The World Will Be Short 18 Million Nurses by 2030

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Written By Paul Park
Paul Park is an educator, lecturer, public speaker, writer, and the founder of Bubble Language School.  

The estimated healthcare worker shortage projection:

 short 18 million by 2030.

  • The world continues to vary in its measures (see Shanghai, Apr 2022) to contain the covid-19 virus and simultaneously, fear.
  • One out of eight nurses works in a country outside of their home country. In the United States of America, with a population of 331,002,647 as of 2020, has a total expenditure on healthcare per capita of $9,403 (2014).
  • According to the most recent World Health Organization nursing report, investment in education, jobs and leadership are part of key action steps in creating a workforce of nurses.
  • Many nurses holding faculty positions have inadequate clinical experience. The lack of clinically qualified faculty to teach in both undergraduate and graduate programs has been a serious problem in nursing institutions (Lu, 2004; Turale, Ito, & Nakao, 2008).
  • Ultimately, with the baby boomer generation reaching a critical mass in line with the life expectancy at birth of 78.5 years as of 2019, a shortage of 18,000,000 nursing personnel seems to be pretty relevant.



Introduction & A Nurse’s Choice

In the third year of our global pandemic, one wonders where the next nurse is going to come from. Who will be taking care of us,

                                                                                                             our loved ones,

                                                                                                                         or someone who’s going to change the future?

When one looks into the varying strategization methodology of governmental agencies worldwide, the measures represent a level of intricacy that, if applied correctly to the state of the shortage of across both hemispheres, there would be no shortage.

Through cross-referencing (1) the state of aging baby boomers, (2) average life expectancy in the United States of America, and (3) the ratio of nurses to other medical practitioners in their respective projected retirement dates, this writer sees a story in the choice presented to a young man or woman, growing up rurally: to survive in whatever mode/path available to them or to go into medicine and the care of our people and communities.


The English Barrier of Entry

Language barriers that may lead to errors may hinder the delivery of appropriate healthcare services and even result in life-threatening consequences for patients. For example, when a diabetic patient’s diet order has been written as “sugar free,” a non-English speaking nurse may interpret this to mean the “free use of sugar.” Such an interpretation could result in the patient experiencing a dangerously high level of sugar in the blood.

Increased migration of nurses to other countries, increased international travel, and the increased mobility of global epidemics have made competency in English a necessity. In addition, nurses enrolled in CNS, NP, master’s, or doctoral programs rely mainly on English language textbooks and research databases to keep abreast of the growing international body of nursing knowledge.

Opportunities for career growth may be restricted for nurses with limited English-language proficiency. A greater emphasis on helping nursing students master the English language is needed. Nonetheless, with growing online learning resources and management systems for education, opportunities to train and send a nurse only realistically requires approximately 500 hours of nursing training for the first level of certification for live-in aid, and another 400 hours from zero English proficiency to a score of 4.0/9.0 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

Nurses Outnumber Every Other Medical Personnel Category…And They’re Getting Old


With the very handy National Health Workforce Accounts Data Portal, seen in the large black bar, exists a 5:1 ratio in the number of nurses compared to medical doctors, nursing personnel, dentists, pharmacists, medical and Pathology Laboratory scientists, Physiotherapy Technicians and assistants, dietitians, and ambulance workers.

They outnumber every other medical professional. Five to one.

The data depicts a clear majority in the medical and hospital systems in each and every country. Not only that, the baby boomer generation needs care. And, as they age, the nursing workforce gets older with them. The most experienced, knowledgeable advanced nursing practitioners are aging out of our medical care systems.

Why not focus on the biggest group that cleans bedpans, makes sure people get their meds, and makes sure every infrastructural duties is fulfilled?

The Nursing Industry Overview

Differentiation in nursing practice based upon levels of education, experience, and competency helps to define the structure and roles of professional nurses (AACN, 1995). Differentiation criteria will continue to be established as the healthcare system demands higher levels of abilities and competencies from nurses. Future career pathways for nurses will occur as nurses more clearly define their identity, increase their skills, and adapt to new work environments. Nurses have always been a resilient group, able to respond to challenges proactively, to create new and exciting opportunities.

Greater emphasis on providing culturally competent care is needed to ensure that nurses are prepared to work in a multicultural world. Although the number of foreign workers, including professional and technical personnel as well as labor and unskilled workers, nurses remain ill prepared to offer culturally competent care to patients from different cultural and ethnic backgrounds. The nursing curricula in each of these countries provides only limited, if any, culturally specific content to guide nurses in caring for patients from cultures different from their own. Nurses’ overlooking of cultural implications of care can result in patients experiencing misunderstanding, mistreatment, or marginalization, all of which can impede their recovery. 

Although the goal of a stable nursing workforce remains elusive. As the debate continues whether multiple entry points for nursing education and licensing is compatible with today’s healthcare needs, more employers are showing a preference for BSN-prepared nurses. As universities expand nursing programs and increase the number and quality of nursing graduates, the BSN degree is a standard.

The rapid expansion of APN, master’s, and doctoral nursing programs in each country. Such programs benefit the nursing profession by increasing the supply of advanced nursing specialists and faculty, generating research-related activity, and equipping nurses with higher levels of clinical expertise and leadership skills.


Career Development Opportunities

Each young lady or potential nursing candidate in SE Asia with very limited funds and education may choose amongst a wide range of entry-level jobs. While progression along these career development paths has potential, certifications and career pathways are significantly more accurately defined in nursing. A person could essentially train for 500 hours and learn English to gain employment as a live-in caregiver, returning in two years with approximately $70,000. During their employment, a nurse could engage in additional certification programs and research, combined with obtaining either their bachelor’s or master’s degree in nursing (online and clinically). A potential candidate pool of 1,000 fresh trainees could, within eight years’ time, net ONE advanced nursing practitioner (APN).

Unfortunately, eight years is exactly the timeline projected by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Types of Nurses

Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA).

Median annual salary (2020)1: $30,830
Projected employment growth (2020–2030)1: 8%

Licensed practical nurse (LPN).

Median annual salary (2020): $48,820
Projected employment growth (2020–2030)1: 9%

Registered nurse (RN).

Median annual salary (2020): $75,330
Projected employment growth (2020–2030)1: 9%

Advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs).

Median annual salary (2020): $117,670-117,670
Projected employment growth (2020-2030)1: 45%

Caregiver | Home Health Aide (HHA) | First Aid and Emergency Care | Hospice, Palliative, And End-Of-Life Care

Median annual salary (2022): $23,238-$36,560

Barriers of Entry and Circumstance

Due to a lack of physicians, there is a crucial need for advanced practice nurses to work in primary care settings, especially those located in the rural parts of the country. Nurses in rural practice must face many challenges, such as geographical isolation and limited resources which make it difficult to attract nursing professionals to work in rural healthcare delivery (Chin Limprasert, n.d.).

Additionally, nursing programs in these countries depend too heavily on the use of non-nursing clinical faculty who teach nursing content from a non-nursing perspective. Students may be taught, both in the classroom and in the clinical setting, from a biomedical standpoint, rather than from a nursing perspective. The use of physicians to teach undergraduate and graduate nursing courses is still common today, especially in Japan and Taiwan. Many teaching hospitals and universities prefer that physicians teach nursing courses due to their perceived greater technical and clinical expertise. A shortage of qualified nursing faculty results in this continued reliance on physicians to teach in nursing programs. Qualified nursing faculty are needed to develop and guide nursing students to fulfill their role as professional nurses, thereby empowering nurses with greater autonomy and control over nursing practice.


Abridged WHO Nursing Report

Nurses are critical to deliver on the promise of “leaving no one behind” and the global effort to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). They make a central contribution to national and global targets related to a range of health priorities, including universal health coverage, mental health and noncommunicable diseases, emergency preparedness and response, patient safety, and the delivery of integrated, people-centered care.

The nursing workforce is expanding in size and professional scope. However, the expansion is not equitable, is insufficient to meet rising demand, and is leaving some populations behind.

191 countries provided data for this report, an all-time high and a 53% increase compared to 2018 data availability. Around 80% of countries reported on 15 indicators or more. However, there are significant gaps in data on education capacity, financing, salary and wages, and health labor market flows. This impedes the ability to conduct health labor market analyses that will inform nursing workforce policy and investment decisions.

The global nursing workforce is 27.9 million, of which 19.3 million are professional nurses. This indicates an increase of 4.7 million in the total stock over the period 2013–2018, and confirms that nursing is the largest occupational group in the health sector, accounting for approximately 59% of the health professions. The 27.9 million nursing personnel include 19.3 million (69%) professional nurses, 6.0 million (22%) associate professional nurses and 2.6 million (9%) who are not classified either way.

The world does not have a global nursing workforce commensurate with the universal health coverage and SDG targets. Over 80% of the world’s nurses are found in countries that account for half of the world’s population. The global shortage of nurses, estimated to be 6.6 million in 2016, had decreased slightly to 5.9 million nurses in 2018. An estimated 5.3 million (89%) of that shortage is concentrated in low- and lower middle-income countries, where the growth in the number of nurses is barely keeping pace with population growth, improving only marginally the nurse-to-population density levels.

Aging health workforce patterns in some regions threaten the stability of the nursing stock. Globally, the nursing workforce is relatively young, but there are disparities across regions, with substantially older age structures in the American and European regions. Countries with lower numbers of early career nurses (aged under 35 years) as a proportion of those approaching retirement (aged 55 years and over) will have to increase graduate numbers and strengthen retention packages to maintain access to health services. Countries with a young nursing workforce should enhance their equitable distribution across the country.

Relative proportions of nurses aged over 55 years and below 35 years (selected countries)
Percentage of nurses less than 35 years
Percentage of nurses aged 55+ years
18 countries at risk of an aging workforce

The majority of countries (152 out of 157 responding; 97%) reported that the minimum duration for nurse education is a three-year program.

A large majority of countries reported standards for education content and duration (91%), accreditation mechanisms (89%), national standards for faculty qualifications (77%) and inter-professional education (67%).

However, less is known about the effectiveness of these policies and mechanisms. Further, there is still considerable variety in the minimum education and training levels of nurses, alongside capacity constraints such as faculty shortages, infrastructure limitations and the availability of clinical placement sites. The duration of nursing education is predominantly three or four years globally. A total of 78 countries (53% of those providing a response) reported having advanced practice roles for nurses. There is strong evidence that advanced practice nurses can increase access to primary health care in rural communities and address disparities in access to care for vulnerable populations in urban settings. Nurses at all levels, when enabled and supported to work to the full scope of their education and training, can provide effective primary and preventive health care, amongst many other health services that are instrumental to achieving universal health coverage.

One nurse out of every eight practices in a country other than the one where they were born or trained. The international mobility of the nursing workforce is increasing. While the patterns are evolving, equitable distribution and retention of nurses is a near-universal challenge.

1. Countries should strengthen capacity for health workforce data collection, analysis and use.

Actions required include accelerating the implementation of National Health Workforce Accounts and using the data for health labor market analyses to guide policy development and investment decisions.

2. Collation of nursing data will require participation across government bodies, as well as engagement of key stakeholders such as the regulatory councils, nursing education institutions, health service providers and professional associations.

