How to Achieve Zero Waste

Here are three cities that adhere to today’s demanding environmental policy.

Recycling initiatives are nothing new, but companies that depend on efficient hazardous waste management should be keen to the infrastructure that is operating right now and dedicated to those who need to know how to achieve zero waste. At Veolia, this applies to numerous spaces: household materials, the automotive industry, and electronics that don’t have […]

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Turning a Passion for Wine into an Omni-Channel Business

Studying and tasting Italian wine was once just a hobby for Luigi Cattaneo, an information technology veteran of 25 years. But when Cattaneo realized that he could transform his passion for fine wine into a successful omni-channel business, he and his friends created the wine bar and e-commerce site Bibentes.

A few years ago, Luigi Cattaneo was frustrated with his career in IT. He had handled projects involving B2B and B2C, direct and indirect sales, brand and product management, and more. Over the years, he had worked with a diverse range of people at several companies. But, says Cattaneo, “The products were starting to feel […]

Brands Haven’t Kept Up with the Ways Customers Use Products

There’s a daily tug of war between long-term brand building and short-term sales goals – brands must be relevant, useful and entertaining.

Here’s a truth: Many in the marketing industry today don’t really understand brands. Today, when there’s more of everything – more channels, more choice, more speed, more confusion – it’s fair to ask: What is a brand? To answer this question, we have to think about what has changed during the last decade. The emergence of the […]

Want to Move Fast on a Strategic Opportunity?

Deploy a focused team, and get out of the way.

No doubt about it: We live in a rapidly changing world. Disruptive technologies, shifting customer behaviors and emerging business models are shaking up nearly every industry. If you are going to survive and succeed amid this change, you need to move in a fast and adaptable way. Yes … even if you’re a huge global […]

Foreign Aid Enters a New Age of Accountability

Bringing trust and transparency to the world of foreign donations presents a strong case for blockchain technology.

“I don’t know why you’d bother giving money to help people overseas. It’s just wasted and taken by corrupt dictators.” I must have heard this comment (masquerading as a question) hundreds of times as I’ve spoken to audiences about the opportunities and challenges of ending extreme poverty by 2030. As a co-founder of Global Citizen, […]

Local Business Innovation Equips Off-Grid Households with Electricity

Developing nations need solutions that provide a bridge toward tomorrow’s opportunities.

If the old adage is true and necessity is the mother of invention, then ingenuity must surely be the father. Globally, 1.2 billion people live without access to electricity. Within this decade, the global off-grid solar energy market has grown complex and dynamic. [Photo: Power Africa/USAID] Initially, it was marked by low levels of activity […]

Getting in the Family Business

A business owner with entrepreneurship in his blood puts a modern twist on his family’s craft.

Small business owner Mike Smith is passionate about the power of solar. The co-founder of Smith & Sons started his general contracting business with his father in the 1980s, when the two began rehabbing homes in low-income neighborhoods on the banks of the Anacostia River in Washington, D.C. His company now provides off-grid clean energy […]

How The Humble Bicycle Can Save Our Cities

Here's a blueprint for how cities can welcome the bicycle – and all the positive outcomes that a bike-centric city brings.

Mikael Colville-Andersen rides his bike everywhere in Copenhagen, but he would never introduce himself as a cyclist. “I’m just one of the 400,000 people riding a bike in this city because it makes our daily lives more effective,” he says. The founder of Copenhagenize, a design studio that specializes in bike infrastructure, as well as several […]

23 Female TED Speakers Tell Us About the Books that Shaped Them

These books can provide wisdom and inspiration for the next generation of women leaders.

Here are the books that profoundly influenced women from our speaker community, and they’re just as wonderfully diverse as TED itself. Jane Eyre  by Charlotte Brontë When I read this book for the first time as a deeply odd fifth-grader (or, as Jane says, “poor, plain and little”), it felt like grasping onto a life […]

3 Trends Shaping Startups in the Middle East

The start-up environment in the Middle East is positioning the region as an economic force for years to come.

