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TED@UPS: What If Daytime Dramas Taught Life and Business Lessons?

There are more parallels between soap operas and real life than you might realize.
Kate Adams | UPS

Kate Adams worked on soap operas for eight years. Her experience became surprisingly helpful in tackling problems in the “real world.” Kate one day realized that daytime dramas aren’t all that different from our own everyday dramas. Her talk is being featured on TED.com – click the link below to view. Afterwards, check out our Q&A with Kate. […]

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TED@UPS: What if Emojis are the Next Evolution of Cryptography?

Emojis aren't just an alternate form of expression. They make language more accessible.

Jenna Schilstra grew up in a country divided between two languages: Dutch- and French-speaking Belgium. With her international experience, Jenna wonders if emojis could be the new global language.  Learn more by watching Jenna’s TED@UPS 2016 talk below, and then check out our conversation with Jenna about her experience as a TED speaker.  Q. What was […]

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With Bio-Texture Modeling, Feeling Is Believing for 3D-Printed Replica Organs

How the futures of healthcare and 3D printing are aligning.
Yasuo Matsunaka | Redshift

When Apple released its 30th-anniversary video in 2014, it featured a somewhat-predictable cast of Mactastic innovators including Hans Zimmer, Moby, April Greiman and others. But one innovator, Dr. Maki Sugimoto, stood out for his creativity in a field not generally associated with the Apple ethos: medical imaging. A leading authority in the field, Sugimoto is renowned […]

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The Public Policies Needed to Make IoT a Reality

How governmental action can create a more connected world.
Todd Wasserman | HPE Matter

Enterprise use of IoT has become a reality, but governments in the U.S. and Europe are still catching up to regulate the fledgling industry. In the U.S., federal and state legislators aren’t known for being proactive about regulating technology. For instance, around 23 percent of Americans were already on the internet in 1996 when the federal […]

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TED@UPS: What If We Abandoned Abandonment?

See Monica Johnson's vision of a claimed world.

Monica Johnson connects abandoned funds with their rightful owner. As the founder of That Girl is S.M.A.R.T., a nonprofit that mentors young girls, Monica strives to help others reach their potential – so much so that she wonders what our world would look like if people claimed what belonged to them.   Learn more about this important issue […]

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TED@UPS: What if Trade Was Used to Fight Terrorism?

When goods cross borders, armies stay home.

Romaine Seguin believes in the power of trade. That’s because she’s seen first-hand how trade can transform impoverished communities around the world. Learn more about this important issue by watching Romaine’s talk from TED@UPS 2016 below, and then check out our most recent conversation with Romaine about her experience as a TED speaker. Q. What […]

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How Asking ‘What If?’ Will Lead Us to Tomorrow’s Innovations

Today's leaders should encourage their teams to journey into the unknown.

We often talk about how technology – and more specifically, how the Internet – has changed business, but we don’t often discuss how the Internet has changed leadership. The style of leadership we need today is very different from what worked 50, 20 – or even 10 – years ago. Just as the Internet enabled […]

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How to Help Combat Malaria: Supply Chain Remedies

Saving millions of lives starts with better supply chains.
Lauren McKown | MIT-D Lab

The World Health Organization estimates that nearly half of the world’s population is at risk for malaria, a life-threatening, but ultimately curable and preventable disease spread by mosquitoes.  Malaria rapid diagnostic tests are an important part of the fight against the disease, but according to new research from MIT, supply chain challenges keep these tests […]

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Why 3D Printing is the Next Model T

From knee replacements to personalized Coke bottles, 3D printing is driving the customization movement.
Rick Smith | Fast Radius

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In 2013, an Indonesian designer named Arie Kurniawan re-imagined an airplane part and won a GE aviation contest. He wasn’t a trained aerospace engineer, and he didn’t have experience with industrial manufacturing. He simply understood what many of his rivals did not: the power of 3D printing. His design beat out 1,000 entries to become the first […]

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A Brave New World for Sustainability Professionals

Corporate social responsibility is hardly an empty cause. Leaders investing in a greener planet are also growing their business.
Mary Mazzoni | TriplePundit

Earlier this month, three business leaders sat on a panel to discuss corporate climate commitments at the 2016 BSR conference. But they kept coming back to a broader topic: the rise of the sustainability professional. Gone are the days when sustainability executives serve as mere figureheads for uninspired corporate philanthropy.  Corporate responsibility leaders are no longer typecast […]

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Navigating the New World of Industrial Buying

Caught in a digital tsunami? Here are five ways industrial manufacturers and distributors can ride the wave.

