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Iron Mountain Whisper

Iron Mountain Whisper

Research Question: Can Iron Mountain continue its steady climb or will changes in usage of document storage services cause the company to tumble? Companies Covered: Iron Mountain (IRM), Cintas (CTAS) Report Available: Oct. 9, 2014   Blueshift’s initial research shows IRM making slight progress in its domestic growth and major progress in its international growth, […]

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AmazonSupply of Little Threat to Existing MROs

Research Question: Is AmazonSupply grabbing market share from existing MRO businesses? Companies: AMZN, EBAY, FAST, GWW, HD, HDS, HKG:1688, LOW, MSM, ODP, SPLS By: Reverdy Johnson Click here to download the report (.pdf)   Summary of Findings com Inc.’s (AMZN) AmazonSupply has not taken meaningful share from MROs and will not pose a short-term threat to their […]

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AMZN’s AWS Dominates; Lucrative Future for Add-On Services

Research Question: Are Amazon Web Services’ price reductions spurring current customers to broaden use of the service and enticing new customers to come on board? Companies: AMZN, CTXS, EQIX, GOOG, IBM, MSFT, RAX By: Susan Jennings Click here to download the report (.pdf)   Summary of Findings Amazon Web Services (AMZN) will continue to lead the market. AWS […]

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Rental Car Whisper

Rental Car Whisper

Research Question: Will summer 2014 car rentals be better than expected? Companies Covered: Avis Budget Group (CAR), Hertz (HTZ) Report Available: July 17, 2014   Blueshift’s initial research shows the rental car industry off to a strong start to the summer with high demand and bookings, though looming fleet size reductions may exacerbate already-scarce availability.   […]

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Shutterstock Still Strong, But Getty’s iStock Enters the Picture

Research Question: Will Shutterstock’s superior functionality be enough to defend its market share from competitors’ pricing pressure? Companies: FB, GOOG, SSTK, TWTR By: Chris Jenks Click here to download the report (.pdf)   Summary of Findings Compared with Blueshift Research’s Jan. 16 report, Shutterstock Inc. (SSTK) has become more entrenched in its position as a leading provider of […]

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3D Printer Market Unsaturated, Channel Not “Stuffed”

Research Question: To what extent do Stratasys’ PolyJet and 3D System’s ProJet compete, and how will this change in 2014? Also, is 3D Systems stuffing the channel? Companies: DDD, SSYS By: Susan Jennings Kantari Click here to download the report (.pdf)   Summary of Findings Stratasys Ltd.’s (SSYS) PolyJet and 3D Systems Corp.’s (DDD) ProJet are competitors, but […]

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Rental Car Whisper

Rental Car Whisper

Research Question: Are the rental car fleets for Hertz, Avis & Enterprise a rational size for profit and what is the inventory utilization rate? Companies Covered: Hertz Global (HTZ), Avis (CAR), & Enterprise Rent-A-Car Report Available: February 5, 2014   Blueshift’s initial research indicates rising rental car rates through 2014, driven by an improving economy, increased travel, […]

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Getty, Shutterstock Retain Their Ends of the Stock Photo Market

Research Question: Can Getty Images maintain its higher-priced stock photo business, or is the industry shifting toward lower-priced providers like Shutterstock? Companies: SSTK, YHOO By: Chris Jenks Click here to download the report (.pdf)   Summary of Findings Getty Images Inc. will continue to dominate the high-end image market. However, it will be challenged in entering the growing […]

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Stock Photography Whisper

Stock Photography Whisper

Research Question: Can Getty Images maintain its higher-priced stock photo business or is the industry shifting predominantly to lower-priced providers like Shutterstock? Companies Covered: Shutterstock (SSTK), Getty Images Report Available: January 16, 2014   Blueshift’s initial research shows low-cost stock photography companies, like Shutterstock, emerging in a market that was previously dominated by Getty, though Getty remains an industry leader with its high-quality, reliable products. […]

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Employers Eyeing Private Insurance Exchanges for Cost Predictability

Research Question: Does shifting to a private exchange offer a compelling value proposition for self-insured companies as they seek to control health insurance costs? Companies: AET, CI, CVG, HUM, MMC, TW, UNH, WAG, WLP, XRX By: David Franklin Click here to download the report (.pdf)   Summary of Findings Private health insurance exchanges, self-funded health insurance, and defined […]

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