Where is cross-border e-commerce evolving to?

Posted by media on February 14, 2017 at 9:00 AM

PayPal recently published an interesting report, created along with the market research company Ipsos, about the global evolution of cross-border e-commerce in 2016. With the title PayPal Cross-Border Consumer Research, the study aims to determine how technology is driving trade between countries, in any moment and time, and from any device.

In order to carry out this investigation, Paypal and Ipsos surveyed 28,000 consumers of legal age from 32 countries, who use devices with Internet access in order to make national and cross-border purchases.

In this post, we sum the main conclusions of this report, whose goal is that the insights provided help increase e-commerce sales.

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Mobile commerce: future or present of online purchases?

Posted by media on February 9, 2017 at 9:00 AM

The exponential growth in adopting  smartphones around the world, the fact that these devices have larger screens and allow for a faster and safer navigation, and the decreasing reluctance to make purchases on a smartphone or tablet have made mobile commerce not just the choice for a few pioneers but the fastest growing e-commerce segment.  

In this post, we will reveal some of the latest numbers that support this reality, paying attention to the evolution of purchases via mobile devices in the UK, a ground-breaking market worldwide, and in Spain.

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The 5 essential TED Talks for CEOs

Posted by media on January 17, 2017 at 9:00 AM

With the motto of “Ideas worth spreading”, TED Talks are already very popular all over the world. Promoted by the non-profit organization with the same name, they date back to 1984, but it was in 2006 when its free distribution through the Internet made them global phenomenon.

TED talks deal with all types of topics, with the ultimate goal of expanding a deeper understanding of our world. To do so, prominent people in a certain field to new talents in the most varied disciplines share their reflections in sessions no longer than 18 minutes.

For example, TED Talks speakers include politicians such as Bill Clinton or Al Gore, musicians like Bono from U2, or stars from the tech world such as the founders of Google, Larry Page and Sergey Brin.

Due to the extraordinary proliferation of new talks around the world created under the TED brand, in this post we want to list five talks especially relevant for CEOs.

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The top 10 technological trends in 2017 according to Gartner

Posted by media on December 29, 2016 at 9:00 AM

During 2016, in this blog we have spoken about the fourth industrial revolution or the digital transformation from various perspectives. Both posts discussed technological trends that dominated the year we are about to bid ado to, but we will certainly continue talking about them in 2017 and in the coming years.

In sum, we could say that we continue moving forwards towards an increasingly interconnected digital world, and at the poles of that interconnected network there are no longer just people, but objects, services and content.

The interactions that take place in this great network is what the consulting company Gartner calls intelligent digital mesh - and forms the basis of their top 10 strategic technological trends for 2017. We review them below.

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The future is called 5G, and it’s much more than a change in number

Posted by media on November 8, 2016 at 9:00 AM

Mobile technology is advancing at such a pace that businesses and consumers often lack the information to fully understand how new developments can potentially transform their lives.

In the early ‘90s, data network access on wireless phones went from 1G to 2G with the birth of SMS, then to 3G with the ability to write messages, make calls and surf the Internet all on one device, and finally to 4G, which continued with 3G’s functions but at a faster speed. This evolution has been gradual and organic, with the increase in 4G’s processing speed as the highlight. However, expect qualitative changes when the 5G network emerges in 2020.

In this post we explain why 5G is set to revolutionize mobile communications. Rahim Tafazolli, director of the 5G Innovation Centre at the University of Surrey has referred to this technology as offering users "the perception of infinite capacity", a future goal offered by smartphones that still don’t work “fast enough”.

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