The landscape of industrial manufacturing retail is changing. New market forces are at play, nudging buyers to move away from traditional, channel-centered sales and venture into a world where multiple complementary sales channels operate in tandem – the omni-channel arena. So what’s going on? The rise of online sales has fostered an ever more exacting […]

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To Your Doorstep, Faster than the Speed of Sound

The logistics landscape is changing faster than ever. Here's what it might look like in coming years.
Bala Ganesh | UPS

Autonomous vehicles dominate the headlines. But they’re just one of the many futuristic technologies we could use to make deliveries in coming decades. Indeed, at some point in the future, the logistics landscape could barely resemble what we see today. Here’s an admittedly fanciful look at some of the cutting-edge technologies we could use one […]

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Preserving the Promise of Equal Opportunity

We must all rise above harsh rhetoric and make sure the American Dream is within the reach of every American.
David Abney | UPS

UPS Chairman and CEO David Abney spoke on Nov. 17 in New York at the 60th anniversary of the National Urban League’s Equal Opportunity Dinner, which honored businesses and individuals who champion principles of equal opportunity, civil rights and social justice.    Good evening, everyone. It’s a pleasure to be with you. I’m honored to […]

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Globalization is Worth Saving

Trade, like technology, is good for most of us. But we need to make it more inclusive.
Arancha González Laya | International Trade Centre

Cross-border flows of goods, services, capital, people and even ideas are today more contested, at least in advanced economies, than they have been since the fall of the Berlin Wall. Trade agreements, which constitute a rare, tangible legislative symbol of globalization, are bearing the brunt of the controversy. Last-minute objections from French-speaking Belgians nearly derailed a […]

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Will Data Reshape the Future of Logistics?

Advancing from reactive thinking to predictive problem solving will create smarter transportation networks.
Jack Levis | UPS

Today, companies mostly use data to explain what has already happened, a practice known as descriptive analytics.  The more advanced companies turn to analytics to predict what might happen next. But just 3 percent of firms deploy prescriptive analytics, which goes beyond prediction and determines the optimal action to take. Increasingly, businesses will use analytics. […]

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The IIoT is Where it’s Really At

While consumers may take time to embrace Internet of Things, industry isn't waiting.
Jon Pittman | Autodesk

Billionaire publisher Malcolm Forbes coined the saying, “He who dies with the most toys wins.” And upon his death, Forbes certainly had a lot of toys. But in 2016, not all consumers agree with that sentiment when it comes to Internet of Things (IoT) devices. Product manufacturers may be banking on consumers trampling over each […]

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The Daily Grind of Diabetes Control

New technology will revolutionize how we fight diabetes.

November is National Diabetes Awareness Month, and Nov. 14 is World Diabetes Day. For millions of people living with diabetes, the daily routine of finger pricks and insulin injections has become a way of life. The good news: New innovations will continue to improve the way people with diabetes manage the disease – and with […]

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TED@UPS: Could Biology Cure Traffic Congestion?

What if traffic flowed through our streets as smoothly and efficiently as blood flows through our veins? Wanis Kabbaj sits down for a Q&A.
Wanis Kabbaj | UPS

In September, UPS Healthcare Strategy Director Wanis Kabbaj gave a TED@UPS talk. Longitudes caught up with him recently to talk about the experience and what he hopes people might learn from his presentation. His talk is being featured on TED.com – click the link below to view. Afterwards, check out our Q&A with Wanis below. Q. […]

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Manufacturing Customer Satisfaction

Can after-sales product support set manufacturers apart?
Harld Peters | UPS

For industrial manufacturers, it’s a classic “gap-in-the-market” opportunity. And it couldn’t come at a better time for the sector. Nearly four out of five buyers of capital goods — 78 percent to be exact — say they expect their industrial suppliers to provide speedy, on-site support and service for their products during the equipment’s long lifespan. Yet roughly one in nine […]

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This Tiger Still Has Teeth

Chinese exporting has slowed, but leading manufacturers are implementing innovative logistics practices to regain their momentum.
Richard Loi | UPS

Chinese exporters dominated the global manufacturing game for so long that it was easy to believe their domination would continue indefinitely. But the evidence is increasingly clear: The world’s second-largest economy — an economy that boomed in recent decades thanks, in large measure, to exports — needs to change the way it does business as headwinds threaten future growth. The […]

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Move Over Lean Six Sigma, Here Come Smart Operations

The digital transformation of manufacturing is forcing industrial companies to get smart. What’s your company’s IQ?

