Archive | February, 2012

Economic & Trade News from the DOC: Obama Initiatives on FDI, Exports & Manufacturing

President Obama Announces First Annual SelectUSA Investment Summit. Launched by Executive Order in June 2011, the Department of Commerce’s SelectUSA program is the first-ever federal effort to help attract, retain, and expand business investment.  Historically, U.S. states and cities have found themselves competing against foreign governments to attract business investments, with the federal government playing only a nominal role in the competition for global investment.  Rather than providing new incentives for investment, SelectUSA plays the critical role of advocacy, coordination, facilitation, and information gathering and sharing.

Business investment by both domestic and foreign firms leads to economic growth by impacting U.S. jobs and exports. Foreign investment plays an important role in the U.S. economy:

  • Foreign-owned companies operating in the United States support over 5.3 million U.S. jobs,
  • U.S. subsidiaries of foreign-owned firms account for 21 percent of all U.S. exports, and
  • The $2.3 trillion stock of FDI in the United States is equivalent to nearly 18 percent of U.S. GDP.

The United States is the largest recipient of foreign direct investment in the world. In 2010, it saw the level of inbound foreign direct investment increase 49% over the 2009 level. However, the share of FDI captured by the United States has consistently decreased since the 1990s as other economies continue to open up and compete for FDI attraction to their respective markets.

Commerce and FedEx Team Up to Provide Opportunities for Exporters.  In his 2010 State of the Union address, President Obama set a goal of doubling exports by the end of 2014 – an increase that will support two million additional jobs here at home. In a time when millions of Americans are out of work, boosting U.S. exports is a short-term imperative because exports support millions of good, high-paying American jobs. And for companies looking to expand, looking beyond our borders only makes sense because 95% of the world’s customers are outside our borders.

Commerce’s EDA Promotes American Manufacturing. Manufacturing represents nearly 60% of total U.S. exports and will play a vital role in America’s economic recovery.  Federal agencies are making significant investments in innovation and American manufacturing. During the past two years, we have begun to see positive signs in American manufacturing, with the manufacturing sector adding more than 400,000 jobs-the first period of sustained job growth in manufacturing since the 1990s.

President Obama Announces New Steps to Promote Manufacturing, Increase U.S. Exports.  The president initiated a series of executive actions laid out in the Blueprint for an America Built to  put Americans back to work and strengthen the U.S. economy. These initiatives will create jobs and make U.S. businesses more competitive in the global economy:

International Trade News on Obama Export Plan & Economic Growth by PIERS

From PIERS: Double U.S. Exports in 5 years… How do we do that?  During his 2010 State of the Union address President Obama boldly proclaimed his plans to double U.S. exports in 5 years, which in turn would create an estimated 2 million American jobs.  The National Export Initiative outlined a plan that would grow U.S. exports to $3.14 trillion annually by 2015, but how exactly does the Obama Administration plan to achieve this?  Read the Piers Analysis.

President Obama Focuses on Transportation and Manufacturing Growth Initiatives.  President Obama proposed a $3.8 trillion budget on February 13 for the fiscal year 2013 that aims to slash the deficit by $4 trillion over 10 years. While the plan envisions growth in areas like health benefit programs, there is also a major focus on transportation and plans to make U.S. manufacturing more competitive.

The transportation section of the budget is actually a 39.4 percent decrease since 2012, but still aims to spend around $50 billion for roads, bridges, transit systems, border crossing railways and runways in the current fiscal year to spur job creation. The key difference is that last year’s budget, while citing a larger allocation, didn’t include proposals to pay for transportation investments, and it is predicted the House and Senate will struggle again to find money to pay for these projects.

U.S. Containerized Exports Slid 0.2% in Q4 2011.

As predicted, by PIERS/JOC Economist Mario Moreno, U.S. container exports decelerated in Q4 2011 as European markets declined sharply and the foreign exchange value of the U.S. dollar stabilized. Exports dipped 0.2% year-over-year in Q4 to a total of 3,002,088 TEUs.  Major losses were mostly seen in fabrics, including raw cotton (-29%) and pet & animal feeds (-12%). Other losses were seen in synthetic resins (-12%), foam waste & scrap (-12%), and motor vehicles (-7%). Offsetting part of the losses were two major reefer goods: meat (+36%), and poultry (+28%). Other gains were seen in logs & lumber (+13%), waste paper (+2%), mixed metal scrap (+11%), and soybeans & products (+14%).

