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COVID-19 Crash: How China’s Economy May Offer a Glimpse of the Future -VisualCapitalist

On the bright side, some analysts are forecasting a recovery as early as the third quarter of 2020. A variety of factors, such as government stimulus, consumer confidence, and the number of COVID-19 cases, will play into this timeline. -from visualcapitalist.com

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Technology Trends to Follow in 2020 -readwrite.com

84% businesses AI will enable reach or sustain competitive advantage. 80% of retailers will use IoT to customize store visits by 2021. 32% of retailers expect to add AR/VR for enhanced product experience in 3 years. -from readwrite.com

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Visualizing the History of Pandemics -VisualCapitalist

The more civilized humans became – with larger cities, more exotic trade routes, and increased contact with different populations of people, animals, and ecosystems – the more likely pandemics would occur. -from VisualCapitalist.com

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How People Around the World Shop Online -Visually

More than 50% of the global online population have shopped online more than once. How big is global ecommerce? What are we buying online? What percentage of purchases are socially influenced? -from Visual.ly

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How the Internet of Things is Building Smarter Cities -VisualCapitalist

Since 1950, the amount of people living in cities has risen almost six-fold, from 751 million to over 4 billion in 2018—more than half of the planet’s population. Over the next three decades, cities are projected to add yet another 2.5 billion more people.

This continuing migration to urban areas puts greater pressure on public services as well as urban planning. As a result, cities are implementing solutions driven by technology and data to reduce the added strain created by this growth. -from VisualCapitalist

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The economic impact of 5G -Raconteur

The fifth generation of mobile networks is here, and is expected to have a bigger impact on the global economy than any previous iterations, contributing more than $13 trillion to output worldwide by 2035. According to forecasts, China is set to see the most economic gains from the roll-out. -From Raconteur

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Ranked: The Social Mobility of 82 Countries -VisualCapitalist

If each country increased its social mobility score by just 10 index points, it could result in an extra 4.41% of cumulative GDP growth for the global economy by 2030—equal to $5.1 trillion.  - From Visual Capitalist

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Graphic Insights: Seven Decades of Modern Retail -Kantar

Think of it as the entire history of modern retail in a single view. In this chart Kantar Retail IQ summarized the shopper dynamics, retailer strategies and supplier responses that were the foundation of global retail’s evolution during each of the seven decades of modern retail. -Kantar

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Ranked: The Most Valuable Brands in the World

Although tech companies command five of the top 10 spots in the ranking, brands from more traditional industries are hot on their tails. Whether brands are regional or global leaders, they still face the threat of being knocked of their perch by brands experiencing significant growth. -Visual Capitalist

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A Look At The Digital Future Of Global Retail - Retail Touch Points

As many as 90% of consumers say they trust online recommendations for products; and up to 25% of social media shoppers say they use social channels to finalize purchases. - From Retail Touch Point

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Visualizing the Biggest Risks to the Global Economy in 2020 - Visual Capitalist

In a recent survey, actuaries ranked climate change as their top risk for 2019, ahead of damages from cyberattacks, financial instability, and terrorism—drawing strong parallels with the results of this year’s Global Risk Report. - From Visual Capitalist

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Future of Retail - Throwaway Culture - Racounteur

From a UK / Europe Point of View. We throw a staggering volume of clothes to landfill every year, and the effect that the rise of single-use fashion is having on our environment is shocking. As the average number of wears for each garment continues to fall, more must be done to tackle the problem. - From Raconteur

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Prediction Consensus: What the Experts See Coming in 2020 - Visual Capitalist

Of the hundreds of forward-looking pieces of content published in the lead-up to 2020, how many of the expert predictions lined up? Was there a consensus on any particular trend, or were predictions all over the map? - From Visual Capitalist

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5G The Future Unplugged

Over the next decade, 5G is set to change the way underserved communities access high-speed data and allow a faster flow of information between devices. It's another innovation that will disrupt retail. - From Goldman Sachs

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The Most Valuable Nation Brands

One of most impressive gains came from second-ranked China, which is rapidly closing the gap separating them from the United States. China’s brand value surged over 40% to $19.4 trillion — more than the cumulative brand value of the next five countries.

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