The Middle East is facing rising geopolitical tensions, the world’s highest youth unemployment and a shift away from oil-based economies. In this context, the success of its startups could well determine the whole region’s success. Already, the Middle East’s only unicorn, a ride-hailing app called Careem, has created more than 500,000 jobs. It is now […]

Powering the Early-Stage Supply Chain

Small businesses are often passionate about their products. They need to be just as passionate about their role in the global supply chain.

Warning: The power dynamic is shifting as agile, tech-savvy and well-funded small businesses come flooding into the supply chain, often displacing large and aging legacy suppliers. This is an exciting time for small businesses, driven by millennials and Generation Z, who look at entrepreneurship as a less risky proposition than their parents and friends who […]

Augmented Reality Is Helping Factory Workers Become More Productive

It's time for an augmented reality check.

Jimmie Beacham is no gamer, but that didn’t stop him from hanging an Xbox console from a ceiling at work. As chief engineer for advanced manufacturing at GE Healthcare, Beacham, 44, is in charge of a futuristic laboratory in Waukesha, Wisconsin, experimenting with new ways to make things. He and his team are using the […]

How Humble Leadership Really Works

Certain forms of top-down leadership are outdated and more importantly, counterproductive.

When you’re a leader, you are merely overhead unless you’re bringing out the best in your employees. Unfortunately, many leaders lose sight of this reality. Power can cause leaders to become overly obsessed with outcomes and control and therefore, treat their employees as means to an end. As I’ve discovered in my own research, this […]

5 Lessons Other Small Business Owners Have Already Learned

Go ahead and take some notes – there's no need to repeat these small business mistakes.

Experience is a very good teacher, and every small business owner learns some lessons the hard way. But you can avoid many hassles and headaches by learning from the mistakes of other entrepreneurs who have already faced the same issues you’re facing. Here are five lessons small business owners have learned that they wish they […]

Relentless Service

Getting ahead in three different industries takes hustle. Just ask Ryan Alovis, founder and CEO of The Stella Group. But that’s okay, Ryan was born to hustle. Check out Ryan’s tips for outhustling the competition.

Long before Ryan Alovis sold his first business, MagazineDiscountCenter.com, to Time Inc. at the age of 33, he had already risen to success in the nightlife industry in New York City. What started as Ryan’s college side gig turned into a full-time enterprise that employed hundreds of other party promoters. His entrepreneurial roots run deep. […]

Running with the Big Dogs of E-Commerce

(Even if you're just a pup).

In a global digital economy, size doesn’t matter. The world’s electronic commerce system has transformed retailers into e-tailers, attracting and retaining consumers around the corner and around the globe. So, brands of various sizes and scope can now compete on the new global playing field, valued at $2.3 trillion and projected to almost double by […]

Imagine It, Make It

In this Q&A, Joel Johnson, inventor, innovator and co-founder of BoXZY, discusses the power of expanding the maker movement.

Small business owners Joel and Justin Johnson want you to build more stuff. The Pittsburgh-based brothers have formed their business on a simple premise: Just about anyone can make virtually anything from almost anywhere. BoXZY is a cube-shaped machine with rapidly changing parts: a CNC mill, 3D printer and laser engraver. Think of it as […]

Podcast: Passion Alone Is Not Enough

What are the pillars for small business growth today?

Starting your own business is hard – no, it’s really hard. Just ask the millions of aspiring small business owners whose “big idea” never made headway in the real world. It’s not that these entrepreneurs didn’t care or work hard enough, argues Gene Marks, a columnist, author and small business owner who writes for The […]

From Time-Based to Task-Based Work

How will the evolving nature of work change our conception of time?

Not long ago in parts of Madagascar people measured time in units of rice cooking – how long it took to cook a pot of rice (about half an hour) or how long it took to fry a locust (a moment). Native people in Southern Nigeria used the saying: A man died in less than the time […]

Releasing the Full Potential of Global E-Commerce

Customs modernization will be key to facilitating trade growth.

