Need a Lyft?: The Market for Ride-Sharing Apps

So you’ve heard about Uber’s latest round of VC funding or Lyft’s expansion into a new city, (or the latest scandal Uber CEO Travis Kalanick has caused), and you want to know more about the market for ride-sharing apps and the companies running them. With 93% of millennials saying they plan to continue using Uber despite the company’s recent bad press, these companies aren’t going anywhere.

Lippincott Library subscribes to databases that offer statistics, information about VC funding, market share, and user demographics for the companies operating in this market. As you search, note that databases often use different terminology to describe this market. Try searching ride-sharingride-hailing, car-sharing, and sharing economy to find information about this market.

PrivCo offers excellent coverage of Uber, Lyft, and other ride-sharing companies. Their company profiles include a company description, company financials, sources of funding, a list of investors, competitors in that market, and news and analysis about the company. While it can be tough to find financial information on startup companies like Uber and Lyft, PrivCo offers relatively comprehensive financial information for each company it profiles. (Note: You will need to set up an account based on your Penn email to access PrivCo.)

eMarketer also provides great coverage of Uber and other ride-sharing companies, offering a variety of statistics, narrative reports, and news stories. From a report on “What Lyft’s Funding, and Uber’s Struggles, Mean for the Sharing Economy” to statistics on why consumers use ride-sharing services or which apps they use most often,  eMarketer is a good resource to use. Try searching Uber,  Lyft, ride sharing, and ride hailing to find more information.

Thomson ONE has some useful analyst reports on Lyft, Uber, and other ride-sharing apps. To find these reports, click “Screening & Analysis” and then “Research”. Search for ride-sharing or ride-hailing in “Title”, or search for sharing in “Title”  and then click the And drop down menu to  add another search row and search Lyft or Uber in “Title/Text”.

If you want to dig into each company’s market share, use Market Share Reporter. Search ride hailing to find statistical tables  including “Ride-Hailing Industry, 2014“, “Ride-Hailing Apps in China“, as well as “Business Travel Transportation, 2014-2015” which includes market share data for Uber and Lyft.

IBIS World has industry reports on “Taxi and Limousine Services in the US” and on “Limousine and Town Car Services” that mention how Uber and Lyft are affecting these industries. You can find these reports by searching Uber, Lyft, and ride-sharing. While ride-sharing companies only comprise an estimated 6% of these markets, 6% of a nearly $11 billion market is nothing to sneeze at.

Mintel Oxygen also offers great coverage of consumer markets and products, including the market for ride-sharing apps. Try searching UberLyft, and ride sharing to find reports on the way ride-sharing apps have affected insurance companies, car rental and travel companies, and driven digital trends and new business models.

Feel free to contact Lippincott’s business research librarians with questions about researching this or any other market or industry!

Passport GMID for Market Entry Strategies

Passport GMID is one of our premier market research databases. Learn how to utilize this tool to its fullest when working to craft a market entry strategy for consumer products. This video will illustrate some of the many ways you can use Passport GMID to inform your decisions. And, feel free to contact the Lippincott librarians for additional assistance with using this great resource.

I Graduated!! Can I use the Library Databases?

Congratulations to the Class of 2016!!!

“Why can’t I get access to the Library’s databases?” is the perennial question of the recent Penn graduate.

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Unfortunately, the library’s subscription databases are only available to current students, faculty, and staff members of the University of Pennsylvania. Once the school switches a student’s status from student to alumni – usually mid-August – access to the Library’s electronic resources ends. Below is a summary of the Penn Libraries resources that you can access as an alumni, both remotely and on-campus. We also have a few tips for finding business resources at your local public library or on the Web.

Alumni Services provides information on visiting the Library, Library Events and E-resources that are accessible remotely using your PennKey information.

Alumni also have access to some business databases on campus as shown in this list: Alumni Business Database Access on Campus.

Other options for Alumni include the local public library.  Many public libraries provide access to selected databases for members.  Check your library to find out what is available to you.   New York City’s Science Industry and Business Library, (SIBL) rivals many college libraries. The Free Library of Philadelphia also has a large collection of business resources.

