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Saturday, July 26, 2014
Friday, July 25, 2014
The question becomes: Are you ready to serve them?
Note: By end 2014, 55% of all mobile-broadband subscriptions are expected to be in the developing world, compared with only 20% in 2008. Close to one out of three people in the developing countries are online.
Read the entire report: The World in 2014 ICT Facts and Figures
Related article: The G20 e-Trade Readiness Index: Good and Bad News for SMEs
Thursday, July 24, 2014
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
This was twice the rate of response for any other option. But according to research from the Hackett Group, the cost gap between the United States and China has shrunk by nearly 50 percent over the past eight years, and is expected to stand at just 16 percent by 2013. Labor costs in China and elsewhere are rising, and coupled with rising fuel prices raising shipping costs, the economic argument for sending jobs overseas may be becoming less persuasive.Oh really. Currently, a lot of politicians are still using the "sending jobs overseas" as a hot button issue to pin against a favorite candidate. Take the case of Republican Gov. Scott Walker (WI), who is running a campaign ad hitting Democratic candidate Mary Burke (WI) for her family’s company where she used to work, Trek Bicycle, for sending jobs overseas.
Read more: Walker ad used Trek sending jobs overseas to rip Burke
A little more on global leader Trek bikes.
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Martha, her panel of judges, and the American Made community are selecting the next generation of American Made entrepreneurs: those who are creating beautiful, inspiring, useful products; pioneering new industries; improving local communities; and changing the way we eat, shop, work, and live.Nominations: June 3 - August 29, 2014
Turn your passion for quality craftsmanship and well-designed goods into a way of life. Nominate yourself but first, learn the ropes and rules here. Then get started.
Meanwhile, find out why small businesses should 'sell American' locally and globally.
Monday, July 21, 2014
- Stuck on how to craft an export business plan? Look no further at the LEBP.
- Even large deals support small businesses through Ex-Im Bank financing.
- How do we get globalization right?
- Why eBay is shutting down small-business e-commerce software products.
- Why Google+ dropped profile photos.
- Don't know too much about Alibaba? Here's a short course.
Saturday, July 19, 2014
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By the way, my copy (as the photo shows) says 110 recipes yet the Amazon listing says 50 - so shop around to grab the more comprehensive book!
Friday, July 18, 2014
Here's a snapshot of one example:
4. Is importing actually cost effective?Read the entire article: Ten tips before you import
Once you have an idea of the final landed cost of an item, you’ll be able to check whether importing will be a cost-effective option for your business. There are a lot of additional charges you’ll need to pay over and above the cost per unit from a factory overseas, and these can add up. You’ll want to be able to make a reasonable return on investment after all these costs have been taken into account.
It is a good idea to get your accountant, business adviser or customs broker to go through your calculations to make sure you’ve included all the costs you’re likely to incur.
Thursday, July 17, 2014
Digital River World Payments lays out four distinct strategies for making “going global everywhere” work with its recent white paper, “Going Global, Selling Local: Preparing Your Business to Grab Its Share of the Online Market" (requires quick registration to download). It also provides a checklist for what ecommerce businesses should do to make the most of the global opportunities that are before them.
Read the entire article: The Four Ways To Win At Cross Border Commerce
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Yes, you can learn a thing or two from the big guys when it comes to international expansion.
Read the 68-page free report: Brand Quarterly July 2014 - Global Marketing Special Edition By Vesey Creative
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
To enhance safety performance across geographic boundaries Tate & Lyle has introduced a requirement for a “permit to work” that spells out risks and safety requirements for all non-routine jobs.Note: Don't confuse this permit-to-work (good example can be found here) with a document that allows an employee to work legally in the United States, which is commonly used in Britain and Europe.
The value of the permit-to-work system? It brings contractor teams together and it provides accountability.
Read the entire article: Global businesses are crossing borders to find safety solutions
Monday, July 14, 2014
Give it look: 7 Benefits to Working with the Hong Kong Trade Development Council