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Measuring Global Growth and Trade
Kurt Kuehn on CNBC

UPS Chief Financial Officer Kurt Kuehn was featured on CNBC’s Squawk Box earlier this week as part of the CNBC Global CFO Council series.

In the segment, Kurt and Robert Shanks, Ford Motor Company executive vice president & CFO, provided their perspective on the outlook on business and the economy.

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The Outlook of Exporting and Global Trade: Confidence Needle Moves a Bit
Shanghai, China

It may be time to add a “cautious optimism” app to your wireless device . . . at least for the long term.

A new survey of decision makers at 125 high-tech companies, conducted by IDC Manufacturing Insights and sponsored by UPS, shows that they expect future exports to increase. Many predicted growing demand for their products in emerging markets worldwide over the next 3-5 years.

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AAC Enterprises’ Export Story – Finding Customers Around the World

The Small Business Administration is asking small business owners “where will your next customer come from?” AAC Enterprises, Inc. is finding them all over the world.  Justin Hartenstein started out selling automobile parts out of his garage, and now he designs and develops innovative custom lighting systems for car enthusiasts all around the globe.

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International Symposium Helps Companies Learn to Export

Boosting America’s exports strengthens our economic growth and supports millions of good, high-paying American jobs.  Although companies that export can make on average 9 to 12% more revenue than their peers, less than 1% of American companies sell their products in foreign markets.  Last year, President Obama recognized the importance of stimulating exports and set an aggressive goal of doubling U.S. exports in five years.  To achieve this goal, the President established the National Export Initiative. CEO Scott Davis was appointed to the President’s Export Council due to UPS’s ability to facilitate global supply chains for U.S. businesses.

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Futurallia: Speed Dating for Small Businesses

Through various roles at UPS, I’ve worked with companies for more than 13 years and the fears they have about doing business internationally are usually the same. Language differences, financial risks and terms of sale are just a few of the factors prohibiting competitive companies from taking advantage of the global marketplace.

The folks at Futurallia (Future + Alliance) have figured out how to minimize those fears and will assist hundreds of small businesses at its annual conference coming up in Kansas City – the first time in the U.S.  Don’t miss the opportunity to attend… registration ends May 13th.

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Small/Medium Enterprises: Canada’s Borderless Business Reality

Christopher Columbus had a global perspective when venturing half way across the world for international business. He set his sights on an emerging market and set sail, giving birth to ‘a whole new world.’ Lucky for us, conducting business in emerging markets in 2011 doesn’t have to be as gruelling as spending months at sea.

In Canada, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are becoming more global in their outlook on international business. Borderless business is becoming a reality for many, and an opportunity for all.    Read More »

Has Your Small Business Taken Big Steps to Grow Globally?

Growth through Global Trade AwardWe have a winner!  Recently, UPS launched its inaugural “Growth through Global Trade Award” to recognize small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) that are excelling in international trade.   

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Busting the Myths of Global Trade

UPS Chief Operating Officer David Abney recently spoke to a group of business leaders in San Diego, delivering his own version of the Discovery Channel show “Mythbusters” about global trade.

In his remarks, the UPS chief operating officer addressed increasingly negative perceptions in the United States about trade, focusing on three myths.

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Exports Can Spur Our Economy

UPS Chairman and CEO Scott Davis and U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary LockeUPS Chairman and CEO Scott Davis and Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke co-authored an opinion piece published by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s blog.

Robust and global trade drives the world’s economic engine. And it’s the quickest and surest way we know to accelerate economic growth, create new jobs and improve living standards. 

Now we freely admit that UPS has an interest here. At any given moment, UPS handles 6 percent of the U.S. GDP and moves 2 percent of the global GDP. So global trade is important to the future of UPS, and that holds true for its workers, and for workers across America. Every 22 packages per day that cross a border supports one job in UPS’s package operation.

That’s why UPS is so supportive of President Obama’s recent announcement of a landmark trade deal with South Korea, which is estimated to increase American economic output by more than the last nine trade agreements combined.

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UPS CEO Davis Rallies Leaders Against “Tyranny of Protectionism”

ocean cargoRobust and open global trade drives the world’s economic engine, Scott Davis said in a keynote speech to the America’s Competitiveness Forum Nov. 15 in Atlanta. “Everyone wins when trade flows freely,” he said to a room packed with about 1,000 international business and government leaders including the vice presidents of Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Panama and Costa Rica.

In his remarks, Scott Davis challenged officials to knock down trade barriers and clear the way for more exports as a driver of global economic growth and prosperity. He said the United States should mend fraying ties with both NAFTA trading partners, Canada and Mexico.

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