Wednesday, August 31, 2022

Calling All Canadian E-Commerce Sellers! Walmart Will Help You Scale and Grow in the U.S. and Canada

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Walmart is recruiting Canada-based sellers to join its flagship U.S. Marketplace and serve a growing base of more than 120 million loyal online shoppers each month.

Entrepreneurs and e-commerce sellers interested in being among the first to explore the opportunity can sign up for the Virtual Walmart Global Seller Summit - Canada on Sept. 8. It will feature practical sessions hosted by Walmart executives and cross-border payments provider Payoneer. Attendees will learn how they can take advantage of simplified onboarding, streamlined fulfilment, targeted promotions, integrated financial services and other support to help them rapidly scale and grow in the U.S. and Canada.

Read more about how Walmart is inviting Canadian e-commerce companies to expand on its U.S. online marketplace.  To apply to join the Marketplace seller community, click here.

Tuesday, August 30, 2022

Where Do We Go From Here on Port Congestion?

What's driving port congestion?  As C.H. Robinson says:

Right now, many retailers have a backlog of inventory in their warehouses, and frankly do not have room for more. While that, in part, explains why retail peak season will look very different this year, it does not explain why relief is not being felt at the ports. 

Even if we experience a late or mild peak of imports later this year or no peak at all, port challenges won’t be going away anytime soon. While each supply chain is unique and requires an equally unique strategy, there are some things you can consider to help you mitigate today’s disruption.

Read on to determine whether shippers can expect relief soon and what to do in the meantime.

Monday, August 29, 2022

Today in Global Small Business: Doing Good in This World

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

Saturday, August 27, 2022

Thursday, August 25, 2022

Covid-19 Still Clamps Onto Global Small Businesses

Even with Covid losing its grip on the population, businesses are still facing the aftershocks of the disaster. It would be safe to say the storm has not yet passed.

In this article, take a deeper dive into how Covid-19 still clamps onto global small businesses despite Covid-related restrictions being eased up.  Business owners still face new worries.

Wednesday, August 24, 2022

PepsiCo Launches Eco-friendly Lay’s Potato Chip Display Stands Throughout Europe

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Israel-based UBQ Materials, developer of advanced materials made from unsorted household waste, announced that PepsiCo is launching eco-friendly Lay’s potato chip display stands throughout Europe, made in part with UBQ bio-based thermoplastic substituting conventional oil-based plastics.

Read more about how Lay's potato chips will be stacked in Israeli eco-friendly material

Tuesday, August 23, 2022

Communicating with a Global Workforce

Companies will only get more global as communication across the world becomes easier. We must ensure that cultural differences are not assumed but understood.

Read on to learn how to communicate with a global workforce

Monday, August 22, 2022

Today in Global Small Business: Why Small Businesses Must Cross Borders

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

Saturday, August 20, 2022

Experience New Things

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"See any detour as an opportunity to experience new things." – H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Friday, August 19, 2022

Routines That Can Set You Up For Global Success

To prep for their high-pressure days, many entrepreneurs map out morning routines that keep them alert, focused, and rejuvenated throughout the day.  Here are four morning habits of entrepreneurs who’ve raised millions for their companies.

I [Laurel Delaney here], don't feel so bad.  One entrepreneur said:  "I check [email] immediately."  That's exactly what I do and then go right into marketing The Global Small Business Blog's daily post.  Coffee comes later.

Thursday, August 18, 2022

Metaverse: Hype? Hope? Hell?

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Experts are split about the likely evolution of a truly immersive ‘metaverse.’ They expect that augmented- and mixed-reality enhancements will become more useful in people’s daily lives. Many worry that current online problems may be magnified if Web3 development is led by those who built today’s dominant web platforms.

Metaverse:  Hype? Hope? Hell?  Maybe all three

Wednesday, August 17, 2022

How to Bring Out the Greatness In Every Employee

GrowthSpace – which leverages algorithms to match individual employees and groups of employees with experts for development sprints – was founded in 2018 by Dan Terner, Izhak Kedar and Omer Glass.

The company today announced that it raised $25 million in Series B financing led by Zeev Ventures, with participation from M12 (Microsoft’s venture fund) and Vertex Ventures, bringing GrowthSpace’s total raised to $44 million. 

Glass says, "GrowthSpace will use these funds to expand globally to meet rapidly growing demand and to continue to expand its competitive edge through tech innovation."

