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DHL Express opens two 2,200-cubic-ft, 100% off-the-grid, solar-powered mobile DHL ServicePoints in Las Vegas to address growing consumer demand for local, international shipping options; bubble wrap, packing tape and DHL-branded boxes are offered at units

University of Michigan's Index of Consumer Sentiment posts final May reading of 58.4, down from April's 65.2; falling optimism largely driven by continued negative views on current buying conditions for houses and durables, future outlook for the economy

TrueCar projects May new vehicle sales in US to drop 17% from a year ago to 1,221,790 units, with retail delivery of new cars, light trucks down 18% from a year ago to 1,062,452 units; demand cooling due to higher interest rates, jump in fuel prices

Macy’s Q1 net income up to US$286M from US$103M last year; net sales up to US$5.35B from US$4.71B with comp sales up 12.8% on an owned basis amid shift back to occasion-based apparel and in-store shopping, as well as continued strength in luxury sales

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April 05, 2022

Industry Roundup

Consumer Economics

RBC Capital: Lower-income consumers will start tightening their belts by trading down to private label goods and value brands in 2022, as inflation and gas prices take a toll; however, higher-income consumers will continue to purchase premium items
MarketWatch (04/01)

Euro area annual inflation estimated at 7.5% in March, up from 5.9% in February; energy is expected to have the highest annual rate in March at 44.7%: Eurostat
Eurostat (04/01)

Consumer Health & Wellness

Euromonitor: Trends that will have major impact on small appliances industry include use of AI, holistic home health/hygiene awareness, and appliances perceived as stress-relieving such as small massagers, premium beauty devices, espresso coffee machines
Euromonitor International Ltd. (04/04)

Analysis shows cardiac complications higher after SARS-CoV-2 infection than after vaccination; data comes from 40 health care systems, supports continued use of Pfizer, Moderna COVID-19 vaccinations: study
The American Hospital Association (AHA) (04/04)

Consumer Behavior/Attitudes

Euromonitor: Hospitality to grow 8% from 2019 to 2025, excluding inflation, with inter-connected players offering brand loyalty programs; consumers shifting from mass travel to 'responsible' travel and mindset of giving opportunities to local communities
Euromonitor International Ltd. (04/04)

Prices at German supermarkets to rise by up to 50% due to war between Russia and Ukraine, reports The Local; YouGov survey finds over 53.4% of Germans are 'very concerned' about rising prices, up from 44% three months ago
CE Noticias Financieras (04/04)

Health Concerns, Trends & Statistics

Smith+Nephew GRAFIX placental membranes cut diabetic foot ulcer recurrence rates in half compared to cellular, tissue-based products; every year DFUs affect 3 million people in US, with Medicare spending US$6B to US$18B annually for treatment: study
PR Newswire (04/01)

Quest Diagnostics reports 2021 workforce drug test positivity rate at 4.6%, up from all-time low of 3.5% in 2010-2012 period; positivity rates increase in safety-sensitive jobs as well as in workers tested after on-the-job accidents
Quest Diagnostics Inc. (04/01)


Cardiovascular/Heart Health

Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center in Chicago plans US$645M, 332,780 square-foot construction project with new breast center, expanded cardiology services, ICU and neonatal ICU, maternity beds; 326 private-bed project to be completed in 2030
Chicago Tribune (03/31)

Nevakar Injectables announces US launch of ready-to-use pre-diluted ephedrine sulfate injection in 5mg/mL concentration, 10mL vial to treat hypotension during surgery; Endo’s Par Sterile Products to market, sell product in US
GlobeNewswire (03/31)

Digestive/Gut Health

Labcorp offers Immundiagnostik’s stool sample gluten test in US to detect unintentional gluten consumption; celiac disease affects 1% of people in US, but study shows 67% of people on gluten-free diet still have detectable gluten in stool samples
Laboratory Corp. of America Holdings (LabCorp) (04/01)

Pfizer announces positive results from second Phase 3 study of oral, once-daily etrasimod sphingosine 1-phosphate receptor modulator to treat severely active ulcerative colitis; UC is chronic disease affecting 3.8 million people in North America, Europe
Pfizer Inc. (03/31)