Hosted by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), this year’s E-Commerce Week brought together government representatives, CEOs, international organizations, academics and civil society. The objective: to highlight the potential benefits of e-commerce and discuss how we can overcome barriers to realizing them. During last week’s gathering, UPS joined panels to outline to […]

Driving Sustainable Logistics in Europe

Could cluster-based freight corridors bolster economic activity in Europe?

A hyper-connected network of logistics clusters could play a key role in achieving the European Union’s goal of creating a sustainable, more efficient freight transportation system. An EU-backed research initiative called Clusters 2.0 is laying the groundwork for such a network by developing ways to link freight hubs via the physical internet. Clusters 2.0 comprises […]

Is Wearable Tech the Future of Safety Management?

What makes wearables so effective is their ability to help safety managers efficiently find the zebra in the herd of horses.

The Internet of Things has significantly enhanced the efficiency and safety of our day-to-day lives over the past several years. With the click of an icon, connected devices let us see who is in our house, control the thermostat, give our dogs a treat, monitor the afternoon commute, count our steps, gauge our sleep quality […]

Tech Needs Architects

Fintech, in particular, could learn from the complexity of architecture and the built environment.

I started my career in architecture, working for Norman Foster (architect of Apple’s headquarters) and then Fisher Park, set designers for the Rolling Stones. Today, I’m a partner with Anthemis, a VC firm that focuses on financial services. And there are many lessons from my previous career that apply today as I watch the fintech […]

The Hidden Benefits of a Sustainable Mindset

With Earth Day approaching, let’s examine the link between a culture of sustainability and one of innovation.

In some respects, it’s great news that more than half of the global population now lives in cities – a figure expected to increase to two in three people around the world by 2050. This growth makes cities a great place to live and work and gives them a real sense of energy and vitality. […]

5 Trends Transforming the Industrial Space

Distributors need to learn and adapt to customer needs through technology, talent and innovation.

The industrial market’s rapid transformation, which I wrote about last year,  continues unabated. The sector is drawing increased attention as the old-fashioned supply chain reinvents itself for the new business landscape. Here’s what we’re talking about right now: Millennials: You’ve heard it before, but it bears repeating. Millions of Boomers will retire this year, leaving […]

To Go Circular, First Go Vertical

The vertical integration of your supply chain provides both economic and environmental benefits.

Early last year, the waste management world was abuzz with news of furniture manufacturing giant Ikea’s minority stake in the Dutch plastics recycling company, Morssinkhof Rymoplast Group. Part of the $1 billion Ikea earmarked for sourcing sustainable materials, this was a step toward achieving the company’s goal of making its plastic products from 100 percent recycled […]

To Take Charge of Your Career, Start by Building Your Tribe

Without tribes, it would be impossible to remember who we are and imagine who we might become.

Show me a person who sees uncertainty as opportunity, and I’ll show you a person who has mastered the new world of work. Sue Ashford, Amy Wrzesniewski and I have collected many stories that show as much for a study of knowledge and creative workers. We heard freelance journalists, consultants, designers, software engineers and executive coaches […]

How a Modern Touch Might Save Retail

The store isn’t dead, just reinvented.

UPS’s recently released Pulse of the Online Shopper Global Study is full of insights about the new landscape for retail, an environment where goods routinely move across borders thanks to online marketplaces. Here’s what the study does not contain: Proof that the store is dead. Sure, the retail landscape is rapidly changing: Last year, a record-high […]

Female Workforces Can Revolutionize Latin American Business

To bring change to SMEs, public policies are not enough. Entrepreneurs and managers must also embrace the cause of gender equality.

Daniel Velasquez owns a small snack manufacturing firm in Honduras, which produces plantain chips sold in bodegas across the country. A few years ago, Daniel was struggling to consistently find enough plantains that met the company’s quality standards. Supply issues are a typical headache for business owners, but the solution to Daniel’s problem came from […]

How to Deal With Life’s Risks More Rationally

An economist explores how to weigh risk in our personal and work lives more accurately.

The world is an uncertain and risky place. The news constantly bombards us with scary situations from school shootings to gruesome murders. Risk is everywhere and associated with everything. For example, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention a decade ago estimated 234,000 people a year ended up in emergency rooms because of bathroom injuries […]