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Podcast: Richard Branson Dreams of a New Day for Transportation

Where he’s going, he doesn’t need roads. Richard Branson talks space travel, the Hyperloop and trains traveling faster than the Concorde.

Richard Branson jokes that he rarely says no to much of anything, which has earned him the nickname Doctor Yes among his peers. Perhaps that explains the ocean-spanning hot air balloon rides and kitesurfing across the English Channel – or as he calls it, his “insatiable interest in life.” The founder of the Virgin Group […]

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Podcast: Nirvana in 3D

Additive manufacturing will forever shift the concept of supply and demand, moving businesses and consumers from a mindset of “best fit” to “my fit.”

Additive manufacturing, or 3D printing, allows us to imagine a world where we can make whatever we want whenever we want it. Long-hyped but not yet fully realized, the technology has the power to discard the old model of production, ushering in a new age of personalization that turns the notion of supply and demand […]

Podcast: Passion Alone Is Not Enough

What are the pillars for small business growth today?

Starting your own business is hard – no, it’s really hard. Just ask the millions of aspiring small business owners whose “big idea” never made headway in the real world. It’s not that these entrepreneurs didn’t care or work hard enough, argues Gene Marks, a columnist, author and small business owner who writes for The […]

Podcast: Making Sense of Online Retail

Martin Newman on how to navigate choppy retail waters.

If you’re in the retail business, you’ve probably heard of Martin Newman. He’s founder and chairman of Practicology, a multi-channel and e-commerce consultancy group in the United Kingdom, Australia and Hong Kong. Whether it’s an issue with technology or design or a question about deploying data against the backdrop of choppy retail waters, Martin’s 30 years […]

Podcast: You Want to Return That Bad Gift … What’s Next?

Returning that ugly Christmas sweater isn’t as easy as you think.

Today’s online shopper wants what they want when they want it. But they also want to return whatever they want whenever they want. The problem? Too many companies focus on that first reality while ignoring the latter challenge, Toby Moore, co-founder and CEO of Optoro, argues. In this episode, the leader of the reverse logistics […]

Podcast: How Can Business Help Curb Congestion?

Moving Urban Logistics Forward, Part III

There are essentially two avenues to take when confronting logistics and transportation issues surrounding the cities of the future. The first one is conventional: Build a better mousetrap. Leg by leg along the supply chain – from manufacturer to consumer – you scour every resource and process with careful analysis to develop the most productive […]

Podcast: Can We Solve the Last-Mile Delivery Puzzle?

Moving Urban Logistics Forward, Part II

As the director of the MIT Megacity Logistics Lab, Matthias Winkenbach has cities on the brain. Whether it’s urban logistics, infrastructure design or data analytics, Matthias is at the center of the next wave of solutions to the urbanization movement. In the second episode of a three-part series, Matthias provides a ground-level look at the most […]

Podcast: Moving Urban Logistics Forward, Part I

A new UPS/GreenBiz study provides a greener blueprint for city delivery.

Urbanization is arguably the defining challenge for how people will live and work in the world of tomorrow. With two-thirds of the global population expected to live in cities by 2050, the need for efficient and sustainable logistics has never been greater. That’s why we’re launching a three-part series on how forward-looking businesses, academic institutions […]

Podcast: Crystal Clear on Retail

These 2017 holiday shopping trends are driving the seismic shift in online purchasing.

Udayan Bose might be hiding a crystal ball somewhere. That’s because his projections of online holiday shopping are always the best in the business – almost too close to what actually happens. Ahead of Black Friday and the kickoff of retail’s busiest season, Longitudes sat down with Bose, founder and CEO of NetElixir, a search […]

Podcast: Navigating a New Renaissance

Globalization is at a crossroads. Which path will we choose?

Ian Goldin believes we’re on the verge of a New Renaissance that will redefine how we live, how we work and how we interact with each other. The respected scholar and author of more than 20 books is an ardent defender of globalization, but he cautions that we must pursue a more inclusive global system. […]

Podcast: Blockchain and the Future of Money

What the game-changing technology means for the world of finance – and the world as we know it.

We’re going back into our podcast vault to bring you one of the more interesting conversations in the history of Longitudes. This episode, recorded last year, features a thought-provoking discussion with Barry Silbert, the founder and CEO of Digital Currency Group. Silbert sees a future in which blockchain could disrupt and remove friction from supply […]

Podcast: What Makes a Good Public Speaker?

A TED expert breaks down the art of powerful storytelling.

Bryn Freedman believes everyone has a story to tell, and as lead curator for the TED Institute, it’s her job to provide the tools speakers need to tell their stories with passion and authenticity. TED and UPS have joined forces for three straight years to showcase the best and brightest UPSers from around the world. […]

Podcast: Network of the Future, Part IV

Managing big data is like a conductor leading an orchestra. When done well, it creates complete synchronization.

John Dodero was working with big data before we even called it big data. So the UPS vice president of industrial engineering is the perfect guest to wrap up our Network of the Future series. John will take us behind the scenes of the journey of a package – through each and every package scan […]

Podcast: Network of the Future, Part III

Here’s how companies of all sizes could benefit from thinking like a startup.

What does it really mean to think like a startup? Rimas Kapeskas tackles that question in the third episode of Longitudes Radio’s Network of the Future series. Rimas manages the UPS Strategic Enterprise Fund, a corporate venture capital group always on the lookout for the next big idea. Rimas is a firm believer in the […]

Podcast: Network of the Future, Part II

Rather than improving an isolated step in the supply chain, analytics will upgrade the entire transportation system.

Some companies are good at using data to tell them what’s already happened. Others tap into data to predict what might happen next. But what if you could harness data for true clairvoyance – the ability to act on a problem before it even exists? Jack Levis was part of the team that designed ORION, […]

Podcast: Network of the Future, Part I

Artificial intelligence is changing the face – and voice – of business. But how will AI disrupt the movement of goods around the world?

By 2020, we’ll have more conversations with bots than our own spouses. With the growth of artificial intelligence, the line between human and machine is getting so blurry you might not even know you’re talking to a bot. Sounds scary, right? Well, putting aside pop culture fears, this is where the world is heading. And […]

Introducing Longitudes Radio

What will the future look like and how could it affect your life? Hosts Brian Hughes and James Rowe have a pretty good idea, or at least they know the industry leaders and innovators who have a clearer picture. In this kickoff episode, they will discuss the big ideas coming to Longitudes Radio. Subscribe so […]