There are also many useful freely available web resources.  Here are a few tips on locating and finding reliable information.  First, check our Library Research Guides.  Many guides include web sites carefully vetted by subject Librarians.

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Many Universities, such as Penn, provide Scholarly Commons where research by faculty and students are readily available.

Use Google filters.  For instance, when you are researching topics such as foreign trade or exporting, limit your search to government sites.  To search for trade regulations in Brazil, use this search:

TRADE REGULATIONS BRAZIL SITE:.GOV

You will retrieve resources about trade with Brazil from U.S. government sites only.

To search for information from associations or organizations use the filter SITE:.ORG.  Many organizations such as the World Bank provide free information. One great resource from the World Bank is the annual “Doing Business In survey of the ease of doing business in countries across the Globe.  The World Bank also provides detailed information on each country including business regulations and historical macroeconomic data.

Google Scholar contains many scholarly publications from around the world.  Many are accessible via the web.  This can also be used as a way to build a bibliography that can be used at the local library.

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The Library of Congress lists many resources, print and online in the Business Reference Services website.  Check out the Bibliographies & Guides as well as recommended Internet Resources.

Large consulting companies often provide free reports. PricewaterhouseCoopers provides industry overviews and research and insights.  Real estate firms such as CBRE provide quarterly international market research reports.

An easy way to access government data is through American Factfinder.  Select your topic of interest such as demographics, economics or housing.

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FRED, the Federal Reserve Bank, St. Louis, is another depository of economic statistics and research.  This covers a range of countries as well as the United States.

The Thomas Register is the largest directory of suppliers in the the U.S.  Many companies include brochures.taking-your-biz-to-the-top2

 

The Pew Research Center is a nonpartisan fact tank providing information about the issues, attitudes and trends shaping America.

Financial Data is also accessible on the web.  Yahoo Finance and Bloomberg provide data on stocks, bonds and other financial instruments as well as providing current news.

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Edgar provides free access to company filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).  It also includes information about the usage for various filings.

This is a sampling of sites that are available on the web.  Good luck going forward!!

For more detailed information about the Library’s business databases available to alums, please look at our blog post Library Database Access for Penn Alumni.

 

 

 

Living the Dream: Researching the Fantasy Sports Services Industry using resources available to Wharton students

In the U.S., Fantasy Sports Services comprise a billion dollar industry with hundreds of component companies . Like many new industries consisting mainly of small private companies, data on the industry and its companies is allusive. Similar problems are encountered in researching such industries as Tattoo Parlors, Online Dating  and Mobile Apps.

The Lippincott sources for Wharton students described below will give you a good start in researching the Fantasy Sports industry and its companies

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$1000s in Free Market Research—At the Library!

This post originally appeared in Wharton Entrepreneurship’s Blog:

As an entrepreneur on campus, you will be impressed and excited by the types of resources the library provides. Are you looking for trade journals to read to develop ideas; industry research to learn about sectors; demographics databases to identify customers; company directories to create a list of possible competitors; financial benchmarks to draft projections; or deal summaries to understand the funding climate? The library can help! We strive to purchase resources used across academic and corporate settings, including more than 120 business related databases, most of which are available to students, faculty and staff of Penn with their PennKey and password, anywhere they have an internet connection, through the library website.

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With so many resources, it can be daunting to know where to start! Fortunately, we’ve built in some help from theLippincott Library home page. Our Research Guides are authored by our business librarians and organized by topic. Our Business FAQ offers quick answers to commonly asked questions.  But the absolute best way to learn how to navigate our resources is to contact my colleagues and me at Lippincott Library. Send us an email at lippinco@wharton.upenn.edu, call us at 215-898-5924, chat with us, stop by the library, or visit us in Huntsman in GSR 251 from 12:30 to 1:30pm, Mondays through Thursdays during the semester. We can direct you to library assets most relevant to your topic, provide instruction on effective database searching and assist you in developing a strategy to find what you want.

Do you want to scour the NY Times and the Wall Street Journal every day to track trends and news? You can do that with Factiva.

Do you want to read trade journals about the beverage industry because you are interested in launching a kombucha tea business? You can do that with Business Source Complete.

