Americans consume more opioids than any other country. In 2016, doctors prescribed enough opioids to fill a bottle for every American adult.
The bull market in U.S. stocks is now nine years old, one of the longest such streaks in history. The United States boasts many of the world’s most valuable companies, and investors have enjoyed high returns with low volatility.
The good old UPC barcode has been around for nearly a half century, but savvy consumers are pushing hard for advancements in the way we track supply chains and deliver product information. The ubiquity of web-connected mobile devices with high-quality cameras enables mobile app developers to leverage the barcode in fresh ways. They can now provide consumers with digital food transparency, creating profound effects on the food industry.
The increased use of IT in manufacturing and other physical industries can supercharge productivity and the economy.
It’s time we peeled back the curtain on the forces shaping the global landscape. Drawing on a wealth of data gathered by experts, we can draw from the charts presented here key lessons for plotting America’s role in this new order.