posts tagged with Global

Why Indy Means Business

Plane_V8I7791TakeOffFinal.jpg.jpeg Starting this April, huge Boeing 777 cargo aircraft will begin streaming in and out of Indianapolis four nights a week coming from the new FedEx Express hub in Osaka, Japan. Locating our FedEx North Pacific Regional Hub on the western edge of Japan is partly due to a combination of geography, flight optimization, package consolidation, and something the Kansai International Airport (KIX) shares with the Indianapolis International Airport (IND) – they are open for business 24/7. So is the U.S. economy.

Global gateways, like the Indy Hub, are essential to keep today’s customers and suppliers throughout America competitive in the world economy. US exports to Asia have been steadily increasing...

China, India, Mexico and more: A global e-commerce discussion with Raj Subramaniam

access25-sq-highres.png In our ongoing Access series exploring the links between connectivity and innovation, we spoke with Raj Subramaniam, executive vice president, marketing and communications, FedEx Services.

ACCESS: What is the relationship between increased global connectivity and innovation?

Raj Subramaniam: We wouldn’t have global connectivity without first having innovation. As we have progressed...

What Small and Medium Enterprises in France did not know about customs

hub tour 1.JPG Venturing into uncharted export markets can be a journey into the unknown for many Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs). That is what relatively few actually dare to make that bold step. Customs regulations can at first seem a little daunting.

However, we are seeing a growing number of SMEs in the aeronautical, high tech and luxury industries, in particular, that are interested in exporting in order to capitalize on growth markets.

As I come into daily contact with SMEs in my job I have noticed that they ask recurring questions...

Get ready for the (next) Asian trade revolution

Picture_1.jpg.jpeg When I moved to Asia in 1994, the most common shipment was electronics.

Think big and expensive. The first, mass-produced PCs were spreading like wildfire, and innovations like the “personal communicator” – dubbed “bricks” due to their size and weight – were starting to take off.

I vividly remember those days. Around five years earlier, I’d been involved in the FedEx purchase of Asia’s Flying Tigers airlines, which as far back as the 1940s was known by its tagline – “We haul anything anywhere.” It was a critical acquisition for us because it gave us the air rights and the authority to connect Asia globally.

But there was a much different tiger on the scene by the time...

Is e-commerce good for all small businesses?

FedEx Quick Form_v5_7OCT13.jpg.jpeg There’s a saying in business that goes something like: “Not all business is good business.”

And the same is true for e-commerce.

While e-commerce is now the largest driving force in the global economy, it comes with warning signs.

Asia might have the most e-commerce “ready” markets in the world – China, Japan, South Korea and Singapore all rank in the top 10 biggest market opportunities– but scratch the surface and securing a foothold in these markets is not easy.