3. Nurse mobility and migration must be effectively monitored and responsibly and ethically managed.

Actions needed include reinforcement of the implementation of the WHO Global Code of Practice on the International Recruitment of Health Personnel by countries, recruiters and international stakeholders.

Partnerships and collaboration with regulatory bodies, health workforce information systems, employers, government ministries and other stakeholders can improve the ability to monitor, govern and regulate international nurse mobility.

3. Countries that are over reliant on migrant nurses should aim towards greater self-sufficiency by investing more in domestic production of nurses.

4. Countries experiencing excessive losses of their nursing workforce through out-migration should consider mitigating measures and retention packages, such as improving salaries (and pay equity) and working conditions, creating professional development opportunities, and allowing nurses to work to their full scope of education and training.

5. Nurse education and training programs must graduate nurses who drive progress in primary health care and universal health coverage. Actions include investment in nursing faculty, availability of clinical placement sites and accessibility of programs offered to attract a diverse student body.

6. Nursing should emerge as a career choice grounded in science, technology, teamwork and health equity. Government chief nurses and other national stakeholders can lead national dialogue on the appropriate entry-level and specialization programs for nurses to ensure there is adequate supply to meet health system demand for graduates.

7. Curricula must be aligned with national health priorities as well as emerging global issues to prepare nurses to work effectively in inter-professional teams and maximize graduate competencies in health technology.

8. Nursing leadership and governance is critical to nursing workforce strengthening. Actions include establishing and supporting the role of a senior nurse in the government responsible for strengthening the national nursing workforce and contributing to health policy decisions.

9. Government chief nurses should drive efforts to strengthen nursing workforce data and lead policy dialogue that results in evidenced-based decision-making on investment in the nursing workforce. Leadership programs should be in place or organized to nurture leadership development in young nurses. Fragile and conflict-affected settings will typically require a particular focus in order to (re)build the institutional foundations and individual capacity for effective nursing workforce governance and stewardship.

10. Planners and regulators should optimize the contributions of nursing practice. Actions include ensuring that nurses in primary health care teams are working to their full scope of practice. Effective nurse-led models of care should be expanded when appropriate to meet population health needs and improve access to primary health care, including a growing demand related to noncommunicable diseases and the integration of health and social care.

11. Workplace policies must address the issues known to impact nurse retention in practice settings; this includes the support required for nurse-led models of care and advanced practice roles, leveraging opportunities arising from digital health technology and taking into account aging patterns within the nursing workforce.

12. Policy-makers, employers and regulators should coordinate actions in support of decent work. Countries must provide an enabling environment for nursing practice to improve attraction, deployment, retention and motivation of the nursing workforce. Adequate staffing levels and workplace and occupational health and safety must be prioritized and enforced, with special efforts paid to nurses operating in fragile, conflict-affected and vulnerable settings.

13. Remuneration should be fair and adequate to attract, retain and motivate nurses.

14. Further, countries should prioritize and enforce policies to address and respond to sexual harassment, violence and discrimination within nursing. [And, with Zoom surveillance measures with IOT.]

15. Countries should deliberately plan for gender-sensitive nursing workforce policies. Actions include implementing an equitable and gender-neutral system of remuneration among health workers, and ensuring that policies and laws addressing the gender pay gap apply to the private sector as well. Gender considerations should inform nursing policies across the education, practice, regulatory and leadership functions, taking account of the fact that the nursing workforce is still predominantly female.

16. Policy considerations should include enabling work environments for women, for example through flexible and manageable working hours that accommodate the changing needs of nurses as women, and gender-transformative leadership development opportunities for women in the nursing workforce.


17. National governments, with support where relevant from their domestic and international partners, should catalyse and lead an acceleration of efforts to: build leadership, stewardship and management capacity for the nursing workforce to advance the relevant education, health, employment and gender agendas; optimize return on current investments in nursing through adoption of required policy options in education, decent work, fair remuneration, deployment, practice, productivity, regulation and retention of the nursing workforce; accelerate and sustain additional investment in nursing education, skills and jobs.

Actions include intersectoral dialogue led by ministries of health and government chief nurses, and engaging other relevant ministries (such as education, immigration, finance, labor) and stakeholders from the public and private sectors.

Investment in Education, Jobs and Leadership


A key element is to strengthen capacity for effective public policy stewardship so that private sector investments, educational capacity and nurses’ roles in health service provision can be optimized and aligned to public policy goals.

Professional nursing associations, education institutions and educators, nursing regulatory bodies and unions, nursing student and youth groups, grass-roots groups, and global campaigns are valuable contributors to strengthening the role of nursing in care teams working to achieve the population’s health priorities.

The investments required will necessitate additional financial resources. If these are made available, the returns for societies and economies can be measured in terms of improved health outcomes for billions of people, creation of millions of qualified employment opportunities, particularly for women and young people, and enhanced global health security. The case for investing in nursing education, jobs and leadership is clear: relevant stakeholders must commit to action.

World Health Organization (WHO)


Let’s train, send, and protect nurses.

18 million to go. 8.75 years.

A ton are retiring.


