Finding Your Sustainability Values

Is your company missing out on sustainable opportunities?
Peter Harris | UPS

We’ve entered the season of sustainability reporting, when companies release their latest summary of achievements and provide a peek into what’s on the horizon. What typically gets less attention in these reports is how a company focuses on certain issues and, more importantly, how they develop their sustainability strategy. In many cases, companies use a […]

Collaboration for a Cleaner World

Real-world partnerships are delivering unexpected results.
Mike Britt | UPS

I live about 40 miles from work. If I leave at 6 a.m. when the morning rush begins, it takes me an hour to get to the office. And it takes me 70 minutes to get home if I leave at 5 p.m. This is the norm for the average commuter in Atlanta. Without changes, […]

Sustainability at UPS: The Road Ahead

Setting goals is the easy part. We’re getting to work on an ambitious sustainability agenda.

For more than a century, UPS has been helping people and businesses move goods by focusing on the road ahead — both literally and figuratively. Our success reflects relentless attention to emerging trends, innovative ideas and transformative technologies that enable global commerce, growth and sustainable solutions. Our 15th annual Sustainability Report, published Tuesday, reflects this […]

Canada is Open for Business

Assessing Canada’s changing trade landscape can help uncover new international business opportunities.
Aylin Lusi | UPS Canada

According to the World Bank’s Doing Business 2017 ranking, Canada is the second best place in the world for starting a business, and let’s face it – the reasons are quite clear. Beyond the federal government’s plan to advance trade, Canada is located next to one of the world’s largest economies and has access to […]

Enterprise IT at Cloud Speed

Here's why hybrid IT speed is critical for business success.
Markus Herber | Hewlett Packard Enterprise

In digital business, speed is critical to gaining a competitive advantage. That’s why rapid software development concepts such as DevOps and Continuous Delivery are gaining popularity. This requires a shift in mindset by IT departments – so-called “cloud speed” must also be possible in the enterprise data center. According to a recent Oxford Economics study, […]

What Skydiving Taught Me About Mentorship

Personal growth begins with humility.
Diana Tsai | Veterati

I had an epiphany about mentorship after throwing myself out of a plane (solo) at 13,000 feet on my seventh skydive in three days. To learn how to skydive solo, you take the Accelerated Free Fall course. It is four to five hours of coaching, plus seven levels and takes about a week. You can […]

3 Questions to Help You Live a Purposeful Life

Finding the right answers in life often starts with asking the right questions.
Paolo Gallo | World Economic Forum

My dad made a major commitment to my twin sister and I when he promised to be there for our first day of school. He worked in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and only came back home to Milan, Italy, twice a year, in August and at Christmas. So the big day finally came, but when we […]

A Greener Fashion Industry – and a Brighter Future

This is what a sustainability makeover looks like.
JK Rha | UPS

Sustainability is a buzzword in today’s business world. That’s because it’s no longer a choice – but a requirement – for remaining competitive in the retail industry. But what does sustainability actually mean for businesses? Sustainability is often about creating or doing less throughout the product lifecycle: less waste, lower emissions and fewer impacts. It also means […]

America Deserves a Modern Transportation System

Here are five ways to improve transportation and infrastructure in the e-commerce era.
Tom Jensen | UPS

At UPS, we see the impacts of lagging infrastructure investment in real time, as 85,000 UPS drivers hit the roads every day. Congestion comes with costs  —  if our fleet is delayed by an extra five minutes every day, it costs us more than $100 million annually. And the impact is seen in more than […]

How to Read a Cardboard Box

Every box tells a story if you know how to decipher it.
Mary Roach | Bestselling Author

People whose profession involves cardboard boxes — making, packing and shipping things in them — don’t say cardboard box. That’s a layman’s term, vague and imprecise. Professionals say corrugated fiberboard container. Even that is imprecise. Do you mean singlewall corrugated fiberboard or doublewall – that is, is there one layer of corrugation between two linerboards […]

Global E-Commerce Fraud – Are Your Customers Real?

Here are four tips to reduce risk in the e-commerce space.

