Making Holiday Shipping Work for Your Business

Black Friday and Cyber Monday are nearly here, and businesses are beginning to put their holiday marketing plans into high gear. Creative discounts, specials and promotions are lined up. Unique seasonal partnerships are ready for launch.  At the same time, companies are addressing the key challenges that stem from higher volumes of store and site visitors, training seasonal staff, testing website infrastructure and coordinating with suppliers.

Both online retailers and brick-and-mortar operations are also taking a hard look at another element that will be critical to their overall success: shipping and logistics. Continue reading

New DHL Report Envisions the Supply Chain Possibilities and Challenges in the Engineering and Manufacturing Sector

It’s no secret that U.S. manufacturing companies are fueling our nation’s economic engine in significant new ways. With increased globalization and the rise of ecommerce, manufacturing is on the move – not just here, but around the world. Since 2009, the U.S. manufacturing sector has grown steadily, contributing more than $2.09 trillion to the economy most recently, up from $1.73 trillion just six years ago. According to the National Association of Manufacturers, manufacturing is responsible for 12 percent of U.S. GDP. The story is similarly impressive in other countries, with the manufacturing sector accounting for 17 percent of GDP and 14 percent of employment globally. Continue reading

Mission Possible: U.S. Department of Commerce Trade Missions Can Make a Difference for Your Business

This story was co-written by Camille Richardson, Principal Commercial Officer for the U.S. & Foreign Commercial Service.

Is your business ready to begin exporting? Or, are you looking for opportunities to advance your current international trade strategy? In addition to the many resources available today to help your organization grow abroad, including the National Export Initiative (NEI), regional Export Assistance Centers, and USA Trade Online, there is one very direct and effective way to accelerate your global efforts: participate in organized trade missions sponsored by the U.S. Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration (ITA). Continue reading

Finding Your Next Customer Through Digital Channels

Like any other industry, e-commerce has grown up since its early days, to the point now that consumers are buying everything from clothes, to headphones, to cars, to houses from their computers and mobile devices. Whatever kind of product or service your company is selling, e-commerce is a great potential avenue to open your business up to new domestic and international customers. Continue reading

How Green is Your Supply Chain?

Business leaders today understand the triple value involved in pursuing sustainable operating practices: global environmental benefits, improved business efficiency, and increased customer engagement. They understand that going green can help build a better world by reducing waste on every level, a move that can boost profits while appealing to a growing legion of environmental-minded consumers. Continue reading