Steady Expansion in Home Sales Market Vital for Sustained Growth, Cautions PIERS Economist.  U.S. containerized imports closed 2011 at a point of upward trajectory — up 3% Y-o-Y, with December marking the second month of continuous growth at 2.4%, and the fourth quarter closing 1.9% above the same period last year. But, with growth heavily influenced by the fragile housing market recovery, the outlook for 2012 remains cautious, said PIERS Economist, Mario O. Moreno.  Declining new-home sales were balanced by increases in movement of existing properties, which supported a 5% upswing in U.S. furniture imports. Growth in the manufacturing sector also pushed auto parts imports up 19%, driving December increases in imports from Germany and Mexico. Requests for the import or return of empty containers, for U.S. export and domestic use, rose by 264%.

What Happens to Old Shipping Containers?  What else can you do with recycled containers? Apparently, container buildings have become more prominent in recent years as green building innovations have emerged. Check out some other ways containers are being used for.

Trade & Economic News from Euromonitor: Credit Crunch, Exports & Consumer Trends

Regional Focus: Another Credit Crunch for Eastern Europe?  The unravelling of the eurozone sovereign debt crisis throughout 2011 and 2012 is placing increasing pressure on Eastern Europe, as Western European banks continue to withdraw liquidity from the region. An ensuing credit crunch could potentially halt economic growth across a number of regional economies, with both businesses and consumers hit by credit restrictions and falling expenditure levels.

Eastern Europe Exports

Western Europe is the primary destination of Eastern European exports, largely due to regional proximity, EU trade links and high levels of demand from major economies such as Germany and France. However, as a frugal tone sets over the EU, amid recession and possible debt crisis contagion, Western European economies are likely to significantly reduce their imports, hitting Eastern European exporters. In 2010, Eastern Europe’s exports to the EU-27 reached US$712.2 billion, accounting for 64.4% of the region’s total exports for the year.

Slowdown in Global Arrivals in 2012 as Euro-zone Faces Decline. Due to their high dependence on intra-regional travel, many Euro-zone countries are set for a fall in 2012 as austerity measures and on-going economic uncertainty take their toll, with demand from key European source markets weakening.

Top 10 consumer trends of 2012.  Euromonitor International has identified the top 10 consumer trends of 2012: Click the link to read more.

  • City living reigns
  • Consumer vigilantes speak up!
  • DIY life
  • Emerging market shoppers
  • Future imperfect – youth
  • Green thrift
  • Reality culture and consumers
  • Smartphone universe
  • Tech lifestyles versus slow living and the best of both
  • Weight as a hot topic/ Health kick

Top Ten Foodservice Chains to Watch. While U.S.-based chains remain dominant in many markets, competition from local players has grown exponentially over the last five years, with local players across the globe growing in both sales and ambition.  Several Food Chains are well on their way to taking their place as major global players over the next ten years. While booming markets like China, Brazil, and India are well-represented, real innovation is underway on every continent, from Latin America to Western Europe, as local stalwarts combine lessons learned from leading global chains with real advances of their own.

Current Trends in the U.S. Snack Industry.  In honor of National Snack Food Month, Euromonitor analyzes the current trends in the U.S. snack industry.

  • Hot/Spicy Flavours “Heat Up” the Market
  • Unique Snack Formats Reshape the Industry
  • “All-Natural” is Key
  • Merger/Acquisition Activity Grows
  • “Healthy Alternative” Snacks Gain Momentum

Trade & Economic News from the DOC; R&D, Export & Manufacturing Jobs

Why Investing in R&D Matters.  The latest data (PDF) show that if R&D spending was treated as an investment, rather than a current expense, the level of GDP would have been, on average, 2.7 percent, or $301.5 billion, higher than reported over the period 1998 to 2007. It’s estimated that business investment in R&D had a significant contribution to economic growth over the same period, accounting for about a 4 percent share of the growth in real GDP, on average.

Which industries are currently putting the most into research and development? According to the BEA (PDF), biotechnology, and information, communication and technology (ICT) industries accounted for four-fifths of the business sector’s R&D contribution to GDP growth between 1998 and 2007. Transportation equipment industries contributed about 11 percent.