E-commerce brings many opportunities to quickly reach more customers nationwide and across the globe. It also brings risks of domestic and international fraud. In the U.S., online fraud increased 39 percent between January and June last year, according to the October 2016 Global Fraud Attack Index. Global e-commerce certainly carries risk, as well as opportunity. […]

Evolving Nanoscale Communication

As molecular biology, nanoscale engineering and robotics converge, we can better target problems in the human body.
Mike Liebhold | Institute for the Future

Today networks of smart devices have already transformed our world, and we’re just starting to connect our bodies to them in meaningful ways. We see signs that we might be able to create new bio-based networks inside our own bodies and manipulate the ones already there. As molecular biology, nanoscale engineering and robotics converge, we […]

Gearing Up for 21st Century Supply Chains

Intuitive networks hold great potential for businesses — if they seize the opportunity.
Juan Perez | UPS

The way we move goods has never been static. In the 1940s, innovation meant streamlining processes with forklifts and ocean-bound shipping containers. Then computers brought ones and zeros into the mix, and suddenly we could make better, faster decisions to modernize our supply chains. Our systems are getting smarter every day, with decades of progress […]

Welcome to the Age of the Super-Powered Shopper

Let's take a trip down e-commerce memory lane. Here are seven ways e-commerce has changed over time.
Yura Choung | UPS Longitudes

In 1979, Michael Aldrich connected a telephone line to a television, which connected to a computer to create a concept called “teleshopping.” In other words, people could shop from home. Almost 40 years later, we live in a world where Cyber Monday is an online shopping holiday, and augmented reality lets us look in a […]

Tame the Beast

You might need a specialist to conquer your greatest foe – transportation.
Paul Trudgian | Paul Trudgian Supply Chain & Logistics Consultancy

Those of us operating in the supply chain world are likely used to thinking of transport as synonymous with logistics. However, in doing so, we’re missing a vital area for improvement in our overall supply chain. If we can see transportation as one facet of logistics, we can home in on it as a distinct […]

Shopping Redefined

Complex technologies and strategies produce a surprisingly simple approach.

The retail and logistics industries have developed a number of terms to define how consumers purchase products. Single channel, multichannel and omnichannel are just a few of these buzzwords. While these terms have their place, they can contribute to a disconnect between merchants and their customers. To consumers, it’s just shopping. The convergence of the […]

Now is the Time to Invent Cleaner Technology

Improving today’s energy technologies can provide a healthier and more secure future.
David Danielson | Breakthrough Energy Ventures

The extent to which we support energy innovation today will determine the world our children and grandchildren inherit in 2050. It takes 30 years or more to successfully commercialize and deploy transformative new energy technologies at scale, so the investments we choose to make over just the next five years – or indeed those we don’t […]

New Manufacturing Jobs Require New Manufacturing Skills

With a focus on reskilling, education and training, technology won’t control the manufacturing workforce.
Lisa Campbell | Autodesk

Making spare parts doesn’t sound like ground zero for a technological revolution. But at a time when the entire manufacturing workforce is bracing itself for the changes sweeping the industry, the concept of “replacements” takes on extra resonance. I recently met with managers on the shop floor of an industrial machining company, discussing the challenge […]

It’s About Connecting, Not Delivering

Preparing for the post-Uber effect: Here’s how transportation companies can get ahead of the next disruption.

Plenty of companies fear being uberized. By uberized, I mean a shift from the classical economy – companies internally organizing activities to perform a service – to the platform model, using digital tools to coordinate external resources (mostly people) for the same activity. Through dedicated digital platforms, this gets rid of the middle man and […]

Turning the Linear Circular: The Future of the Global Economy

When circular-economy models are combined with IoT, efficiency skyrockets.
Mark Esposito | Harvard University

Institutions, both in the private and public sector, can always reap the benefits of doing good, even while still accomplishing their goals. As resources become scarcer, a major way to enhance social performance is through resource conservation, which is being underutilized. Although the traditional model of the linear economy has worked forever and will never […]

IoT and the Future of Consumer Products Manufacturing

Why revenue growth is IoT’s surprising side effect.