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August 30, 2023AuthorPizza Hut is one of the most recognizable pizza brands in the world. In the modern age, the fast food market has dominated the culinary industry due to its speed, convenience, and affordability. According to the Barbeque, over one-third of American adults on any given day enjoy pizza. Recognized by millions across the globe for its iconic shape and flavors, many pizza-making brands have perfected their renditions, ranging from Domino’s, Papa John’s, to Little Caesars; but no one took the slice like Pizza Hut. Being known for its iconic menus, Pizza Hut has conquered the pizza empire for over three decades. During its reign, the company has pioneered many services within the industry to appeal to the ever-changing demographic. With a little over 19 thousand outlets in 160 countries in 2022, it has proven itself to be a significant player in the economy, with one billion dollars in annual profits. However, its crown was passed onto other brands like Domino’s due to the lack of improvements. Despite this, there is potential that Pizza Hut will make a comeback in the pizza industry with modernized business models. Baked In A Hut Table of Contents Baked In A HutRed Roofs“We about lost control of the operations. Then we figured out that we had to learn how to plan.” Red FlagsRock and A Crusty PlaceThe Potential The building of the first Pizza Hut outlet in Wichita, Kansas, is how the Carney brothers came up with their company’s name. (Source: Hut Life) The story of Pizza Hut began in 1958 when a real estate agent approached Dan and Frank Carney with a proposition. The agent with an unrented brick hut convinced the Carnies that a pizzeria on his plot would be ideal. The brothers found the business to be promising, as there was constant demand for inexpensive meals for students, and pizzas were affordable to make. Moreover, the location is within a campus, attracting local customers, and pizza parlors themselves are a rarity. With this in mind, the brothers borrowed $600 (equivalent to more than $6,340 in 2022) from their mother to purchase the hut, equipment, and ingredients. The name “Pizza Hut” came from how the brothers wanted to focus their business on only pizzas, how the store was in a brick hut, and how the sign only had a place for eight letters. On May 31st, 1958, the brothers founded the first Pizza Hut location within the Wichita State University campus in Wichita, Kansas. On the first day of their business, the brothers gave away free meals to customers, building their first customer base. Despite the slow incline, the brothers’ business managed to gain popularity because of their special recipes, fresh ingredients, and comfortable atmosphere. As their business grew, the Carnies proceeded to open their first franchise in Topeka, Kansas, in 1959. Throughout the 1960s, Pizza Hut employed aggressive marketing, a type of advertisement that directly engages with potential clients, to promote their chain. The campaign resulted in 145 more units being established throughout the United States in 1966.  The first Canadian Pizza Hut opened in 1968, followed by the establishment of the International Pizza Hut Franchise Holders Association (IPHFHA), which allowed the acquisition of franchises. However, due to the different accounting systems used by different acquirers, Pizza Hut spent eight months merging all systems as sales plateaued and profits decreased. Red Roofs Pizza Hut is iconized for its unique red roof, which was conceptualized in 1969. (Source: Hut Life) “We about lost control of the operations. Then we figured out that we had to learn how to plan.” – Frank Karney on the rapid growth of Pizza Hut in 1972 The Carney brothers were concerned about how to fight competitors as their company grew internationally, so they came up with creative ways to be unique. The Carnies contacted Richard D. Burke, a college friend, and architect, to help come up with a building that would make Pizza Hut recognizable. According to Hut Life, an architect who cooperated with Burke stated that the red roof design was “a fusion of common sense, the architectural taste of the 1950s, and a need for the design to be both remarkable and appealing in a variety of locations.” As the company grew rapidly, Frank Carney stated that old business practices, such as annual reports, were inadequate for the company, so he decided to revise the company’s business model to be sustainable in the future. Frank Karney built the model to prioritize profits and sales over providing adequate financing and growth. Additionally, expansion is a key concern in the emerging market. Karney’s decision also attracted the attention of PepsiCo, Inc. In 1970, Pizza Hut expanded its operations to Germany and Australia, and there were more than 500 branches within the United States. According to the number of franchises and sales, Pizza Hut became the largest pizza company in 1971. A year later, Pizza Hut gained a listing on the New York Stock Exchange, allowing investors to support the company. The company furthered its acquisitions and expansions in many countries throughout the 1970s. Advertisements played an important role in establishing Pizza Hut’s public profile and introducing new customers to the chain. According to Reference for Business, expenditures on advertising increased from $942,000 in 1972 to $3.17 million in 1974.  PepsiCo formed a merger with Pizza Hut in 1977 due to its potential to expand outside of the US and its rapid growth. Moreover, sales reached $15 million in the same year. As the fast food industry blossomed in the 1970s, people began to favor the convenience and inexpensiveness of fast food. Red Flags Pizza Hut’s “Pan Pizza” is an iconic menu that originated from the 1980s century. (Source: Food & Wine) The 1980s introduced Pizza Hut to numerous competitors in the fast food market, for example, Domino’s, Little Caesars, and Papa John’s, leading to Pizza Hut’s attempts to raise its public profile.  One of the most notable schemes was the “Pan Pizza.” Delightfully, the pizza was cooked in a pan instead of a tray. The addition to the menu became a sensation among customers due to its crustier texture, lowered greasiness, and thinner crust. Moreover, a Pan Pizza requires under five minutes of preparation, allowing staff to serve customers quickly, especially during rush hours. An extension to the menu was made in 1983 when the “Personal Pan Pizza,” Pan Pizza with customizable toppings, was introduced. A mentionable addition is the “Hand-tossed Traditional Pizza,” originating in 1988. 1986 marked the 5,000th Pizza Hut outlet was established and brought on the debut of the company’s home delivery service. According to Reference for Business, 25% of Pizza Hut’s sales accounted for takeaways and deliveries during the 1990s.  Pizza Hut Express outlet located at Miami International Airport (Source: MIA) Opposition within the United States heightened as McDonald’s, a major fast food chain, introduced its new product, the McPizza in 1991. Competing with a major chain such as McDonald’s is no easy feat, so Pizza Hut needs to stay relevant by following public demands. Throughout the 1980s and early 1990s, Pizza Hut incorporated other types of dishes, for example, pasta, salads, and desserts to add more variety to their product. Furthermore, as the public health consciousness rose during the mid-90s, Pizza Hut advertised their vegetarian toppings and healthy ingredients to provide a healthy alternative to other brands of pizzas.  The early 1990s also saw a rapid increase in convenience and accessibility across the fast food industry with drive-throughs and delivery services emerging from companies. A strategy that Pizza Hut utilized to increase accessibility, lower operating costs, and be unique is to form Pizza Hut Express. While almost the same in service, Express outlets have a smaller menu, building size, and price, increasing the affordability of pizzas and lowering functioning costs. Express franchises were established in high-traffic areas where rent is expensive (eg. airports, cafeterias, business districts) so that they can serve as much as possible.  December 26th, 1991 marks the end of the Cold War, allowing businesses to return to normalcy as food rationings and restrictions subsided. PepsiCo saw a major opportunity to expand to an international audience, especially in the Eastern Bloc where economic sanctions were in place before its dissolution. Moreover, the economic boom would allow customers to purchase more products, increasing the company’s profit margins. By 1997, Pizza Hut had franchised to 90 countries. However, as the company soared in profits throughout the end of the 20th century, rival companies remained competitive. Rock and A Crusty Place Pizza Hut’s Stuffed Crust Pizza was created to increase popularity. (Source: USA Today) In 1994, Pizza Hut’s attempts to modernize resulted in lower sales as customers did not find certain aspects favorable, causing the company to experience the first decline in profits in the last 15 years. Rival establishments reduce the prices of their products to entice consumers, leeching off Pizza Hut’s gradual downfall.  Roger A. Enrico, the CEO of PepsiCo during the era, devised a strategy to stay on top of the pizza industry: developing new recipes. Pizza Hut’s famous stuffed crust pizza was introduced and heavily promoted in 1995, with success indicated by the 1.4% increase in market shares, 16% increase in market sales, and 40% increase in operating income during 1995. Moreover, Pizza Hut introduced new menus to customers, improved recipes, introduced online delivery, and installed modern ovens, improving the quality and efficiency of a variety of stores during the 2000s. Despite Pizza Hut’s efforts, it started to fall out of the spotlight in the later years due to a variety of factors. Pizza Hut’s expenditures began offsetting the capital investments in PepsiCo’s other branches. Since PepsiCo has greater assets in the beverage and snack foods division, the company decided to group its restaurant chains and form a daughter company called Tricon Global Restaurants, now known as Yum! Brands. Competition between pizza companies heightened during the 21st century as customer preferences altered, with consumers prioritizing convenience and affordability. While Pizza Hut is one of the first companies to utilize delivery services, its delivery is inferior to Pizza Hut’s rivals and third-party services, such as Uber. In addition, competitors can accommodate new trends quickly within the fast-food industry, notably healthiness and diversity; Pizza Hut was unable to catch up to them. Artisans and local pizzerias also drained the profits of Pizza Hut as locals preferred homemade products, which often led to franchises canalizing themselves for profits and creating a lose-lose situation. While Pizza Hut has fully embraced technological changes, its rapid changes have caused the company to lose some customers and profits. Many companies have adopted various technologies to appeal to consumers, such as pinning establishments on Google Maps, modernizing webpages, and applying social media. The global economy also played a part in Pizza Hut’s dethronement, as various recessions caused reduced demand all across the globe, sinking sales and profits. The Potential Pizza Hut revealed the e-Pallete, an autonomous delivery vehicle in 2017. Despite the turmoil, there is still the possibility that Pizza Hut could regain its superiority again. The company continues to address issues and make attempts to renovate the company’s business model and image. Pizza Hut has been diversifying its menus to resonate with consumers, especially with healthier and vegan options to accommodate health-conscious customers. Moreover, international branches have created their recipes to suit local cuisine as well, for example, Pizza Hut branches in China have the “Durian Pizza’ which is well-received by the locals. The majority of the establishments are being renovated to have a welcoming atmosphere, better efficiency, and more digital appliances. Furthermore, the delivery services of Pizza Hut were improved to allow deliveries via drones, self-driving vehicles, or third-party services. Sustainability has also become Pizza Hut’s priority, as customers want to do their part to slow down global warming. Social media has become an essential lifeline for many companies, including fast-food-related businesses, as a way to engage, advertise, and maintain a presence among their customer base. Pizza Hut is no exception, quickly expanding to popular networking platforms such as Twitter, YouTube, or Facebook. [...]
August 22, 2023UncategorizedIntroduction Table of Contents IntroductionThe Birth of the Happy MealThe Impact of ToysCase Studies and Real-Life ExamplesConclusion The Happy Meal, a children’s meal sold by McDonald’s, has become a symbol of childhood joy for generations. Introduced in 1979, it’s not just a meal; it’s an experience. What made this meal special and distinct was the inclusion of a toy, tailored to entertain and attract young consumers. The allure of the toy not only brought a smile to a child’s face but became an essential part of McDonald’s marketing strategy. By creating a sense of excitement and joy around the meal, McDonald’s forged an emotional connection with its youngest customers. The purpose of this study is to delve into the influence of McDonald’s toys on consumer behavior, exploring how this brilliant marketing strategy has shaped preferences and loyalty towards the brand. The story of the Happy Meal is not just about fast food; it’s a tale of how a simple idea can transform into a global phenomenon. The Birth of the Happy Meal The original concept of the Happy Meal was both simple and revolutionary. In a fast-food market dominated by adult consumers, the Happy Meal’s creation targeted the untapped demographic of children, a move that changed the face of the industry. The idea of including a toy with the meal originated with a McDonald’s franchisee in Guatemala, Yolanda Fernández de Cofiño. She wanted to create a meal that catered specifically to families, something that would not only feed the children but entertain them as well. The marketing strategy behind the Happy Meal was astutely designed. Advertisements highlighted the joy and excitement the toy could bring, making the meal more than just food. It was an event, a moment of family fun, neatly packed into a box with the signature McDonald’s arches. By branding the Happy Meal this way, McDonald’s tapped into the hearts and minds of children, creating a lifelong connection with the brand. The success of the Happy Meal went beyond mere sales; it was the formation of an identity, a brand that resonated with innocence, joy, and family values. This marked the beginning of a new era in fast food, where the meal itself became secondary to the experience it offered. It was a stroke of marketing genius that continues to resonate today, nearly five decades later. The Impact of Toys The inclusion of toys in the Happy Meal transcended mere gimmickry. It became a symbol of childhood nostalgia, a bonding agent between the child and the brand. Attracting children was only part of the equation. The toys created an emotional connection, a fondness that often lasted into adulthood. Kids weren’t just enjoying a meal; they were engaging with a brand that understood their desires and spoke their language. This emotional connection was cultivated