EU towards the digital single market strategy

Barcelona, December 7, 2015.-  Ecommerce Europe proposes policy and market solutions to stimulate consumers’ trust in cross-border e-commerce. The European e-commerce association wants to ensure that the upcoming legal framework for consumer policies will be fit for the future challenges of this very dynamic sector. In its newly published position paper, Ecommerce Europe reflects on existing legislation and on the new draft proposals announced in the Digital Single Market Strategy of the European Commission. Most importantly, the association asks for full harmonization of rules and support for industry initiatives.

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Do the autonomous trucks will split the land transport first and second division?

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50 billion devices will be connected to the Internet by 2020

Madrid, 17 jun 2015.-  The digital publication Transport Topics reported on the impact of the “Internet of Things” in the supply chain. Their conclusions are:

Understanding the Internet of Things impacta on logistics

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Internet is neutral, according to the American FCC, How long?

Madrid, 04, March, 2015.- The Federal Communications Commission voted Thursday to regulate broadband Internet service as a public utility, a milestone in regulating high-speed Internet service into American homes. The new rules, approved 3 to 2 along party lines, are intended to ensure that no content is blocked and that the Internet is not divided into pay-to-play fast lanes for Internet and media companies that can afford it and slow lanes for everyone else. Those prohibitions are hallmarks of the net neutrality concept. We publish the reactions of three different newspapers, the United States and Europe: The Guardian, The New York Times and The Washington Post.

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Road freight transport: 80% in Europe

Paris, 17 Feb, 2015.- The statistics of the European Union are strong. In the last decade, a shift towards road freight transport has
been recorded, especially in newer EU Member States. The highest
in reases in the share of road freight transport were observed in
Estonia (23 percentage points), Poland (19), Slovakia (19),
Slovenia (12) and Bulgaria (12). In contrast, 11 EU Member
States presented a shift towards more environmentally friendly
transport modes, most notably Belgium and Austria. In 2012,
road transport made up over half of freight transport in all EU
Member States, except for Latvia, where railway transport
accounted for the largest share (64%). High shares of rail transport
were also recorded in Estonia (47%), Austria (41%), Sweden (40%)
and Lithuania (38%). Considerable shares of inland waterways
were recorded in the Netherlands (39%), Belgium (24%) and
Romania (23%).

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Eurostat: “Cloud computing services used by one out of every five enterprises in the EU28”

Paris, Jan, 07, 2015.-  Instead of building their own IT infrastructure, enterprises have the possibility to access computing resources hosted by third parties on the internet. This shared pool of resources is most commonly known as “cloud computing”. As cloud computing services are delivered on-line, enterprises must have internet access to be able to use them, which was the case in 2014 for almost all enterprises (97%) employing 10 persons or more in the EU28.

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Business Trends for 2015

Paris, 20 november 2014.-  Professor Arturo Bris in Finance, Business School IMD (International Institute for Management Development) in Switzerland, there is a high probability that a global crisis occurs in 2015. This academic believes there are eight reasons that could cause a fall in several major markets worldwide. Although many countries today are in full recovery from the financial crisis of 2008, “we should not be so complacent,” said Bris. He said it costs us to “learn from history and not act properly when faced with an imminent threat.” Note however that the scope for action is limited. Another important source of information, Supply Chain Digital has five business trends predicted for the year 2015:

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