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Reaching Online Shoppers in Australia

Creating the right partnerships will unlock the Australian e-commerce network.

Retailers looking for their next cross-border, e-commerce opportunity should look down: Down Under to be exact. As early adopters of international online shopping, 77 percent of Australian consumers use a smartphone, 65 percent shop online and 40 percent purchase clothing and footwear from an international merchant, according to the Ecommerce Foundation Australia is a growing force […]

Seeing Logistics in 3D

From hearing aids to jet engines, 3D printing is revolutionizing the world of manufacturing.
Alan Amling | UPS

Of all the ways 3D printing will change the world, the democratization of manufacturing is perhaps the most important. Think of it as the Uberization of manufacturing, where supply can be accessed anywhere in the world to produce goods at the click of button. This is a once-in-a-generation logistics opportunity, as so-called additive manufacturing will […]

Environmental Sustainability Is Hiding Within Your Business

Here's a road map to unlocking value while reducing your carbon footprint.

For decades, supply chain specialists focused on wringing every ounce of value or saving the most amount of time by optimizing the movement of goods. At the same time, sustainability specialists focused on reducing carbon emissions and environmental impact. In some cases, these two very different goals were aligned. But all too often, the objectives […]

Automating Supply Chain Resilience

To benefit from advanced risk identification tools and keep pace with customer expectations, companies need a new approach to supply chain resilience.
Dr. Luca Urciuoli | Zaragoza Logistics Center

Substantial investments in supply chain resilience have enabled companies to vastly improve their capacity for bouncing back after a disruption. But the digitization of supply chains is introducing new demands on company operations that require a different approach to building supply chain resilience. With the benefit of digital technologies, companies are using big data to […]

What the Gambler’s Fallacy Can Teach Us About Risk

Don't ignore Murphy's Law when making business decisions.

Have you ever heard of the gambler’s fallacy? In essence, it’s a cognitive bias in which one assumes that future probabilities are affected by past events. In other words, it’s the belief that something bad won’t happen in the future because you avoided calamity in the past. There’s a valuable business lesson within this misconception. […]

Breaking Through Borders

How implementing certain strategies can help SMEs overcome exporting challenges.

As unbelievable as it may sound, the only source of economic growth in Europe between 2008 and 2013 came from exporting goods and services. Today, exports are still the most important – but fortunately not the only – engines for growth, according to the European Commission. Making up over 99 percent of all businesses, small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) […]

Navigating the New World of Industrial Buying

Caught in a digital tsunami? Here are five ways industrial manufacturers and distributors can ride the wave.

The landscape of industrial manufacturing retail is changing. New market forces are at play, nudging buyers to move away from traditional, channel-centered sales and venture into a world where multiple complementary sales channels operate in tandem – the omni-channel arena. So what’s going on? The rise of online sales has fostered an ever more exacting […]

This Tiger Still Has Teeth

Chinese exporting has slowed, but leading manufacturers are implementing innovative logistics practices to regain their momentum.
Richard Loi | UPS

Chinese exporters dominated the global manufacturing game for so long that it was easy to believe their domination would continue indefinitely. But the evidence is increasingly clear: The world’s second-largest economy — an economy that boomed in recent decades thanks, in large measure, to exports — needs to change the way it does business as headwinds threaten future growth. The […]

Ensuring Global E-commerce Success During the Holidays

What can companies do to win the global e-commerce race?

U.S. retailers gearing up for the holidays could be overlooking a key source of sales: international shoppers. To win in the global e-commerce race, companies can’t rely on the same approach they use domestically.  Featured products, marketing content and promotions targeting U.S. consumers may not resonate in all markets. For example, as U.S. retailers promote […]

What the Trans-Pacific Partnership Means for the West

Although conversations about TPP usually focus on Asia, we should also examine its potential impact in the Western Hemisphere.
Eric Farnsworth | AS/COA

Trade is never a popular topic in a presidential election year, but 2016 may prove to be an inflection point. For the first time since the Depression, the presumptive candidates of both major political parties have spoken skeptically about trade, one even suggesting that he would renegotiate existing agreements including NAFTA. [Also on Longitudes: The Urgency […]

Africa’s Post-Brexit Opportunity

How Africa can emerge from Brexit as a leader on the global economic stage.
Calestous Juma | Harvard University

The entire world felt the shock waves from the decision by voters in the United Kingdom to leave the European Union, and Africa was no exception, especially given its close historical ties with many EU member states.  African pundits and public officials were quick to lament the new cloud of economic uncertainty and the potential […]

The Latin Term Every Exporter Should Know: De Minimis

Fulfilling your retail dreams around the world is mission possible.