through the careful selection of toys that resonated with popular culture. From Disney characters to Hot Wheels, the toys were not random giveaways but thoughtful additions that enhanced the Happy Meal experience. The long-term influence on consumer behavior is undeniable. By associating joy with a meal, McDonald’s created loyal customers from a young age. The toys were more than a marketing tool; they were a means to forge a connection that lasted long beyond the meal itself. Moreover, the Happy Meal toys have become collectors’ items for some, symbolizing a connection to childhood and a nostalgia that transcends generations. This unexpected aspect of consumer behavior further illustrates the impact of the toys on brand loyalty and engagement. The toys within the Happy Meal were not just a fleeting joy but a lasting memory, a marketing strategy that has influenced how consumers relate to and remember a brand. It’s a relationship that continues to thrive, ensuring that the Happy Meal remains a beloved part of the McDonald’s experience. Case Studies and Real-Life Examples The influence of the Happy Meal’s toys on consumer behavior is not just theoretical; real-life examples and case studies shed light on this fascinating connection. Personal stories abound, where individuals recall the joy and anticipation of receiving a toy with their meal. From the excitement of collecting a series of themed toys to the simple pleasure of a surprise in a box, these memories have shaped consumers’ positive perceptions of McDonald’s. Analysis of marketing campaigns shows how McDonald’s strategically partnered with major brands like Disney, LEGO, and Barbie. These collaborations ensured that the toys were not just appealing but relevant, connecting with current trends and pop culture phenomena. One notable example is the 1997 partnership with Disney’s “Mulan.” The themed toys were a hit, aligning perfectly with the film’s release and creating a synergy between entertainment and dining. This campaign exemplified the mutual benefit that such collaborations could offer, enhancing both the film’s and McDonald’s brand visibility. Furthermore, some have turned the collecting of Happy Meal toys into a hobby, showcasing the deep emotional attachment that these seemingly simple objects can foster. The toys are not just playthings but a connection to a time, a place, and a feeling. In examining these real-life examples and campaigns, we understand the mastery behind McDonald’s marketing approach. They have transformed the Happy Meal into more than a product; it’s an experience, a cherished memory, and a connection that continues to influence consumers worldwide. Conclusion The story of branding the Happy Meal is a testament to the power of innovative marketing and a deep understanding of consumer behavior. The inclusion of toys in the meal wasn’t just a playful addition; it was a strategic decision that forged an emotional connection between McDonald’s and its customers. From the original concept in Guatemala to the strategic collaborations with leading brands, the Happy Meal has evolved into more than a fast-food option; it’s a cultural icon. The toys have brought joy to generations, created collectors, and built loyalty that transcends the mere consumption of food. The implications for other brands are profound. The Happy Meal’s success illustrates that connecting with customers on an emotional level, understanding their desires, and delivering an experience can create a lifelong relationship with the brand. The future prospects for the Happy Meal remain bright. With a focus on sustainability and continued innovation, the Happy Meal will likely continue to be a symbol of joy and a marketing masterstroke for years to come. The legacy of the Happy Meal is a beautiful blend of business acumen, creativity, and human connection. It’s not just a meal; it’s a memory, a part of our collective cultural fabric that continues to resonate and influence. [...]
August 21, 2023Case StudiesIn the gilded era of greasy spoons, emerged a monolith that would one day stretch its doughy arms across the world: Pizza Hut. The journey began in 1958, a time when pizza was not merely food, but a symbol of teenage rebellion and culinary freedom. Two brothers, Frank and Dan, not content with mere success in a dusty Kansas college town, envisioned an empire. They succeeded, but not without a sprinkle of saucy drama. The Rise Table of Contents The RiseFounding and Growth (1958-1990)The Golden Age (1990s)The FallChallenges and Decline (2000s-Present)The Human Factor: Dynamics Inside Rise and Fall of Pizza HutConclusion Founding and Growth (1958-1990) A pizza parlor turned siren song that lured in the hungry masses. Founded by Dan and Frank Carney in 1958, Pizza Hut’s first location was in Wichita, Kansas (Mallin, 2011). With an initial investment of $600, the brothers opened a 25-seat pizzeria, launching the beginnings of what would become a global brand (Moore, 2008). The logo was a beacon of comfort for weary travelers and high schoolers on first dates. By 1971, Pizza Hut had become the largest pizza chain in the world in terms of both sales and the number of locations, with over 1,000 outlets (Pizza Hut, 2021). The company went public in 1970, and PepsiCo acquired it in 1977, providing additional resources for expansion. During the 1980s, Pizza Hut introduced innovations like the Pan Pizza, and their sales continued to skyrocket. It was more than just a pizzeria; it was a veritable cathedral of cheese. The Golden Age (1990s) The 1990s were a golden age for Pizza Hut. They introduced the Stuffed Crust Pizza in 1995, a masterpiece of marketing and a paragon of pizza philosophy, leading to a 37% increase in sales, totaling $4 billion that year. The company expanded its global footprint, and by the end of the decade, it operated in over 100 countries. And, oh, the collaborations! The Land Before Time puppets, the reading rewards programs – these weren’t just gimmicks; they were gastronomic gospel. Even the famed red roof became an icon, a symbol of our collective craving for the delicious and the cheesy. Pizza Hut was not merely serving food; they were serving the very essence of ’90s nostalgia on a pan. But all empires, even those built on dough, must face decline. The Fall Challenges and Decline (2000s-Present) The fall came not with a crash, but with a slow, greasy slide into mediocrity. Perhaps it was the hubris of the P’Zone, or the tragedy of the Triple Decker Pizza. Critics will argue, historians will debate, but the truth remains a mystery, lost in the annals of fast food folklore. The new millennium brought challenges for Pizza Hut. Fast-casual competitors like Domino’s and Papa John’s began to eat into their market share, aided by digital ordering platforms and faster delivery (Johnson, 2019). People’s tastes changed, or did they? Did the world move on, or did Pizza Hut lose its way, wandering in a maze of failed culinary experiments? Maybe it was the misguided attempt to reinvent themselves, the tragic transformation from Pizza Hut to “The Hut” – a name as flat and uninspired as a week-old slice. The company’s attempt to rebrand itself as “The Hut” in 2009 was met with widespread criticism, seen as a disconnection from its roots. In 2020, Pizza Hut’s parent company, Yum! Brands, announced the closure of up to 300 underperforming locations in the U.S., reflecting an ongoing struggle to maintain relevance. The Human Factor: Dynamics Inside Rise and Fall of Pizza Hut While the story of Pizza Hut’s rise and fall can be traced through products, branding, and business decisions, the human element within the company also played a crucial role. Leadership Transitions: The departure of founders like Frank and Dan Carney marked a significant shift in the company’s leadership. Different management teams brought various strategies and philosophies, some of which resonated with consumers, while others fell flat. Franchisee Relationships: The relationship between Pizza Hut’s corporate entity and its franchisees has had its ups and downs. Conflicting interests and disagreements on branding and operational decisions have sometimes led to legal disputes and closures. Employee Culture: Employee satisfaction and retention have been a constant challenge in the fast-paced, often low-wage environment of the fast-food industry. Pizza Hut, like many others in the sector, has faced issues related to employee training, benefits, and work conditions. Customer Focus: The shift in consumer preferences towards healthier and more artisanal options has also affected the company from within. Adapting to these changing tastes required a reevaluation of menu offerings, ingredients, and overall brand positioning, leading to internal debates and strategic shifts. Innovation and Risk-Taking: Pizza Hut’s culture of innovation, seen in the introduction of products like Stuffed Crust, was a driving force in its success. Balancing innovation with brand consistency has been a delicate act, sometimes leading to internal disagreements and mixed results in the market. Global Dynamics: Managing a global brand has its challenges, with different regions requiring unique approaches to marketing, menu customization, and operations. These complexities have added layers of decision-making and coordination within the company. Social Responsibility and Sustainability: With growing public attention on environmental and social responsibility, Pizza Hut has faced pressure to align its practices with these values. Implementing changes in sourcing, packaging, and community engagement has required careful internal planning and alignment. Conclusion In conclusion, the human factor in Pizza Hut’s history is a multifaceted and complex dimension. It’s a tale of leadership, collaboration, conflict, adaptation, and ambition. The successes and struggles within the organization have shaped the brand’s trajectory in ways that numbers and marketing campaigns alone cannot capture. So here’s to you, Pizza Hut. Your rise was as meteoric as your toppings were numerous, and your fall as inevitable as a forgotten pizza in the back of the fridge. You stand as a testament to human ingenuity, a symbol of our ceaseless quest for the perfect slice, and a cautionary tale about the perils of playing with too much cheese. Its innovations and global expansion set new standards in the industry, but recent years have shown that even the mightiest can fall. Pizza Hut’s story is a cautionary tale for businesses in the ever-changing and competitive landscape of the food industry. Understanding Pizza Hut’s internal dynamics offers a more nuanced perspective on its rise and fall, highlighting the importance of human relationships, organizational culture, and individual decisions in shaping the destiny of a business giant. References: Mallin, M. (2011). History of Pizza Hut: How the Chain Rose to the Top. Business Insider. Moore, J. (2008). Pizza from the Hut: A History. Pizza Today. Pizza Hut. (2021). Our History. Pizza Hut Corporate Website. Smith, A. (2000). Fast Food and Junk Food: An Encyclopedia of What We Love to Eat, Vol. 2. Kramer, K. (2015). Stuffed Crust’s Impact on the Pizza Industry. Forbes. Johnson, L. (2019). The Battle of the Pizza Chains. Bloomberg Businessweek. Hill, B. (2009). 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August 16, 2023AuthorIntroduction Table of Contents IntroductionKey TakeawaysOnce upon a time in the bustling landscapes of technology and innovation…Meanwhile…Lessons for Future Innovators In the ever-evolving landscape of technology, human creativity knows no bounds. The digital frontier has been pushed further by visionaries who have challenged conventional wisdom and transformed the way we live, work, and connect. This article explores the successful stories of tech innovators in the 21st century who have shaped our world through groundbreaking achievements. The pioneers of tech innovation in the 21st century have not only reshaped the digital landscape but have also left an indelible mark on human progress. Their stories of triumph, resilience, creativity, and ingenuity continue to inspire and guide those daring to venture into the world of technology. Key Takeaways Profiles of Tech Visionaries: An exploration of key figures who have changed the tech landscape. Innovative Technologies and Their Impact: An examination of revolutionary inventions and their societal implications. Business Strategies Behind Success: Insight into the successful business models and leadership that drive innovation. Challenges and Triumphs: A look at the hurdles faced and how they were overcome. Lessons for Future Innovators: Guidance and inspiration for aspiring tech entrepreneurs and innovators. Once upon a time in the bustling landscapes of technology and innovation… A detailed look at the trailblazers like Elon Musk & Satya Nadella, highlighting their contributions, leadership styles, and influence on the tech industry. Two men embarked on journeys that would intertwine their destinies in unique ways. Elon Musk, the visionary entrepreneur from South Africa, and Satya Nadella, the pragmatic leader from India, would become icons of their respective fields. Their paths were as distinct as they were parallel. Elon, born into a family of engineers and thinkers, was driven by a desire to redefine the boundaries of human existence. From his early days building rockets in his backyard to his pioneering work with SpaceX, he was always gazing at the stars, his dreams filled with space travel and exploration. His endeavors with Tesla, Neuralink, and SolarCity further showcased his unquenchable thirst to disrupt the norm. Meanwhile… Satya Nadella’s journey began in the crowded city of Hyderabad, where his fascination with computers shaped his destiny. Unlike Elon’s wild ambition, Satya’s approach was marked by a strategic mindset and a focus on constant learning. Climbing the corporate ladder at Microsoft, he displayed a unique ability to understand technology’s role in improving everyday life. When he became the CEO of Microsoft, he transformed the company’s culture, emphasizing empathy, collaboration, and innovation. This is an honest examination of the obstacles faced by tech pioneers, from funding difficulties to regulatory hurdles, and how resilience and innovation led to triumphant successes. Lessons for Future Innovators Drawing insights from the stories of success to provide actionable advice, motivation, and encouragement for the next generation of tech entrepreneurs and innovators. Though Elon and Satya were shaped by different cultures and backgrounds, they shared an underlying passion for technology and a belief in its power to change the world. Elon’s relentless drive led him to challenge the status quo, while Satya’s thoughtful leadership inspired a new era of cooperation and growth within Microsoft. Their paths crossed at technology summits and conferences, where they’d often engage in lively debates. Elon, with his boundless energy and futuristic ideas, would challenge the audience to think bigger, to imagine a world where humans were multiplanetary species. Satya, in contrast, would eloquently argue for the importance of leveraging technology to create inclusive growth and foster social progress. Despite these differences, a mutual respect grew between them. They saw in each other a reflection of their own dedication and brilliance, but applied in contrasting ways. As the years passed, they continued to reshape the technology landscape, each in their unique style. Elon’s companies pushed boundaries, aiming for the moon, Mars, and beyond, while Satya’s leadership at Microsoft brought forth cutting-edge technologies that empowered individuals and businesses alike. Eventually, both men found themselves standing on a metaphorical mountain, looking back at their journeys. They had changed the world in their own ways, and though their paths had been different, their impact was equally profound. Elon, the dreamer, forever pushing humanity forward, and Satya, the pragmatic innovator, focused on making life on Earth better. Two titans of technology, as different as they were alike, forever linked by their passion, brilliance, and their desire to shape the future. Their story is a testament to the diverse ways in which individuals can make a difference in the world, each following their own path but driven by a shared passion for innovation and progress. It’s a tale that reflects not just the characters of these two men but the infinite possibilities that lie within the realms of human potential and technological advancement. [...]
