posts tagged with Access

SXSW Interactive 2014: So you’ve got a billion followers…now what?

sxswinteractive-sq2.jpg By now, most of us have adopted social media as an integral part of our daily lives. I, for one, knew that the world had changed the day that my grandmother sent me a text about my recent Facebook status update, from halfway around the world. Now, that is a connected planet! We may not be a member of everything, but we have our Facebook friends, our Twitter and Instagram followers, our LinkedIn connections, and so on… So now what?

One of the prevailing messages at SXSW Interactive this year centered around taking this hyper connected world that we’ve created – and doing something good.

Biz Stone, co-founder of Twitter, asked in one session, “What is the true promise of our connected society? It should be people helping each other.”

China, India, Mexico and more: A global e-commerce discussion with Raj Subramaniam

access25-sq-highres.png In our ongoing Access series exploring the links between connectivity and innovation, we spoke with Raj Subramaniam, executive vice president, marketing and communications, FedEx Services.

ACCESS: What is the relationship between increased global connectivity and innovation?

Raj Subramaniam: We wouldn’t have global connectivity without first having innovation. As we have progressed...

Q&A With Mitch Jackson, FedEx Expert on Sustainability

MitchJackson_Influence-sq.jpg As part an ongoing series exploring the links between connectivity and innovation, our FedEx Access team spoke with Mitch Jackson, vice president of Environmental Affairs and Sustainability for FedEx. Jackson spearheaded the implementation of FedEx hybrid-electric vehicles, among the first in the commercial marketplace.

Access: How would you describe the relationship between increased global connectivity and innovation?

MITCH JACKSON: I believe that global connectivity and innovation go hand in hand. If you think about it, attempts at globalization have been ongoing for centuries. Books like...

Size doesn´t matter - but Access does! See how Germanplates proves it.

2013_05_28_FedEx_Germanplate_Christian-Kleinschmidt_8333.jpg Access to global markets empowers small and medium companies in particular to grow their businesses. Access connects people and possibilities around the world. Access helps to create jobs. That all sounds fantastic in theory – but on a cold and rainy day a few months ago I had the pleasure of seeing that theory turned into practice and found myself in the middle of a truly inspirational Access story - Germanplates.

Creating Access for Growth

Subic Bay Industrial Park-sq.jpg On a recent trip abroad, I saw beautiful furniture pieces that stood out for the precision of their construction. I was pleasantly surprised to learn that they were made in Cebu, Philippines. Cebu is a region full of skilled craftsmen whose works are now being appreciated in houses worldwide.

At a time when trade is already driving world economies, it is still exciting that individuals —particularly those from far-flung and remote locations — are now capable of bringing their work to the world stage. This improves livelihood opportunities on a small scale, but factor in the multiplier effect as it extends across communities, and it can now directly impact the economy.

Here, one element is crucial: Access...