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Insights and Resources

The landscape of business is constantly evolving.  At Kennedy Consulting we monitor industry trends via news outlets, industry reports and our own work on client engagements to generate insights that can lead our clients to a more prosperous future. More specifically, we use our insights to drive strategic thinking and incorporate initiatives that will provide additional future benefit into implementation plans. Some of the trends and insights that we have recently helped clients to address include:

  1. Digital Transformation: The COVID-19 pandemic accelerated digital transformation efforts across all industries. Businesses have invested in digital technologies, e-commerce, and remote work solutions to adapt to the changing landscape.

  2. E-commerce and Online Shopping: The growth of e-commerce continued to surge, with consumers increasingly shifting towards online shopping. Businesses focused on enhancing their online presence and improving the customer experience.

  3. Sustainability and ESG: Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) considerations have continued to gain prominence. Consumers and investors place greater importance on sustainability, ethical practices, and corporate responsibility.

  4. Remote Work and Hybrid Work Models: Remote work has become more prevalent, leading to a shift in workplace dynamics. Many businesses adopted hybrid work models, where employees have the flexibility to work both in-office and remotely.

  5. Artificial Intelligence and Automation: AI and automation technologies are being leveraged to streamline operations, enhance customer service, and make data-driven decisions. This trend is expected to continue with the integration of AI into many business processes.

  6. Cybersecurity: With increased digitalization, cybersecurity remains a top priority for businesses. Cyberattacks and data breaches continue to pose significant threats, leading to investments in advanced security measures.

  7. Supply Chain Resilience: The pandemic exposed vulnerabilities in global supply chains. Businesses have reevaluated and restructured their supply chains to make them more resilient and adaptable.

  8. Health and Wellness: The pandemic also heightened awareness of health and wellness. Businesses in the healthcare, fitness, and wellness sectors saw increased demand, and there is a growing focus on employee well-being.

  9. Innovation and Agility: The ability to innovate and adapt quickly is essential for businesses to thrive in uncertain times. Companies that encourage a culture of innovation and agile decision-making are seeing a return on that investment.

  10. Data Privacy and Regulation: Concerns about data privacy has led to increased regulation. Companies need to comply with data protection laws like GDPR and invest in data privacy practices.

  11. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI): DEI initiatives have gained traction, with businesses recognizing the importance of creating diverse and inclusive workplaces and addressing systemic inequalities.

  12. Remote Collaboration Tools: The adoption of remote collaboration tools like video conferencing, project management software, and virtual communication platforms continues to grow.


Some of our favorite resources for identifying industry trends and generating insights include:

  1. Industry-Specific Publications: In addition to general business publications, such as Harvard Business Review and Forbes, we look for the latest trends, news, and best practices in industry specific magazines, journals and digital publications such as:

  • ​CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly: Published by the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals.

  1. Market Research Reports: Companies like, Statista, and IBISWorld provide comprehensive market research reports that cover industry trends, market size, growth projections, and more.

  2. Industry Associations: Joining industry-specific associations can provide access to a wealth of resources, including industry reports, networking opportunities, and events. Examples include the American Marketing Association, the National Retail Federation, or the American Medical Association, depending on your field.

  3. Online News and Blogs: Websites like Bloomberg, Reuters, CNBC, and industry-specific blogs often feature breaking news and in-depth analyses of industry trends.

  4. Social Media: Platforms like LinkedIn and X (formerly Twitter) can be an excellent source for industry insights. We follow relevant industry leaders, companies, and hashtags to stay updated.

  5. Conferences and Webinars: Attend industry-specific conferences, trade shows, and webinars to hear from experts, gain insights into emerging trends, and network with professionals in your field.

  6. Research and Consulting Firms: Competitor consulting firms like McKinsey & Company, Deloitte, PwC, and Accenture frequently publish research reports and thought leadership articles.

  7. Academic Journals: For more in-depth and research-backed insights, academic journals related to your field can provide valuable information. Websites like Google Scholar can help you find academic articles.

  8. Podcasts: Industry-specific podcasts often feature discussions with experts and thought leaders.

  9. Online Forums and Communities: Websites like Reddit and Quora have dedicated industry-specific subreddits and forums where professionals discuss trends, share insights, and ask questions.

  10. Government and Regulatory Agencies: Government websites and agencies often publish reports and data related to specific industries, which can be valuable for understanding regulatory changes and trends.

  11. LinkedIn Groups: Join LinkedIn groups related to your industry to participate in discussions, share insights, and connect with professionals who share your interests.

  12. RSS Feeds and Aggregators: RSS feed readers and content aggregators, like Feedly, to subscribe to industry-specific blogs, news sites, and publications.

  13. Books: Books authored by industry experts provide in-depth knowledge about historical trends and future predictions.

  14. Market Intelligence Platforms: Market intelligence platforms like Gartner, Forrester, or Nielsen provide in-depth industry reports and research.

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