August 15, 2023AuthorSilicon Valley is well-known as ground zero for many technological giants. (Source: Built in San Francisco) Silicon Valley has always been a global hub for technological innovations and entrepreneurship for many major technology companies, such as Google, Apple, and Microsoft; it is also home to a variety of technological startups, from big to small. To achieve massive success, many companies have employed numerous techniques to build a strong foundation, resonate with clients, and remain ambitious in their goals. Embracing Failure Table of Contents Embracing FailureFocusing on Real World ProblemsInnovate and DisruptTeamwork Makes the Dream WorkNetworking is a MustAdaptability is KeyFund WiselyDiversity and inclusion Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX, designed his company’s business model to embrace failure. (Source: The Guardian) Companies in Silicon Valley have developed a tolerance for failure as they view it as a process of growth, not stigmatizing it. In the real world, failure is not failure itself; it is a process of growth, learning, and acceptance. Any business will make poor decisions at one point or another due to a variety of reasons.  Despite the negative impact, startups will be able to learn how to avoid the same mistakes and develop new business models, leading to growth, innovation, and creativity. It also educates businesses on how to adapt and be resilient in today’s economy. Furthermore, businesses will be able to acknowledge risk management in later operations. Many business owners in Silicon Valley are encouraged to take risks, acknowledge errors, and avoid future ones if necessary; SpaceX, an American spacecraft company, is a prime example of this. It has its principles revolving around flaws so that it can launch successful missions later on. Currently, SpaceX is known for pioneering private spaceflight.  Focusing on Real World Problems Google is one of the Tech Giants. (Source: Tech Monitor) Many companies within Silicon Valley aim their focus on real-world problems that cause or are likely to cause loss of life, for example, violence, lack of education, or climate change. Businesses will be able to establish a solid purpose and mission for the company beyond making a profit, therefore, investors and customers will be interested. Additionally, it can also establish the company’s reputation and relevance to the public, opening up new market opportunities and growth. Google, a major player in Silicon Valley, is a prime example of how solving a real-world problem can aid a company’s growth. According to Google’s mission statement, the objective of Google is to optimize the distribution of information to be universally accessible and useful. Therefore, many clients and funders backed the project, and combined with Google’s rapid development, the company managed to host the world’s most popular search engine. Innovate and Disrupt Apple Inc. is well-known for its iconic products such as the iPhone. (Source: Inc. Magazine) Innovation and disruption are essential to the businesses of Silicon Valley as its culture thrives on change and groundbreaking invention. In economics, innovation will keep competition steady as companies constantly evolve with the ever-changing market. Being innovative allows businesses to open to new markets and opportunities, improve efficiency and productivity, and improve customer satisfaction as well. Apple, a long-time resident of Silicon Valley, is considered one of the most innovative companies in the world because of how they improve products over time. The iPhone, Apple’s flagship product, has stood the testament of time as the company by constantly researching and reworking its design to be as user-centric as possible. Moreover, Apple has been designing its digital ecosystem to be seamless and personal to customers. Teamwork Makes the Dream Work Adobe is a major software company recognized for its editing software and pioneering the PDF file format. (Source: East Bay Times) Every startup consists of two or more members to reduce the workload to the fullest extent while maintaining limited resources. Therefore, companies in Silicon Valley have adapted to utilize teamwork to achieve the common goal. Teamwork will invite individuals with diverse skills, enabling teams to tackle issues from different angles. Moreover, companies with collaboration skills will have better synergy, creativity, decision-making, and problem-solving. According to the Adobe Experience Cloud Blog, it is no secret that their strategy is to promote teamwork in their workplace to encourage employees to share ideas, collaborate, and be role models to others. In return, the company increases its productivity, reduces obstacles, and improves cooperation. Networking is a Must LinkedIn is a corporation famed for creating its own employment-based social media platform. (Source: CoStar) In the digital age, many startups must be able to interact with others to collaborate together to reach their goal. Silicon Valley is very well known for hosting networking events so that establishments can create connections with powerful people. In return, startups will be provided with opportunities to connect with clients, partners, investors, and collaborators. Moreover, this technique will allow businesses to gain knowledge, recommendations, and resources from their contacts, assisting them in building the startup. No company is more involved in networking than LinkedIn which created a networking application for employees. According to LinkIn’s mission statement, the site’s main goal is to connect the world’s professionals to let them work optimally. Many employees and business owners have utilized LinkedIn as a way to connect with others in the business world, stay in touch with changes, and find new jobs. As a result, LinkedIn is one of the largest occupational social networking websites on the internet.  Adaptability is Key Amazon is a world-renowned megacorporation known for e-commerce, digital streaming, and computing technology in the 21st century. With many social and market trends changing at the drop of a hat, companies within the Valley managed to stay on top by learning how to adapt rapidly; natural selection is unkind to unchanging establishments. By staying on trend, companies can remain relevant in the market and remain more competitive than their competitors, increasing sales. Additionally, there will be more growth, innovation, and customer satisfaction if a startup manages to keep up. Amazon is successful thanks to its adaptive strategies, which allow it to swiftly understand trends and make changes. To cater to changing demands, Amazon, which was an online bookstore at the time, has expanded into selling other categories of products, such as electronics, clothing, or furniture. The company prioritizes a customer-centric approach by asking clients and analyzing data, allowing Amazon to adjust their strategies accordingly. Moreover, its innovations and technological advancements enable Amazon to grow exponentially. Fund Wisely Intel is a major company known for being the largest manufacturer of CPUs and semiconductors. (Source: The Business Journals) Funding is a vital part of any startup, especially in Silicon Valley, where founders require support from investors and donations. To start the initiative, one must be able to ensure the investors that their funds will be spent on what they want. Furthermore, businesses must be able to prioritize important initiatives, such as research and development, expansion, or manufacturing, in order to improve the quality of their product or service, and in return, investors will become more intrigued. If a business can manage its finances and entice clients, it can use the funding to pay for initial capital, business development, or scaling operations, which in turn generates more income. A shining example of how good funding can lead to success is Intel, a major producer of electronic components. Intel has its sights set on the long-term planning of its finances and carefully distributes its funds accordingly. As a result, Intel is able to rapidly capitalize on emerging trends and technologies (eg. artificial intelligence) and persist in economic downturns. Moreover, long-term planning reassures backers that the company has projects in the making and tactics to come out on top, inviting new investors and enticing old ones. Diversity and inclusion Microsoft has one of the world’s best-known computer software. (Source: The Official Microsoft Blog) Diversity and inclusion are a main part of the work culture of Silicon Valley, as experts from all over the globe have gathered here. It is also important to reach out to an international audience due to cultural differences and language barriers. For startups, a group with more diversity can lead to more innovative solutions as they have different backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives. Moreover, the company will also have a better talent pool, expand its market reach, and increase employee performance. Oddly, Microsoft has one of the most inclusive and diverse work environments in Silicon Valley. The company recognized how beneficial it is to its business outcome, company reputation, and employee well-being, so they believe that supporting equality and diversity in its workplace is a win-win situation. Therefore, Microsoft has better employee performance and representation, which attracts investors to fund the company. By David Jay [...]
August 3, 2023AuthorIntroduction Table of Contents IntroductionKey TakeawaysLK99: The Accidental SuperconductorWhat is the Meissner Effect?Superconductors: An Overview, Limitations, and the Game-Changing Potential of Room-Temperature SolutionsSuperconductors ExplainedLimitations of SuperconductorsWhy a Room-Temperature Superconductor is a Game-ChangerThe Korean Saga, Part 1: Ghost in The Machine by Ate-a-PiThe Korean Saga, Part 2: The Signal by Ate-a-PiSo, Maglev is Possible, But What About UFO/UAP Encounter Testimony?But Wait, Covid-19 Wasn’t From Bats? In-depth Discussion on the Origins of COVID-19ConclusionReferences In a world where technology, health, and even the inexplicable intersect, the narrative is continually evolving. The recent discovery of LK99, a breakthrough superconductor, the ongoing controversies surrounding the origin of Covid-19, and revelations from a Congressional hearing on Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs) are perfect instances of this interweaving narrative. This article takes a closer look at these developments, their implications, and how they mirror the complex relationship between science, politics, and the public. Key Takeaways Worldwide events such as Covid19 pandemic, UFO sightings, and superconductor discoveries are reshaping our understanding of the world. These shifts in understanding invite us to reconsider our lifestyles, with rural homesteading emerging as an attractive option. Modern technologies like the LK99 superconductor can be harnessed for creating sustainable and self-reliant rural homesteads. A shift towards such a lifestyle reflects the growing disillusionment with governance systems and points towards increased self-reliance. LK99: The Accidental Superconductor One of the most exciting scientific developments in recent times is the discovery of LK99, a new superconductor. This remarkable material was seemingly stumbled upon by a Korean research team, led by JH Kim, an experimental chemist from Korea University. The unexpected discovery occurred when an accident led to the smashing of a quartz tube during a routine experiment. The team has reportedly had a success rate of 10% when attempting to replicate the process, highlighting the complex nature of chemical research. Interestingly, attempts to replicate the experiment have extended beyond professional labs, with scientists around the world attempting to recreate this coveted material with the potential to someday utilize the Meisner Effect. What is the Meissner Effect? The Meissner effect is a phenomenon occurring with superconductors. When a magnetic field is present, electric current loops spontaneously form on the material’s surface. Like an electromagnet, they generate a magnetic field. These currents are adaptive. They precisely offset the inner magnetic field of the superconductor. As a result, the total magnetic field in the sample becomes zero. Except for the surface where currents emerge, the superconductor is safeguarded. Supercurrents expel the magnetic field from the superconductor. Because superconductors lack electrical resistance, these currents persist indefinitely without needing energy. Consider a magnet inducing the sample’s magnetic field. The supercurrents’ magnetic field repels the magnet, exerting a force. This makes the magnet levitate. The balance between the repulsive force and gravity determines the magnet’s hovering distance. Superconductors: An Overview, Limitations, and the Game-Changing Potential of Room-Temperature Solutions Superconductors Explained Superconductors are materials that, when cooled to a certain temperature, called the critical temperature, can conduct electric current with zero electrical resistance. This essentially means that an electric current can flow indefinitely within a closed loop of superconducting material, without any loss of energy. This phenomenon was first discovered in 1911 by Heike Kamerlingh Onnes, who found that mercury becomes a superconductor at extremely low temperatures near absolute zero (-273.15 degrees Celsius). Since then, scientists have discovered many more materials that can become superconductors at varying temperatures, though most require very low temperatures to exhibit superconductivity. Superconductors have a wide range of applications, including magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), maglev trains, and potentially lossless power transmission lines, which could dramatically improve the efficiency of our electrical grid. Limitations of Superconductors The major limitation of traditional superconductors is their need for extremely low temperatures to exhibit superconductivity. These low temperatures are achieved using coolants like liquid helium, which is both expensive and logistically challenging to handle. Another limitation is that strong magnetic fields can break the superconducting state. This means that, despite their zero electrical resistance, superconductors