Moving in the Right Direction on Jobs – Let’s Keep our Focus on Building it Here and Selling it Everywhere. The unemployment rate dropped to 8.3 percent and 243,000 jobs were added in January, making this the 23rd consecutive month of job growth. Private sector job growth has been driving the decrease in unemployment, with the private sector adding 257,000 jobs last month. The manufacturing sector alone grew by 50,000 jobs in January, showing that manufacturing is still an important and growing part of the American economy. In the last two years, manufacturing added 330,000 jobs in the U.S. – the strongest growth since the 1990s.

Exporting Products “Made in America” Supports Jobs Here at Home. “The Competitiveness and Innovative Capacity of the United States”—recently highlighted in 2009, manufacturing made up more than 11 percent of GDP.  It employed nearly 12 million workers. And these are good jobs. In the manufacturing sector, total hourly compensation is, on average, 22 percent higher than the services sector.

85 percent of world economic growth over the next five years will take place outside of the United States. Meanwhile, exports mean jobs. In 2010 alone, exports supported 9 million jobs. And, 60 percent of those exports came from manufacturing. So, the correlation between jobs, exports and manufacturing is clear.

Brundage Post: Resurgence of the American Auto Industry.  Today, the American auto industry is coming back, creating jobs and moving cars off the line. Last month, the automotive industry added nearly 11,000 positions, bringing the total number of jobs added in the fourth quarter of 2011 to 36,000. The industry added 100,000 jobs over the course of 2011.

Since Chrysler and GM emerged from bankruptcy in June of 2009, the auto industry has added back more than 170,000 jobs, the best period of job growth in more than a decade. While there’s more work to be done, it’s clear the auto industry is moving in the right direction.

In December, we saw auto sales climb for the seventh consecutive month. The Big Three—Ford, GM and Chrysler—all saw sale increases for December, and the year as a whole.

Index of Metro World Trade Reports by Topic Area Through February 16, 2012

Beginning the first week in January 2012, we dramatically refined the focus of WorldTradeDaily.com.  Week-ends are still reserved for pertinent economic and trade related news, domestically and abroad. However, Monday through Friday, we publish trade reports originating from various Metro areas in the U.S.  Each week, we highlight 1 or 2 top importers or exporters for a particular region as well as their primary products.

Occasionally, we will interrupt our Metro Series Reports to cover recent developments on a trade data provider or it’s products, specific details about an important data source – such as aspects of the U.S. Customs Waterborne Import data series or to direct attention to one of our unique technologies or services.  Bottom line, WorldTradeDaily.com content is much more focused on International Trade Data and the valuable stories that can be extracted from it.

Although we utilize a host of statistical and referential trade related sources to gather our information for our reports, two primary trade intelligence applications we regularly turn to are Prospects and Stats Plus, originally developed by CenTradeX and later acquired by UBM Global Trade /PIERS.

Here is a list of reports that have been written by staff research writer /analyst Isaac Thompson thus far, compiled for easy reference.  We will update this list every month or so.  You can also refer to the navigational menu at the top of the website.

Metro Areas:

International Traders:

Related Products:

Food & Agriculture News from ERS/USDA: Land Use, Productivity & Major Trends

From ERS: Major Land Uses. ERS has been a source of major land use estimates in the United States for over 50 years, and the related U.S. cropland used for crops series dates back to 1910. The Major Land Uses (MLU) series is the longest running, most comprehensive accounting of all major uses of public and private land in the United States. The series was started in 1945, and has since been published about every 5 years coinciding with the Census of Agriculture. See the latest report in the series, Major Uses of Land in the United States, 2007.

The United States has a total land area of nearly 2.3 billion acres. In 2007, the major land uses were forestland at 671 million acres (30 percent); grassland pasture and rangeland at 614 million (27 percent); cropland at 408 million (18 percent); special uses (primarily parks and wildlife areas) at 313 million acres (14 percent); miscellaneous uses (like tundra or swamps) at 197 million acres (9 percent); and urban land at 61 million acres (3 percent).

Agricultural Productivity in the United States.  It is widely agreed that increased productivity is the main contributor to economic growth in U.S. agriculture. This data set provides estimates of productivity growth in the U.S. farm sector for the 1948-2009 period and estimates of the growth and relative levels of productivity across the States for the period 1960-2004.

The level of U.S. farm output in 2009 was 170 percent above its level in 1948, growing at an average annual rate of 1.63 percent. Aggregate input use increased a mere 0.11 percent annually, so the positive growth in farm sector output was substantially due to productivity growth.

