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If I Was Leader of My Country, This Is What I’d Do

Young leaders give their opinion on how they would reshape the future of their country.

More than half the world’s population is under 30 years old. This prompted the World Economic Forum to make an unprecedented, large-scale survey with a goal of determining the mindset of this young generation. The Global Shapers survey was carried out by WEF’s Global Shapers Community, which is a global network of Hubs developed and […]

‘Good’ Countries Export More

New research finds that soft power pays.

Countries that enjoy a positive world image may also reap an economic reward: more exports. According to new research published by the National Bureau of Economic Research, perceptions of a country’s “positive or negative influence in the world” is directly correlated to its sales to other nations. “Countries tend to do well by doing good,” […]

The Giving (WiFi) Tree

How do you tackle air pollution in cities? With WiFi-emitting birdhouses, of course.

It may be one of the world’s most bike-friendly cities, but Amsterdam could do more to improve its air quality, according to a report that grades efforts by European cities to cut transport emissions. The study gave Amsterdam a D+ rating last year. This was partly because, unlike other European cities, the Dutch capital has […]

What is Next for Refugees Seeking Asylum in Europe?

Activists, volunteer groups and corporations are helping refugees settle into their new environments, but it’s not easy.

“They didn’t go out in public at all,” says Joung-ah Ghedini-Williams, an emergency response coordinator for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), recalling a Syrian couple she met in Berlin in February. The young parents of three children – a 4 year old and infant twins – had tried to wait out the bloody […]

Narrow Streets, Unlimited Innovation

Could an experiment in one European city become the template for urban delivery?

Home to the second largest port in Europe, Hamburg, Germany has been a transportation center for centuries, serving as a vital link to trade between the continent and the world beyond. Since early times, people have settled by great rivers to engage in trade. Ports are vibrant population centers in every continent. They are often […]

Africa’s Post-Brexit Opportunity

How Africa can emerge from Brexit as a leader on the global economic stage.

The entire world felt the shock waves from the decision by voters in the United Kingdom to leave the European Union, and Africa was no exception, especially given its close historical ties with many EU member states.  African pundits and public officials were quick to lament the new cloud of economic uncertainty and the potential […]

Why We’re Not Brexiting

Voting to remain with the EU later this week is a win-win across Europe.

As two members of the U.K. electorate, we both plan to vote to remain in the EU on June 23. We’d like to explain why. At UPS, we have grown our business through our customers.  Twelve years ago, we had about 3,000 employees in the U.K.  Today, that has risen to 8,000. That increase has […]

Is Globalization Really Fueling Populism?

Attributing the rise in populism to global economic change alone is overly simplistic.

On both sides of the Atlantic, populism of the left and the right is on the rise. Its most visible standard-bearer in the United States is Donald Trump, the Republican Party’s presumptive presidential nominee. In Europe, there are many strands – from Spain’s leftist Podemos party to France’s right-wing National Front – but all share […]

Where Innovation Sets Sail

In the light-speed internet era, why port cities are vital.

Changes from one era to the next happen when mega trends converge at the same time. We have seen this before, when ocean-going trading ships enlarged the horizon and traders discovered new cultures, when widespread railway networks allowed steam engine technology to distribute to remote areas, when new fuel techniques allowed automobiles and airplanes to […]

Taking Freight Forward

Cindy Miller, global freight forwarding executive, on a dynamic marketplace.

Transportation and logistics bellwether UPS recently announced that Cindy Miller was named as the company’s president of global freight forwarding. A 28-year UPS veteran, Miller was president of UPS Europe, where she oversaw all UPS operations in more than 120 countries and territories across Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA). Miller held that position […]

The U.K. Tech Revolution

How 5 innovative U.K. startups are driving London's impressive enterprise tech scene.

Only five years ago, Berlin was poised to be the EU’s tech capital. But today, the scene is changing thanks to huge public and private efforts in the U.K. “In my humble opinion, London is the startup capital of Europe,” says Eileen Burbidge, founding partner at London VC firm Passion Capital and newly appointed chair of […]

DAVOS 2016

Global leaders share insights on how best to navigate an increasingly fast-paced and interconnected world.

Over 2,500 leaders from business, government, international organizations, civil society, academia, media and the arts will participate in the 46th Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland, on 20-23 January. The theme of the Meeting is “Mastering the Fourth Industrial Revolution.” The Industrial Revolution of today Earlier Industrial Revolutions advanced human progress […]

Big Ideas at High Altitude

Join us on Longitudes for the inside scoop on the World Economic Forum.

Welcome to a new week on Longitudes, where we’ll focus on the 46th World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in the ski-resort town of Davos, in the Swiss Alps. UPS CEO David Abney will join leaders from business and politics, as well as influential journalists, academics and celebrities in Europe’s highest-altitude town to discuss the world’s most pressing […]

Why Openness to Trade is Necessary, but isn’t Enough

What enables growth, innovation, job creation and development?

We are experiencing a battle of ideas regarding the state of the global economy and prospects for growth. Larry Summers has been leading the group of economists proclaiming that the world entered an era of secular stagnation since the global financial crisis. On the other end, Standard Chartered Bank and other players have been arguing […]

The Fate of the Earth

The lives of billions of people will be at stake when world leaders meet in Paris at the end of the month.

The lives of billions of people, for centuries to come, will be at stake when world leaders and government negotiators meet at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris at the end of the month. The fate of an unknown number of endangered species of plants and animals also hangs in the balance. At […]

How to Plan for the Shopper of Tomorrow

Global e-commerce growth presents a wave of new opportunities for logistics companies, opening up emerging markets where online technologies have become a part of everyday life.

