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F E A T U R E

Not My Tribe:

Beyond Millennial
Stereotypes

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by Jason Dunkel

o say I remember it like it was yesterday would
be a lie. I don't exactly recall when or where
it happened. What I can tell you is that at a
marketing research conference about four years

ago, I was grabbing a drink at the bar when I overheard middleaged attendees speaking in a very serious tone. "We really need
to do something about these millennials," one of the men said.
The other nodded and added in exasperation, "We just have no
idea what to do about them!"
It wasn't what they said, but how they
said it. At that point "millennial" was a
relatively new term in some marketing
circles, and these people were talking
about millennials as if they were a new
species. But not in a "wow, this is a really
interesting new species" sort of way,
more like a "this species threatens the
existence of marketers worldwide" way.
Four years ago, millennials had been
deemed the next big thing in marketing,
so I understand why these conferencegoers may have felt such an urgent need
to understand them. But as a millennial
myself, this attitude always struck me as
humorous. The same people I had been
chitchatting with at conferences were
secretly taking notes on my behavior,
trying to learn about me and my ilk. It
made me feel like a rare zoo animal:
important, under constant observation
and likely misunderstood.

Since then, more and more conferences
have begun to focus on millennials.
I remember thinking we may have
reached "peak millennial" when I saw
a sharply dressed 20-something selfproclaimed "generations expert" give a
keynote presentation on understanding
millennials. Of course, he touched
on all the well-worn crowd pleasers:
millennials are lazy; millennials live in
their parents' basement; millennials
post everything to social media;
millennials are cheap; millennials are
afraid of commitment and so on.
While the presentation was
entertaining and the crowd loved
it, I felt a little betrayed by it. This
generations expert painted my entire
generation with the same brush, doing
nothing but strengthening stereotypes.
I felt like saying to him, "You know
who isn't lazy, living in a basement

and afraid of commitment? A guy
in his twenties, who owns his own
company and makes a living by flying
around the country giving keynote
presentations about millennials!"
Not long after, I received an invitation
to speak on a panel about millennials.
I took it as an opportunity to take up
the good fight to destroy millennial
typecasting. While the stereotypes
may be true of some of us, there's
a world of differences among most
of us. No matter how you make your
living, you'll be missing out on many
opportunities if you ignore this
reality. Now I present my Excalibur in
this fight: I have the data to prove the
existence of many different kinds of
millennials.
As a long-time employee of Environics
Analytics, a marketing and analytics
company, I know there are many
ways to segment millennials. The
approach that you take depends on
your objective. Are you a high-end
restaurant chain looking to find the
wealthiest millennials? Are you a
grocery retailer seeking to connect
with millennials living in suburban
areas? Are you a brand whose
products are found on grocery store
shelves trying to understand who
your next generation of buyers will
be? Environics Analytics has more
than 20,000 data points on what
Americans think, buy and do - and
where you can find similarly inclined
consumers. The data can be sliced
and diced by factors such as age,

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Food Shippers of America - Fall/Winter 2017