Tuesday, August 16, 2022

What It Takes to Generate Value-Creating Growth in 2022

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To buck these trends – slowing global economy, rising inflation, and geopolitical uncertainty – business leaders need to follow a holistic growth blueprint consisting of three core elements: 

  1. A bold aspiration and accompanying mindset 
  2. The right enablers embedded in the organization
  3. And clear pathways in the form of a coherent set of growth initiatives

To understand how organizations can try to overcome obstacles, McKinsey & Company studied the growth patterns and performance of the world’s 5,000 largest public companies over the past 15 years through various lenses. 

Their findings suggest ten imperatives that should guide organizations seeking to outgrow and outearn their peers.  And No. 8 is:  Go global if you can beat local.  Expand internationally if you have a transferable advantage.

Find out what it takes to generate value-creating growth for a business.

Monday, August 15, 2022

Today in Global Small Business: Where Is Your Organization In Its Leadership Journey?

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

  • We need leaders we can trust, who genuinely care and connect with us.  Is that you?
  • How the rules of success are changing.
  • What should you be reading this summer to stay resilient? Find out here from CEOs, founders, Nobel Prize winners, editors-in-chief, economists, and government leaders from around the world.
  • Quote of the week: “Our chief want is someone who will inspire us to be what we know we could be.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Build a metaverse strategy to deliver sustainable outcomes.
  • Learn about resilient transformation.


Saturday, August 13, 2022

Bring Your Own Sunshine

©2022 Laurel J. Delaney.  All rights reserved.
"Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine." – Anthony D'Angelo 

Friday, August 12, 2022

If GDP Is Falling, Will the Global Economy Shrink?

If Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is falling, then the economy is shrinking - bad news for businesses and workers. If GDP falls for two quarters in a row, that is known as a recession, which can mean pay freezes and lost jobs.

GDP is one of the most important tools for looking at how well, or badly, an economy is doing.

GDP can be measured in 3 ways  Output, expenditure and income. Yet GDP growth doesn't tell the whole story.

Find out what GDP is and how it is measured.

Thursday, August 11, 2022

The Global Plastics Outlook Through 2060

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In recent years, growing awareness of ubiquitous plastic pollution has steered public opinion and paved the way for stronger policy intervention on this front. The OECD Global Plastics Outlook reports seek to inform and support these efforts.

Plastic pollution is one of the great environmental challenges of the 21st century, causing wide-ranging damage to ecosystems and human health, while the fossil-fuel origins of most of the plastics produced have implications for climate change. Yet plastics have become an integral part of the global economy, being used in almost all economic sectors.

Read the report on Global Plastics Outlook:  Policy Scenarios to 2060

Wednesday, August 10, 2022

The Ever-Growing Small Business Export Market

Whether it's Mississippi, Massachusetts or Main, exporting is a great way to great your business.

"Businesses that export generally earn higher revenues, create more jobs, pay higher wages and are less likely to go out of business," [Arun] Venkataraman [Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Global Markets and Director General of the U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service, Jackson, MS] said. "My priority is to expand the pool of exporters to include (Mississippians) and diverse businesses."

Small business exporters are essential to building a robust, dynamic, and equitable economy," Venkataraman goes on to say. "We want to help support that effort."

Tuesday, August 09, 2022

A Great Resource for the Illinois Global Business and Entrepreneurship Ecosystem

One of the best kept secrets in Chicago is the long-standing nonprofit International Trade Association of Greater Chicago (ITA/GC), which provides a forum for the exchange of up-to-date and practical information on the trends and tools of the ever-changing global marketplace.

Established in 1977 (name changed to ITA/GC in 1985) by Richard Paullin who is considered the Mayor of global trade in Chicago.  Richard has been bringing people and ideas together since then on a global scale.  Nobody knows the global business and entrepreneurship ecosystem better than Richard.

His organization also produces and distributes the well-known Illinois International Business Calendar – a consolidated list of all major global business themed events in the Chicagoland area – including ITA/GC programs and events.  By signing up for the PDF listing, you never miss an important event. Plus, you can even submit your event to him for a listing.

To become a member of the organization, visit ITA/GC/.

Richard will be giving a few words at the 7th Annual Global Small Business Forum hosted virtually on Friday, October 21, 2022 (and supported by lead sponsor Associated Bank).  He has supported and been involved in the Forum since its launch in 2015.  To learn more about the Forum, which has become the biggest and best global small business forum in Chicago, visit:  Registration is OPEN.

