Millennials and Food Tech Are DrivIng America’s Top Ten Food Trends

80,000 attended the 2017 Natural Product Expo as natural foods win over 30% of all food sales!

80,000 attended the 2017 Natural Product Expo as natural foods win over 30% of all food sales!

Millennials, and an explosion of healthier new products enabled through future tech, are driving America past sodas and fast foods. Tellingly, a beverage milestone was achieved while I attended the 2017 Natural Product Expo West. Americans are now buying more bottle water than soda.

The new recipe for food and beverage sales success is to be healthy, cool, diverse and meaningful. This new sale success recipe now accounts for a third of our food and beverage purchases totaling almost $200 billion annually. Continue reading

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Veyo Is Delivering On Future Tech’s Promise For The Disadvantaged

ford-transit-connect-wheelchair-van-rear-entryVeyo is an example of future’s tech exciting path toward inclusivity. Veyo is using future tech tools like big data and predictive software to deliver lower cost, higher performance non-emergency medical transportation (EMT) for the economically disadvantaged.

Veyo is at the heart of future tech’s mass market economic potential for providing all Americans with goods and services that are cheaper, easier to use, safer and healthier. Continue reading

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Three Keys To Selecting A Smart Tech Energy Auditor

The Secret Green Sauce Bill Roth Earth 2017 Green Business CoachEvery American business is now caught up in a global technology revolution. What business owner or CEO cannot name specific technologies that are reshaping how they sell a customer or save money?

This same tech revolution is hitting your business’ energy consumption. From smart buildings to autonomous electric delivery vans, a smart/clean tech revolution is creating new paths for saving money.

Doing an energy adult to access how to use smart/clean tech should be on every company’s “to do” list. But the question is how to select the right energy auditor? Continue reading

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How Smart Factories Will Drive Manufacturing Job Growth

Smart factories producing high tech products like this all electric Chevy Bolt is the key to growing American manufacturing jobs.

Smart factories producing high tech products like this all electric Chevy Bolt is the key to growing American manufacturing jobs.

The global supply chain has taken a lot of political hits for shuttering U.S. factories and job loss. The assumption is that the global supply chain is advantaged by unfair trade deals.

What has been lost in the political rhetoric is how the global supply chain has kept product prices low for all Americans. From Apple to Walmart, Americans are paying much less for higher quality products generated by the intense price competition inside the global supply chain.

The real (non-political) question is how can America keep its lower consumer prices and win back global manufacturing leadership? Continue reading

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New Weight Loss Path That Extends Life Expectancy

Lose weight, have fun and live more+

Lose weight, have fun and live more+

As an American, you can now expect to live as long as someone in Mexico or Croatia. Do you find that shocking? I did!

Because of our increased weight, along with infant mortality and high homicide rates, Americans have a significantly shorter life expectancy that those living in South Korea or France.

The journal Obesity published new research linking stress to weight gain the same week the life expectancy study was published. This is not just coincidence. Professional awareness is growing on the role stress plays in our national weight crisis and our diminished life expectancy compared to other high income nations. Continue reading

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Women Are From Spin Class and Men Are Lost In Space

Bill Roth The Boomer Generation DietWE JOINED A HEALTH CLUB a couple of months ago. My wife wanted more strenuous exercise than walking our dog Cooper. Proud of her.

Her first month of exercise was defined by a machine that simulated walking up stairs. It was strategically positioned directly in front of a TV hung from the ceiling. Earplugs in. Eyes up. Step. Step. Step. Step.

“How was exercise today,” I asked?

“I just love that Fixer Upper show. Joanne is so cute. Chip can be funny.”

Obviously that was not what I expected to hear from a “how was exercise” question.

I was immediately on guard.

Was this another mind game women play on men? What happens if I agree that Joanne is cute? Will I be branded with “men!” if I think Chip’s craziness works for me?

Who knew a step machine could create such minefields?

Then in month two at the health club my life was forever changed. She attended her first spin class. Continue reading

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Surviving and Thriving In A Future Tech Economy

VW's concept vehicle designed around consumer electronics using electric + autonomous driving technologies

VW’s concept vehicle designed around consumer electronics using electric + autonomous driving technologies

CREATIVE DESTRUCTION defines future tech. Think Amazon vs Sears. The business model of retail work associates serving customers in shopping malls is being displaced by smart phones and artificial intelligence (AI) devices like Amazon’s Alexa. Amazon ends up hiring thousands of new work associates while traditional retailers like Macy’s close stores. Amazon’s stock price has grown 400% over the last five years while Macy’s is considering selling the business.

This creative destruction process defines our economic future. But it raises this question:

How to survive, or even thrive, in a future tech economy of simultaneous value destruction and value creation? Continue reading

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