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“Students: Think Less Like Americans”
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In a smaller, more connected world, students must become global thinkers.

As college students all across the United States settle into the new school year — some of whom are there to receive their final year of instruction before graduation — I have what may seem a strange bit of advice:

Try to think less like an American.

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“3 Reasons Why We Ship With UPS”
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The following was posted by Dan Stepchew, chief marketing officer for Medelita on the company’s blog

We use UPS as the preferred shipping method for all of our orders, especially our international orders, for a whole list of business-related reasons that I don’t need to get into. There are, however, 3 main benefits that we enjoy when working with UPS:

1. Our orders get where they need to go, end of story.

While we completely understand that not every single package is going to make it to our customers exactly on time and in the right place, an overwhelming majority of them do. This is astounding considering the company delivers an average of 1.6 million packages in a single day using 237 airplanes in 220 countries around the world. When a package doesn’t get where it needs to go, it’s typically a painless process to resolve the situation. Read More »

The Outlook of Exporting and Global Trade: Confidence Needle Moves a Bit
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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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So You Want to Go to Canada, Eh? Three Reasons Why it Might be a Good Destination
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When it’s time to start thinking about an international destination, many companies in the United States consider Canada. In a survey of business owners, UPS found that 23% of small and medium sized businesses indicate Canada as a key market and 21% said that they intend to increase or begin exporting to Canada within two years. What makes Canada so appealing?

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The World is Waiting: 3 Steps to Global Growth
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This is the fourth post in a series addressing challenges for companies starting to go global with their products and services.

Did you know that UPS customers expanding to new markets grew their UPS exports 2.8 times faster than UPS customers exporting to a single market?  Entering a new country can introduce your products to new customers and jump start growth. Frequently, business owners ask: “Where do I begin?

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3 Signs that You Might be the Next Accidental Exporter: Video
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Many companies enter the global market by accident. In fact, you might have an invitation sitting on your desk right now. Did you R.S.V.P.?

If you said, “not yet,” then you are not alone. Emails from potential international customers go unanswered time and again. Finally, a brave manager takes the leap and makes the company’s first sale to a customer outside of the United States – often in Canada, Europe, or Australia. Soon, you respond to more and more international customers and become an accidental exporter.

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Trekking Beyond Borders
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During a recent stop at the customs counter in the new international wing of Atlanta’s Hartsfield Jackson International Airport, an agent inspected my passport and said, “Looks like you have your entire life story in here.” A spot-on observation that is true in more ways than one.

My trek to go global began over a decade ago with a month-long journey to attend a global leadership conference in Pune, India. This was just the beginning of my quest, but it opened my eyes to opportunities beyond borders – both personal and business.

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UPS Joins Inc. to Offer Advice for Small Businesses
UPS Joins Inc. to Offer Advice for Small Businesses

Growth is always a hot topic for entrepreneurs and small businesses on the move. Inc. magazine has joined UPS to host a series of events with the common theme, Delivering Growth. CEOs from the magazine’s 5000 list offer personal and financial tips on growing businesses.

Small business owners in Atlanta and Houston have already learned how to develop joint ventures, expand products and services and successfully market their brand. The next live event will be in San Diego on December 13 to discuss Delivering Growth Internationally. Panelists will share how to find resources for export and custom regulations. If you can’t make it to California, you can join the session online at: www.inc.com/upslive.

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UPS Helps Japan Recovery, Pledges $1 Million in Logistics Support

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For the last four days, The UPS Foundation’s Joe Ruiz has been on the phone. His job is to figure out how UPS can best leverage its transportation network, humanitarian logistics teams and funds to help the victims of Friday’s tsunami and earthquake in Japan.

Joe has been working with UPSers in Japan to assess whether the roads are good enough to reach the most damaged areas of the country. He’s been talking to colleagues at UPS Airlines to determine whether flights can reliably go in and out of Narita Airport outside Tokyo. Joe also has been coordinating with UPS’s relief partners around the world to determine if they need UPS resources, such as airlift, staff and facilities. Read More »

Slovakia and Israel – What’s the UPS Connection?

Jeopardy is one of my favorite game shows (aside from Wheel of Fortune). There’s so many unknown facts revealed on the show. And the research I conducted to complete this blog opened my eyes as well to a new part of the world.

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