Nearly three years ago, Will Green set out on a mission to fulfill his dream of providing fashionable, ethically produced vegan shoes to everyday people around the world. His vision was to provide customers with the latest fashions at fair prices, all without hurting animals or people in the process. Will soon set up shop […]

Your Business Without Boundaries

Cross-border e-commerce is a trillion dollar opportunity. Are you making the most of it?

Plunging into global e-commerce can feel overwhelming. If you’ve ever wondered how you could easily manage the intricacies of duties and taxes, currency conversion, customs processes and the constantly changing regulations – in addition to your current responsibilities – take notice. On the surface, cross-border e-commerce can appear intimidating to even the savviest of retailers. But embracing […]

Smart Cities and a Borderless World: What If Maps Revealed Infrastructure, Not Borders?

Why there should be more emphasis on regional infrastructure and less on political borders.
Taz Loomans | Communitecture Architecture, Planning, and Design

When Parag Khanna’s mother was eight months pregnant, she signed a slew of waivers to be allowed on an airplane. It turned out to be the most turbulent flight of her life, and Khanna was almost born high above the man-made borders that define the modern world. So by coincidence or destiny, it’s fitting that […]

Seller Beware

Even “good as gold” customers can default on their payments. There are four major options to manage the credit risk of bad debt.
J. Paul Dittmann, Ph.D. | University of Tennessee

First in a five-part series. Any sale carries risk, because with every sale, there’s the chance the buyer won’t pay. Non-payment can be damaging or even catastrophic to a seller. Depending on the size of the company and its operating margin, one or two bad debts can wipe out profits for the year and close […]

The Challenge of Transformation

Innovative and flexible supply chains are needed to help Southeast Asia live up to its potential.
Mark Wallace | UPS

The following is based on a speech given by Mark Wallace, UPS Senior Vice President-Global Engineering and Sustainability, at the Harvard Asia Business Conference in Cambridge, Mass. In the second of a two-part series, Wallace focuses on the transformation of Southeast Asia.  Click here to read part one. As Southeast Asia prepares to emerge from China’s […]

China in Transition

Logistics will play a critical role as Asia’s most powerful nation moves to a consumer economy.
Mark Wallace | UPS

The following is based on a speech given by Mark Wallace, UPS Senior Vice President-Global Engineering and Sustainability, at the Harvard Asia Business Conference in Cambridge, Mass. In the first of a two-part series, Wallace focuses on China in transition.  There are two powerful streams of change emerging to create the new Asia: Its most […]

What Does it Mean to Trade in the 21st Century?

Today’s trading environment must adapt to global supply chains and the potential of e-commerce.
Laura Lane | UPS

When 12 senior representatives announced the highly anticipated conclusion to the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations in October 2015, U.S. Trade Representative Mike Froman heralded the deal as an agreement tailored for the modern economy. “In addition to liberalizing trade and investment between us, the agreement addresses the challenges our stakeholders face in the 21st century while […]

The Logistics of Keeping Flowers Fresh

With more than 100 million stems shipped, flowers may be the most-loved cargo in the cold-chain logistics process.

The roses in your living room. The blueberries in your salad. The fish you’re having for dinner. These products have likely traveled thousands of miles before arriving in your home, so how are they as fresh as the day they were harvested? The answer lies in the logistics “cold chain” that speeds flowers and other […]

La Vía Rápida A La Oportunidad Económica

Para las compañías mexicanas y estadounidenses, el comercio transfronterizo puede desatar un potencial ilimitado.
Augie Picado | UPS

A menudo, el comercio es descrito como un juego que no suma, en el que una nación sólo puede destacarse en detrimento de la otra. La evidencia más notoria de esta falacia es la floreciente relación entre los Estados Unidos y México. A modo de contexto, todos los días, EE. UU. y México intercambian 1.4 […]

Fabricantes Estadounidenses Encuentran La Tercerización Óptima en México

El ascenso de México constituye un caso claro de estrategia de tercerización óptima para los fabricantes estadounidenses.