cannot carry unlimited amounts of current. At high currents, the magnetic field generated by the current itself can cause the superconductor to revert back to a normal, resistive state. Why a Room-Temperature Superconductor is a Game-Changer The discovery of a room-temperature superconductor like LK99 would be revolutionary. This is because it could conduct electricity without resistance at temperatures we experience in everyday life, eliminating the need for expensive cooling. A room-temperature superconductor could dramatically change many aspects of technology. Power transmission could become nearly 100% efficient, eliminating the large losses currently experienced in electrical grids. This would not only save enormous amounts of energy but could also lead to lower costs for consumers. Furthermore, room-temperature superconductors could revolutionize technologies like electric vehicles and renewable energy storage, where improved efficiency could lead to significant advancements. It could allow for more powerful and efficient electric motors, longer-lasting batteries, and more effective solar panels. In essence, the development of a room-temperature superconductor could herald a new era of energy efficiency and technological advancement, making it an exciting field of research in modern physics and materials science. The Korean Saga, Part 1: Ghost in The Machine by Ate-a-Pi JH Kim, a young synthesist, joined the Chemistry Department at Korea University in 1996, under the stewardship of TS Chair, a seasoned elder with a controversial theory on 1-dimensional superconductors. This was the birthplace of a grueling journey that spanned over two decades, with Kim initially focusing on battery materials before being persuaded to work on superconductors with Lee, Chair’s disciple. Years of experimentation eventually led to a blip on the graph in 1999 – a trace of what would later become a groundbreaking discovery. However, with skepticism over the significance of these results, Kim decided to go back to battery materials, leaving Lee and Chair to continue the pursuit. Fast forward to 2008, Lee and Kim establish Qcenter, a research and consulting venture that navigates the potential landscape of superconductors. The superconductor research, however, comes to a halt with Chair’s death in 2017, inspiring Kim and Lee to chase the elusive “ghost in the machine” from 1999. Kim demanded new equipment – an Electron Spin Resonance (ESR) machine and a Superconducting Quantum Interference Device (SQUID) machine. Lee, tasked with raising funds, struggled due to their lack of recent publications. Help arrived in the form of Kwon, They send a video of levitating rock to a reporter with Nature. She flies down to Korea. The paper is submitted to, and accepted by a peer-reviewed journal. Lee finally writes to the Nobel committee. The Korean Saga, Part 2: The Signal by Ate-a-Pi The pursuit of science can often be likened to a game of Marco Polo – blindfolded, guided only by the faint echoes of phenomena that signal the presence of something real, something measurable. This analogy was particularly fitting for the work JH Kim embarked on in his lab at Qcenter. Kim was essentially calling out to the universe with each experiment, leveraging an Electron Spin Resonance (ESR) machine as his ears. Each test conducted was akin to a shout in the darkness, awaiting the universe’s response to guide him either warmer or colder in his quest. As time progressed, Kim found himself needing to invent entirely new methods to effectively ‘listen’ to the universe’s whispers. Theories, however elaborate or insightful, can only guide a scientist so far. Ultimately, it is the measurable, the observable, that drives scientific progress. Kim was on the precipice of such progress in early 2020, just as the Covid-19 pandemic started to grip the world. One morning, his consistent callouts to the universe were met with a resounding echo. His ESR machine picked up a significant spike – a potential signal of the phenomenon he’d been chasing. In his excitement, Kim rushed to replicate the experiment, but to his disappointment, the retest showed nothing unusual. Determined to understand the cause of the anomalous result, Kim painstakingly reviewed his lab notes and scrutinized the video footage from the lab. The answer eventually came from an unlikely source – a slight accident he’d had during the original experiment. The video revealed that he had bumped his elbow against the desk, causing a crack in the quartz capsule holding the lead apatite crystal sample. This seemingly insignificant incident had inadvertently introduced oxygen at precisely the right moment, altering the structure of the crystal being formed. The realization triggered a flurry of activity in the lab. The ‘ghost’ that had haunted the team for over 20 years had finally materialized – it had crystallized into something tangible, a rock that, incredibly, exhibited levitation. The sight of this floating stone elicited a spectrum of emotions, from Lee’s ecstatic joy to Kwon’s sheer disbelief. However, the team’s elation was somewhat tempered by the realization that they lacked the necessary resources to fully characterize this new superconductor. The material’s critical temperature was so high that it exceeded the measurement capabilities of their available equipment. The discovery also stirred a theoretical rift within the team. Kwon, who approached the phenomenon from a physics standpoint, disagreed with the existing theories put forward by TS Chair, believing they failed to adequately explain the behavior of the new superconductor. This divergence of ideas put Kwon in direct conflict with Lee, who was the primary chemist and theorist of the group. In their pursuit of wider recognition, the team encountered several hurdles. An attempt to publish their work in Nature fell through, and internal disputes over theoretical interpretations of their discovery led to further disagreements, specifically between Kwon and Lee. Despite these setbacks, the team continued their work, filing patents and publishing papers, even though they did not have a definitive explanation for why their new superconductor worked. The production process of the ‘magic rocks’ was far from perfected and highly dependent on the unique skills of Kim. The necessary precision and manual labor involved in the process were not conducive to scalability or reproducibility. The onset of the Covid-19 pandemic further hampered their progress. The team was isolated in Korea, unable to share their discovery with the world due to travel restrictions. This situation slowed their work significantly but did not halt it. They persevered, focusing on critical next steps, including the development of a chemical vapor deposition process for the material. Things started to turn around towards the end of 2021. HyunTak Kim, an independent scientist, was able to replicate their production process, bolstering their claims. However, the process was still inefficient, with only one in every ten attempts yielding a successful result. By 2023, the team had faced a series of trials and tribulations, including a falling out with Kwon, but they persisted, driven by the potential their discovery held for the future of superconductivity. So, Maglev is Possible, But What About UFO/UAP Encounter Testimony? Congressional Hearing on UFOs: Encounters Unveiled Adding another dimension to this confluence of events, the United States Congress recently held a hearing on Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAPs) or UFOs. This hearing included testimonials from retired Major David Grusch and other military personnel who reported encounters with anomalous phenomena. The accounts brought forward have rekindled public interest in UAPs and their potential implications. The hearing underscored the importance of transparency and open discussion on UAPs, a topic previously relegated to the realm of speculation and folklore. This marks a significant shift in the public discourse around such phenomena, possibly paving the way for more comprehensive studies in the future. On Wednesday, the House Oversight’s national security subcommittee held a hearing to discuss the executive branch’s approach to reports of Unidentified Anomalous Phenomena (UAP), also commonly known as Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs). The hearing featured three witnesses, each with firsthand experience and knowledge regarding the government’s handling of UFO sightings. The first witness, Mr. Favor, detailed his experience with what he considered the most credible UFO sighting in history. This encounter, which took place in 2004, was his first with a UFO or UAP. Prior to the incident, while Mr. Favor did not completely dismiss the idea of extraterrestrial life due to the vastness of the universe, he was not particularly interested in UFOs. His experience did not turn him into a dedicated UFO enthusiast, but he concluded that the technology he observed was far beyond any existing or foreseeable capabilities. Mr. Grush, another witness, exhibited extensive knowledge on certain subjects but refrained from responding to certain other inquiries. He explained that this selective approach was due to Department of Defense security protocols, which only allow him to comment on matters that are unclassified. However, he expressed willingness to participate in a closed session to discuss classified matters further. The third witness, Mr. Graves, spoke about sightings by both military and commercial pilots. While the range and sensor capacity of commercial pilots are generally less than those of military pilots, commercial pilots have reported sightings that are notably close, albeit varied in nature. Mr. Graves recounted a particularly vivid sighting near the entrance to a working area on the Eastern Seaboard. A stationary object, consistent with previous descriptions of a dark gray or black cube inside a clear sphere, was seen by two aircraft that passed within about 50 feet of it. Although Mr. Graves was not aboard either aircraft, he was present when the pilot who had nearly collided with the object landed. The pilot, visibly shocked, reported his close encounter with the unexplained object. It demonstrated no evident propulsion system, had no wings, and emitted no IR energy, making the encounter all the more puzzling. When asked why they decided to come forward with their experiences, the witnesses cited their sense of duty and desire to address a potential safety threat. Mr. Graves, specifically, expressed his concern for his colleagues and his drive to mitigate any potential risks associated with such encounters. The hearing underscored the need for clear and open discussion on the topic of UFOs or UAPs, an issue that has historically been shrouded in secrecy and stigma. The firsthand accounts shared during this session demonstrated a pressing need for further investigation into these phenomena and their implications for national security. But Wait, Covid-19 Wasn’t From Bats? In-depth Discussion on the Origins of COVID-19 Unraveling the Origin of Covid-19 The origin of Covid-19, the virus that brought the world to a standstill, remains shrouded in mystery and contention. While the widely accepted theory suggests a zoonotic origin, linking it to an exotic meat market in Wuhan, China, the narrative has continually evolved. Complicating matters, evidence suggests the virus was remarkably well-adapted to human transmission from the outset, an unusual characteristic for a zoonotic virus. The proximity of the outbreak to a lab in Wuhan studying similar viruses has fueled speculation of a possible lab leak. Despite initial dismissals, it is now acknowledged that this theory cannot be ruled out and merits further investigation. While this doesn’t prove the virus emerged from a lab, the coincidences and the circumstances compel a more thorough inquiry into the origin of the virus. In an insightful conversation between Dr. Jordan B. Peterson, a renowned Canadian psychologist and professor, and Matt Ridley, a British writer and journalist well-versed in scientific discourse, the two delve into the intricate factors surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak. With Ridley’s expansive knowledge in zoology and his meticulous investigations on the subject, the conversation scrutinizes widely accepted narratives, potential cover-ups, and the future of scientific enlightenment amid growing political tensions. Ridley, initially agreeing with the widely accepted narrative that the virus originated from a wet market in Wuhan, later started questioning certain anomalies. As a zoologist, he was interested in understanding how diseases jumped from one species to another, similar to the previous SARS outbreak. He was also aware that scientists in Wuhan had already identified a similar virus in bats, sparking his interest in uncovering the details of its emergence. In his quest to understand how the COVID-19 virus jumped from bats to humans, Ridley encountered discrepancies that were not consistent with the mainstream narrative. The virus in question did not closely relate to the bat virus previously identified by Wuhan scientists. The location of the bat virus and its precise details were also missing from the scientific literature, even though scientists claimed to have found it previously. Despite the initial anomalies, Ridley and other virologists ruled out the possibility of a lab leak for a few months. However, upon discovering the work of Alina Chan, who insisted that a lab leak couldn’t be ruled out, Ridley started to reassess the situation. The possibility of a lab leak seemed plausible considering the virus’s high adaptation to humans, the presence of a lab working on similar coronaviruses in Wuhan, and the geographical coincidence between the outbreak and the lab’s location. The discussion between Peterson and Ridley unraveled some critical questions about the origins of COVID-19. They noted the first “smoking gun” was the coincidental location of the outbreak and the lab studying similar viruses. This doesn’t directly prove that the virus originated from the lab, but it raises a plausible hypothesis that requires further investigation. Furthermore, Ridley explained the atypical nature of the virus’s adaptation to human beings. Under normal circumstances, a virus that newly emerges in the human species finds it challenging to transmit from human to human. However, if enough time and infection rates allow for the virus to evolve, it can become increasingly successful at transmission. This pattern, evidenced in SARS in 2003, contrasts with the initial emergence of COVID-19, which was already highly efficient in human-to-human transmission. The dialogue between Dr. Jordan B. Peterson and Matt Ridley serves as a deep dive into the COVID-19 outbreak, questioning established narratives and shedding light on some of the pressing unanswered questions about the virus’s origins. Conclusion LK99, Covid-19, and UFOs: seemingly disparate subjects, yet they share common threads. They reflect the reality of our times, characterized by rapid scientific advancements, global health crises, and the pursuit of the unexplained. These developments demonstrate how transparency, scientific inquiry, and open dialogue remain paramount in our collective pursuit of understanding. As these narratives continue to unfold, it’s evident that the boundaries between science, politics, and public perception are more intertwined than ever. The recent worldwide events have unveiled a multifaceted picture of human behavior and its implications. From the sudden shifts in our understanding of pandemics, the continued exploration of the unknown in the shape of UFOs, to the rapid advancements in the technological realm exemplified by the discovery of superconductor LK99, our world is continually changing and evolving. These occurrences invite us to reconsider our approach to life, society, and the choices we make. In this complex landscape, adopting a lifestyle that marries modern technology with a return to rural homesteading, could potentially be an ideal response. A rural homestead fitted with advanced improvements, harnessing technologies like the LK99 superconductor for efficient energy use, could offer a path to a sustainable and self-reliant existence. This lifestyle shift, echoing the growing disillusionment with governance systems witnessed during the pandemic, enables us to regain control over our lives, reduce our carbon footprint, and cultivate resilience in the face of uncertainty. The interplay of global events, advancements in science, and human behavior all point to the fact that we are increasingly responsible for our own survival and progress. Therefore, it seems practical and beneficial to develop a rural homestead that uses modern, sustainable technologies, allowing us to meet our needs and live a healthier, more balanced life amidst the rapidly changing global landscape. 