posts tagged with International

New Paths, New Opportunities for Small and Medium Businesses

131122_Berlin SME Breakfast Andy Gosheron.jpg I have been with FedEx now for 29 years. One of the bonuses of my job is that I meet new and interesting people all the time.

I spend a lot of time on the road and at events. But it is not every day or every week that get asked to hold speech in such a stunning and remarkable location as the rooftop café of the German parliament in Berlin. On this occasion, I was asked to hold a speech at a FedEx sponsored breakfast event aimed at people who want to set up their own small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs).

Trade Promotion Authority: Essential to our customers, business and country

dc-capitol.png In the coming weeks, the U.S. Congress will have the opportunity to take a step that will significantly advance free trade and our economy –renewing Trade Promotion Authority, or TPA.

For three decades, U.S. presidents have had the authority to negotiate complex trade deals with other nations, and present the results for an up-or-down vote. Congress last passed this trade authorization in 2002 and since then, the US has added trade agreements with 16 countries.

It is critical Congress reauthorize this important legislative tool to ensure the U.S. maintains a credible bargaining position and continues...

Relief for Typhoon Haiyan victims – a personal perspective

Bogo, Cebu Delivery, Pic 2edited.jpg (Note – FedEx team member Vernice Hunt is onsite in Cebu City in the Philippines to chronicle the FedEx delivery of emergency medical supplies for Direct Relief and Heart to Heart International.)

...On the personal side, I had family members who lived in the direct path of Haiyan. During the storm and for days afterward, there was no word about these family members, but it turns out we were among the lucky ones. Everyone was safe and sound. But my heart still goes out to so many others in my country who were not so lucky, and are still suffering today....

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.

Smarter, Modern Global Policies That Cut Trade Barriers Are the Answer – Reporting Back From the APEC CEO Summit

apec-sq.jpg I had the pleasure of participating in the 2013 CEO Summit for the Asian Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) in Bali, Indonesia earlier this month. This gathering took place alongside APEC’s annual meeting of leaders from 21 of the world’s most dynamic economies. They made important progress to advance the future of global trade – the underpinning of innovation, entrepreneurship, jobs and sustainable growth.

While the last five years have been difficult in the wake of the global financial crisis, more people are back to work and small and medium-sized businesses are beginning to grow again. Still, businesses today, and especially smaller businesses, continue to confront a complex spaghetti bowl of overlapping rules and competing regulation that hinders innovation and development, including expensive tariffs and confusing and lengthy customs approval processes to get their products into consumers’ hands.