How Will Cremations Affect the Market for Precast Concrete Cemetery Products?

How Will Cremations Affect the Market for Precast Concrete Cemetery Products?

In general, the popularity of precast concrete products in the US is on the rise. However, there is one funereal exception to this growth trajectory.


Tariff Tracker: Power Lawn & Garden Suppliers Brace for Tariffs, Plead for Reversal

Tariff Tracker: Power Lawn & Garden Suppliers Brace for Tariffs, Plead for Reversal

The first three rounds of the Trump administration’s trade war with China have included tariffs on a range of power lawn and garden equipment, in addition to engines and other OEM components, replacement parts, and attachment accessories.

  Consumer Goods      Industry Studies      Tariffs    

Not Just a Fad: Taking Smart Lighting from Niche to Necessity

Not Just a Fad: Taking Smart Lighting from Niche to Necessity

Silicon Valley has a vision for the future, and it starts with the Internet of Things – an algorithm-based, data-centric world in which electronic devices communicate with each other and even determine for their users the best course of action to lasting health, happiness, and overall wellbeing.


Tariff Tracker: Another Day, Another Dodged Tariff

Tariff Tracker: Another Day, Another Dodged Tariff

Importers and exporters have long taken advantage of free trade agreements to circumvent tariffs using such methods as transshipments, outsourcing production, and internal supply chain shifts. Increasingly, however, Chinese manufacturers are taking a simpler – if more ethically dubious – approach to avoiding US-imposed tariffs: code misclassification.

  Freedonia Focus      Industry Studies      Tariffs    

Tariff Tracker: Consumer Water Treatment Systems & Parts Under Pressure

Tariff Tracker: Consumer Water Treatment Systems & Parts Under Pressure

US suppliers of consumer water treatment systems – including water purification systems and water softeners – have not been able to duck the reach of recent tariffs imposed on China.

  Consumer Goods      Industry Studies      Tariffs      Water Treatment    

Tariff Tracker: How Will Shift from NAFTA to USMCA Impact the Car Industry?

Tariff Tracker: How Will Shift from NAFTA to USMCA Impact the Car Industry?

The Trump administration’s unapologetic disparagement of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) has resulted in a replacement agreement, announced October 1. Now known as the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), has NAFTA changed in anything but name?

  Automotive & Transport      Freedonia Focus      Tariffs    

Tariff Tracker: The $1.25 Store? Tariffs to Strike Discount Retailers

Tariff Tracker: The $1.25 Store? Tariffs to Strike Discount Retailers

For many Americans who rely on the low-cost housewares and other goods supplied by dollar and discount stores, new tariffs implemented by the US on Chinese imports could spell bad news.

  Consumer Goods      Industry Studies      Tariffs