Of all that the Internet of Things (IoT) promises, manufacturers seem most focused on supply chain efficiency, and with good reason. Under constant pressure to reduce costs and get to market faster, but having limited ways to do so, IoT’s promise of faster, cheaper and better is alluring. Getting less attention in IoT discussions is […]

How Free Trade Agreements Affect You

Evaluating current trade agreements may uncover new international opportunities.
Bill Ansley | UPS

Perhaps you are familiar with free trade agreements (FTA) that pertain to your home country or your region of the world. Is it possible that other regional agreements, where your country is not a participant, have some sort of an impact on your business – positive or negative? Before addressing this question, what are the […]

Plastic Opportunities for Change

We need practical and scalable solutions to tackle plastic challenges.
Douglas Woodring | Ocean Recovery Alliance

Creating a perfect world of circulating resources is an enormous challenge, but the benefits of resource recovery and reuse are both exciting and imperative if our global community is to function with an improving quality of life. When evaluating our main waste streams and material categories, we know that virtually everything has value and can […]

Transforming the Global Supply Chain

Yesterday's supply chain won't survive in today's business world.

To save costs and decrease turnaround time, manufacturers typically turn to the supply chain. They break it down so individual product parts are made in different areas of the world during each stage of production. From the pen in my pocket to the shirt in which it sits to the coffee I’m drinking, it’s all […]

Turning Digital Disruption Into a Building Block for Change

Companies need to embrace organizational change to develop digital capabilities and transition to new business models.
Ken Cottrill | MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics

Digital disruption can represent a major threat to a company – or a golden opportunity to rebuild the enterprise. At MIT CTL’s Crossroads 2017 conference in April, Dr. Jeanne Ross, Director and Principal Research Scientist at the MIT Sloan School’s Center for Information and Systems Research, described how some companies are taking the rebuild route. […]

The Mall Isn’t Dead – It’s Just Changing

Cities around the world are looking for ways to build compact, transit-oriented developments.
Stefan Al | University of Pennsylvania

Today thousands of empty suburban malls dot the American landscape. Describing decaying buildings and cracked asphalt parking lots, eulogy after eulogy arrives at the same conclusion: The mall is “dead.” (There’s even a website – DeadMalls.com – documenting the decline.) But 8,000 miles away, another vision of the mall has taken hold – one that […]

Living in a Materiality World

Here are four guiding principles for companies embarking on their first materiality assessment.
Ed Rogers | UPS

While mega-trends such as urbanization, the digital economy, population growth and a rising global middle class have become a focal point for companies seeking to develop sustainable growth strategies, in reality the world is far more nuanced and complex than most companies are prepared to admit. Many large companies use an enterprise risk-management process to […]

Retailers are Thinking Beyond the Store

While modernizing the in-store experience is important, supply-chain innovations are crucial for growth.
Tobin Moore | Optoro

The retail industry has never seemed bigger or broader, with hundreds of companies pushing retail forward in a climate that has many traditional industry giants unsettled and concerned about the future. According to the National Retail Federation’s 2017 predictions, maintaining customers’ attention in this increasingly noisy retail landscape is key to survival. Flashy retail Many retailers […]

How Exports Will Fuel Cities of the Future

If we treat export growth as our North Star, the possibilities are limitless.
Juan Perez | UPS

UPS Chief Information and Engineering Officer Juan Perez spoke at the Southern California Logistics and Supply Chain Summit on April 20, which examined critical trends at the intersection of technology and international commerce. I’d bet that many of us in this room, given our day jobs, are true believers. True believers in trade, I mean. […]

From Battlefield to Boardroom

This former M1-A1 tank officer shares his leadership philosophy and advice for keeping calm during business transformations.
Chris Hsu | Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Chris Hsu, Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s EVP and general manager of Software and chief operating officer, is a graduate of West Point and a former U.S. Army captain, a leadership role that proved valuable for navigating the separation of Hewlett Packard into two Fortune 100 companies (HP Inc. and Hewlett Packard Enterprise), as well as the […]