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< The beta blog | 03 Mar 2015

Digital continues its journey of discovery

In October last year, the UK newspaper and magazine wholesaler Smiths News launched a same-day collection service jointly with Amazon. The story got little coverage in the mainstream press. But if you spotted it, you’ll know the service is called ‘Pass my Parcel’.

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< The beta blog | 23 Feb 2015

As eCommerce sees logistics get personal, parcel carriers must innovate or die

In January this year, the cab-sharing service Uber began piloting a new logistics service in Hong Kong. Called UberCargo, it enables smartphone users to call up a van to transport items, in return for a fee based on time and distance travelled.

At first sight, UK transpo

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< The beta blog | 16 Feb 2015

Why companies need to adapt in a fragmented payment world

Disruptive technology is a subject many companies are wrestling with. In an ever changing world, companies need to be on their toes, because blink and you will be left behind.

Lately we have seen a lot of press about the fact that card payments are set to overt

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< The beta blog | 10 Feb 2015

Preparing for the future of recruitment: meet the ‘shapers’ that will transform the industry over the coming decade

The next time you order a package for delivery at home or work, think how the experience differs from ten years ago. Back then you’d wait a week or so for it to turn up – and if it didn’t, you’d ring someone to ask where it was. Today you can log in immediately

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< The beta blog | 06 Feb 2015

Digital is a deal driver for Entertainment & Media

Digital technology is at the heart of media mergers and acquisitions (M&A) for several reasons. It creates change and demands investment; it makes businesses buy new capabilities in search of growth; and it triggers disposals of non-digital businesses to raise funds

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< The beta blog | 30 Jan 2015

In football the digital opportunities go beyond the 90 minutes

Football has entered the digital age. Clubs are using personalised content as the new driver of media revenue streams and advanced technologies are opening up new business models and growth strategies.

Digital technology and media are enabling football fans and clubs to

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< The beta blog | 23 Jan 2015

Digital technologies front of mind for UK CEOs

On Tuesday from the World Economic Forum in Davos we announced the results of our 18th Annual Global CEO Survey which allows us to gain valuable insights into today's business challenges as well as the trends and issues shaping decision-making tomorrow. 


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< The beta blog | 23 Dec 2014

Five emerging technologies shaping the world (Video)

On the 30 September we held an event at the Science Museum in London’s South Kensington titled 'The world is in beta' which covered the opportunities of digital transformation and why companies need to develop not a digital strategy, but a business strategy fit for the

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< The beta blog | 15 Dec 2014

Private equity’s struggle with the digital native

While private equity may be a relatively young part of the investment industry, its participants typically are not. In the digital age – which is now – this is problematic.

Private equity firms are there to bring value-creating transformation to businesses, whether t

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< The beta blog | 03 Dec 2014

(Video) The world in beta at FT Innovate

On the 19th November I spoke at FT Innovate, the two-day Financial Times’ event at Mayfair’s Millennium Hotel on how digital disruption is impacting every business in every industry.

The FT is renowned for organising stellar business events and in this case it w

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