In retail, various offline and online channels are used to promote products and services and to retain customers. The omnichannel readiness study by Statista Research & Analysis and WISAG, one of Germany’s leading facility management companies, is the first to investigate which “omnichannel” measures appeal to customers and how consumers assess these measures based on usefulness and awareness. The results are impressively illustrated by a specially developed index (ORIX).
Statista has compiled the most relevant and recent data on the entire digital economy – a comprehensive overview of one of the pivotal topics of our time. Since accurate data is a critical factor for corporate decision-makers, we have gathered a set of remarkable facts, which are meant to inform and to intrigue.
The Centers For Disease Control and Prevention has stated that another case of the coronavirus has been detected in the United States, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to five. The latest one was confirmed in Arizona and all five cases involve people who recently travelled to Wuhan, the epicenter of the outbreak. According to tracking by Johns Hopkins University, nearly 3,000 people have been infected, the vast majority of them in China. The coronavirus has also slowly spread to some neigboring countries with cases reported in Thailand, Japan, Malaysia, South Korea, Vietnam and Singapore.
As the coronavirus continues to spread, global media coverage has been predominantly focused on the number of new cases of the virus recorded around the world as well as the number of deaths it has inflicted. Statistics regarding the number of people recovering from the coronavirus have not attracted as much attention but they do exist. According to tracking from the Johns Hopkins University, the number of people recovering from the virus is increasing, though a huge gap does exist compared with new infections.
The top five companies in the powerful S&P 500 index are all tech companies – by a wide margin. Apple, Amazon, Alphabet, Microsoft and Facebook all account for just under 20 percent of the market value for the entire S&P 500. With a collective value of nearly $5 trillion, these top tech companies easily dwarf other entire industries in the index, with companies like Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase falling well short. Currently, the total valuation of the S&P 500 is almost $27 trillion.
The devastating California wildfires of 2018 and last year’s fires in Siberia made international headlines and shocked the world, but in terms of size they are far smaller than the current catastrophic bushfire crisis in Australia, where approximately 12.4 million acres have been burned to date.
For 2020, Americans are making the resolution to adopt healthy habits – concerning their finances as well as their bodies. A survey by Ipsos for Urban Plates has found that out of all participants who said they were making one or several new year’s resolutions, 51 percent wanted to manage their finances better and an equal amount wanted to adopt healthier eating habits. More popular resolutions for the upcoming year also circled around improving one’s health, with a more active lifestyle and weight loss being favorite answers.
According to the latest report by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), global defense spending has grown to $1.8 trillion in 2018. The combined budget was the highest since 1988, according to the findings. The U.S. spent almost $650 billion, 36 percent of the global total and 2.5 times as much as second-placed China, which increased spending by 5 percent.
Analysis of net sales by ecommerceDB has revealed the fastest growing online stores in the United States. Prettylittlething.us – a women’s fashion store – is number 1 after an increase of 218 percent. At segment level, there is a colourful mix of different categories including furniture, groceries and animal foods. According to the Statista Digital Market Outlook, the winners branch is also the largest eCommerce segment in the U.S. overall, with a market volume of $103b in 2019. The country’s ecommerce market is expected to continue growing ove the coming years, too, with forecast CAGR from 2019 to 2023 of 12.8 percent.
Netflix’s subscriber growth in the second quarter of 2019 fell way short of expectations as the streaming service’s domestic subscriber base shrank for the first time since 2011. The company’s latest earnings report shows that things improved in the third quarter due to growth in international paid memberships. Netflix pointed to retro sci-fi horror hit Stranger Things as one of the reasons for the return to growth with 64 million member households watching the third season in its first four weeks on the platform.That helped boost its subscriber growth with 520,000 new paid subscribers added in the U.S. in Q3 while paid memberships increased by 6.26 million.
A hype around Korean pop music and pop culture has led to more students in the U.S. taking up Korean language classes, according to numbers released by the U.S. Modern Language Association. In between 2006 and 2016, the number of university students enrolled in Korean almost doubled – the biggest increase for any language of 1,000 students or more. The Korean language hype is not only confined to the U.S. though. The Korean government in 2019 operates 172 language institutes around the world, teaching Korean to 57,000 students in 56 countries, up from just 13 branches in 2007.
Worldwide health start-ups focusing on access to care and cost reduction measures are scoring the most money from funders, according to StartUp Health. By the third quarter of 2019, global investors put $4.5 billion into organizations that address access to care issues, while companies looking at cost-reducing measures won $3.6 billion in seed and series funding. While these two areas received the most funding to date, the median deal size for each sector was smaller than start-ups focusing on curing diseases and ending cancer. The median deal for start-ups looking to improve access to care was roughly $6.8 million, while the median deal for start-ups focused on curing diseases was about $12 million.