2015 Access 25
The Crossroads to Everywhere
ONE INTERSECTION provides more opportunity for people, businesses, and communities than any other in the world. Ask most people where it is, and they won’t have directions. Your smartphone’s maps app won’t point you to it. This intersection isn’t marked by a street sign or even a traffic signal.
Where is this mysterious place?
It’s the intersection of virtual and physical networks — and you can find at least one example in every corner of the globe.
For virtual networks, think: high-speed internet, Wi-Fi, mobile near-field communication, and other digital technologies. For physical networks, think: transportation systems and logistics platforms — including those that FedEx makes available to customers in more than 220 countries and territories worldwide.
Whenever and wherever these two networks converge — from Shanghai to Sheboygan — the global economy is being reshaped at a rate the world has never seen.
Specifically: It’s creating new centers of economic opportunity. GDP and standards of living are rising measurably faster in countries that are investing in open access to virtual and physical networks.
It’s increasing the pace of innovation. Breakneck innovation cycles are bringing radically evolved products and services to market more quickly than ever before.
It’s triggering explosive growth — and broader competition. Look at what’s happening in retail alone, where e-commerce is driving the majority of all new growth. Few, if any, market segments are exempt from this level of disruption today.
Once the exclusive domain of Fortune 500 multinationals, global trade is suddenly available to anyone with a smartphone and a dream. We’re increasingly all citizens of the same Main Street. Where are virtual and physical networks converging the fastest? What are the implications? How is this intersection reshaping the world around us? We asked the experts, and the result is this year’s FedEx Access 25 report. Who knows? Your next big idea might be a click away.
We want to hear from you. What do you think are the most intriguing people, places, policies and ideas redefining global connectivity for the year ahead? Leave a comment to let us know what missed our list.