2015 Access 25

2015 Access 25

The ideas, trends, people, places and policies defining global opportunity and connectivity for 2015.

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.

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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.


  1. LeRoy Best - January 8, 2015

    Sounds like tooting our own horn, but Memphis Tennessee seems to be ground zero for diagnostic companies in the United States. When you have a blood draw that has a 33 hour window for diagnosis, you better have an airlines that can make that window possible. Companies have relocated to our Memphis market for this vital response time.

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  2. Jordan Noah - January 13, 2015

    I believe the internet is the driving force of our 20th/21st century endevours. With this said, their is a company by the name of "Space X", which has made it a marketing initiative to introduce the concept of " Global Internet", sounds interesting, not only for first world countries, but for all.

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  3. Shana N Crittenden - January 14, 2015

    Well, get on board like it or not, social media plays a big hand especially in the younger "work Force". From checking-in to your business hotel and to unlocking your hotel door all with your smart phone, then blog about the experience first hand while it is happening on one of many social sites. How do we contain it, expecially when it happens at the speed of light.

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  4. Jeanene Tjaden - January 21, 2015

    We are the catapult to the future of delivery! Air and ground…love Fedex!! This company has been a part of my life for 22 years. Global connectivity will open a whole new world for Fedex and current and new customers.

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  5. Rob Thomas - January 26, 2015

    I remember a friend 20 years ago selling his pizzeria to buy a cardboard box company, citing, "This online shopping thing is going to fuel a shipping frenzy. He's doing very well. Alibaba is going to burn through a few 'boxes' I suspect. We're ready for the next generation of shipping package technology.

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  6. albert montalvo - January 27, 2015

    our world began changing several decades ago. there should be no complaints about it. we need to adjust to the rapid changes which FedEx (and others) are doing admirably for our benefit.

    keep going strong

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  7. Gerry Zaragemca - February 15, 2015

    My best wishes from the heart, keep moving ahead. I'm in the Music / Entertainment / Intellectual business and a good relationship with FedEx. I'm Gerry Zaragemca on the internet anything on that field reach out for me.

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  8. Michelle Gan - February 23, 2015

    Customer scheduled delivering time like after office hour with extra fees may be the feature we should add to our service.

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  9. Rosemarie Conway - March 7, 2015

    Does Fed-ex shp to Ireland?

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  10. FeigningDanish@Etsy.com - April 4, 2015

    I have a small vintage mid century modern furniture shop on Etsy which has been growing steadily due in large part to FedEx. With my home base/shop located in Scottsdale, Arizona,and the majority of my customers residing on the Eastern seaboard, FedEx is one of the first on a short list of shipping companies that I rely on to deliver my merchandise. I feel deeply fortunate for the opportunity provided by Etsy, a global on-line marketplace, for their forward thinking approach toward entrepreneurship and their conscientious role in global reform and welfare. FedEx and Etsy are setting the standards for global connectivity: I can check my inventory, add new items, manage orders, analyze and compare shop activity, respond to customers,obtain shipping rates and track delivery status- all from the phone resting in the palm of my hand! I can receive an order from a customer 10,000 miles away, and with the help of FedEx overnight- the item could be on their doorstep the next day!!! I have traveled all over the world and am passionate about bridging the cultural divides in whatever way I can. If my small contribution is finding a loving home on the other side of the globe for a vintage Herman Miller lounge chair, I am confident FedEx will make it happen! (Now, if they would just be willing to help with cleaning, reupholstering, striping, sanding, painting,……
    I am sure there will be an app for all that soon enough!) At risk of sounding "preachy", I will close by encouraging others to buy vintage, or handmade items-everything from furniture to clothing to transportation. It helps preserve our past, inspires appreciation for highly-skilled craftsmanship and quality work, and promotes the well-being of the planet by decreasing the amount of toxic pollutants in the environment as a result of major industrial giants that continue to put their own needs before the health and welfare of their consumers. Buy vintage, and sleep well at night knowing you are not paying the wages of an 8 year-old at a factory in Bolivia; and, that you have begun a positive chain of events in the human experience which will last far beyond the reaches of our imagination. Thanks!

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  11. M88 - October 9, 2015

    An interesting discussion is worth comment. I think that you need to publish more on this issue, it might not be a taboo
    matter but generally people do not discuss such topics.

    To the next! Cheers!!

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  12. kwan Lee - April 7, 2016

    I'm excited to hear about the Access.
    Let's see it.

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