Mobile is still a thing, global Internet and mobile phone growth is slowing, messaging is your new inbox, and ecommerce ate 9% of retail. Yes, the annual Internet Trends report by Mary Meeker was just released and, as usual, the Internet is abuzz with reviews of it. The report covers trends that affect all things online for consumers and businesses alike (get the full report here); today's post is our take on some of the most important topics for business shippers. With 197 slides in the full Internet Trends report, is there anything missing? We think it's this one slide; maybe she'll include it next year.
Global Internet and Phone Growth is Slowing
Seismic Changes in Some Enterprise Software Markets
A quote from Aaron Levie "... the opportunity for Enterprise software is now to transform the work" (paraphrasing a little) summarizes Enterprise adoption of Internet technologies in the form of a tweet. Another great perspective pointed out in the report is that enterprise solutions often go after existing business process paint points. The reference to Slack is a good one since messaging apps have been very disjointed for business users until now (we use Slack at Pacejet):
Another good example is Docusign as a focus on the pain and time of collecting signatures on contracts.
More Messaging, More Notifications, More Personal
With the recent launch of the Apple watch and all it's brethren, it's abundantly clear that messaging and notifications remain strong technology trends. Highlights in the Internet Trends report focus on the greater "personal touch" of messaging and notifications as wearable technology wires us even more closely to each other and our systems via the web. If an inbox full of spam isn't tough enough to manage, we wonder what it will be like when a blizzard of notifications can literally poke us in real-time.
International Remains a Great Opportunity
Most Pacejet users manage at least some small level of international shipments and view exports as a growth opportunity. The data agrees with the practical experience, we especially like this chart on the 3x growth of world trade over the last 50 years. Exports remain a constant opportunity for most companies.
Most Important for Shippers
Remember all the hub-bub about e-commerce, how it would transform the economy, the dot-com crash, and then all the skepticism? From basically a "standing stop" prior to 1995, Internet connectivity in the U.S. has surged to include 84% of the population as illustrated here.
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