The director of the International Cargo Bike Festival, which was celebrated last weekend in the city of Groningen in the far north of the Netherlands, thinks “the tide is definitely turning”. The festival magazine, issued for the eight edition, has another quote from Jos Sluijsmans: “Don’t underestimate the amount of people who want their cities to be safer, cleaner and healthier”. In a better world, city logistics are no longer done by half empty trucks and vans, but by cargo bikes!
The festival area used to be a sugar factory.
The opening of the 2019 Cargo Bike Festival in Groningen.
After six editions in Nijmegen (from 2012 to 2017) last year’s edition of the International Cargo Bike Festival was held in Berlin. I had visited the festival from 2013 to 2016 (and I wrote threeblogposts about it) but I had missed the event in 2017 and…
E-commerce is now 15 percent of retail sales. Its growth has slowed — up 12.4 percent in Q1 compared with a year earlier — but still towers over growth in regular retail, which was just 2 percent in Q1.
Internet ad spending accelerated in the US, up 22 percent in 2018. Most of the spending is still on Google and Facebook, but companies like Amazon and Twitter are getting a growing share. Some 62 percent of all digital display ad buying is for programmatic ads, which will continue to grow.
Customer acquisition costs — the marketing spending necessary to attract each new customer — is going up. That’s unsustainable because in some cases it surpasses the long-term revenue those customers will bring. Meeker suggests cheaper ways to acquire customers, like free trials and unpaid tiers.
There are a number of problems ahead for targeted advertising, including GDPR impact and other regulation, as well as pushes for more privacy from hardware and software companies like Apple and Facebook.
Americans are spending more time with digital media than ever: 6.3 hours a day in 2018, up 7 percent from the year before. Most of that growth is coming from mobile and other connected devices, while time spent on computers declines. People are also getting more concerned about time spent online, as more than a quarter of US adults say they’re “almost constantly online.”
Innovation at tech companies outside the US has remained robust. Popular areas include fulfillment, delivery, and payments.
Images are increasingly the means by which people communicate, as technology developments like faster wifi and better phone cameras have encouraged a surge in image taking. More than 50 percent of Twitter impressions now involve posts with images, video or other media; Twitter used to be text-only.
The number of interactive gamers worldwide grew 6 percent to 2.4 billion people last year, as interactive games like Fortnite become the new social media for certain people. The number of people who watch those games — rather than participate — is swelling, too.
As privacy becomes a bigger selling point, expect more options to make your online communications safe. In Q1, 87 percent of global web traffic was encrypted, up from 53 percent three years ago.
The internet will become more of a cesspool: Getting rid of problematic content becomes more difficult on a large scale, and the very nature of internet communication allows that content to be amplified much more than before. Some issues: 42 percent of US teens have experienced offensive name-calling online, terrorists are being radicalized on sites like YouTube, and social media has encouraged increased political polarization.
Of the top 25 most valuable tech companies, 60 percent were founded by first- or second-generation immigrants. They employed 1.9 million people last year. New stricter immigration laws could negatively impact the tech industry and perhaps prevent our next Elon Musk from getting to the US.
Health care is steadily becoming more digitized. Expect more telemedicine and on-demand consultations.
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The Dutch cycle more. They cycle more often and they cycle longer distances. But the modal share of cycling has been more or less stable for the last three decades at 27% of all trips. How can both these facts be correct? Time to dig into some of the cycling figures in the Netherlands.
Cycling in the cities increased with 12% from 2005 to 2016.
Before we get to the story for this post I’d first like to wish you all a very happy new year. May 2018 bring you good things and fulfil wishes and expectations. I will continue to try to bring you information about cycling in the Netherlands, the good and the bad, but always in a positive tone. This is the beginning of the tenth year that I will be making videos for you. When I published the first video, in January 2009, I never expected…
Thailand has relatively low corporate and individual marginal tax rates and ranks well above similarly-sized countries in the ease of starting a business. Also, the nation boasts access to improved drinking water sources for the vast majority of its population.
What can Thailand do better?
Thailand could lay legal groundwork and support self-driving vehicle development, an area where the country currently lags behind almost every other nation on the Scorecard. The country can increase its proportion of highly-skilled workers and dramatically increase its R&D spending, which is currently just 0.60 percent of its GDP.
Corporate travel management business TripActionshas raised a massive $154 million in a series C round of financing led by Andreessen Horowitz, with involvement from Lightspeed Endeavor Partners, Zeev Ventures, and SGVC.This takes
the business’s overall financing to $236 million and bestows upon it an evaluation of more than $1 billion, according to a business spokesperson.Founded in 2015, Palo Alto-based TripActions pitches itself as an end-to-tend travel-management business, providing access to a greater choice of hotels, flights, automobile hire services, and associated travel services, all with the promise of” unique”prices.Tying into this, the TripActions app provides a direct
artery to round-the-clock assistance personnel in case of flight delays or other problems– basically conserving employee the inconvenience of having to manage such incidents themselves. If a flight is cancelled, for example, TripActions can instantly sort things out and keep you notified. Above: TripActions: In-app messaging In its 3 years so far, TripActions…