September Trend Trackers

by Luckie Rethink Tank

Each month we publish a series of marketplace-specific Trend Tracker newsletters that take a quick, topical look into the banking, snacking, telecom and tourism industries. While we sometimes look at traditional stuff like new campaigns and promotions, we tend to focus on interesting insights that relate to emerging technologies, digital and social happenings and consumer behavior.

Read below for the headline stories in each report and download the reports for free by clicking on the respective links.


  • Google Wallet Has Arrived
  • Department Store Eases Check-Out Lines With Mobile Technology
  • Visa Unveils Incentives To Speed Shift To Mobile-Payment Systems
  • Ally Bank Launches ‘People Sense’ Campaign
  • Virtual ATMs Store Your Bank Details In The Clouds For Extra Security
  • U.S. Bank Intros ‘Penny Auction’ Card
  • Site Offers Clarified Banking For Groups & Small Business Teams
  • PayPal Looks To Merchants As It Builds Mobile Payments Offering
  • Universal Payment Network ‘OpenBucks’ Lets You Use Gift Cards To Buy Digital Goods Online


  • Bolthouse Fams Markets Baby Carrots As Junk Food
  • Sunkist Readies Multiple Mobile Sites To Support In-Store Shopping
  • Mike And Ike, Hot Tamales Hit Sweet Spot With Mobile Promotion
  • Fresh Vending: A Quick And Healthy Snack Fix
  • Insect Snacks To Undergo EU Safety Test
  • Dunkin’ Donut Launches K-Cups; Starbucks Soon To Follow
  • Orangina App Shows Your Original Friends On Facebook
  • Red Mango Is In The Game
  • Lid That Enhances The Flavor Of Takeaway Coffee


  • BlackBerry To Offer Music Service
  • Glam Media Goes Mobile
  • Android Dominates Smartphone Market
  • Tablets Outshine Smartphones In Media Capabilities
  • QR Codes On Cigarette Packages Indicate Nearby Smoking Areas
  • Safety First – How Cell Phones Impact Driving Habits
  • Get Deals From Local Retailers Straight To Your Phone
  • Coupons Delivered To Your Grocery Cart In Real Time
  • Does Everyone Own A Smartphone?


  • Special Treatment Based On A Guest’s Social Influence
  • Concrete Pipes Transformed Into Eco-Hotel In Mexico
  • Smurfs And Billy The Kid Have Something In Common: They Are Both Promoting Travel
  • Find A Place To Stay With Google’s Hotel Finder
  • Visit Florida Launches ‘Florida Fan Game’
  • In San Fran, A Weekend Is 49 Hours Long
  • Social Trip-Planning Site Targets Group Travel With Friends
  • J.D. Power: Hotel Overall Satisfaction Declines
  • Colorado City Taking Marketing Direct To The Public

For a free subscription to Trend Trackers — or our other monthly newsletter, Generational News and Views — contact Jay Waters via email.

Edward Bowser is Community Manager at Luckie & Company. You can contact him by email or follow him on Twitter.

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