Saturday, February 25, 2017

Fill Your Own Shoes

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"You have your own shoes.  Don't worry about filling someone else's." - Anonymous

Friday, February 24, 2017

What's On the Horizon for Commerce Trends in 2017?

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Commerce marketing automation provider Bronto asked experts inside and outside their company to talk about what's on the horizon for commerce trends in 2017.
In a nutshell: Get ready for global ecommerce, a more visual approach to marketing to customers, the emergence of cost- effective browse recovery technology and virtual dressing rooms, a more thoughtful approach to omnichannel marketing and, as always, a keen focus on personalization.
Read the full report here.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Middle-Market Leaders Across America Are More Optimistic About the Global and National Economies

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JP Morgan surveyed more than 1,400 middle-market executives, and 80% said they were optimistic about the national economy.
The 2017 Business Leaders Outlook found that business executives from small and mid-sized firms across the US are more optimistic about the global and national economies and think that the Trump administration will be a positive for the country.
What's the cause for the positive outlook?  President Trump is said to be at least part of the optimism.  There's good and bad here.  The good is the possibility of tax reductions and less regulation - positive impact. The bad is over the more protectionist trade policies - negative impact.

Read more here.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

What Is Flex Global View?

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As UPS says, "If global shipping and supply chain management responsibilities have you overloaded, Flex Global View can help."
You'll get total visibility even across multiple modes of transportation--with a suite of tools that equip your business with key information to truly set you apart from the competition. With Flex Global View you have the ability to view and respond to shipment information and critical milestones as they occur.
To learn more, visit here.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

A Pathway Towards an Agile and Enabled Digital Future

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UK businesses are looking for guidance, a pathway towards an agile and enabled digital future.  The only way out is for the UK government to outline what, if any, their digital strategy will be going forward.

Richard Hurwitz, Tungsten Network's CEO, says:
Many business functions are currently being held back by legacy systems and attitudes causing problems and limiting growth. The back office is, pun intended, holding business back. Will 2017 be the year that digital automations and technical collaboration accelerate across the global supply chain?
Full disclosure:  Tungsten Network offers e-invoicing, invoice finance and spend analytics solutions for AP and AR professionals.

In order to grow, all business owners, especially smaller ones the world over, must have an open global economy.  The fact remains that we must connect the unconnected.  There's no better place to start than through technology-empowered growth strategies.

Read more here.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Today in Global Small Business: Building a Global Community

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What's affecting me, my clients, my colleagues and other global small business owners:

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Accepting a New Reality

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"Resilience is accepting your new reality, even if it's less good than the one you had before." -- Elizabeth Edwards

Friday, February 17, 2017

Ninety Percent of Trucking Is Made Up of Small Businesses

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Kansas City, Missouri-based Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA), which has 158,000 members nationwide, says it is looking forward to working with Linda McMahon as the newly appointed leader of the Small Business Administration.
“More than ninety percent of trucking is made up of small businesses,” said OOIDA executive vice president, Todd Spencer. “Our hope going forward is to have more recognition and appreciation for the unique contributions that small business truckers add to the prosperity of the U.S and the economy.”
OOIDA was established in 1973.  Linda McMahon was sworn in as SBA leader after Trump was voted in as President of the United States.

Read more at Go By Truck Global News

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

What UK SME Exports Reveal

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Today, we take a look at reports from two big global shipping companies, FedEx and UPS, on the state of UK SME exports.

FedEx says:

"More than 63 per cent of British small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) are exporting and making a significant contribution to rising international trade by taking advantage of declines in the value of the pound, reveals new research of exporting SMEs by FedEx Express."

UPS says:

"The UPS European SME Exporting Insights survey draws on the views of more than 12,800 owners and directors of SMEs in eight European countries. The research shows more small business owners are exporting, and reporting above average revenue growth."

For the FedEx study, "2015 European SME Export Report," visit: http://images.fedex.com/downloads/small-business/FedEx_EuropeanSMEExportReport_July15.pdf

For the UPS report, "2016 European SME Exporting Insights Study," visit: https://www.pressroom.ups.com/assets/pdf/pressroom/white%20paper/European%20Exports%20Study_2017_0118_FinalUKPanEU.pdf

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

SMEs are the Bedrock of the Global Economy

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PYMNTS takes a good look at the latest statistics on SME health, optimism and finance for markets in the U.S. and beyond, including the U.K., Australia and South Africa.  Here are their top six highlights:
  1. 84% of U.S. SMEs visit bank branches to make deposits, according to a new survey by Mercator Advisory Group that examined how small business owners interact with their banks.
  2. 76.2% of Australian SMEs say they are confident in their prospects for the next three months, said the Bankwest Future of Business: 2017 Outlook report. 
  3. 67% of U.K. small business accountants say better integration of software is a key focus for them this year, even more important than replacing physical paper forms with digital ones, the latest report from Exact said. 
  4. 66% of U.K. SMEs expect revenue growth of at least 4% this year, said American Express’ Global SME Pulse report. 
  5. 48% of South African small businesses are negatively impacted by late B2B payments, the latest analysis from Xero found. 
  6. 24% of big U.S. banks approved small business loans last month, Biz2Credit found in its most recent Small Business Lending Index. 
Read more here.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Today in Global Small Business: How to Win Global E-Commerce Customers in China

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What's affecting me, my clients, my colleagues and other global small business owners: