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Blockchain Will Disrupt Expedia and Airbnb, TUI CEO Says – Skift
Joussen’s vision of blockchain was a key reason TUI sold Hotelbeds last year for $1.2 billion, moving TUI out of the role of business-to-business intermediary, which he believes blockchain can easily replace. The idea was to establish TUI as a truly vertically integrated company.

“I think vertical integration is coming into style,” Joussen said. “The only thing that creates value long-term and is sustainable is vertical integration.”

TUI has already moved all of its contracts onto its private blockchain. “We are using it today predominantly to have mechanisms to swap bedstock between different PMSs [Property Management Systems],” Joussen said. “The next step is that the whole inventory will be on the blockchain.”
blockchain  ti  trends  future 
19 hours ago by dancall
The Potential of Blockchain for Airlines - Accenture
Ticketing. An e-ticket is, in essence, a database entry—information that would have been printed on a paper ticket dematerialized, stored in and called up from a massive database. The blockchain can tokenize this asset and further dematerialize it. Through the use of smart contracts associated with the asset, airlines can add business logic and terms and conditions around how the ticket is sold and used. This opens the door for tickets to be sold by different partners, and in real time, from anywhere in the world.

Loyalty. Loyalty is big business in air travel. In traditional loyalty points schemes, travelers often have to wait until points settle and accrue to use them, and they are limited on where they can spend them. By tokenizing loyalty points on the blockchain, travelers can get instant value by redeeming them on the spot. They can also use them more broadly through a specific user community of partners. Think of it as a marketplace or exchange model. With points accepted as “currency” among more providers, travelers get an easier and faster-to-use program that is more relevant to their personal preferences.
ti  blockchain  currencies  trust  identity  trends 
19 hours ago by dancall
Blockchain startup Winding Tree could upend the travel industry | VentureBeat
Winding Tree is going to be a basic infrastructure that other travel companies can build their own decentralized applications (dApps) and even new protocols on top of. Suppliers can list their inventory on the platform, and agents and others can book through it. APIs will be released to allow for easy integration with the platform. Existing travel and hospitality data exchange standards like NDC, OTA, HTNG, and others will be supported. This means that if you are a supplier and have an existing solution built on any of these standards, you can simply point to Winding Tree’s API endpoints instead of the existing infrastructure’s.

Winding Tree’s token, Líf, will be a spendable currency with scarce supply. Suppliers will pay their miner’s fee in Líf when posting their inventory to the blockchain. Agencies will need to spend Líf to book a hotel room or make any type of transaction on the network. If you are a little tech-savvy yourself, you can even use it to book your own travels through Winding Tree. Winding Tree lets you Líf to fiat currencies at the time of a transaction to avoid concerns about cryptocurrency volatility.
blockchain  currencies  ti  new-companies  bitcoin  trends  future 
19 hours ago by dancall
The great nutrient collapse
The fact that my bread doesn't have the micronutrients it did 20 years ago―how would you know?
food  agriculture  climate  future  trends 
21 hours ago by mirthe
The Choice: a social experiment in making decisions - Vox
In total, we recruited over 100 individuals and asked them — alone or in pairs — to enter a room and pick between two doors that represented either the complete unknown (Door 1) and the escape from having to face that unknown (Door 2). The latter led directly to the exit.
Prior to our subjects entering the testing room, we worked to subtly ratchet up tension in ways approved by an expert consultant. For example, we had them sign a foreboding waiver, we prevented them from seeing or talking with any other participants that had run through the test, and we issued instructions just once via a recording that played over the room’s speakers. After those instructions were issued, the participants were left alone and given as much time as they needed to make their decision.
automotive  creative  trends  future  content  partnerships 
yesterday by dancall
The Copenhagen Letter, 2017
Let us move from human-centered design to humanity-centered design.
We are a community that exerts great influence. We must protect and nurture the potential to do good with it. We must do this with attention to inequality, with humility, and with love. In the end, our reward will be to know that we have done everything in our power to leave our garden patch a little greener than we found it.
technology  trends  privacy  security 
yesterday by dancall
Design tools are running out of track (freeCodeCamp)
Colm Tuite размышляет на тему современных инструментов для дизайнеров — как и многие другие, он критикует их ориентир на создание картинок. Правда, отсылки к разработчикам слегка наивны — зачастую у них не меньших хаос.
UX  tools  trends  professional  problems  issue 
2 days ago by jvetrau
Nestle swallows Blue Bottle Coffee - BBC News
Nestle has bought control of the California based speciality coffee business Blue Bottle Coffee.
The Swiss food and drink multi-national acquired a controlling stake for a reported price of $500m (£370m) .
With its Nescafe instant coffee and Nespresso brands, Nestle ranks as the world's biggest coffee company.
Blue Bottle takes it into the high end of the market, operating minimalist coffee bars, selling speciality roasted coffee and bottled coffee drinks.
It comes as demand grows among investors, as well as consumers, for speciality coffee.
food  trends  future  deals 
3 days ago by dancall
Technology Sets The Stage For A New Round Of Retail Disruption
The fight between retail and e-tail has been playing out for over 20 years, and it’s far from over. Now, with the rise of modern commerce, the evolution of how brands sell and how customers buy only continues to push trends forward.

To date, we have witnessed two clear rounds in the evolution of electronic commerce: Round 1 saw the rise of e-commerce taking on brick-and-mortar incumbents. Round 2 witnessed the arrival of modern commerce brands that carved niches into e-commerce while pushing customer expectations forward.

Now a third round is on the way. In round 3, we will see a renaissance in physical space and a new paradigm for online shopping that merges intelligent technologies, hyper-personalization, and seamless cross-channel engagement--and only in the moments that matter.
retail  ecommerce  trends  o2o  future 
3 days ago by dancall
Tom Goodwin: Ecommerce has been democratised - now anyone can sell anything - Marketing Week
The change is real. In the past year, 90% of the top 100 FMCG brands have lost market share, with their lunch eaten by smaller, more nimble brands. From Warby Parker to Dollar Shave Club, Casper to Honest, Innocent to, we’re seeing the rapid growth of brands and retailers headed by CEOs with more experience in finance or marketing than in the products they offer. Heck, even Tesla shows that while a long way from being easy, car fabrication is more like assembling a smartphone with existing suppliers than building a car plant with over a century of experience required.
ecommerce  future  trends 
3 days ago by dancall
Google News Lab
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google  advancedsearch  course  tutorial  mooc  YouTube  trends  Mapping 
4 days ago by paulbradshaw

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