Category: Business

Blockchain and the Future of Work

Richard Horne, International Labour Organization

Blockchain has the potential to improve the functionality of labour markets and address some of the major challenges in the world of work. Blockchain is to Bitcoin what the internet is to emails, that is, Bitcoin is just one outcome made possible by the existence of Blockchain technology. But there are so many more.  Continue reading “Blockchain and the Future of Work”

Virtual Cards: The B2B Payment Method of the Future

Ed Jordan, Billtrust

When it comes to payments in the B2B world, customers are looking for more convenient ways to pay their bills. With the latest technological advancements, their options are expanding. As with any new technology, however, new challenges arrive that can slow down the invoice-to-cash process. But if a supplier has the right A/R process in place, new technology doesn’t have to mean that there will be new challenges to overcome.

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Ideas aren’t Running Out, but They are Getting More Expensive to Find

Nicholas Bloom, Chad Jones John, Van Reenen, Michael Webb, VoxEU.org

The rate of productivity growth in advanced economies has been falling. Optimists hope for a fourth industrial revolution, while pessimists lament that most potential productivity growth has already occurred. This column argues that data on the research effort across all industries shows the costs of extracting ideas have increased sharply over time. This suggests that unless research inputs are continuously raised, economic growth will continue to slow in advanced nations. Continue reading “Ideas aren’t Running Out, but They are Getting More Expensive to Find”

Innovators Point The Way To The Store Of The Future

Adam Blair, Retail TouchPoints

The so-called “retail apocalypse” may have been debunked, but there’s still no question that the industry is in the midst of profound change. Retailers aren’t just looking for ways to tweak the shopping experience; many seek to reimagine every aspect of how they will interact with consumers.

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