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The Economics and Supply Chain of Your Christmas Tree

A holiday season primer on everything that goes into your Christmas tree.

Few symbols are as representative of the holiday season as a Christmas tree. Real or fake, traditional or upside down, Christmas trees represent the physical center of each family’s celebration and the focal point of displays in stores and in public squares. But Christmas is also big business – more than $1 Trillion was spent in […]

Dubai Plans Hyperloop Trains That Will Be Faster Than Planes

Hyperloop could cut travel times between Dubai and Abu Dhabi from two hours to 12 minutes.

Humans have long been fascinated with travel. Wherever we are, we want to get somewhere else, and when we’ve gotten there, we want to get there faster. Concorde was once the world’s fastest commercial passenger jet, travelling at speeds of more than 2,000 kilometers per hour, more than twice the speed of sound. More recently, […]

Cities of 2050: Data and Technology Will Fuel Megacities of the Future

Here's a collaborative blueprint for the urban areas of tomorrow.

What will cities look like by the year 2050? Will they be like those in South Korea centered on a digitally connected retrofit of existing society? Will they parallel the shiny new cities of Dubai or Singapore? Or could they possibly move underground or under the oceans? Today, innovative cities such as Curitiba, Brazil, are […]

Will Data Reshape the Future of Logistics?

Advancing from reactive thinking to predictive problem solving will create smarter transportation networks.

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. […]

Paving the Path to a More Productive Society

The U.S needs to invest $3.3 trillion on new infrastructure to support expected economic growth out to 2030. It's time to get started.

Sixty years ago, the U.S. embarked on one of the greatest public works projects since the Roman Empire: the Interstate Highway System. It was a bonanza of productivity for an American economy emerging with brawn from World War II, at one period yielding an annual return of 54 cents for every dollar spent. But in […]