eco Association: Retail Sector Benefiting from the Growth of the Smart City

  • A multitude of new business concepts are emerging in the retail sector based on the growth in connection into the Internet of Things

  • eco study recommends cross-segmental cooperation with other providers

Development concepts aimed at making cities more efficient, progressive, and sustainable: this is what the term “Smart City” encapsulates. The retail industry is benefiting from the accompanying pervasive connection into the “Internet of Things”. Smart city sales in the tourism & retail segment will grow by 11.3 percent annually until 2022, according to the current study “The German Smart City Market 2017-2022” from eco – Association of the Internet Industry and Arthur D. Little. Continue reading

Blockchain Environments

eco Association: Companies Would Like Public Authorities to Use Blockchain

  • 70 percent of companies would like public authorities to offer the option of exchanging data via blockchain
  • Cooperation with tax authorities and the Federal Employment Agency should become safer and faster
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In order to achieve a faster and more efficient exchange with government agencies, business decision-makers are calling for solutions based on blockchain technology. 68 percent of decision-makers believe that blockchain improves security when it comes to the exchange of data with administrative bodies and authorities. Continue reading

eco Association: Internet Industry Needs More Female Specialists and Leaders

  • Girls’ Day in Germany on 26.04.2018
  • Proportion of female applicants for IT positions and study places growing slowly but steadily
  • Internet industry offers very good career opportunities for women

There is a major lack of female specialists in the Internet industry*: “Only around 10 to 20 percent of applicants for positions for programmers and IT experts are women,” says Lucia Falkenberg, Chief Personal Officer (CPO) of eco – Association of the Internet Industry and Leader of the eco Competence Group New Work. “That is really regrettable, because the Internet industry offers great career opportunities for women.” According to Falkenberg, the proportion of female applications has risen slightly in recent years, but in no way meets the demand. Continue reading