It sounds like an industrial-strength bad joke. But for manufacturers, it’s no laughing matter. After shelling out hundreds of billions of dollars collectively over the last few decades and completely reorganizing their factories to improve product quality, reduce waste and stay ahead in an increasingly competitive global industry, the world’s manufacturers have been put on […]

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A Manufacturing Metamorphosis

It’s Manufacturing Week on Longitudes. Here’s why we’re so excited about innovations already at work and on the horizon.

Of all the ways the world is changing, how we make things is perhaps changing most of all. The traditional manufacturing model, defined by cheaper labor, rigid supply chains and larger inventories, is evolving before our eyes. A nimbler, dare I say, smarter, strategy is emerging. Manufacturers need speed, efficiency and the ability to ramp […]

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TED@UPS: What If Data was Donated?

Companies give money and time to humanitarian issues. But what about data?

Companies are constantly searching for new and innovative ways to solve the world’s most vexing problems. What many firms don’t realize, however, is that they already have a silver bullet at their disposal. It’s their data. If corporations focused as much on donating information as money, we could make immediate changes around the globe. Mallory Soldner, UPS […]

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Evolving Cities for the Digital Economy

To thrive in the transition to a digital economy, cities need to build networks of people that share information.
Michael Hendrix | U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation

Patrick McAnaney | Johns Hopkins SAIS

To thrive in the transition to a digital economy, cities need to develop the right types of knowledge and know-how in their companies and workers. This is not only accomplished through formal education and training but through networks of people sharing information. As new technologies transform our economy, the cities that can best leverage these networks […]

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Brexit, Stage Left

Here are eight ways Brexit might affect your European supply chain.
Penny Naas | UPS

When it comes to the U.K.’s monumental decision to leave the European Union, the only thing that is certain is complete uncertainty about how this separation will impact individuals and businesses for years to come.  New U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May recently indicated that the British government would invoke Article 50 of the EU’s Lisbon […]

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BMW on Letting Go of the Wheel

BMW’s user-experience gurus want to make hands-off driving feel safe, comfortable and fun. But are we prepared to let our cars take over?
Holger Hampf | BMW

Check out Routes to the Future: How We’ll Get Around, in which we explore the innovations – and obstacles – of a new era of possibility. Are you ready to loosen your grip on the steering wheel? BMW is betting on it. As cars start taking over operations and decision-making, “their humans” will need to adjust. So […]

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The Future of Alternative Fuels

With pollution growing and natural resources dwindling, now is the time to expedite the development of alternative fuels.

As concerns grow over climate change, pollution and how much oil we actually have left, there’s clearly a need to develop alternative fuels. The good news is that researchers have proven that vehicles can run on natural gas, electricity, hydrogen, nitrogen, biofuels like elephant grass – and even biodiesels based on restaurant grease or chicken […]

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Podcast: The Power of Simplicity

Less cost, fewer resources, more impact. Consumers want frugal solutions. Does business?
Navi Radjou | Innovation Advisor

Click to play podcast. Every year, millions of babies are born premature around the world. Thousands perish because they lack access to something as basic as an incubator. With the average incubator costing $20,000, this life-saving device is beyond the reach of remote areas in developing countries. That’s the kind of problem TED speaker and author […]

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Look Ma, No Driver!

A French startup has launched the first fully autonomous, driverless vehicle. The Arma is convenient and cool. But are you ready to take a test drive?
Dr. Andy Rogers | Navya

It’s reminiscent of an old Volkswagen Beetle in its rounded off approachable charm. But that’s where the comparison ends. Made by Navya, a French startup, the Arma is the first entirely autonomous transport vehicle. The fully electric shuttle bus has capacity for up to 15 passengers (and no driver!) and is operating now in Switzerland, […]

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The Route to the Future

Want to know what the world will look like in 10 years? If you like science fiction, you might love what’s in store.

This is Part 1 of a five-part white paper series called Routes to the Future, in which we explore the innovations, challenges and opportunities in a new era of possibilities. Since the beginning of recorded history, humans have been imagining future innovations with an intensity born out of our survival instinct. It’s in our DNA […]