Recently, I added Euromonitor to my Google Reader. They have many interesting articles and a respectable database, some of which is pertinent to international trade. For those who want to check it out, I’ve included a couple of articles, some of which have nothing to do with trade but have general interest appeal.
- Is 60 the New 40? Key trends – Old age, a personal decision and only a few want to (and can) retire.
- Are Better For You Reduced Sugar Soft Drinks Worsening the Obesity Epidemic? Could diet drinks cause weight gain? Research has proven that those who most frequently consumed reduced sugar soft drinks saw their waistlines bulge by 500% more than those who did not consume these types of drinks. Ouch!
- Free webinar – “Toys and Games: Trends, Developments and Prospects”
- Expanding Middle Class and Digital Technology Drive China’s Beauty Market to a New Level. Total sales of beauty and personal care stood at US$24 billion in 2010, more than triple the size in 2000. Rapid economic development in China has significantly increased disposable income levels per household, with consumers having nearly doubled the amount of disposable income per household compared to five years ago.
Must be the season… there are several contests, grants or going on right now that you may want to consider going for. The deadlines are quickly approaching, so you’d better hurry.
From Datamyne – International Trade Blog: America’s Got (Export) Talent. The US Small Business Administration is sponsoring a contest for small businesses ready to share the secrets of their success in finding new customers around the world. To enter, create an original, high-definition video that tells your story in three minutes or less and concludes with these words: “That’s my exporting story.” The first prize is a $12,000 award plus other perks. The deadline for entries is September 3.
From IFAT Fair Trade Newsfeed: SEED Awards 2011 are accepting applications. If you meet SEED’s eligibility criteria, you could apply now for the 2011 SEED Awards for entrepreneurship in sustainable development and the SEED Gender Equality Award. The deadline for applications is August 22nd 2011.
From ERS/USDA Data – Foreign Agricultural Trade of the United States: 2011 Food Assistance and Nutrition Research Innovation and Development Grants in Economics (RIDGE) Program. The RIDGE Program encourages new and innovative research on food assistance and nutrition issues and broadens the participation of social science scholars in this important research area. Unfortunately, the deadline has passed, but the conference is forthcoming.
Lastly, a couple posts from our neighborhood TI Providers:
From PIERS Transportation: All Aboard! PIERS Rail Analysis Now Available. Approximately 60 percent of all intermodal traffic is generated by international trade. With growing problems on the road—such as aging infrastructure, rising fuel costs, congestion and higher emissions—rail is looking more and more attractive for long-haul freight movement. Rail data is a good addition.
From Import Genius: Video: How to Use Customs Data to Pick Winners & Losers in the Stock Market. Good idea.
From Datamyne – International Trade Blog: Fresh Resource for Food Exporters. The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) has developed, with a grant from the Department of Agriculture, an International Food Additive Database designed to provide easy access to accurate and current regulatory requirements on food additives in importing countries around the world.