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3 Time-Savers for Small Businesses

In honor of National Small Business Week, here are some tips for smart growth.
Justin Wetherill | uBreakiFix

For small business owners and their customers, time is money. Entrepreneurs spend too much time managing people, processes and paperwork to grow their profits. And customers increasingly expect to spend less time waiting for products, services and problem resolution. Marrying the two can be a daunting task. According to a survey from New York Enterprise Report, small […]

Reaching Online Shoppers in Australia

Creating the right partnerships will unlock the Australian e-commerce network.

Retailers looking for their next cross-border, e-commerce opportunity should look down: Down Under to be exact. As early adopters of international online shopping, 77 percent of Australian consumers use a smartphone, 65 percent shop online and 40 percent purchase clothing and footwear from an international merchant, according to the Ecommerce Foundation Australia is a growing force […]

The Ultimate Gift

One UPSer explains how his personal experience with organ and tissue donation turned into a professional passion.
Chris Conrad | UPS

My father was 67 when he passed away suddenly from cardiac arrest in 2009. He was healthy and had no apparent health issues so the news of his passing came as quite a shock to our family. We experienced many dark days grieving and struggling to make sense of it all … that is, until […]

Donate Life

Every 10 minutes, another person joins the waiting list for an organ transplant. Here's how you can help.
Glen A Franklin, M.D. | Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates

Click here to learn about Sharon Cauthen’s journey as a kidney recipient. Kathy Anderson’s heart was severely damaged by medicine she was prescribed while pregnant with twin girls. The damage wasn’t evident until after her daughters were born. Within a couple of weeks, she was given only a slim chance of survival. Her doctors knew her […]

Reimagining Financial Services with Blockchain

Organizations can unlock substantial economic value using blockchain technology.

Across every industry today, organizations are looking to streamline and automate processes to reduce costs, gain efficiencies, radically improve speed to market and achieve better business outcomes. The financial services industry in many ways is at the forefront of such initiatives – with particular focus on today’s disjointed and redundant processing and reconciliation challenges – […]

Moving up the Ranks? You’ll Need to Be a Mind Reader

Professor Ray Reilly shows what it takes to move from a functional to general-manager mindset.
Ray Reilly | University of Michigan

When companies promote high performers, it’s often because they’ve led teams in a particular function to successful outcomes. Succeeding in the general management ranks, though, requires a different mindset — one that takes a wide view of the company’s place with key stakeholders and a deep dive into how those stakeholders think. I teach high-potential […]

An ‘All-of-the-Above’ Approach to U.S. Infrastructure

Investing in U.S. infrastructure may be one of the few bipartisan efforts that everyone can get behind.
Michele Nellenbach | Bipartisan Policy Center

Sarah Kline | Bipartisan Policy Center

In the days following the presidential election, infrastructure seemed a likely candidate for immediate action in 2017. President Donald Trump committed in his election night speech to rebuild our infrastructure so that it is “second to none.” Members of Congress on both sides of the aisle agreed that infrastructure should be high on the agenda. […]

Podcast: Building the Blockchain Ecosystem

Blockchain could be bigger than the internet and revolutionize our financial system, Barry Silbert argues.
Brian Hughes | UPS Longitudes

Click to play podcast. Barry Silbert has a simple goal: to build a better financial system. He says he’s found a way to do just that. Silbert, the founder of Digital Currency Group, a strategic investment company that helps entrepreneurs, financial institutions and technology investors, believes that blockchain will help build that better system. Blockchain is […]

3 Megatrends Shaping American Entrepreneurship

A new report suggests entrepreneurship is on the rebound, but growth has been unequal.
Michael Hendrix | U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation

The state of American entrepreneurship is improving, but worries remain over increasingly divided fortunes, according to a new study from the Kauffman Foundation. For the first time since the Great Recession, entrepreneurs can breathe a sigh of relief. Kauffman’s report shows that more people are starting businesses, those businesses have a higher chance of survival and entrepreneurs […]

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) […]

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 […]

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 […]

6 Issues That Will Shape the EU in 2017

The EU reflects on past issues to identify challenges and opportunities in 2017.
Carl Bildt | European Council on Foreign Relations

A year ago in Davos, the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Europe published a short report: Europe: What to watch out for in 2016-2017. We noted that the EU “seems to be moving from one emergency to the next” and that “Europeans have taken their eyes off more profound long-term challenges.” We concluded […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Power of Core Values

Basic core values can create a sustainable world, but it will be an uphill battle moving forward.
Aron Cramer | BSR

This has been a remarkable year politically. When looking at Brexit, the U.S. presidential election, the ongoing refugee crisis and crackdowns by some governments on civil society, it’s clear that faith in Western political institutions, globalization and our future is dangerously low.  This landscape contrasts starkly with the exhilarating promise of 2015’s big achievements: the Sustainable […]