Do you want to get an overview of demographics and spending behavior of America’s pet owners? You can do that with Mintel.

Do you want to get perspective on remote patient monitoring systems? You can do that with Marketresearch.com Academic. And yes, you are reading that correctly. That report is valued at $4200, and you have access because you are affiliated with Penn.

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The resources available through the Penn Libraries are vast. Save yourself time, and contact us to explore valuable information to develop your entrepreneurial ideas. You will wonder why you didn’t talk to us sooner!

Please see our Research Guide, Entrepreneurship and Small Business for additional resources.

Do You Have This Report? Finding Market and Industry Reports

Doing research on an industry? The Library has several databases that can help. Most Library resources can be accessed by typing the database name into the Findit box at the top of the Library homepage.

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Net Advantage – Standard & Poors has been providing industry surveys since 1941. Older, print editions are available at Lippincott Library – Peck Collection (call number HG4921 .S672).  Recent years are available electronically. Once you are logged into the database, click on the Industries Tab. While coverage is mostly limited to the U.S. there are some international reports as well. The reports include industry profiles, trends, how the industry operates, key ratios, and how to analyze a company in this industry. Comparative company analysis is also available for industry leaders.

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Moody’s Analytics examines industries from the standpoint of the bond markets. Not only does Moody’s provide very detailed reports on their methodologies for rating bonds in a particular industry, it also provides industry outlooks explaining what industry trends will affect the bond markets. Coverage is international in scope. Both types of reports provide deep insight into what is needed for an industry to thrive and what companies in that industry have the strongest potential for investment.Combined_2

Navigate using the Ratings and Research Tab. Next in the middle column, select Research Type and then choose Industry/Sector Research or Methodologies.

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Top 10 Resources for MBAs

The librarians at the Lippincott Library are excited to have new MBAs on campus. We’ve put together a listing of 10 resources/services available through the library that we think you should know about.
1. Wall Street Journal – The library has full-text access to the newspaper through a number of our subscription databases (just not through WSJ.com). You can browse the latest 2 weeks of the newspaper in Factiva.  Other places to find the Wall Street Journal can be found here.  You can also access The Economist, and other news sources.

docdel00012. Document Delivery – MBAs have access to a special delivery service for articles and book chapters. Send citations of interest to docdel@wharton.upenn.edu and we will scan or download the items you need & send them to you via email. This service was previously only available to faculty and PhDs but we’ve opened it up to MBAs – saving you both the time and headache of searching for the full-text.

Business Databases3. Subscriptions to 100+ business specific databases. Some highlights include databases that cover market and industry reports as well as financial resources used in the industry like Bloomberg, Factset, SDC, and many more.

4. Wharton MBAs have remote access to S&P Capital IQ through MBA Career Management – click on “Students”, then select “Research Tools”. Remote access will become available at the start of the Fall Term. Capital IQ is also available in the Lippincott Library for students with a Wharton login account.

5. Business FAQ – Provides quick reference help on a wide range of questions relating to business research. The FAQ is a knowledge base consisting of 15 broad categories (e.g. “Finance”) and more than 600 specific questions (e.g. “How do I find Info on Venture Capital and Private Equity?“). Take a look at our recent blog post, Just the FAQs, to learn more.

Guides6. Research Guides – Helpful guides put together by subject specialists at the Lippincott Library. The guides cover industries, geographies, and other business topics. Each guide includes links to subscription databases, journals, books, and other helpful resources that relate to the guide’s topic. Research Guides are a good starting point if you are new to a topic or just beginning your research.

4557vitale7. Group Study Rooms – The library has study spaces that you can reserve for groups of 4 to 12 people for up to two hours a day. We hope that when you are not collaborating in 2401 Walnut, you know that you have a place to meet with your group in Lippincott.

Research To Go8. Research To Go is one of the many ways that you can contact the librarians at the Lippincott Library. From 12:30pm to 1:30pm, Monday through Thursday, you can find a librarian in JMHH 251. Drop in for a reference consultation, no appointment is needed. Please feel free to interrupt us!

