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Assets are Dead … Long Live Assets

We’re overthinking it. Business success is about making lives better.
Alan Amling | UPS

Are assets losing value in this age of platform-based businesses? Conventional wisdom suggests that asset-heavy businesses, which dominated the Fortune 500 list for the last century, are in decline. Uber is on the rise despite not owning any vehicles, Apple is dominating music distribution without owning any record companies and Airbnb is disrupting the lodging […]

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Drone Meets Delivery Truck

This CEO is re-imagining package delivery. Learn more about his vision here.
Stephen Burns | Workhorse Group

UPS on Monday tested a residential package delivery, using a drone launched from the roof of a delivery truck. The drone and the delivery truck were made by Workhorse Group. In this test, the drone flew autonomously to a home where it delivered a package and returned to the vehicle – while the delivery driver continued […]

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How Good Is Your Sustainable Supply Chain Program?

Why climbing up the supply chain ladder can only benefit your company.
Tara Norton | BSR

Meghan Ryan | BSR

Many blogs in 2017 are going to start with some play on this obvious theme: We are living in uncertain times. For supply chains, you could argue that this is nothing new, as the complexities of global supply chains have always incorporated a high degree of uncertainty. BSR member companies know they need to manage […]

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With 5G Technology, the Internet of (20.8 Billion) Things Will Be Realized

Today’s 4G cellular networks aren’t robust enough to handle tomorrow’s products and services.
Matt Alderton | Redshift

Consider this: A driverless car that transports you safely to work while you apply makeup in the backseat or a refrigerator that knows you’re out of milk and instantly orders a fresh gallon. Sounds good, right? How about a light bulb that automatically adjusts its brightness throughout the day, a t-shirt that calls 911 if […]

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How Solar Energy Will Power the Future

A Q&A with UPS Director of Facilities Procurement Bill Moir.
Bill Moir | UPS

UPS recently announced plans to invest $18 million in solar power for eight facilities across the United States, part of the company’s long-standing commitment to sustainability and alternative energy sources. The Longitudes team sat down with UPS solar expert Bill Moir to discuss the investment and solar power’s potential for the future: First off, what is solar […]

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What It Will Take for Us to Trust AI

Our willingness to accept the unknown could benefit our future.
Guru Banavar | IBM

The early days of artificial intelligence (AI) have been met with some very public hand wringing. Well-respected technologists and business leaders have voiced their concerns over the (responsible) development of AI. And Hollywood’s appetite for dystopian AI narratives appears to be bottomless. This is not unusual, nor is it unreasonable. Change, technological or otherwise, always excites […]

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It’s Pedal to the Metal for Driverless Cars

Why drive yourself when a self-driving car could be a safer alternative?
William Messner | Tufts University

When a May 2016 crash killed the person operating a Tesla Model S driving in Autopilot mode, advocates of autonomous vehicles feared a slowdown in development of self-driving cars. Instead the opposite has occurred. In August, Ford publicly committed to field self-driving cars by 2021. In September, Uber began picking up passengers with self-driving cars […]

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The End of the Waiting Room?

How telemedicine is set to change the healthcare industry.
Geoff Light | UPS

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that increased rates of cardiovascular disease, cancer, obesity, and diabetes will increase global healthcare spending by 4 percent per year. The industry has never needed innovation and efficiency more, particularly since formerly unprecedented wait times for physicians and specialists are now common. Enter the age of […]

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Does Your Supply Chain Strategy Hold Water?

How conserving water can slow supply chain disruption and garner future rewards.

Companies have come a long way in their ability to manage supply chain risk, but they urgently need to step up their efforts in one key area: water scarcity. The Carbon Disclosure Project’s (CDP) 2016 Annual Report of Corporate Water Disclosure, published in November 2016, provides a wake-up call. A total of 607 of the […]

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Breaking Through Borders

How implementing certain strategies can help SMEs overcome exporting challenges.

As unbelievable as it may sound, the only source of economic growth in Europe between 2008 and 2013 came from exporting goods and services. Today, exports are still the most important – but fortunately not the only – engines for growth, according to the European Commission. Making up over 99 percent of all businesses, small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) […]

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These 3 Books Can Transform Your Business

Looking for new ideas to jumpstart your professional life? Here is a good place to start.
Yura Choung | UPS Longitudes

With so many business books out there, how do you choose which ones to read? There are books on how to work more efficiently, how to be a better leader and how to stay motivated at the office. But what about books that can help you understand the changing business world and how to adapt […]

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How IoT Will Change Our Society

Find out how IoT will transform the economy, the workplace and transportation.
HPE Matter | HPE

Some call the Internet of Things (IoT) the Intelligence of Things or the Internet of Everything. By whatever name, futurists say it heralds the moment when sensor-driven data connects everything to everything else and artificial and human intelligence become a seamless whole — the planet and virtually everything in and on it transformed into a […]

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How to Win With Online Shoppers in Canada

90 percent of Canadians live within 100 miles of the U.S. border – but retailers must better understand them.

