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Asia Waits for No One

As Asia transforms into a center of consumer and commercial demand, it is changing global opinion.
Jim Barber | UPS

Throughout its modern history, Asia has labored under a perception problem. Most of the world saw it as the place that produced the goods and services that ran businesses and entertained consumers throughout the world. But as today’s Asia transforms into a center of consumer and commercial demand, it is quickly changing global opinion. Today, […]

A World Now Open for Business

Creating opportunity through trade.
Jim Barber | UPS

The following is based on a speech given by Jim Barber, president of UPS International, at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum in Atlanta. I have deep respect for small and mid-sized businesses and the entrepreneurs who turn on the lights in the morning, stand behind the counter all day and lock the doors at night. […]

Seizing is Believing

A look at opportunities in cross-border trade
Jim Barber | UPS

According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, only 1 percent of U.S. companies are seeking new business opportunities beyond our borders. Given the benefits of trade to businesses large and small in an increasingly connected world, it is logical to ask why so few U.S. companies are involved in cross-border trade. It’s possible that some […]

Growth Across a Flatter World

Jim Barber | UPS

In an economy that grows increasingly connected every day, the relevance of exports and global trade has never been more important. But if trade – and especially international trade – is as vital as political leaders and businesses say, why are only 1% of U.S. businesses trading across borders today? That 1% figure, from the […]