First of all, I want to note a very important point: a very large number of factors affect sales. This is directly the quality of the product, and its positioning, and its price, and the representation of the product at points of sale, and merchandising, and advertising, and the competitive situation on the market, and so on. And, of course, design. Depending on the type of product, some of the above factors will be more important, and some less. But in no case can you rely on only one factor as a guarantee of successful sales – all this will be effectively sold only in combination.
However, many company executives, or marketing managers, tend to:
– Firstly, rely on design as a kind of panacea, a miraculous means in saving the sales plan;
– secondly, blame only the design for poor sales, not paying attention to many other factors.
As you understand, they are mistaken both in the first and in the second case. Continue reading
Not so long ago there was a period when it seemed that world central banks were on the path to normalization. We have been approaching a significant milestone on a long journey since 2008, when in response to the collapse of the global financial system, central banks around the world adopted a number of unconventional political measures. They lowered interest rates to zero. Under the sign of quantitative easing, they have acquired mountains of bonds.
Janet Yellen, then chairman of the U.S. Federal Reserve, ended her quantitative easing program in October 2014. By this time, the country’s central bank had accumulated assets of $ 4.5 trillion. Since then, the balance has been depleted, and interest rates have risen. The European Central Bank (ECB) did not join the quantitative easing game until March 2015, but stopped its purchases in December 2018. Meanwhile, the Bank of Japan was the exception that proved the rule. Continue reading