The Digital Revolution is Creating New Opportunities for Leadership

A closer look at the shattering of old business models.
Savita Raina | SAP

Digitalization is the single most talked-about topic among business leaders at all tech and non-tech companies — including small, mid-sized and large companies, in all industries and all lines of businesses. Why? The reason is very simple: Digitalization is converging all technologies, from cloud-based IT, mobile and the Internet of Things (IoT) to Big Data. […]

A Fresh Take on Supply Chain Innovation

How big ideas can redesign your supply chain.
James B. Rice Jr. | Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Tim Rowell | PepsiCo

Companies are presented with many opportunities when they decide to enter a new market. Venturing into unfamiliar territory offers a unique chance to innovate and make changes that benefit the business as a whole. One of PepsiCo’s growth strategies is to proactively adapt to emerging market trends for natural, healthy and nutritious beverages. The strategy […]

3D Printing, Turned Up

Carbon 3D’s fast additive manufacturing is taking investors by storm. How will it change the way things are made?
Mike Keller | GE Reports

Twenty-five years ago, director James Cameron conjured up a liquid metal robot that could assume any form in seconds.  But “Terminator 2” was just a movie. The M1 printer, on the other hand, is making that fantastical vision of near instantaneous, on-demand creation a reality. [Also on Longitudes: 3-D Printed Foods: Curious Cuisine or Fleeting […]

How to Feed 9 Billion People in 2050

Climate change will impact the way we grow our food. How can we tackle future threats to our crops?
Stuart Thompson | University of Westminster

Can we really feed 9 billion people?    That’s the estimated global population in the year 2050. It should be possible, but things are looking tricky – especially when we also factor in the climatic instability caused by global warming. [Also on Longitudes: Easing World Hunger Through Trade] Food security in peril  These are some of […]

Ensuring Global E-commerce Success During the Holidays

What can companies do to win the global e-commerce race?

U.S. retailers gearing up for the holidays could be overlooking a key source of sales: international shoppers. To win in the global e-commerce race, companies can’t rely on the same approach they use domestically.  Featured products, marketing content and promotions targeting U.S. consumers may not resonate in all markets. For example, as U.S. retailers promote […]

Learning Without Theory

Theories are important. But most of what we learn does not depend on them.
Ricardo Hausmann | Harvard University

How can we improve the state of the world? How can we make countries more competitive, growth more sustainable and inclusive, and genders more equal? One way is to have a correct theory of the relationship between actions and outcomes and then to implement actions that achieve our goals. But, in most of the situations […]

6 Powerful Lessons from the Transformation of Medellin

Medellin is considered a success because stakeholders understood the value of defending its existence.
Juan José Pocaterra | ViKua, Venezuela

Medellin, once a city ruled by crime, drug trafficking and domestic war in the last 20 years of the past century, has made it on to the list of the top 10 urban innovations. This may sound like a news headline but it is much more than that. It is the opening statement of a […]

Megacities Provide New Benefits to Humanity – and Pose Unique Challenges

As the world’s biggest cities get bigger, logistics and transportation networks in them aren’t keeping pace.
Andy Meek | The Guardian

Christopher Kennedy, a professor of civil engineering at the University of Toronto, has one suggestion for how the world can start to solve the problem of climate change: transform the world’s megacities. Megacities are teeming metropolises that have populations of at least 10 million people. They include Indian cities like Mumbai and Delhi, where transportation […]

How Businesses and Governments Can Capitalize on Blockchain

Blockchain has the potential to transform not only the way commerce is done but the interplay between governments, businesses and citizens.
Jerry Cuomo | IBM

The emergent technology blockchain has been roiling the technology and financial services industries for months, and, now, people in other industries and government agencies are asking questions about it. I’m convinced that it has the potential to transform not only the way commerce is done but the interplay between governments, businesses and citizens. That’s why […]

Seller Beware

Even “good as gold” customers can default on their payments. There are four major options to manage the credit risk of bad debt.
J. Paul Dittmann, Ph.D. | University of Tennessee

First in a five-part series. Any sale carries risk, because with every sale, there’s the chance the buyer won’t pay. Non-payment can be damaging or even catastrophic to a seller. Depending on the size of the company and its operating margin, one or two bad debts can wipe out profits for the year and close […]

Case Study: GloboBot

Imagine your favorite skyscraper. Now picture it having arms and legs.
Mitch Free | Fast Radius

Ogilvy Advertising was planning a campaign called Ogilvy Play to celebrate creative innovation happening in the international agency’s offices around the world. The first studio to get the spotlight was Ogilvy’s headquarters in New York City, where art director Joel Kuntz’s GloboBot project was chosen to kick off the campaign. Kuntz is an accomplished photographer […]