Thought Leadership

Thought Leadership

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5 Innovations That Could Save Your Company’s Life
Robin Hensley | UPS  Let’s face it — a strong company culture can be a difficult environment for a new concept. There’s good reason for that dynamic.There are few more dangerous places for a radical idea than at a company where group think is allowed to run roughshod over innovation....
Jul 27, 2015 12:05 PM ET
Growing in Africa
Kristin M. Lord | IREX Global companies are grappling with a paradox. On the one hand, they struggle to hire people with the right mix of education and skills. On the other hand, they work in societies with persistently high levels of unemployment, particularly among young people. A major explanation of this seeming paradox is the “skills...
Jul 23, 2015 10:30 AM ET
A World Now Open for Business
Jim Barber | UPS The following is based on a speech given by Jim Barber, president of UPS International, at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum in Atlanta. I have deep respect for small and mid-sized businesses and the entrepreneurs who turn on the lights in the morning, stand behind the counter all day and lock the doors at...
Jul 21, 2015 10:15 AM ET
5 Ways Trade Can Deliver for the World’s Poor
by Ritu Sharma | Trade and Poverty Expert Just about every day, UPS drops something at my doorstep. As a working mom with two busy boys, my store of convenience is the world as I shop online. As an advocate for women in living in poverty worldwide, I often wonder if the goods I...
Jul 15, 2015 12:15 PM ET
The Evolving Role of the Store in e-Commerce
Bala Ganesh | UPS When it comes to retail, silos are a silent killer. In a siloed organization, those loyal to their own group or division may distrust the motives of others. There may be little or no communication between groups, and a tendency to cling to the status quo. That can lead to missing new revenue opportunities, losing touch...
Jul 13, 2015 10:20 AM ET