UPS Longitudes

90 Flips | 8 Magazines | 34 Followers | @UPSLongitudes | A blog discussing the macro forces shaping the global economy today and over the horizon.

Africa’s Urban Opportunity

How can we propel Africa toward a more stable and prosperous future?<p>Africa’s prospects over the next three decades will be determined largely by how …

How Technology and Big Data will Create a New Golden Age of Retail

Designers need to change their thinking. It's about what the data is telling you.<p><b>Matt Alderton | Redshift</b><p>Shopping used to be stimulating. Although …

eCommerce

A Master Class on Thought Diversity

The people who don’t know what they don’t know can also change the world.<p>Our most vexing problems can leave us jaded. Whether it’s solving global …

Philanthropy

The Case for Externships

By helping companies solve their real-world problems, students can prepare themselves to meet the challenges of the future.<p><b>Ayesha Khanna | The Keys</b> …

Case Study: Save the Children

Why we can’t do it alone.<p><b>Yura Choung | UPS Longitudes</b><p><i>The UPS Humanitarian Solvathon (a case competition held recently at The Ohio State University in</i> …

What’s Holding Back China’s Consumers?

When it comes to economic rebalancing, China will need to be patient.<p><b>Keyu Jin | London School of Economics</b><p>For several years, Chinese leaders have …

Economics

Understanding ALS with Big Data

New ways of analyzing patient data can help uncover patterns that can mean the world to those who are affected by this disease.<p><b>Neta Zach, PhD, MPA |</b> …

Medical Research

10 Steps to Mitigating Transportation Risk

Shippers need to take these steps to effectively identify and avoid supply chain risk.<p><b>J. Paul Dittmann, Ph.D. | University of Tennessee</b><p><i>Last in a</i> …

University of Tennessee

The Power of Visuals in E-Commerce

Visuals stimulate, inspire, motivate and speak volumes to customers — without saying a word.<p><b>Bala Ganesh | UPS</b><p>An ad in the March 10, 1927 issue of the …

Infographics

I am the Donation

The best donation we can make is often ourselves.<p><b>Kevin Etter | UPS</b><p><b>Summary:</b><p>When Gavi, The Vaccine Alliance, approached my employer to ask for support, …

3D Printing the Soul

The Industrial Internet faces a big challenge in space — and some of the greatest opportunities for breakthroughs in machine-to-machine communication …

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 …

Network Security: How Logistics Partners Can Help

Data breaches are a constant risk for companies of any size and type. They are a scourge on the global economy.<p><b>Dave Roegge | UPS</b><p>Share<p>“ Businesses …

Manufacturing

A Crystal Ball for Online Shopping

How search engine data is forecasting online retail sales for the 2015 holidays.<p><b>Udayan Bose | NetElixir</b><p>Wouldn’t it be wonderful if as online …

eCommerce

Necessity is the Mother of Innovation

How a 15-year-old is changing the way we communicate.<p><b>Brooke Martin | iCPooch</b><p>As technology advances and enters every nuance of our daily lives, we …

TV shows

How Big Data Can Help Migrants

Why migration data should be the basis for informed decision-making.<p><b>Marzia Rango | International Organization for Migration</b><p>The international …

Big Data

The Key to Solving Hunger

How can we get food to the 800 million hungry people in the world?<p><i>From the Editor: Today marks the beginning of a three-week TED@UPS marathon on</i> …

TED Talks

A Leap of Faith

Once again, we looked over the edge of a cliff.<p><b>Jared Hill | UPS</b><p><b>Summary:</b><p>Thirteen years ago, I sat in a boat in Negril, Jamaica, watching as my new …

War

Following Your Heart, Not the Rules

My orders were clear, but I followed my heart.<p><b>Laura Lane | UPS</b><p><b>Summary:</b><p>When do you play by the rules, and when should you write your own to fight for …

U.S. Dept. of State

Flying Above Fear

I’ll never forget the day and the feeling of freedom.<p><b>Summary:</b><p>For as long as I can remember, I’ve wanted to fly. It started with a photo in a …

United Parcel Service

What Happens When Pigs Fly?

Since these new consumer expectations are not going away, something’s got to give.<p><b>Alan Amling | UPS</b><p><b>Summary:</b><p>“That will happen when pigs fly!”<p>How many …

Pigs

Hiring the Scrapper

What happens when your whole life seems engineered towards failure – and you actually succeed?<p><b>Summary:</b><p>Your company launches a search for an open …

TED Talks

Will the Fourth Industrial Revolution Have a Human Heart?

The Fourth Industrial Revolution can bring a new cultural renaissance, which will make us feel part of something much larger than ourselves: a true …

Why Everyone Thinks Edison Invented the Light Bulb

Great ideas are the currency in today’s competitive business landscape. But even great ideas aren’t enough to distinguish great leaders.<p>Despite what …

Leadership

Why Stirring Up Trouble Isn’t Such a Bad Thing

Trouble is actually an in-your-face kind of friend. If you don’t look for it, it’s going to come looking for you.<p>I’m a troublemaker. Maybe I don’t …

TED Talks

Want to Help Veterans? Don’t Go It Alone

Why the most meaningful change, especially for veterans, is achieved as a team.<p>On this Veterans Day, you might wonder how best to honor those who …

Military

Turning Skeptics into Believers

How did we finally succeed in creating the world’s largest operations research project?<p><b>Jack Levis | UPS</b><p><b>Summary:</b><p>The German philosopher Arthur …

Carbon Emissions

A More Electrified Auto Supply Chain

Will your business help lead the transformation or get caught trying to catch the rest of the field?<p>In 1980, my dad thought it would be a great idea …

Car Tech

The 10 Megatrends for Insuring Goods in Transit

Companies that consider these trends when making strategic decisions are likely to be prepared for future shifts in this dynamic industry.<p><b>J. Paul</b> …