Every State exhibited a positive average annual rate of productivity growth over the entire 45-year period. Average annual rates of growth ranged from 2.6 percent for Oregon to 0.5 percent for Oklahoma. California and Florida had the highest relative levels of productivity.

Food Price Outlook, 2012. The Consumer Price Index (CPI) for food is probably the most widely used indicator of changes in retail food prices. ERS regularly updates food price forecasts for the short-term period. The CPI for all food is projected to increase 2.5 to 3.5 percent in 2012.

Agricultural Outlook Statistical Indicators. Statistical Indicators published by ERS/USDA address a broad spectrum of agriculture-related issues including commodity and food prices, general economic indicators, government program expenditures, farm income estimates, and trade and export statistics.

World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates. The World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report provides USDA’s comprehensive forecasts of supply and demand for major U.S. and global crops and U.S. livestock. The report gathers information from a number of statistical reports published by USDA and other government agencies, and provides a framework for additional USDA reports.

Economic News by the Numbers: GDP, Service Sectors, Personal Income & Jobs

From BEA: Gross Domestic Product, 4th quarter and Annual 2011 (advance estimate). Real gross domestic product — the output of goods and services produced by labor and property located in the United States — increased at an annual rate of 2.8 percent in the fourth quarter of 2011 (that is, from the third quarter to the fourth quarter), according to the “advance” estimate released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. In the third quarter, real GDP increased 1.8 percent.  The increase in real GDP in the fourth quarter reflected positive contributions from private inventory investment, personal consumption expenditures (PCE), exports, residential fixed investment, and nonresidential fixed investment. Imports, which are a subtraction in the calculation of GDP, increased.

From DOC: Census Bureau Reports Post-Recession Growth in 10 of 11 Service Sectors. The Department of Commerce’s U.S. Census Bureau today released its 2010 Service Annual Survey, which shows that of the nation’s 11 service sectors, 10 showed an increase in revenues for employer firms between 2009 and 2010. These figures are the first findings from this survey to track the revenues of services after the December 2007 to June 2009 recession.

The information sector increased from $1.08 trillion to $1.1 trillion. Within this sector, Internet publishing and broadcasting continued to see increased revenues, up 11.3 percent from $19.1 billion to $21.3 billion in 2010. Television broadcasting increased 12.0 percent from $31.6 billion to $35 billion. Cable and subscription other programming as well as wireless telecommunications carriers also saw increases in revenue of 7.3 percent and 5.3 percent, respectively, to $55.2 billion and $195.5 billion.

From BEA: Personal Income and Outlays, December 2011. Personal income increased $61.3 billion, or 0.5 percent, and disposable personal income (DPI) increased $47.1 billion, or 0.4 percent, in December, according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis. Personal consumption expenditures (PCE) decreased $2.0 billion or less than 0.1 percent. In November, personal income increased $7.4 billion, or 0.1 percent, DPI decreased $4.1 billion, or less than 0.1 percent, and PCE increased $11.4 billion, or 0.1 percent, based on revised estimates.

From ITA: Creating Jobs: “Plane” and Simple. As with most exports of large, high-tech products, the export of one aircraft (or ship, or large piece of machinery) is the result of a huge supply chain that touches people and communities across the United States. The U.S. aerospace industry has the highest trade surplus of any U.S. manufacturing industry and supports more jobs through exports than any other manufacturing industry.

These jobs are the kind of jobs the United States is seeking—high technology, high wage, and high skilled. And with each of these jobs, thousands of other indirect jobs are created that support the work and lives of these employees. In fact, the aerospace and defense industry employed over 818,000 people in the United States in 2009 and supported an additional 1.8 million U.S. jobs in related fields.

Trade News from Euromonitor: Mexican Economy, Kid Tech. & Global Retailing

Mexican Economy Threatened by USA’s Economic Slowdown.

Mexico could face a protracted economic downturn in 2012 if the USA continues its economic slowdown, with the world’s largest economy having experienced a ceiling-debt crisis in 2011. Mexico is reliant on the USA for its exports, and consumers and businesses could feel the pinch should demand in the North American country fall. However, Mexico, as the second-largest economy in Latin America, continues to hold a strong consumer market, with opportunities for investors.

The Mexican economy is closely interlinked with the USA, sending 80.0% of its total exports to the USA in 2010. Negative economic shifts in the USA can thus impact Mexican businesses and consumers, reducing exports, investments and remittances inflows, as well as impacting labour markets.

