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How is technology changing the way we do business?
Technology in its widest sense is making profound changes to our lives and the way we live. This is about the use of new technologies that connect through ever more powerful networks combined with ever more efficient data analysis. The goal is to make all our lives and the use of available resources more efficient. It’s making it easier for companies to interact directly with consumers and deliver their service more effectively. In the past, intermediary companies were the most efficient way for producers to get their products to market.
It’s most visible in retailing – most people shop online now and many brands, in clothing especially, have dedicated websites.
But increasingly we’re seeing the same disruption coming in areas like banking and investment, utilities – ‘smart meters’, for example – transport and health care.
The advance of technology is making profound changes to the world of commerce. The power of the internet is connecting producers and consumers more efficiently, reducing costs and eliminating the need for traditional intermediaries. As we highlight in our article ‘The End of the Middle Man’ in our 2019 investment outlook, investors need to anticipate how these changes could affect investment strategies.
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