Health Screenings

Tech vs. Trees: Swedish motorcycle maker evaluates paper for replacing plastic components, HPV paper-based test aims to make cervical cancer screenings easier, paper-based hydrogen peroxide sensor can trace explosives
Industry Intelligence Inc. (04/01)

Mental Health

Trio Nutrition introduces Magximum supplement pills with magnesium glycinate, vitamin K2, vitamin D3, MCT oil powder in 120-capsule package; company claims product supports deep sleep, pain relief, stress relief
PR Newswire (03/30)

Immune System Health

ViiV Healthcare announces FDA approval of Triumeq PD, a dispersible single-tablet treatment regimen for children living with HIV-1
GlaxoSmithKline PLC (03/30)

Pfizer, BioNTech receive FDA emergency authorization for second COVID-19 vaccine booster for adults aged 50 years and older who have first booster, immunocompromised people over 12 years old; second booster increases neutralizing antibody titers 11-fold
Pfizer Inc. (03/30)

Neurological/Cognitive Health

Spieker Senior Development Partners and Continuing Life start construction on three-building, 498-unit assisting living project in Los Angeles, California; project to open in 2024, includes assisted living, memory care, skilled nursing units
San Fernando Valley Business Journal (04/04)

Prothena initiates Phase I SAD study of PRX012 anti-amyloid beta antibody injectable to treat Alzheimer’s disease, with study to complete by end of year; Alzheimer’s disease affects nearly 50 million people worldwide
GlobeNewswire Europe (03/30)

Men's Health Issues

Merck stops Phase 3 trial of injectable Keytruda, Lynparza combination to treat metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer; analysis shows drug combo did not show benefit to survival compared with abiraterone acetate or enzalutamide
BZ Briefs Pharma (04/04)

Osteoporosis often overlooked in men, as only 6% of men tested for disease compared to 12% of women; oral bisphosphonates most prescribed treatment, yet only 54%-to-71% of men continue taking medication after one year: study
McKnight's Long-Term Care News (03/30)

Women's Health Issues

Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital in Katy, Texas, invests US$167M in 115,000-square-foot expansion to add operating rooms, NICU rooms, labor/delivery/C-section rooms and double number of obstetrical emergency rooms; bed count to rise to 300 after expansion
Contify Life Science News (03/29)

Health Studies

Consuming diverse sources of dietary protein appears to help fend off high blood pressure in observational study; American Heart Association suggests 5.5 ounces of protein daily, with majority coming from plant-based sources: study
MEDPAGE Today (03/30)

Throat lozenges containing benzydamine hydrochloride, cetylpyridinium chloride may reduce risk of COVID-19 viral transmission; lozenges with high concentrations of ingredients reduced oral viral concentration by 99.99% in about a minute: study
Manila Bulletin (03/30)

Home Use/Self-Care

Medline partners with Hologenix for new Curad-brand orthopedic textile products using Celliant infrared technology to launch later this year; product uses minerals to convert body heat into infrared energy, improving local blood flow, cellular oxygenation
PR Newswire (03/31)

Bacardi launches Tails Cocktails for at-home use, with five pre-mixed options--Rum Daiquiri, Whisky Sour, Gin Gimlet, Espresso Martini, Passion Fruit Martini; launch marks first time Tails--created for hospitality industry--will be available at home
Bacardi Ltd. (03/30)

Foodborne Illnesses

Ferrero recalls batches of Kinder Surprise candy in the UK and Ireland due to possible salmonella contamination
PR Newswire (04/04)


Healthy Foods & Beverages

Packaging Design Wrap-Up: CBD beverage brand differentiates itself with triangular cans; flag-inspired labels evoke protest movements for Liberté drinks; grid-like packaging system for goat cheese facilitates fractioning
Industry Intelligence Inc. (04/01)

Health author Dave Asprey launches new coffee brand, Danger Coffee, across US; clean, mold-free, farm-direct coffee engineered to remineralize body with more than 50 trace minerals, nutrients, electrolytes while also making minerals more bioavailable
PR Newswire (03/30)

