• SIA's Human Cloud Report 2018: B2B Use Trends and Predictions

    2 monthes ago - By Business 2 Community

    Although half of U.S. workers may freelance within the next few years, large companies are still reluctant to utilize this growing workforce. That's according to The Staffing Industry Analysts' annual report: The Gig Economy and Human Cloud Landscape. Here's what's causing hesitation from companies and why the SIA predicts it will change.
    What is the human cloud?
    Before jumping into the report's findings, let's understand how the SIA defines the human cloud. It's a “group of technology companies that connect workers to work through a website or some other digital platform.” This includes...
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  • China is moving ahead with a huge robot farming pilot that could one day put many of the country's 250 million farmers out of work

    China is moving ahead with a huge robot farming pilot that could one day put many of the country's 250 million farmers out of work

    2 monthes ago - By Business Insider

    For the next seven years, China will run a pilot program to replace farmers with robots.
    The program features unmanned tractors, rice transplanters, and pesticide applicators.
    A rise in automated farming could produce greater yields and cheaper food production.
    However, a rise in automated farming also threatens to put many of China's 250 million farmers out of work.
    China has launched a pilot program to replace farmers with robots, putting millions of people at risk of losing their jobs.
    The seven-year pilot, which is running in Jiangsu Province, features unmanned tractors, pesticide...
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  • Bedtime for retail: Casper plans 200 stores as Mattress Firm mulls bankruptcy

    Bedtime for retail: Casper plans 200 stores as Mattress Firm mulls bankruptcy

    2 monthes ago - By Fast Company

    Casper makes the case that this aggressive move into physical retail will help it stand apart from the many other mattress brands.
    Over the last few years, we've seen how direct-to-consumer brands that started online have launched brick-and-mortar stores. Everlane recently opened stores in New York and San Francisco, luggage brand Away now has five stores around the country, and home brand Parachute has been opening cozy locations in big cities.
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  • How and why the payments industry will experience massive growth over the next five years

    How and why the payments industry will experience massive growth over the next five years

    2 monthes ago - By Business Insider

    The payments ecosystem is undergoing a period of digital transformation, which will spur tremendous growth in money moved around the globe in the next five years.
    Consumers and businesses will make 841 billion noncash transactions worldwide in 2023, up from 577 billion in 2018.
    The next five years will mark a pivotal transformation in how companies and consumers handle payments.
    The impact of payments' digital transformation is rippling around the world, in both advanced economies and developing countries.
    Across major global regions, the total volume of e-commerce transactions is expected...
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