Smart connections

Airports are hubs for international transport and are therefore a symbol of the global interconnection of people, businesses and goods.

 The number of airline customers is expected to almost double by 2035 – to around 7.2 billion.

 In 2017, Germans bought goods amounting to a total of 58.5 billion euros online.

 More and more in-store retailers are benefitting from the expansion of online sales: The average turnover for the sector increased by 4.1 per cent in 2017.

 60 per cent of online orders are made in rural areas, in places with fewer than 50,000 inhabitants.

 70 per cent of German consumers shop online some or all of the time. 

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● 59 per cent of national package orders are B2C shipments.

 DAILY DATA CAPACITY: 2.5 quintillion bytes of digital data are produced every day all over the world: 2,500,000,000,000,000,000 (a quintillion is a 1 with 18 zeros).

 DRAMATIC INCREASE IN THE VOLUME OF DATA: 90 per cent of all of the world’s available data was produced in the last two years. 

 ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE: Thanks to artificial intelligence alone, the German economy is expected to grow by 11 per cent by 2030 (this corresponds to an amount of approximately 430 billion euros).

Sources: MerlinONe, IATA, BEVH, Arvato SCM Solutions, HDE, BIEK, PwC, bevh Illustration: Manuela Heins

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