The world’s population is getting older and many consumers say the world isn’t prepared for the shift. With the massive growth in According to the World Health Organization, one in five people around the globe will be at least 60 years old by 2050, which raises questions and concerns for consumers as well as industries.
Global consumer confidence held steady with an index of 94 at the end of 2013, rounding out three consecutive quarters at that confidence level. Discretionary spending declined in all regions, many regions still feel mired in recession, and Asia-Pacific posted the only regional consumer confidence increase in Q4.
It takes a lot to define a generation, and no two generations are alike. As much of the world is watching the second-youngest generations develop and become full-fledged consumers, marketers are placing more and more emphasis on how to engage with them. Most are children of Baby Boomers, and all are eager to carve out a unique identity as they come of age.
Shoppers never stop shopping, and retailers must evolve to stay ahead of the pack and keep consumers engaged. And today, brick-and-mortar stores need to innovate continually to compete with e-commerce's growing appeal and loosen consumers still firm grip on on their wallets.