Any individual’s experience of looking after their own wellbeing could typically involve factors such as good eating, exercise and treatments from medical specialists when needed. But a wealth of new technologies are now being made available to empower people in addressing their own health issues more consistently and help companies support employees in this area.
“Technology is putting control of a medical condition or a wellness desire in the hands of the consumer, and enabling them to be much more proactive in terms of health management and getting a better quality of life,” explains Richard Cooper, head of digital and ecommerce at private healthcare firm AXA PPP healthcare.
The traditional car purchase could soon be a thing of the past. According to the consultancy firm PwC, by 2030, shared or autonomous vehicles will be responsible for up to 37 per cent of mileage driven globally. The era of cars on demand is here, and manufacturers must respond now.
In the last two years, luxury car manufacturer BMW has dramatically broken with tradition in an effort to reduce reliance on vehicle sales. The German company has been growing ReachNow, a program described as ‘Airbnb for cars’, which allows people to rent BMW vehicles from owners without all the typical costs. Rentals are made on demand via a peer‐to‐peer app. Ford and General Motors have created similar services.
It is now widely accepted that there is an environmental crisis gripping the Earth. Climate change affects people living across continents and is expected to worsen as the global population nears nine billion by 2050.
Product-makers have an urgent responsibility in helping ensure sustainability and they are increasingly doing so, motivated by the environmental challenge, customer preferences and, in some cases, regulation. But they need an all-encompassing approach.
One in two people in the UK are expected to be diagnosed with cancer at some point in their lives. Fast access to diagnosis and expert treatment, along with holistic support, is essential.
Despite accessible information on common cancer symptoms and innovation in treatment, those diagnosed with the condition face numerous obstacles in their care.
Individuals and businesses increasingly demand that the packaging enclosing their products is not ecologically damaging, as awareness rises around the effect of packaging on the environment. Meanwhile, governments are pushing the packaging industry to reduce its environmental impact dramatically. Against this backdrop, cartonboard is gaining ever-greater favour and in many cases it is replacing plastic.
Saudi Arabia is using data-driven technology to improve the transparency of its government bodies, drawing from masses of publicly available information to assess their performance.
Fresh from Saudi crown prince Mohammad bin Salman’s visit to the UK, in which the leader met British prime minister Theresa May, the Queen, and blue chip business chiefs, his country is taking tech-enabled steps to transform transparency and efficiency. It is also offering the methodologies to other nations by making its tech tools open access.
Four megatrends shaping societal evolution are rapid urbanisation, shifting demographics, hyper-globalisation and accelerated innovation.
The United Nations expects that by mid-century close to 70 per cent of the world’s population will live in cities and by 2030 more than 1.4 billion people could be aged over 60. Within eight years, there will be ten times more data generated worldwide, according to IDC.
The dire handling of materials, chemicals, water, emissions and waste poses a serious problem for the fashion industry. Each year the sector uses enough water to fill nearly 32 million Olympic swimming pools and emits carbon dioxide levels equivalent to 230 million cars, according to the Pulse of Fashion report. Meanwhile, consumers annually dump 92 million tonnes of clothing that could have been recycled.
“Projections show that in the worst case, the fashion industry will face distinct restrictions on one or more of its key input factors, leaving it unable to grow at the projected rate, and in the long run unable to continue its current operating model,” warns Eva Kruse, chief executive of non-profit Global Fashion Agenda.
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