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July 20, 2023AuthorI have spent the last 455 days writing 796 articles. I’d like to share my takeaways on the writing process, AI-driven content, and what I see as the future of human expression in words. Key Takeaway Points: Table of Contents Key Takeaway Points:To Begin,2023, The Year of Mainstream AI AdoptionWhat’s the Future of SEO, Copywriting, and Writing in General?In Closing, AI has demonstrated significant progress in generating coherent and engaging content, transforming the landscape of written content. The future of written content lies in the collaboration of AI and human creativity, where AI can handle mechanical aspects and human writers infuse depth, insight, and creativity. AI has the potential to enhance accessibility and democratize content creation through language translation, transcription services, and text simplification. Ethical issues, including plagiarism, authenticity, and misinformation, are paramount as we increasingly adopt AI-driven content. The challenge for the future lies in harnessing the immense potential of AI while preserving the uniqueness of human expression and navigating the ethical issues associated with AI-generated content. To Begin, In the past 455 days, my fingertips have danced across a keyboard producing 796 articles, exploring topics from the obscure to the mainstream, technical to the whimsical. As a scribe in the digital age, my craft has not only been honed through relentless practice but also by adapting to the ever-evolving landscape of written content. In the midst of this evolution, one emergent player demands particular attention: Artificial Intelligence (AI). 2023, The Year of Mainstream AI Adoption AI-driven content, once considered a fringe concept, is becoming a prominent feature in our content-driven world. As we stride deeper into the age of automation, we must take a moment to ponder what this means for human expression in words and the broader landscape of written content. AI’s foray into content generation is nothing short of remarkable. AI-driven platforms are now capable of creating coherent, relevant, and even engaging content across a range of topics. These include the likes of GPT-4, a text generator powered by OpenAI, which has made impressive strides in producing human-like text. However, it’s crucial to delineate between the notion of AI-generated content and the traditional, human-led writing process. While AI proves to be a powerful tool capable of compiling facts, summarizing articles, or even drafting social media posts, it remains, for now, a tool, a product of our creation. The human touch—our unique experiences, emotions, and perspectives—still form the core essence of truly engaging writing. What’s the Future of SEO, Copywriting, and Writing in General? Looking ahead, the intersection of AI and written content holds intriguing potential. AI can be a formidable ally for writers. It can help streamline the writing process, conduct research in seconds, and even provide writing prompts. The future may witness a sophisticated partnership, where AI handles more mechanical aspects, such as SEO optimization or producing first-draft copies, and writers infuse the content with the depth, insight, and creativity that only a human mind can provide. We must also consider the transformative potential of AI in enhancing accessibility and democratizing content creation. Through language translation, transcription services, or text simplification, AI has the power to make content universally accessible and understandable. Nonetheless, we must approach this brave new world with caution. As AI-driven content becomes increasingly common, we face an ethical labyrinth that demands immediate attention. Issues of plagiarism, authenticity, and misinformation become paramount. It’s incumbent upon us, the writers, developers, and readers, to set the ethical guidelines that will govern this technology. The future of written content lies at the fascinating intersection of human creativity and AI-driven efficiency. It is not a question of replacement but rather collaboration. As we navigate this novel landscape, the challenge lies in leveraging AI’s immense potential while preserving the uniqueness of human expression, the heart of storytelling. AI Vs Human Writing Challenges Anyone? In Closing, In the next 455 days, as I embark on another marathon of writing, I eagerly look forward to seeing where this exciting collaboration will take us. I stand poised with anticipation, my fingers ready to dance in tandem with the rhythm of AI, to the tune of the future. Live a life. Be happy. Improve as you go. Paul Park, Managing Editor, A La Brava 7 Signs You’re Incredibly Intelligent Are There Potentially 34,000 Bob Ross Paintings in the World? [...]
July 15, 2023AuthorConsisting of widely known brands, such as L’Oréal, Estée Lauder, or Unilever, the cosmetic industry is one of the world’s most influential markets. In 2022, Grand View Research stated that the industry had exceeded $262 billion; moreover, the market is expected to have a 4.2% annual growth rate between 2023 and 2030. The revenue of the cosmetic industry in 2022 was $11.75 billion. Throughout the 21st century, the advent of social media and new technologies has changed how beauty companies connect with their customers. Moreover, the success of the cosmetic market is the product of new advertising strategies, various methods of distribution, and ever-changing trends. These tactics have shaped the public perception of makeup in favor of the corporations, resulting in a massive increase in revenue between 2010 and 2020. Ancient History Table of Contents Ancient HistoryPioneering BeautyBecoming the Beauty StandardMetamorphosisDigitalization of the IndustryThe Future Egyptian art depicting the use of cosmetics during ancient times (Source: Love to Know) The existence of tattoos can be traced back and incorporated into every civilization before 5,000 B.C. Ever since ancient Egypt, there was makeup produced to enhance the appearance of both ordinary citizens and pharaohs to protect their skin against the sun. The use of makeup became a staple for prostitutes and wealthy women in the Roman Empire. Geisha, Japanese performing artists, apply powder to their faces and back to enhance their appearance on stage. Various types of cosmetics and their application methods emerged as civilizations fluctuated their standards of beauty. According to the Smithsonian Museum, cosmetics were often worn by members of the upper class in the 18th century, but their popularity dropped after the American Civil War. This is due to the rising Victorian ideals of purity, modesty, and natural beauty in American society; cosmetics were “immodest.” While many perceive makeup to be socially unacceptable, some women secretly prepared beauty commodities of their own relying on advice from their families, friends, and women’s magazines. Many of said products were required to be “natural,” to not be easily detectable. Pioneering Beauty Victorian era cosmetics  Before the 1800s, the lack of lighting technology and access to reflective devices restricted the demand for cosmetic products as many people applied homemade makeup. However, there had been a steady growth in the industry as people began to prioritize their “visual self-awareness” during the late 19th century. Additionally, more female citizens were able to gain employment due to the progression of women’s rights. There was a rise in cosmetic entrepreneurs in the 1880s as demands for beauty commodities began soaring.  Some businesses, typically women-owned, utilized a business model where staff distributed goods to customers. As a result, there was a rise in the employment of women and their wealth. Further, the same women would purchase more cosmetic goods, thus injecting more funds into the economy. California Perfume Company later rebranded as Avon, came up with the strategy to increase sales and spread awareness.  Leaflets of cosmetics containing toxic components during the 18th century (Source: Global Founders London) Many companies in the era, such as Rimmel or Guerlain, created a trend for makeup with mass advertisements (e.g. newspapers, magazines, billboards, etc.) and their big selection of products. All of these tactics used by companies spread the industry across the Western world throughout the 19th century.  The rise in the beauty industry brought safety regulations, new products, and trends. It was discovered that homemade cosmetics often contain toxic components, deterring customers from producing their own products. The industry has produced a variety of  Companies that also imposed advertising showcasing their latest commodities in billboards, newspapers, and women’s magazines. Soon, the demand for cosmetic goods skyrocketed in North America, then Europe. Becoming the Beauty Standard The public opinion of cosmetics remained sour as it was often associated with cabarets and nightlife. Department stores didn’t sell beauty commodities due to their unpopularity, but theatrical stores do due to their application in acting. Enameling, the application of paint onto one’s face, became popularized as paler skin is often associated with wealthiness despite the dangerous materials used. Other kinds of common beauty products in the era were Vassaline, toilet water, and deodorant. Fashion of the 1920s (Source: Hancock Historical Museum) On the contrary, the 1920s and 1930s saw a massive revolution in the cosmetic industry due to the growing film industry, especially Hollywood. The fashion of glamorous actors and actresses became a sensation among the general populace. Additionally, the rise in ballet paved the way for cosmetics’ popularity as it was connected with beauty and grace. Women were able to wear any kind of makeup, even dramatic ones, freely almost without judgment. The expanding ethnic diversity in the United States also inspired companies to develop more products with “exotic” aspects. Technological aspects and rapidly changing fashion led to the breakthrough of new cosmetics during the 20th century. Eugène Schueller, the founder of L’Oreal, launched the world’s first modern synthetic hair dye in 1907, then commercialized sunscreen in 1936. Moreover, there was a brief boom in cosmetic surgeries, especially face-lifting, since the First World War, which allowed more room for growth for cosmetic surgeries. Numerous cosmetic companies emerged from the boom, resulting in fierce competition. To combat this, many businesses have resorted to wholesale bargaining with male-owned department stores. By the end of the 1930s, only a selection of cosmetic companies controlled 40% of the industry, releasing numerous commodities under different brands. Metamorphosis The Second World War dwindled the supply of petroleum and alcohol, one of the core components of cosmetics, resulting in a shortage of cosmetic products. However, the demand for makeup skyrocketed as the majority of women gained financial independence. The era’s fashion emphasizes femininity evidently from the bold colors used in lipsticks, rouge, and nail polish. WWII Recruitment poster containing an image of a female soldier with makeup (Source: Smithsonian Museum) The use of cosmetics became commonplace, even governmental media utilized them to inspire American nationalism. War-related media often reflected that American women’s duties were to support the war efforts and maintain their feminine identity through cosmetics; some posters contain female soldiers wearing makeup. It was said that cosmetics, especially lipsticks, became part of America’s national identity, and even the Office of Price Administration (OPA) revoked rationing for cosmetic products. According to the History Channel, the growing consumer demand and governmental conservation measures resulted in a massive economic boom after the war ended in 1945. Furthermore, the introduction of new manufacturing techniques aided in the production of goods, increasing efficiency and stocks of numerous products; factories resumed normal production. Cosmetic developers acknowledged that the heightening demand will result in an economic boom, so there were more products released during WWII. Cosmetic advertisements in the 1950s (Source: Lipstick and Curls) Cosmetic advertisements in the 1950s (Source: Lipstick and Curls) 80% – 90% of the female American population wore cosmetics after the war due to economic booms, induced demand, and new products. During the later 1950s, female teenagers wore makeup to stay in touch with current trends, prompting companies to make advertisements specifically for younger audiences. In return, cosmetics became accessible for most youths across the US, increasing their sales. Cosmetics became a subject of debate as companies lack the awareness of African Americans, only producing white-centric cosmetics. Additionally, counter-culture caused many consumers to reject products outright due to personal beliefs. To resolve this, major firms created subsidies for catering to dark-toned customers, and they hired African Americans as salespeople. However, the “ethnic” market remained minor with only 2.3% of total sales in 1977. The feminist movement during the 60s and 70s resulted in a decline in the profit of the industry as wearing makeup became controversial again; many activists viewed beauty products as “instruments of torture” and dispose of cosmetics. During the 20-year period, sales dropped due to women’s rejection of the necessity of cosmetics. After the second wave of feminism, there had been a surge in “natural” cosmetics which also don’t contain harmful chemicals. The rise in cosmetics-related technologies, such as high-shear mixers, allowed the creation of new types of cosmetics and improved the quality of existing ones. Notable products in the 1980s were blush-ons, contours, and eye shadows. Digitalization of the Industry Sephora, a major cosmetic company, has its own website on the internet. The turn of the millennium brought the World Wide Web, a major digital information system, allowing the creation of commercial websites. Every kind of industry, including cosmetics, was drastically improved with easy access to the internet as they can offer products and services nonstop, establish their branding, and digitally advertise it. The cosmetic industry was one of the most influential sectors in the advent of the Internet.  