President's Letter
Help Wanted
The Value in Orchestrating a Scheduled Transportation Plan
Building Better Supply Chains with Blockchain
Blockchains for Trucking
Truck Platooning
Regulatory Update
Rail Update
Evolution of Logistics: Developing Our Leaders of Tomorrow
Dinner at the Door
Industry Forecast
Retail Trends
Food and Beverage Industry Undergroing Transformation
Not My Tribe: Beyong Millennial Stereotypes
Where Did the Milk Go?! Or, Why You Should Optimize Your Website Before Redesigning It.
Burris Logistics
Vantix Logistics
FSA Members
Membership Application
Index of Advertisers
Food Shippers of America - Fall/Winter 2017 - Intro
Food Shippers of America - Fall/Winter 2017 - cover1
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Food Shippers of America - Fall/Winter 2017 - President's Letter
Food Shippers of America - Fall/Winter 2017 - 12
Food Shippers of America - Fall/Winter 2017 - 13
Food Shippers of America - Fall/Winter 2017 - Help Wanted
Food Shippers of America - Fall/Winter 2017 - 15
Food Shippers of America - Fall/Winter 2017 - 16
Food Shippers of America - Fall/Winter 2017 - 17
Food Shippers of America - Fall/Winter 2017 - 18
Food Shippers of America - Fall/Winter 2017 - 19
Food Shippers of America - Fall/Winter 2017 - 20
Food Shippers of America - Fall/Winter 2017 - The Value in Orchestrating a Scheduled Transportation Plan
Food Shippers of America - Fall/Winter 2017 - 22
Food Shippers of America - Fall/Winter 2017 - 23
Food Shippers of America - Fall/Winter 2017 - Building Better Supply Chains with Blockchain
Food Shippers of America - Fall/Winter 2017 - 25
Food Shippers of America - Fall/Winter 2017 - 26
Food Shippers of America - Fall/Winter 2017 - 27
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Food Shippers of America - Fall/Winter 2017 - 31
Food Shippers of America - Fall/Winter 2017 - 32
Food Shippers of America - Fall/Winter 2017 - Blockchains for Trucking
Food Shippers of America - Fall/Winter 2017 - 34
Food Shippers of America - Fall/Winter 2017 - 35
Food Shippers of America - Fall/Winter 2017 - Truck Platooning
Food Shippers of America - Fall/Winter 2017 - 37
Food Shippers of America - Fall/Winter 2017 - 38
Food Shippers of America - Fall/Winter 2017 - 39
Food Shippers of America - Fall/Winter 2017 - 40
Food Shippers of America - Fall/Winter 2017 - Regulatory Update
Food Shippers of America - Fall/Winter 2017 - 42
Food Shippers of America - Fall/Winter 2017 - 43
Food Shippers of America - Fall/Winter 2017 - 44
Food Shippers of America - Fall/Winter 2017 - Rail Update
Food Shippers of America - Fall/Winter 2017 - 46
Food Shippers of America - Fall/Winter 2017 - 47
Food Shippers of America - Fall/Winter 2017 - 48
Food Shippers of America - Fall/Winter 2017 - Evolution of Logistics: Developing Our Leaders of Tomorrow
Food Shippers of America - Fall/Winter 2017 - 50
Food Shippers of America - Fall/Winter 2017 - 51
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Food Shippers of America - Fall/Winter 2017 - 61
Food Shippers of America - Fall/Winter 2017 - Dinner at the Door
Food Shippers of America - Fall/Winter 2017 - 63
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Food Shippers of America - Fall/Winter 2017 - 74
Food Shippers of America - Fall/Winter 2017 - Industry Forecast
Food Shippers of America - Fall/Winter 2017 - 76
Food Shippers of America - Fall/Winter 2017 - Retail Trends
Food Shippers of America - Fall/Winter 2017 - 78
Food Shippers of America - Fall/Winter 2017 - 79
Food Shippers of America - Fall/Winter 2017 - 80
Food Shippers of America - Fall/Winter 2017 - Food and Beverage Industry Undergroing Transformation
Food Shippers of America - Fall/Winter 2017 - 82
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Food Shippers of America - Fall/Winter 2017 - 90
Food Shippers of America - Fall/Winter 2017 - Not My Tribe: Beyong Millennial Stereotypes
Food Shippers of America - Fall/Winter 2017 - 92
Food Shippers of America - Fall/Winter 2017 - 93
Food Shippers of America - Fall/Winter 2017 - Where Did the Milk Go?! Or, Why You Should Optimize Your Website Before Redesigning It.
Food Shippers of America - Fall/Winter 2017 - 95
Food Shippers of America - Fall/Winter 2017 - 96
Food Shippers of America - Fall/Winter 2017 - Burris Logistics
Food Shippers of America - Fall/Winter 2017 - Vantix Logistics
Food Shippers of America - Fall/Winter 2017 - 99
Food Shippers of America - Fall/Winter 2017 - 100
Food Shippers of America - Fall/Winter 2017 - FSA Members
Food Shippers of America - Fall/Winter 2017 - Membership Application
Food Shippers of America - Fall/Winter 2017 - Index of Advertisers
Food Shippers of America - Fall/Winter 2017 - 104
Food Shippers of America - Fall/Winter 2017 - 105
Food Shippers of America - Fall/Winter 2017 - 106
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