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Recent Growth Picture Mixed in Africa, But Don’t Count the Region Out

Many observers are questioning whether Africa's economic advances are running out of steam. Five years ago, growth was accelerating in almost all of the region's 30 largest economies, but the recent picture has been more mixed: while growth has sped up in about half of Africa's economies, it has... »


Electronic Invoicing: European Union Directives Bring New Efficiencies and Cost Savings to Shipping

Electronic Invoicing: European Union Directives Bring New Efficiencies and Cost Savings to Shipping

Despite the benefits of e-invoicing and looming regulation deadlines, many companies doing business in Europe still print and mail invoices, following old operating standards. This white paper addresses the current state of e-invoicing in Europe, the challenges and benefits of working with... »


Global Marine Underwriting Premiums Down 10.5 Percent Last Year

Global Marine Underwriting Premiums Down 10.5 Percent Last Year

Global marine underwriting premiums last year amounted to $29.9bn, a 10.5 percent reduction on the 2014 figure, according to annual statistical report from IUMI, the International Union of Marine Insurance. »


U.S.-Indonesia Trade Could Swell to More Than $131Bn by 2019, But Reforms Are Necessary

U.S.-Indonesia Trade Could Swell to More Than $131Bn by 2019, But Reforms Are Necessary

The total value of the Indonesia-U.S. bilateral economic relationship exceeds $90bn per year, and a best-case scenario projects that it could grow to $131.7bn by 2019. »


Do Presidents Have Any Control Over the Economy?

Do Presidents Have Any Control Over the Economy?

The platforms of both major political parties are based on the belief that the actions of presidents have a direct impact on the U.S. and global economy. But is that really so? »


Anti-Trade Fever Likely to Carry the Day, Regardless of Who Wins White House Race

Anti-Trade Fever Likely to Carry the Day, Regardless of Who Wins White House Race

Anti-trade fervor is reaching heights we haven't seen since the Smoot–Hawley Tariff was passed in 1930. »


China's Version of 'Supply-Side Reform' Not at All What Reagan Had in Mind

China's Version of 'Supply-Side Reform' Not at All What Reagan Had in Mind

To understand policymaking in China, pay attention to the buzz phrases. The country's favorite economic slogan, "supply-side structural reform," just got its most international exposure so far, at the Group of 20 summit in Hangzhou. »


Are You Adequately Vetting Your Suppliers?

A lean, agile supply chain network is important in the hyper-competitive global marketplace, but this increased reliance on contractors and their subcontractors brings all kinds of increased risk and with it a heightened responsibility to closely vet and monitor supplier performance and behavior. »


Latin American Development Interests Launch Database on Regional Investment

The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), CAF-Development Bank of Latin America, and Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) have jointly launched a website that tracks infrastructure investments made by countries within the region. »


Where Are All the Holiday Season Imports?

This summer, dockworkers, truckers and railroads geared up for a surge of retail goods passing through U.S. ports that hasn't occurred. Imports are flat at major seaports on both coasts heading into peak shipping season, the stretch in late summer and early fall when retailers usually load up on... »


Technology Enables Small, Mid-Sized Companies 'Become More International'

Globally and in the U.S., a new breed of company - including manufacturers - are taking advantage of growth outside their home market and going international. To what extent are small and middle market businesses becoming more multinational? What's driving this trend? »


Here's How You Can Successfully Reach the Global Consumer

Today's consumer is a lot different than the consumer of 5 years ago, or even one year ago. Consumers today are making purchases both on and offline, through mobile devices, and even social channels from all over the world. Retailers are transforming their business strategies to engage these... »


As Clothing Retailer Learned, One-Size-Fits-All Merchandising Plan Doesn't Work Globally

Appealing to the cultural and economic specifics of a foreign market is the key to getting consumers to shop more frequently and spend more. »


Explaining the Widening U.S. Trade Deficit

Explaining the Widening U.S. Trade Deficit

The U.S. trade deficit is continuing to decline - but don't blame imports for the widening gap. »


There's Money in Dairy, But Growth Areas Are in Least Developed Markets

There's Money in Dairy, But Growth Areas Are in Least Developed Markets

With $500bn in global sales, dairy was the biggest, fastest revenue-generating category in the food and beverage sector in 2015. But in value creation, the industry lags. Its inherent supply chain, market, and regulatory complexities, along with intense competitive pressures, mean there is no... »


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