Vitamins/ Supplements

Ferndale, Michigan-based inventor creates VITA PUP to help dogs get nutrients they need through a vitamin/nutrient water bowl dispenser; vitamin water could be an alternative to help eliminate pets' rejection of pills or tablets
PR Newswire (04/04)

Vitamin D supplementation may lower intubation rates, shorten hospital stays in patients with COVID-19; supplementation with vitamins C, D, zinc did not reduce risk of death in COVID-19 patients: study
Nutraceuticals World (03/30)

Nutritional Deficiency

FDA approves Fresenius Kabi’s SMOFlipid lipid injectable emulsion for parenteral nutrition for pediatric patients, including term, preterm neonates; product has demonstrated safety, tolerability in more than 6 million patients worldwide
Business Wire (03/30)


Millennials & Gen Z

NAHB finds 36% of US millennials now favor a larger home as housing preferences change due to the pandemic; median size of new single-family homes in 2021 was 2,303 sq. ft, a 10% increase since the Great Recession in 2009
National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) (04/04)

BlackRock chairman warns of accelerating inflation and shortages as war in Ukraine deepens all imbalances generated by post-pandemic supply shock; current generation may face 'scarcity inflation' for first time, go to a store and not get what they want
CE Noticias Financieras (03/31)


China-based children's personal-care brand Turtle Dad--which focuses on ages 3-12--secures US$15.8M in pre-series A funding, led by Zhongyuan Capital, Qingrui Ventures; Turtle Dad to use funds for product R&D, team building, user operations
Marketline - Deals (03/29)

Age 55+/Seniors/Baby Boomers

Global moist wound dressing market to grow to US$7.2B by 2030, with 5.7% CAGR from 2021 to 2030 due to growth in geriatric patients, acute wounds; 450,000 patients treated for burns annually, as geriatric population estimated at 2 billion by 2050: study
PR Newswire (04/04)

Pfizer receives FDA breakthrough therapy designation for RSVpreF respiratory syncytial virus vaccine for people ages 60 years and older; in US, RSV infections result in 177,000 hospitalizations, 14,000 deaths annually in older adults
Pfizer Inc. (03/30)


President of Mexican heavy vehicle manufacturer trade group ANPACT says his sector seeks to be inclusive of female talent; INEGI data finds only one in 10 employees in the Mexican freight industry are women, only four in 10 in the auto industry are women
CE Noticias Financieras (03/31)

Nestle is 'on track' to hitting its goal of having 30% of its senior executive roles held by women by the end of this year, says Nilufer Demirkol, global head of diversity and inclusion at Nestle
Business Insider (03/31)

Ethnicity & Race

Heineken's US division announces partnership with not-for-profit organization Black Ambition to support underrepresented communities in the country; tie-up will see Heineken USA provide funding and mentorship to Black and Latin founders across the country
just-drinks.com (04/01)

Underrepresented business owners have faced greater hardships recovering from pandemic-related setbacks; 51% of Black-owned small businesses are experiencing record-low sales compared to January 2021, versus 36% of all US businesses: report
Business Insider (03/29)


US people born in 1980-1984 held an average of 8.6 jobs from ages 18-34, with over half of these jobs held from ages 18-23; women ages 18-34 with more education held more jobs than women with less education: Dept. of Labor
U.S. Dept. of Labor (DOL) (03/29)


Fitness, Exercises & Sports

Mattress Firm named Official Sleep Wellness partner of Major League Baseball; as part of deal, brands will launch a Season of Dreams Sweepstakes that will offer VIP experiences to fans throughout the year
PR Newswire (03/31)

Five Below's fiscal Q4 net income up from US$140.2M from US$123.9M; net sales up to US$996.3M from US$858.5M last year amid strength in Sports, Candy, Seasonal, Style categories
Five Below Inc. (03/30)

Wearable Devices

West Pharmaceutical showcases injectable packaging advancements at 2022 PDA Annual Meeting April 4-6 in Dallas, Texas; topics include Naloxone closed-loop wearable injector system, prefilled syringe interactions with therapeutic proteins
West Pharmaceutical Services Inc. (04/04)