Monday, August 08, 2022

Today in Global Small Business: Get Ready for the Wave of Digitization

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

  • A rapid wave of digitization over the last few years sparked a significant shift in how businesses make and receive payments. American Express introduces Global Pay, a B2B cross-border payment solution for small businesses.
  • The market read the Federal Reserve wrong.  Here's how.
  • Here are five things by Gene Marks in technology that happened this past week and how they affect your business.
  • Quote of the week: "One of the factors that I believe is the biggest obstacle to transformation is the fear of cannibalization.”— Ganesh Ayyar, Mphasis
  • As provided by Gene Marks, more than than 60% of world population will use digital wallets by 2026.  Get ready.
  • IRS updates crypto questions for 2022 tax return to include gifts.

Saturday, August 06, 2022

My Mind Is My Own Church

©2022 Laurel J. Delaney.  All rights reserved.
"My mind is my own church." – Thomas Paine

Friday, August 05, 2022

India Is Shaping the Future of E-commerce

This month, retail giants and government regulators around the world will be watching closely as India rolls out the Open Network for Digital Commerce (ONDC) in 100 major cities. 

ONDC is a government-backed initiative that was conceived by non-profit think tanks. The project, championed by Indian billionaire and Infosys founder Nandan Nilekani, aims to create a level playing field in online commerce by putting tens of millions of kiranas (Indian family businesses) on an even footing with online giants such as Amazon, Google, and India’s Flipkart(a Walmart subsidiary).

Read on to see how India is shaping the future of e-commerce, at least for the summer of 2022.

Thursday, August 04, 2022

What Can an Export Grant Out of New Jersey Do For You?

In the case of New Jersey, USA, the New Jersey Business Action Center (NJBAC) is offering export assistance to small and mid-sized businesses in New Jersey through its NJ STEP program. 

Through the New Jersey State Trade Expansion Program (NJ STEP), which is funded in part through a grant from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), the NJBAC offers an opportunity to help Small Business Enterprises (SBEs) receive financial awards to offset export promotion costs partially.

The benefits of exporting include increased revenue, a diversified revenue stream, and an expansion of product offerings for local preferences.

To learn more about its tools and resources, visit here.

Wednesday, August 03, 2022

Global Supply Chain Woes Lingering Longer

Shipping giant Maersk said that congestion in global supply chains leading to higher freight rates has continued longer than initially anticipated.

Maersk raised its 2022 profit guidance for a second time on Tuesday, 8/2/22, after beating quarterly revenue expectations as congested global supply chains that have boosted freight rates persist longer than expected.

It ain't over yet.

Tuesday, August 02, 2022

Combating Global Expansion Challenges (wegginar® 8/3/22)

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Join host Women Entrepreneurs Grow Global® for its next wegginar®, Wednesday, August 3, 2022 at 11AM CT featuring Jessica Wargo (Plante Moran), Beth Babich (Plante Moran) and Elisabeth Weissenreider-Bennis (The Weiss-Aug Group) when they talk about, "Crucial Connections:  Combating Global Expansion Challenges."

They will weigh in on all things concerning global expansion.  Top on the list to be covered:

  • Understand the pitfalls/traps to expanding globally
  • What the tax and other considerations are when expanding globally
  • How to select the right partners/advisors for expanding globally
  • Understand how the global environment has changed in the pandemic and post-pandemic era

To learn more and to register, visit:

The beauty of these wegginars?  They are chock-full with useful (practical) information to take your business global and are free of charge thanks to mighty sponsors who back the growth of women business owners:  Associated Bank, Bluedog Design, FedEx, Global Care Clinical Trials and Union Pacific.

Monday, August 01, 2022

Today in Global Small Business: A Federal Program That Encourages Small Businesses to Enter Global Export Market

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

  • A federal program that encourages small businesses (in PA) to enter global export market.
  • Open, the Google and Tiger Global-backed neobank, is planning to onboard about 10 million small businesses in 3 years as it aims to solve a series of challenges faced by SMEs for managing their business finances, using technology.
  • Small businesses hanging by thread?
  • Quote of the week:  "Blitzscaling is what you do when you need to grow really, really quickly. It's the science and art of rapidly building out a company to serve a large and usually global market, with the goal of becoming the first mover at scale. This is high-impact entrepreneurship." – Reid Hoffman
  • Some tips on taking your business global.
  • How businesses can use video translation to grow their global influence.