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How climate change could affect corporate valuations

January 30, 2015 Comments off

How climate change could affect corporate valuations
Source: McKinsey & Company

Not surprising, we found that carbon-abatement efforts will put dramatically different levels of stress on the cash flows and valuations of different industries. The level of change for individual public companies within a given sector could of course substantially exceed the average, depending on their current position and their ability to respond to new technologies, changes in consumer behavior, and regulation.

An Analysis of the Labor Market for Uber’s Driver – Partners in the United States

January 29, 2015 Comments off

An Analysis of the Labor Market for Uber’s Driver – Partners in the United States (PDF)
Source: Uber

This paper provides the first comprehensive analysis of Uber’s driver – partners, based on both survey data and anonymized, aggregated administrative data. Uber has grown at an exponential rate over the last few years, and drivers who partner with Uber appear to be attracted to the platform in large part because of the flexibility it offers, the level of compensation, and the fact that earnings per hour do not vary much with hours worked, which facilitates part – time and variable hours. Uber’s driver – partners are more similar in terms of their age and education to the general workforce than to taxi drivers and chauffeurs. Uber may serve as a bridge for many seeking other employment opportunities, and it may attract well – qualified individuals because, with Uber’s star rating system, driver – partners’ reputations are explicitly shared with potential customers. Most of Uber’s driver – partners had full – or part – time employment prior to joining Uber, and many continued in those positions after starting to drive with the Uber platform, which makes the flexibility to set their own hours all th e more valuable. Uber’s driver – partners also often cited the desire to smooth fluctuations in their income as a reason for partnering with Uber .

How US state governments can improve customer service

January 29, 2015 Comments off

How US state governments can improve customer service
Source: McKinsey & Company

Technological advances such as smartphones and apps have opened new frontiers of convenience, speed, and transparency for private-sector customers. At the same time, tightening government budgets are making it difficult for the public sector to deliver services of a similarly high quality. With consumer expectations only increasing, it’s perhaps no surprise that interactions with government agencies frustrate and disappoint many citizens. Yet when we sought to find out exactly why, we discovered cause for encouragement: issues that frustrate citizens are solvable, and the frustrations mostly revolve around the way services are provided rather than the services themselves. In fact, we believe governments can significantly improve the service experience while lowering costs and increasing employee engagement and satisfaction.

TMT Predictions 2015: The future in Technology, Media & Telecommunications

January 28, 2015 Comments off

TMT Predictions 2015: The future in Technology, Media & Telecommunications
Source: Deloitte

Technology – TMT Predictions 2015

  • The Internet of Things really is things, not people
  • Drones: high-profile and niche
  • 3D printing is a revolution: just not the revolution you think
  • Click and collect booms in Europe
  • Smartphone batteries: better but no breakthrough
  • Nanosats take off, but they don’t take over
  • The re-enterprization of IT

Media – TMT Predictions 2015

  • Short form video: a future, but not the future, of television
  • The ‘generation that won’t spend’ is spending a lot on media content
  • Print is alive and well–at least for books

Telecommunications – TMT Predictions 2015

  • One billion smartphone upgrades
  • The connectivity chasms deepen: the growing gap in broadband speeds
  • Contactless mobile payments (finally) gain momentum

The Mobile Internet Economy in Europe

January 28, 2015 Comments off

The Mobile Internet Economy in Europe
Source: Boston Consulting Group

Each successive technological revolution of the modern age—industrial, informational, digital, and mobile—has played out more rapidly and more uniformly than its predecessors. The current mobile revolution is a supercharged global phenomenon; its impact on individuals, businesses, countries, economies, and societies is already felt just about everywhere. The smartphone, along with the tablet—and a fast-expanding family of wearables and other “smart” devices—have totally transformed the way people around the world live, work, play, connect, and interact.

In less than a decade, the mobile Internet revolution has overtaken the digital revolution and is still accelerating. Mobile penetration is increasing, the costs of access and devices are coming down, and more and more people in both developed and developing economies are using the mobile Internet as their first—and often their only—means of going online. To be sure, there remain big issues of infrastructure, remote-area access, data security, and personal privacy, among others, to be addressed. But the combination of consumer demand and market-based innovation has consistently and successfully driven the mobile Internet’s growth, generating enormous economic and social benefits. As we have argued before, for almost everyone on the planet today, regardless of where he or she lives and works, the mobile Internet is already, or soon will be, a life-changing phenomenon.

This report, the first in a two-part series, looks at the impact of the mobile Internet in Europe—specifically, in the big economies of the EU5 (Germany, France, the UK, Italy, and Spain)—as well as in 8 other countries. Together, these 13 countries make up 70 percent of global GDP. The report provides an overview of the reach, ramifications, and potential of the mobile Internet so that policy makers and other leaders can better assess its current and future impact and pursue policies to foster continued growth. The second report in the series will assess the mobile Internet’s global impact.

The global economic impact of Facebook: Helping to unlock new opportunities

January 27, 2015 Comments off

The global economic impact of Facebook: Helping to unlock new opportunities
Source: Deloitte

Key findings in the report include:

  • The United States is estimated to capture the largest share of economic impact enabled, $100bn;
  • High rates of engagement enabled $21bn of economic impact in Central and South America;
  • The thriving app economy in EMEA has helped to generate $13bn of economic impact for the region through the platform effects; and
  • In APAC internet uptake and purchases of devices motivated by Facebook have contributed to $13bn of economic impact.

Connected World: Hyperconnected Travel and Transportation in Action

January 27, 2015 Comments off

Connected World: Hyperconnected Travel and Transportation in Action
Source: Boston Consulting Group

Four innovations—largely based on existing technologies—promise to improve the efficiency, speed, and comfort of travel, trade, and tourism by 2025, according to Connected World: Hyperconnected Travel and Transportation in Action, a new report by the World Economic Forum, produced in collaboration with The Boston Consulting Group.

The Forum’s three-year Connected World project culled from a long list of possibilities four innovations that stood out to offer profound societal and business opportunities. This report—based on year two of the project—identifies the existing technologies that can help actuate each innovation and presents potential operating models, recommends governance structures, and highlights challenges for implementation.

An automated check-in, security, border-control, and smart-visa system could ease international traveling difficulties while ensuring high levels of security and traveler privacy.

A condition-based megacity traffic-management system that uses real-time data collection and analytics could steer or redirect traffic, provide smart-parking capabilities, manage public-transportation capacity, and handle congestion and traffic emergencies using dynamic tolling and access restrictions.

An integrated, proactive, intermodal travel-assistant system could select, book, and navigate different modes of travel customized to individual needs, using real-time information.

A transparency and traceability optimizer for logistics could streamline cumbersome logistics and customs processes, enabling goods to flow more swiftly, less expensively, and more reliably than they did in the past.

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