Bloomberg1019. Financial Database Instruction – Over the course of the school year, the Lippincott Library will be offering a variety of 1-hour classes covering topics like financial databases (Bloomberg & Capital IQ), Entrepreneurial Research, and Business Research Strategies. Database instruction will be hosted in the newest space in Lippincott, the Yablon Financial Resources Lab, when it’s completed at the start of the Fall Semester. A full listing of offerings will be available on the website.

Librarians10. Last but definitely not least, get research assistance from one of Lippincott’s six Business Research Librarians. There are lots of ways to contact us and we hope that you do. We will gladly help you get started with your research and projects!

Visiting Lippincott Library  You can access most of our electronic databases remotely, all you need is your Pennkey ID and password. However, there are some perks to visiting the library.

  • What do textbooks, laptop locks, and headphones all have in common? You can check-out these items from the Lippincott Library Reserve Desk for three hours at a time for use within the library.
  • With your Wharton ID and password you can log into computers that have the same image as the computers in Huntsman Hall. This allows you to do the same work you do in Huntsman, but in the library.
  • Access a number of specialized financial databases like Bloomberg, Capital IQ, Factset, SDC, Datastream, Morningstar Direct and Prowess.
  • Wharton printer – You can print in the library using your Wharton print account.
  • Scanner – Scan documents for free directly to your USB or email.
  • And, of course, in-person research assistance from the Lippincott Librarians. Come visit us at the Reference Desk.

Increase Your Market Share IQ

The cartoon character Dogbert gives this advice to the Boss:

“It’s easy to create a strategy – Write down everything you do preceded by the phrase Increase our Market Share by.

Creating strategy a la Dogbert is easy. Finding market share data can be tough.

Market share is the percentage of a market, usually defined in units or in revenue, accounted for by a company, a brand, a product, a commodity, or an institution.  The market can be defined geographically, as broadly as the entire world or as narrowly as a zip code. Market share figures are usually calculated for the year, but some industries require more frequent updates. For example, the publication MusicWeek gives weekly market shares by corporate group for artists’ singles and albums. In addition, we may want historical time series or a projection of market share data. The number of potential requests for specific combinations of products, companies, geography and time is almost endless.

Here are some sources for market share data.

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Bloomberg’s industry surveys module is a good source for market share data for more than one hundred industry groups. The screen below shows market share data for North American Passenger Airlines. Use the command BI <GO> to access Bloomberg Industries. Select an industry and then click on “Market Share” from the left-hand menu. Bloomberg is available at the Lippincott Library and Huntsman Hall.

Note that passenger airlines have their own unique market share metric “Revenue Passenger Kilometers”

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Take the Data and Run: The Sports Business Research Network

Sports Business Research Network (SBRNet) bills itself as “The Source of Knowledge for the Sport Industry”.  This is a “must have” database for academic libraries documenting the business of sports. Covering more than 50 sports —  from Archery to Yoga – SBRNet provides extremely detailed data on market size, demographics, sports participation, licensing, financial and retail trends, as well as international marketing and professional sports trends.

It includes buyTRACK, which tracks the sales of sporting goods purchased on the Internet. In addition, SBRNet covers stories related to sports business in 80 or so magazines and journals, ranging from general sources such as Business Week, to the sport specific, e.g. Baseball Business Journal.

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How Much for that Tummy Tuck? Information on the U.S. Plastic/Cosmetic Surgery Industry

In the U.S., strictly speaking “Plastic Surgery” is surgery performed by Board Certified Plastic Surgeons. Other surgery designed to enhance appearance, for example, a dermatologist removing a facial mole, is described as “Cosmetic Surgery”.

A definition of the industry is provided by IBIS World Industry Reports.

The Industry provides medical techniques to enhance physical appearance for cosmetic or reconstructive purposes ” (IBIS Plastic Surgeons , October 2011).

Two specialty physician professional associations for plastic surgeons that collect data will be helpful in analyzing the industry:

1. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons  – The largest plastic surgery specialty organization. See their procedural statistics page. The Organization reports  performing 13.8 million surgical procedures in 2011.

2. The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery members are American Board of Plastic Surgery certified physicians. Their Statistics page, provides data on procedure

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