Hoy en día, cada vez más, las sofisticadas importaciones estadounidenses —a menudo procedentes de las industrias aeroespacial, automotriz y de alta tecnología— tienen un denominador común: se fabrican en México. Esta tendencia refleja que los fabricantes estadounidenses tienen una creciente confianza en que México ofrece mucho más que mano de obra asequible a lo largo […]

Is Mexico the New Detroit?

Why your next car is more likely to come from Latin America.

Quick, name the largest vehicle producers in the world. China, Japan, Germany, and the United States are probably among the more common answers. You might be surprised to learn that Mexico now belongs in that group. Mexico is the seventh largest car manufacturer in the world – and the second largest exporter to the United […]

2016 – A Good Year To Ace The Trade Agenda

With momentum building on the trade front despite ongoing concerns about globalization, here’s how leaders can earn an A in trade.
Gary Hufbauer | Peterson Institute for International Economics

Tyler Moran | Peterson Institute

The trade horizon unexpectedly brightened last year, including in the United States, where some key successes pushed the trade agenda forward despite ongoing concerns about globalization and its effects. Congress delivered the votes President Obama needed to complete negotiations on an ambitious trade pact spanning the Pacific Rim and to reopen the embattled Export-Import Bank, […]

The Fast Lane to Economic Opportunity

For U.S. and Mexican companies, cross-border trade can unleash unreached potential.
Augie Picado | UPS

Trade is often portrayed as a zero-sum game in which one nation can excel only at the expense of another. Nowhere is this fallacy more evident than in the burgeoning relationship between the United States and Mexico. For context, the U.S. and Mexico exchange $1.4 billion in goods every day – that’s about $1 million […]

U.S. Manufacturers Find the Right Shore in Mexico

Mexico’s rise makes a compelling case for the right-shoring strategy for U.S. manufacturers.

Note from the Editor: We’re talking about Mexico all week here at Longitudes. We’ll take a look at the rise of the right-shoring movement, the growing importance of the U.S.-Mexico trade lane, the evolving nature of the Mexican middle class and the auto industry of tomorrow in Latin America. But really, Mexico’s ascent is a […]

Why Openness to Trade is Necessary, but isn’t Enough

What enables growth, innovation, job creation and development?
Selina Jackson | World Bank Group

We are experiencing a battle of ideas regarding the state of the global economy and prospects for growth. Larry Summers has been leading the group of economists proclaiming that the world entered an era of secular stagnation since the global financial crisis. On the other end, Standard Chartered Bank and other players have been arguing […]

What’s Holding Back China’s Consumers?

When it comes to economic rebalancing, China will need to be patient.
Keyu Jin | London School of Economics

For several years, Chinese leaders have been pursuing economic “rebalancing.” The country’s longstanding growth model, based on investment and exports, is to be replaced by one based on services and domestic consumption. It’s a necessary transition for China. Unfortunately, consumption-led growth remains a distant prospect. Yes, the contribution of domestic consumption to GDP has risen […]

10 Steps to Mitigating Transportation Risk

Shippers need to take these steps to effectively identify and avoid supply chain risk.
J. Paul Dittmann, Ph.D. | University of Tennessee

Last in a Six-Part Series. Click here to read part one,  part two, part three, part four and part five. So far in this series, we have discussed many factors that affect supply chain risk and insurance. In this post, I want to share 10 action steps that shippers can take in order to effectively identify and avoid supply chain […]

TED@UPS: The Global Business Next Door

By staying on the exporting sidelines, small businesses pass on the majority of the world’s customers and leave growth opportunity on the table.
Scott Szwast | UPS

Summary:  When most of us think about successful international businesses, we think of global conglomerates and the world’s largest corporations, many of whom actually have the word “international” in their names. But a small business with fewer than 50 employees? Or a family-owned-and-operated business with a single location? Those are not the types of businesses […]

Top 5 Reasons to Support the Trans-Pacific Partnership

How the trade pact presents opportunities for small business to grow in new markets.
Shiumei Lin | UPS


After years of negotiations and an intense week of back-and-forth deliberation in Atlanta, negotiators announced an agreement on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Monday morning. The deal is the largest and most substantial free trade agreement in history, connecting 12 global economies and 800 million consumers across the Americas and the Asia-Pacific region. UPS has pressed for […]