All posts by John Fox

95% of Small Businesses Fail in the First 5 Years – Don’t Let Yours Be One

As most entrepreneurs are aware, the effort required to turn an idea, product or service into a groundbreaking and lasting success is nothing short of herculean.

The steps involved are, of course, numerous and complex: refining the concept, defining the market, creating the business plan, conducting the market research, selling the plan to investors, lining up vendors, partners, and suppliers – and that is all before you have determined what kind of staffing needs you may have down the road, or how you will handle the logistics of delivering your product or service to directly to your audience.

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Supply Chain Opportunities for an Evolving Energy Industry

The energy industry is in the midst of unprecedented change. Low oil and natural gas prices, the decline of coal, a dramatic rise in renewable energy projects, and a growing focus on climate policy initiatives are all part of the transformation story, and the impact of this change is being felt across business sectors – and across the globe.

For energy companies, the story is still being written, and a recently-released DHL whitepaper examines just how important it will be for these organizations to rethink and redesign one of the most critical parts of their operational strategies: the supply chain. Continue reading

Why India is on the Rise, and Why Your Business Should Care

It has been 15 years since the term “BRIC” was coined by Goldman Sachs economist Jim O’Neill, who was describing the prospects of rapid growth in the emerging markets of Brazil, Russia, India and China. The group of nations, which now officially includes South Africa, represents over 3 billion people, or 42% of the world’s population, and it has a combined GDP of over $16 trillion, according to the International Monetary Fund. And yet, despite these impressive numbers, the BRIC economies are now struggling, with the exception of one: India.

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Get Your Supply Chain in Top Shape

A recent post from DHL’s Supply Chain Matters magazine provides key advice for superior logistics management: embrace disruption and be resilient. In today’s world where global supply chains are increasingly efficient (read: little excess capacity, no room for error), risk management strategies must be as flexible and efficient as the supply chain itself.

Let’s take a closer look.

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Growth Opportunities in Chile, Peru and Colombia

Companies with an eye on importing and exporting in Latin America are increasingly turning their focus to the rising economic powerhouses of Chile, Peru and Colombia. A recent Bloomberg Businessweek report outlines the state of affairs in the region quite well, noting that a clear economic divide between the Atlantic and Pacific coast nations of South America is taking shape.

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