The French industry of consumer goods should take better account of the consumers’ expectations

For the last ten years, while the French production of consumer goods has dropped of an average 0,5% per year, jobs in this industry have decreased by 4,5% per year. Although deindustrialisation and the economic crisis are the major reasons for this difficult situation, we may wonder whether the French industry of consumer goods takes account of the consumers’ expectations. Continue reading

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More customers in neighbourhood shops, frozen food and discount stores

For the past few years, the food trade has undergone dramatic change: the mass consumption model has been challenged, the forms of neighbourhood distribution are now increasingly diverse, the sales on the Internet are developing, drive-through for grocery shopping is growing… The distributors are making more and more efforts to attract consumers whose budget is becoming tighter because of unavoidable expenditure (housing, insurance, communication). The amounts spent on food are becoming an adjustment variable for the households’ budgets. Continue reading

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Four experimentations to promote the integration of young people supervised by the youth justice system

In 2011, young people between 18 and 24 represent 25% of the jailed population (and only 16% of the 18-59 years old’s). The young are more concerned than the others by a second offence judgment that’s why supporting is crucial.
In 2009 a new  fund was created in France to experiment new social projects for the youth. It financed ten innovating projects for young inmates. From 2009 to 2012, the CREDOC assessed four of this projects involving almost four hundred young jailed in four different French prisons. Continue reading

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Is well-being growing less quickly than the GDP?

The wealth of a nation measured through the gross domestic product has long been the major indicator of the population’s well-being. Many decision-makers, economists or editorial writers permanently focus on the GDP variations. However the vision of the multidimensional aspects of the population’s well-being reduced to a simple indicator is frequently criticized. In 2009, the Stiglitz-Sen-Fitoussi commission strongly encouraged the searchers to renew their approach. Continue reading

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The “online” elderly have a better social life and spend more

Like in many countries, the French population is undergoing huge changes because life expectancy is longer and the first wave of baby boomers (1946 to 1965) reaches its retirement age. Today, the population aged 60 or over accounts for 23% of the country’s population, in 2060, this age range will represent more than a third of the whole population. The issues related to an aging population were studied by the CRÉDOC in 2009 for the French Directorate for competitiveness, industry and services. The analysis, based on an international comparison of implemented actions, highlighted a potential increase, by more than 40% within the ten coming years, of the elderly market. Continue reading

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