Friday, September 28, 2007

Importing Food to U.S. Retail Outlets

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Q: We are interested in importing food to U.S. retail outlets. We have been trying to find specific sources to tell us what requirements are needed in order to do so. Can you point us in the right direction? ~ M.Y., Memphis, Tenn.

Read the answer offered by Kelly Spors of The Wall Street Journal here.

Monday, September 24, 2007

Friday, September 21, 2007

What Do Twitter, Second Life and Webinars All Have In Common?

Find out at this upcoming event! If you are in Chicago, feel free to sign up for this gig I am doing on October 2nd in Oakbrook, Illinois on how to leverage technology to innovate and go global!

I will be covering ways to use Web 2.0 (new media beyond YouTube, MySpace and Facebook) to grow your global presence.

More info and to register (if there is still room) here. Hope to see you there!

Photo credit: via Mathew Ingram.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Global Economy Is No Longer U.S.-Centric

Is the U.S. housing blowout going to hurt the rest of the world? Certainly, a major slowdown in the planet's biggest economy would cause some countries pain.

But much of the globe will likely shrug off the worst effects of any American slump. "The global economy is no longer U.S.-centric," says Ed Yardeni, an economist who heads Yardeni Research in New York. "We may find that the global economic boom continues, notwithstanding the slowdown in the U.S."
The old theory is that when America sneezes the rest of the world gets sick (hence, the photo of an American girl sneezing) but it may not apply these days.

More here.

Friday, September 14, 2007

Helping the Global Economy Stay in Shape

It's about focusing on what's critical and allowing stakeholders to monitor progress. Complex stuff but worth a read.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

The Queen of Good and Global Is Gone

Long before going green was an international pastime, when the only corporate responsibility was to the bottom line, a small store opened in Brighton, England, selling homemade moisturizers and hair-care products packaged in plastic urine-sample jars. The cosmetics were all-natural, the containers were reusable and the ethos — creating products that were as good for the earth as they were for your skin — was still considered radical, the kind of thing only hippies cared about. But when Anita Roddick opened The Body Shop in 1976 ...

Anita Roddick died September 10th at age 64. She was an inspiration to us all and will be missed.

U.S. Exports Grew At Fastest Pace in Three Years

The value of U.S. exports of goods and services to the rest of the world increased 2.7% in July, the fastest seasonally adjusted growth in more than three years, the Commerce Department reported Tuesday.

What are you waiting for? Have you gone global yet?

Read more here and refer to our former post here.

Thursday, September 06, 2007

While You Globetrot, Stay Connected

Travel Web site offers Wi-Fi information for about 219 U.S. and 80 international airports, including what kind of service is offered and how much it costs. Look under the "Travel Resources" section of the home page or visit here.

Ways To Find Hidden Markets

Here are thirteen (13) ways to find hidden markets.

Some U.S. Exports Are Facilitated by Fraudulent Credit Card Transactions

I am working on a project and just stumbled upon this information. Good advice and it doesn't just apply to Singapore. It could be any place on the planet.

Bottom line: If you receive a credit card order from anywhere in the world, check its legitimacy before you ship.

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Abridged Borderbuster: 9/5/07


If you are not a subscriber to Borderbuster, here's a glimpse of what you missed this month:

1. Welcome From The Publisher
2. Update to our Readers
3. U.S. Companies Seek Greener Pastures In … *
4. Business and Cultural Tips: Have Some Fun!*
5. The Wealth of Nations*
6. How I Went Global: Ongoing Series // Bo Burlingham*
7. A Reader Asks: Q&A
8. Everybody Loves a Freebie -- repeat: FREE OFFER*
9. Sun Hits the BRICs*
10. The Big Problem With Big Fish*
11. Fast Talk: UPS’s Setup Man*
12. Blog World: Background Checks Go Global*
13. Laurel’s e-Book: “GODZILLA Global Marketing!”
14. Take A Walk On The Wild Side (TAWOTWS)
15. Wind Behind Your Sail*
16. Miscellany*


*Indicates exclusive to Borderbuster subscribers only.

Sample section:

*Subscriber Exclusive*

If you have any doubt about the growing importance of BRIC -- the common acronym for the emerging markets of Brazil, Russia, India and China -- consider this: Sun Microsystems CEO Jonathan Schwartz admitted today that it was Brazil that forced Sun to open source Java.

You never know where your next big idea comes from.

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Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Are You Growing a Green Global Business?

Whatever you are building, I hope you are making a conscious choice to implement green initiatives. Even your international travel should include an environmentally friendly outreach effort.

Think it's hard? Don't fool yourself. It's not. Read more here.