Welcome to Slushy Finland!

It’s again the Slush season and that means Slush! If you are interested about Intelligent Transportation Systems, Public Transportation, logistics, transports or even Traffic Management, eGRIP or eDAS or how we can detect slipperiness based on in-vehicle sensors and how we combine the driving, drivers style and third-party data together and disseminate the refined information for … More Welcome to Slushy Finland!

Ant Financial, Didi and Xiaomi named top unicorns in China

China’s Ministry of Science and Technology has announced the 2017 China Unicorn Enterprise Development Report (in Chinese) and the Zhongguancun Unicorn Enterprise Development Report. 164 companies have made the top unicorn list, with a total valuation of $628.4 billion. Ant Financial took the crown with a valuation at $75 billion. Didi Chuxing and Xiaomi were … More Ant Financial, Didi and Xiaomi named top unicorns in China

JD.com’s new accelerator focuses on blockchain startups

JD.com, one of China’s largest e-commerce companies, is launching a new Beijing-based accelerator program for artificial intelligence and blockchain startups. Called AI Catapult, its first batch includes six companies: Bankorus, CanYa, Bluezelle, Nuggets, Republic Protocol and Devery. In an announcement, JD.com said startups will work with its operational teams to “test real-world applications of their … More JD.com’s new accelerator focuses on blockchain startups

JD.com’s logistics business raises $2.5B from Hillhouse, Sequoia China and others

JD.com, the Chinese e-commerce giant that is Alibaba’s closest rival, is raising giving its logistics spin-out business a huge boost after it announced that the unit is raising $2.5 billion. JD Logistics, which became a standalone business last April, is raising the investment capital from a range of backers who include Hillhouse Capital, Sequoia China, China … More JD.com’s logistics business raises $2.5B from Hillhouse, Sequoia China and others

Port of Rotterdam plots IoT rollout, efficiency push with IBM, Cisco, Axians

The Port of Rotterdam is planning a long-term Internet of things rollout that’s designed to move cargo faster, save money and optimize its operations via sensors, an IBM dashboard for traffic management and on-demand 3D metal printing. Europe’s largest port’s digitization strategy is a multi-year effort using IBM’s various technologies and services as well as … More Port of Rotterdam plots IoT rollout, efficiency push with IBM, Cisco, Axians

“Unattended Retail” – lost gem or the future?

Everyone remembers the old vending machines in restaurants, gas stations and public venues. Now you can find them also in retail, sometimes even in unmanned retail. However, it’s not anything new. I remember visited Rivender‘s unmanned store even in Forssa, Finland (Read my tweet here) a while ago. In South Korea they are part of … More “Unattended Retail” – lost gem or the future?

China’s ecommerce turns to robots as labor shortage looms

Inside a warehouse in the southeast corner of Beijing, a crane-like robot patiently picks up packages from pallet to container. Red banners are strewn across the top of the wall, inscribed with slogans like “Innovation never rests” and “We advance towards smart logistics.” This is JD-X, the logistics lab of Alibaba’s ecommerce archival JD. Launched … More China’s ecommerce turns to robots as labor shortage looms

History, Geopolitics, Trade and Macroeconomics – the effect of the Silk Road and the rising sun from the East Part 1.

I’m a big fan of macroeconomics and history and often tend to look the correlations between the past and future in macroeconomic level. At the moment the situation in the world is more than thrilling. One can see that the New World namely Americas is doing very well, the indexes are blowing out of the … More History, Geopolitics, Trade and Macroeconomics – the effect of the Silk Road and the rising sun from the East Part 1.