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The Flattening Continues: Don’t Let Geography Hold You Back

As a four-year old, I took my first international flight in the early 1970s on a flight to Singapore from Bombay (and yes, my birth certificate will always say Bombay, not Mumbai). That trip inspired my lifelong fascination with airplanes and travel. I’ve been fortunate to have lived, been educated and worked in cities such as Bombay, Bangalore, Jakarta, Daytona Beach, Chicago and Atlanta. My interest in companies that “connect the world” shaped my choices and a career that has included working for the world’s largest airline, the world’s largest aircraft manufacturer, and now, a global leader in logistics and transportation solutions.

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Two Things to Focus on When You’re Considering Going International

Over the years I’ve had many companies come to me when they start getting international orders because they aren’t sure how to fulfill them. Sometimes the task is too daunting, so they turn away international orders altogether. Rather than allowing them to walk away from business, UPS and the United States Commercial Service provide training on moving goods internationally.

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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 »

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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Canadian SMEs Remain Skeptical About International Trade

Lack of interest and investment despite countless opportunities overseas

flagsNewly-released data shows that small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are still hesitant to engage in international trade, despite the vast opportunities in the worldwide marketplace.

In part two of its three-part series to study SMEs’ global trade habits and attitudes, the survey, commissioned by UPS Canada, revealed that 52 per cent of SMEs would not take advantage of a free-trade deal with the EU — not because it’s with the EU, but because they have no interest in engaging in trade activity at all.

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