How much time do you spend online in a given month? The average American spends 35.2 hours per month online, according to comScore market research. Canadians spend 36.7 hours per month, the most time online of several major economies that comScore studied in late 2014. The country is also one of the most “connected” in […]

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Book Excerpt: Thank You for Being Late

Bestselling author Thomas Friedman looks at UPS and the future of big data.
Thomas Friedman | The New York Times

Thomas Friedman, The New York Times columnist and author, is waiting at a downtown Washington, DC, restaurant, where he’ll repeat a normal ritual, combining an interview and breakfast. When his interview subject arrives, the man immediately begins to apologize for his tardiness. “No, please – don’t apologize,” Friedman interrupts, realizing that he had been enjoying […]

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Age Matters

By changing how we care for our elders, we can change the world for generations to come.
Sam Adams | IBM

Most people today can expect to live into their 70s and beyond. According to a U.S. Census Bureau report, within the next 15 years, the world will have close to a billion people over the age of 65. People aged 65 and older will outnumber children under the age of 5 sometime before 2020. Our health and wellness lie […]

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3 Ways to Build Innovation Into Your Business

Exploring the gap between aspiration and accomplishment.
Craig Arnold | UPS

Everyone can innovate. But innovative thought by itself is incomplete. Throughout my 30-year career, I have helped many businesses re-engineer their supply chains and boost their services – efforts that have certainly paid off. But when it comes to innovation, there appears to be a gap between aspiration and accomplishment. So what’s missing? While many […]

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Breaking Down Supply Chain and Logistics Trends in 2017

In a society surrounded by digital innovations, companies must stay ahead of the trends to survive.
Ludger Schuh | INFORM GmbH

“The digital transformation is no longer just a buzzword.” This was a fitting conclusion from Prof. Dr. Raimund Klinker at last year’s international logistics congress in Berlin. For several years now, processes (especially in logistics, but also in many other economic areas) have become more and more digitalized. This trend will continue for the next […]

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A Better Way: Leadership, Technology and Prosperity

How we can use tech innovation for the good of all people.

In March 2004, a comedy of errors unfolded in the Mojave Desert. The DARPA Grand Challenge offered a million-dollar prize for any self-driving car that could complete a 240-kilometer course. The best performer didn’t even make it 12 kilometers before coming off the road at a hairpin turn and getting stuck on an embankment. One […]

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Sustainable Production Could Take Us to Mars

Sustainable thinking could open the door to a new world.
Wayne Visser | University of Cambridge

In September 2016, SpaceX founder Elon Musk announced that we could have human missions to Mars as soon as 2022. One side effect – apart from pushing the frontiers of space travel – is that such missions will challenge us to design and perfect various systems of sustainable production. The reason is quite simple: Mars […]

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A Call For Responsive and Responsible Leadership

Why trust, sensitivity and empathy are the leadership qualities of the future.
Klaus Schwab | World Economic Forum

Leaders have to be responsive and responsible. They must understand that we are living in a world marked by uncertainty, volatility and deep transformational changes. Many people are living in precarious situations and searching for identity and meaning in a fast-changing world. They want to regain their sense of purpose. It requires courage and commitment […]

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Generation Z in the Workplace: 4 Tips for Future Employers

An award-winning roboticist – and high school junior – offers advice to employers who will soon hire Gen Z workers.
Anna Nixon | STEM4Girls

Anna Nixon is seemingly tireless. She’s the co-founder of an educational nonprofit. She’s an award-winning roboticist with more than nine years’ experience. She’s an accomplished conference speaker and a teacher. And one more thing: She’s a high school junior. At 16, Nixon has received more accolades than most will in their entire professional careers. Most […]

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6 Ways Companies Can be Faster, Smarter and More Adaptive

What will improve business understanding during The Emergent Era?
Beth Comstock | General Electric

By the time you’ve gathered enough information to make a decision, the time to make that decision has already passed. This has been a periodic problem faced by managers for decades. And with the speed and volatility we face today, it has become our default condition. How to adapt? By taking a page from nature. […]

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7 Pieces of Advice to Climb the Corporate Ladder

Getting your career off the ground doesn't take rocket science. Roger that.
Paulo Gallo | World Economic Forum

The rat race. The corporate ladder. The corporate game of thrones. Whether you like it or not, chances are you’ll end up in one of those models as you progress in your career. But how do you make the best of it? Paolo Gallo, chief human resources officer at the World Economic Forum, gives his […]

Jenna Schilstra speaks at TED@UPS - September 15, 2016 at SCADshow, Atlanta, Georgia. Photo: Jason Hales / TED

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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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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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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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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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 […]