Many corporations turned to web-based outlets as they cut out business expenses, such as location costs, salaries, or utilities. Furthermore, there has been a rise in customers using E-commerce as it is convenient, cheap, and abundant in variety. According to Inveon, approximately 25.4% of total revenue will account for online purchases in the near future.   Beauty companies created brand images that their clients can accept to lower the massive competition. Marketing activities, e-commerce tactics, and increasing site accessibility are crucial to increase sales, fight competitors, and build a positive reputation of their own in the online world.  A billboard containing an advertisement for Kylie-brand cosmetics Marketing activities allow potential customers to know a brand’s presence in the online sphere. It allows the company to attract a desired pool of audience with many kinds of advertisements. Traditional media of advertisements, such as newspapers, magazines, or televisions, can be relatively inexpensive depending on the media’s popularity; however, they can be inefficient in attracting customers due to low traffic. On the other hand, online promotions have skyrocketed during the 2010s as traffic heightens, making it very effective for companies. Its versatility and popularity allow it to be applied to nearly every website and networking platform, such as Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram. However, it is often expensive to run them on sites with high traffic and it can backfire if the promotions become frequent. A way to increase the potential of sales online is to employ e-commerce strategies to clients as they increase the number of sales and keep them “loyal” to the company. There are ten main tactics used by companies to reach the brand’s target demographic according to Devrix. Increasing search usability because it enables users to find what they want quicker Provide good media of products and their descriptions to entice them Personalize the homepage of users to create a user-centric experience Prioritize consistent and distinctive content to provide more value to customers Improve the shopping cart functionality to keep users buying more products Build an email list to further advertise products Utilize social media to one’s advantage as there is a huge traffic Establish landing pages to create an identity for the company Create promotional tactics to increase sales Allow content generated by users to popularize products and the brand itself Customers are more likely to purchase a product if it is easy to locate, therefore companies should focus on increasing product accessibility to them. Online marketing allows corporations to analyze valuable data from consumers to help them adapt to the internet; they can create social media accounts on popular sites to advertise and build their presence. Additionally, creating a seamless omnichannel experience allows consumers to access sites from any device or browser. The Future The future of cosmetics is still uncertain due to emerging fashions that come and go, but it is still plausible for some trends to occur within the industry and its audience, namely technological advances, environmental sustainability, personalization, and advertisements.  Dior pioneered virtual reality technology to the cosmetic industry. (Source: LinkedIn) As the digital era progresses, there will be research regarding methods of production in the cosmetic industry, unlocking new kinds of components included in the products. Citing Patsnap, there is an incentive in the research of cosmetic products with biologically active material and non-allergen components, which provide customers with allergies to use cosmetics, increasing sales. Additionally, more modes of media, such as virtual reality or augmented reality, can be heavily utilized in product testing.  Brands began turning to eco-friendly products and packaging to appeal to increasingly conscious consumers. With an increasing trend on this, companies will center their priority to create products that maximize users’ satisfaction and minimize ecological damage. Moreover, they may extend it to manufacturing, packaging, or shipping. Personalization became a major selling point to companies during the 2010s when AI became increasingly popular. Machine learning allows algorithms to analyze users’ purchases and searches to recommend relevant products and introduce new trends, thereby creating a sense of individuality for consumers. Establishments can also use AI to understand current trends, audiences, and popularity of products to further improve their branding. James Charles, a popular internet celebrity, collaborated with Morphe. Advertisements will evolve throughout the technological era by ingenious means. Social media has become a major source of promotions for many cosmetic companies due to the high amount of traffic; it also allows companies to interact and stay current with their consumer base. Sometimes, brands sponsor famous content creators to review their products to reach out to more customers. However, brands begin to diversify between organic and sponsored content to both maintain public reputation and perception. By David Jay [...]
July 4, 2023BusinessThe oldest actual evidence of tattoos on a human body espouses that the tattoo industry is here to stay. Ötzi, a 5-000 year-old mummified man. According to the Smithsonian Museum, the oldest evidence of tattooing was Ötzi, a natural mummy with 61 tattoos across his body. The tattoos are on his left wrist, lower legs, lower back, and torso. His discovered body in the Ötztal Alps dates back to 3250 B.C. The origins of tattooing are unclear, however, historians have proven that the practice originated long before the late Stone Age (4,000 B.C.). There was evidence of tattooing on clay figures found in Romania, dating back to nearly 5,000 B.C. Today, the tattooing industry has experienced significant growth and evolution in recent years, becoming a thriving sector within the broader art and beauty market. With its rich cultural history and increasing mainstream acceptance, tattoos have become a popular form of self-expression and body adornment. Market Size and Growth Table of Contents Market Size and GrowthRegional TrendsFactors Influencing GrowthDemographic TrendsIndustry TrendsConclusion The tattooing industry has witnessed remarkable growth in recent years, both in terms of market size and revenue. According to market research, the global tattoo market was valued at $2.04 billion in 2023 and is projected to reach $3.93 billion by 2030. This represents a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 9.87% during the forecast period (Ibisworld, 2023). The increasing acceptance of tattoos, coupled with advancements in tattooing techniques and equipment, has fueled this growth. There are approximately 26,210 “Tattoo Artists” businesses in the US as of 2023, an increase of 2.9% from 2022 (Ibisworld, 2023). California has roughly 2,896 businesses, New York with approximately 2,598 businesses, and Florida at about 2,000 businesses, commanding about 30% of the US market (based on automated search crawlers), not accounting for private services operating without a mainstream business presence online. With the number of businesses and artists showing off their art on Instagram, the industry continues to rise from an established, historical base based on, what seems like to this writer, deeply-rooted human behavior. Regional Trends The United States, being one of the largest tattoo markets globally, plays a significant role in shaping industry trends. In 2022, the market size of the Tattoo Artists industry in the US was $1.5 billion. It experienced a substantial growth rate of 13.2% during the same year, indicating a strong demand for tattooing services. Over the past five years, the “Tattoo Artists” industry in the US has consistently grown at an average annual rate of 3.8%, outperforming several other industries (Fortuneworld, 2023). Factors Influencing Growth The tattoo industry is a labor and supply-intensive business requiring creative talent and tattoo supplies. Several factors contribute to the growth of the tattooing industry. Firstly, the industry benefits from a growing life cycle stage, as more people embrace tattoos as a form of personal expression. Additionally, improved access to credit has made it easier for individuals to invest in high-quality tattoos and intricate designs. These factors, combined with the influence of popular culture and social media, have contributed to the industry’s expansion. According to IBISWorld, the highest costs for business in The Tattoo Artists industry in the US as a percentage of revenue are Wages (37.3%), Purchases (7.4%), and Rent & Utilities (3.6%). Demographic Trends Interestingly enough, most data suggests there is no mainstream leader in the industry. With the low market share concentration, apparently, no entity commands more than 5% of the market. Tough to say. Ideally, we’d have to go into gleaning data from tattoo businesses, artists, and followers on Instagram, and correlate the data with financial records to better answer this. Understanding the demographic trends within the tattooing industry is crucial for businesses and artists. Adults between the ages of 20 and 64 typically drive demand for tattoos, with a higher concentration of individuals obtaining tattoos before the age of 50. In the coming years, the number of adults aged 20 to 64 is expected to increase, presenting a significant growth opportunity for the industry. Who knows? Industry Trends The tattooing industry is subject to various trends that shape consumer preferences and artist practices. Tattoo styles and designs continually evolve, ranging from traditional and tribal motifs to more intricate and artistic creations. Techniques such as watercolor tattoos, realism, and minimalism have gained popularity, catering to diverse aesthetic preferences. Furthermore, tattoo artists are increasingly exploring collaborations with other art forms, such as photography, fashion, and sculpture, leading to unique and innovative expressions of tattoo art. Conclusion The tattooing industry has experienced significant growth and transformation in recent years. With a global market projected to reach $3.93 billion by 2030, the industry continues to attract individuals seeking self-expression through body art. The US market, in particular, has witnessed remarkable growth and outperformed several other sectors. With changing demographics, evolving tattoo styles, and a growing acceptance of tattoos as a form of personal expression, the industry is poised for further expansion and innovation. As the tattooing industry continues to evolve, staying informed about the latest statistics, trends, and consumer preferences is crucial for both tattoo artists and businesses. By understanding the market dynamics and adapting to emerging trends, industry participants can position themselves for success in this vibrant and ever-growing sector. Live a life. Be happy. Improve as you go. Paul Park, A La Brava, Managing Editor [...]
July 1, 2023BusinessIn the ever-evolving landscape of ideas and trends, it’s fascinating to witness the interplay between different threads of thought. In this article, we’ll dive into three intriguing narratives that have garnered attention: the clash between Apple and Amazon, the demented TikTok trend surrounding McDonald’s, the power of idea seeds as emphasized by super-producer Rick Rubin, and Europe’s most recent impacts on the tattoo industry. Apple vs. Amazon: Unraveling the Prime Controversy Table of Contents Apple vs. Amazon: Unraveling the Prime ControversyMcDonald’s TikTok Trend: Embracing the DementedRick Rubin and the Power of Idea SeedsEurope’s Reach-Compliance Measures: Ensuring Safety in the Tattoo Ink Industry Recently, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) filed a lawsuit against Amazon over its Prime subscription service. The lawsuit alleges that Amazon employs deceptive practices to lure customers into subscribing and makes it challenging to cancel the membership. While canceling Prime may require some effort, it’s worth noting that the cancellation process is arguably less cumbersome than trying to terminate phone or internet plans. Nonetheless, the FTC’s legal action has sparked a lively debate, with supporters and critics examining the merits of the case. McDonald’s TikTok Trend: Embracing the Demented In an unexpected turn of events, McDonald’s found itself at the center of a viral TikTok trend. The fast-food giant introduced a purple shake drink to celebrate the “birthday” of its purple mascot, Grimace. However, TikTokers took the trend to bizarre levels by pretending to pass out or become incapacitated after consuming the shake. While some may find the trend peculiar or even unsettling, it underscores the creativity and humor that can emerge from unexpected corners of the internet. Rick Rubin and the Power of Idea Seeds Renowned super-producer Rick Rubin, known for his magnificent beard and creative prowess, sheds light on the “seed phase” of the creative process. According to Rubin, this initial phase involves being open and receptive, collecting various ideas without the pressure of immediately judging their worth. These idea seeds can range from phrases, melodies, or even societal needs. Rubin advises taking the time to accumulate a wealth of ideas before honing in on the most promising ones. This approach resonates with many creators who find inspiration from their accumulated trove of random thoughts, much like the author’s own process. Our journey through these diverse narratives highlights the multifaceted nature of the creative landscape. From the clash between tech giants Apple and Amazon to the demented TikTok trend around McDonald’s, and the wisdom of idea seeds from Rick Rubin, we see that ideas can emerge from unexpected sources and thrive in the ever-expanding realm of human imagination. By embracing the richness and variety of these ideas, we open ourselves to a world of endless possibilities and continue to fuel the creative spirit that drives us forward. Europe’s Reach-Compliance Measures: Ensuring Safety in the Tattoo Ink Industry In the context of the tattoo ink industry, Europe’s Reach-Compliance Measures play a vital role in safeguarding the well-being of tattoo enthusiasts. These measures, including the REACH regulation, prioritize safety by requiring tattoo ink manufacturers to register their products, assess potential risks, and comply with stringent documentation and testing standards. While complying with REACH presents challenges for the tattoo ink industry, it is a crucial step in ensuring the safety and quality of tattoo inks used by artists and consumers. Collaborative efforts between industry stakeholders and regulators are necessary to streamline processes, foster innovation, and develop safer tattoo ink alternatives. By striking a balance between safety and innovation, Europe’s Reach-Compliance Measures promote responsible practices and contribute to the growth of a safe and vibrant tattoo ink industry. [...]

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