It is not just how customers search for products online, but where they live, that can provide valuable information about consumer trends. This is data that logistics companies are mining to provide a clearer blueprint for how to thrive in a world where the line between brick-and-mortar stores and digital is increasingly blurred. The rise […]

The New World Order in Transportation

Transportation innovation and economic growth are inextricably linked. Without innovation, economic growth is not possible.

In an increasingly congested world, the transportation industry is up against unrelenting pressure to facilitate the free flow of goods. Traffic congestion in cities worldwide is a major problem. Unfortunately, the issue is compounding as cities grow and car ownership rates increase. However, there are numerous opportunities for forward-looking companies capable of delivering solutions to […]

When Should Companies Say Sorry?

The corporate world still thinks “sorry” cuts the apologetic mustard.

We Brits are one “sorry” nation. We are “sorry” when we meet head-on and don’t know whether to go left or right. We are sorry when we both start talking at the same time. And we are even “sorry” when somebody else treads on our foot. But our banks are the sorriest Brits of the […]

A Power Shift in Retail

Online shopping is making the customer king, especially in Europe.

From the Editor: Just this weekend, I saw my first 2015 holiday commercial! With advertising launching this early, it shows how competitive the season’s become for retailers. Data’s the game changer. Using the latest survey results, several of our blogs this week examine the 2015 consumer: What’s impacting their decisions? What creates customer satisfaction? That and more, this week on Longitudes. — James Rowe. It’s simple: […]

The Changing Climate on Climate Change

A growing realization that rising global temperatures are not simply an environmental concern provides reason to hope that world leaders are finally ready to address the problem in an effective way.

In the early 1990s, when I was Prime Minister of Norway, I once found myself debating sustainable development with an opposition leader who insisted that I tell him the government’s single most important priority in that field. Frustrated, I replied that what he was asking was impossible to answer. I concluded our exchange by explaining […]

Reading, Writing and Refugees

While food, medicine and shelter come first, education must be a high priority.

The UPS Foundation, the philanthropic arm of UPS, is working with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and the World Food Programme to provide critical relief shipments to thousands of Syrian refugees in Greece and along the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia border. Air shipments of relief supplies, including biscuits, blankets, sleeping mats and solar lanterns arrived […]

Why Tech Start-Ups Go Abroad

There is no shortage of innovative minds in Europe or Asia. The issue is they build their companies elsewhere.

It’s a dream in many countries, but a reality in only a few: to create the next Google, Airbnb or Wikimedia. So far though, it seems as if this dream is almost exclusively an American affair. Why is this the case? Could the next example be from, say, India or France? To answer that question, it’s interesting […]

These Countries Have the Best Infrastructure

Who built it best?

Well-developed infrastructure is critical to the strength of a country’s economy. Effective transport, power and communications networks create the conditions under which businesses grow and the wider economy functions effectively. The World Economic Forum’s annual Global Competitiveness Report evaluates the infrastructure of 144 of the world’s economies on various measures – including the quality of road […]

These Are the Most Innovative Countries in the World

Does your country make the list?

Technological innovation is the key to a competitive and growing economy, unlocking major productivity gains and allowing companies to move towards higher value-added activities. The World Economic Forum’s annual Global Competitiveness Report evaluates 144 of the world’s economies on various measures of innovation – including the quality of scientific research institutions and spending on R&D […]

The Digital Transformation of Europe

How the Internet of Everything will transform Europe.

Europe is on the cusp of an unprecedented technological transformation. I call it the Internet of Everything: the penetration of the World Wide Web into the everyday aspects of our lives. Wearable technology will tell us how well we are sleeping and whether we need to exercise. Sensors in the street will help us avoid […]

A Comeback Strategy for Europe

How TTIP will unleash the power of the transatlantic economy.

When Pope Francis addressed the European Parliament last November, he compared the European Union to a grandmother – pleasant and rich with experience, but lacking the vitality and energy of the past. It is high time, Francis argued, that EU leaders shed their dozy image, recognize the strategic challenges that Europe faces, and forge a […]

Optimizing the Eurozone

How can Europe escape its economic disaster?

The eurozone is facing a bleak economic outlook, with growth remaining stagnant and the threat of deflation looming large. The economist Martin Feldstein, who was skeptical of the initiative from the start, now calls it a “failure.” Is Feldstein right, or could the eurozone become the “optimal currency area” that its creators believed it to […]

Promoting Crowdfunding in Europe

Could crowdfunded start-ups restart the European economy?

The rising financing gap for SMEs as well as high growth firms is a serious concern for financially-fragile Europe. These firms, particularly young innovative firms, are the drivers of job creation and economic growth, much needed to break through the economic malaise across Europe. The curtailing of bank lending over the past several years due to […]

How to Save Europe? Investment.

The EU faces a delicate balancing act between the need to foster investment and the need to remain cautious.

Economic growth in Europe remains disappointing. Virtually all European Union members are expected to post higher output in 2014, but according to the International Monetary Fund’s latest projections, the average growth rate in the eurozone will barely exceed 1%. And, whereas the British economy is displaying strong momentum, its GDP has only now surpassed the […]

The TTIPing Point for Global Trade

How companies--large and small--can benefit from the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership.

Increased trade between the United States and Europe is critical for the continued growth of our two economies. And, while most people think that international trade agreements only benefit large, multinational companies, that’s not the case. In fact, the potential impact on trade for thousands of small- and medium-sized businesses across the U.S is one […]