The impact of E-commerce on the Postal Industry

E-commerce is in its infancy, amounting to only 5% of total worldwide retail sales in 2014.  However, the global market for on-line shopping is $1T and has an annual growth rate of nearly 20%.  E-commerce heavyweights like Amazon and Ebay have become household names, while Alibaba – having just burst onto the scene in 2014 […]

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Cleaning Up Public Procurement Worldwide: A critical path for opening markets while providing improved citizen services

Public procurement accounts for approximately one-fifth of the world’s gross domestic product.  In high-income countries, the purchase of goods and services accounts for one-third of public spending; in developing countries up to one-half. These extraordinary figures point to the importance of both the public sector market for companies like IBM and efforts like the one […]

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Economic Vitality: Building Regional Cohesion in EU

Since its founding act, the Treaty of Rome in 1957, the European Community has pursued a policy of economic and social cohesion among its members. Formed in the aftermath of the Second World War, the EC was built on the belief that countries that trade together become economically interdependent and thus, less likely to engage […]

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Data-Driven Sustainability and Resilience

The twin concepts of sustainability and resilience have taken center stage in the international development discourse.  Indeed, the Sustainable Development Goals, or SDGs, will chart the course for the post-2015 development agenda, and building resilience of communities, governments, as well as physical infrastructure, is a major thrust of new development policy. While fashionable and sometimes […]

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Worldwide Posts: An imperative to deliver more than just mail

Post offices around the world are facing historic challenges: Universal delivery mandates, population growth, the rise of electronic communications and a corresponding fall in first-class mail have all combined to put tremendous pressure on posts worldwide. Today, posts seek to answer three fundamental questions: How to cut costs, grow revenues, and stay relevant in the […]

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Is Agriculture THE Big IT Growth Play in Africa?

Africa is widely seen as the “last emerging market.”  With nearly one-billion people, a rapidly growing middle class, and a regional economic growth rate of 5%, many businesses are investing on the continent.  Infrastructure, Financial Services, Telco, Energy, and Agriculture interests have clearly identified Africa as a growth play. However, this last industry – Agriculture […]

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What is the Role for the Private Sector in International Development?

A recent survey of over 1,300 development professionals by Devex.com found that 91% see business as a positive force in socio-economic development of poor countries. 81% think increasing private sector involvement in global development is ‘very important’. Clearly business is no longer seen as “part of the problem” as it once was – not too […]

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The Good News from Emerging Markets

With so much turmoil and suffering in the world today, it’s difficult to see through the bad news and consider the progress that’s being made in large segments of the developing world. Many don’t realize that the 14 years since the millennium have witnessed the fastest reduction in poverty in human history. According to the […]

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Economic Development and Vitality Initiative (revisited)

Washington, D.C. is the de facto capital of the emerging markets: Last week the Nigerians were in town, the week before, the Pakistanis, next week the Russians, the week after? Who knows, except you can be sure another high-ranking government delegation from the growth markets will be here for meetings with US government officials, interest […]

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