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  • BUSINESS

    Networked to the future

    Asia focus, Erich Parpart, Published on 21/10/2019

    » Growing up in Gaeta, a coastal city in central Italy between Rome and Naples, Nunzio Mirtillo always wanted to be a doctor to help change people's lives for the better. But new medical graduates have trouble finding work right away, so he decided to study electronic engineering instead. It was a decision he took with his parents in mind as well.

  • BUSINESS

    Fight fake news with education

    Asia focus, Erich Parpart, Published on 14/10/2019

    » The fight against fake news is becoming more challenging, but a lot can be done by educating people in how to identify unreliable sources and fact checking. Just creating laws against people who spread such information doesn't fix the problem because they are like the Hydra -- you cut off one head and two more will pop up as the cyber-population grows.

  • BUSINESS

    Fast and free

    Asia focus, Erich Parpart, Published on 14/10/2019

    » The supply chain of the future is all about automation, personalisation and localisation. The world is leaving the era where retailers decide when and where consumers can buy their goods and entering one where consumers tell retailers when and where they want goods delivered. That could be your house, office, car or a smart locker. And if you're a merchant, you'd better deliver that shipment fast or your customers will turn to your competitors.

  • BUSINESS

    Virtuous circle

    Asia focus, Erich Parpart, Published on 07/10/2019

    » The circular economy -- an economic system aimed at eliminating waste and promoting the continual use of resources -- is not something that can happen in isolation. It requires everyone from the beginning to end of the supply chain to embrace the spirit and practice of 3R: recycle, reuse and reduce.

  • BUSINESS

    Renewable race

    Asia focus, Erich Parpart, Published on 23/09/2019

    » As the world's population continues to expand, our hunger for energy shows no signs of slowing. But it has become clear to (almost) everyone that the sources of that energy must change if we are to avoid the catastrophic impact of climate change in the next few decades.

  • BUSINESS

    Let's stop being fossil fools

    Asia focus, Erich Parpart, Published on 23/09/2019

    » Why do we still need fossil fuels? Why are we still burning these finite resources that spew out air pollution when we can harness power from cleaner sources? It all comes down to human greed.

  • BUSINESS

    Want to be invincible? Learn to innovate

    Asia focus, Erich Parpart, Published on 16/09/2019

    » If a company is continuously reinventing itself, it has a good chance of staying ahead of the competition. The problem for many companies is that once they become successful, or find a business model that works, they tend to focus on that and forget to renew themselves, says Alexander Osterwalder, a Swiss business theorist and author.

  • BUSINESS

    Good as gold

    Asia focus, Erich Parpart, Published on 09/09/2019

    » It is common knowledge among traders that when geopolitical tensions rise, so too does the price of gold as it is considered a safe haven compared with other investments. But Robin Lee believes gold trading shouldn't be limited only to deep-pocketed market professionals. In his view, it is a good tool for anyone interested in saving.

  • BUSINESS

    Playing it cool

    Asia focus, Erich Parpart, Published on 09/09/2019

    » When it comes to sports, skiing and skating are the last activities anyone associates with Southeast Asia. Outside of a few indoor skating rinks in big cities, the only ice you'll find is in drinks. And as for snow, it's non-existent except at the highest reaches of remote and forbidding Hkakabo Razi in northern Myanmar.

  • OPINION

    Green salvation, one bag at a time

    Asia focus, Erich Parpart, Published on 02/09/2019

    » South America and Africa are on fire, the icecaps are melting and sea levels keep rising. Natural disasters have become more common on every continent and July 2019 was the hottest month on record globally. People are dying while thousands of animal and plant species are disappearing forever.

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