, which I’m honored to give by invitation of Professor Philipp Heidkamp. In this lecture, we discuss the different design artifacts typically produced during the ideation stage […]

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Economics Trend Watching

Economy in Brazil: becoming the world’s 5th largest economy by 2023

Brazil is expected to become the world’s fifth largest economy by 2023, behind only the U.S., China, Japan and India, according to projections by the Center for Economic and Business Research (CEBR, its acronym in English) […]