The US debt-ceiling crisis and projected marginal economic expansion in 2011 point to a continued economic slowdown in the country in 2012. However, although Mexico stands to be affected, its increasingly diversified exports, large domestic consumer market and expanding economy mean the country is somewhat protected from external shocks. Mexican annual real GDP growth stood at 5.4% in 2010.

IPO Market Performance in the GCC Region. Global retailing is still struggling from a lack of global confidence, states Jon Wright, head of global retailing research at Euromonitor International. However, given the economic slowdown, tax increases and consumer concern over unemployment, the consumer spending exceeded expectations towards the end of 2010 and into 2011. The global retailing industry was driven by Latin America and the Middle East and Africa, both of which saw 4% sales growth in constant terms. Watch the video below

Children and Technology – How Are They Using it and What Impact Will it Have on Them?

According to a survey conducted by the Kaiser Family Foundation in 2009, young people aged between eight and 18 years in the USA spend an average of almost 1.5 hours using the Internet every day and nearly 1.25 hours playing video games. Top online activities included social networking (22 minutes a day on average), playing games (17 minutes), and viewing videos (15 minutes). 74% had a profile on a social networking site.

The survey also identified a significant increase in the ownership of portable gadgets among those aged between eight and 18 years between 2004 and 2009, from 39% to 66% for mobile phones, and from 18% to 76% for MP3 players. The survey also found that media use increases substantially once children enter the 11-14 year-old age group.  The chart below shows the Daily Media Use among the Population aged 8-18 in the USA: 2009

The chart below depicts the Value Global Sales of Traditional Toys and Games and Video Games Hardware and Software: 2005-2010

Trade News from Datamyne’s Business Intelligence Blog: Peru’s Copper Exports Falter

From Datamyne: Peru’s Copper Exports Falter. The Financial Times reports that Peru’s government will name three international consultants to monitor the environmental impact of the $4.8-billion Conga gold and copper mine, the biggest single investment in the country’s history. The government also announced it will invest $1.6 billion in the infrastructure in Cajamarca, where the mine is located, in an effort to allay the concerns of protesters who have forced a suspension of operations at Conga.

The Eurozone’s financial crisis and the slowdown in Chinese purchases of commodities helped depress metal prices as 2011 wound down. Datamyne’s export trade data indicates a fall-off in volumes and slightly steeper drop in values of Peruvian exports of copper, a bellwether metal in international trade that they’ve been tracking (see here and here).

But the longer-term forecast is for high-growth demand for ever-scarcer natural resources found in just a handful of locales around the world. The scramble to secure mining rights is well underway. Currently ranked first in world production of silver, second for copper, and fourth for molybdenum, Peru is not only rich in resources, it is politically stable, and its government has pursued policies welcoming to miners – a triple-play that has attracted significant investment.

This investment is crucial to Peru’s fiscal budget. Minister of Finance, Luis Miguel Castilla, has said that mining contributes about 40% of government revenue and two points in GDP growth. Substantial mining investment, together with strong domestic demand, is why the FT forecasts at least 5% growth for the Peruvian economy in 2012, even if exports take a dip.

Earlier this month, Peru’s Ministry of Energy and Mines reported (in spanish) that mining interests had invested $6.075 billion in the first 11 months of 2011, up 71.9% from the same period in 2010.

Cajamarca was the top destination for the investments attracting $1.16 billion during the period. Small wonder that the Peruvian government is working hard to placate Cajamarca’s protesters and get production at Conga back up and running – investors are watching closely.

Meanwhile, China’s imports of copper were already on the way up as the end of 2011 neared (as Datamyne’s Chinese import data shows below) – and are expected to surge as the New Year of the Dragon begins.

Tampa Based Jabil Circuit- Trade Profile & Import Shipments

Jabil Circuit

Jabil Circuit is an electronics solutions company providing comprehensive electronics design, production and product management services to global electronics and technology companies.

They report that they bring electronics products to the market faster and more cost effectively by providing complete electronic product supply chain management around the world. With more than 100,000 employees and facilities in 20 countries, Jabil provides comprehensive, individualized, focused solutions to customers in a broad range of industries.

Jabil common stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol, “JBL

Jabil’s headquarters is in the Tampa Bay area (click here for Tampa area trade profile) and they are one of the largest importers in the area. Jabil Circuit reported 13.4 billion dollars of revenue in the fiscal year of 2010. Click for Jabil Milestones. Jabil produces electronics for healthcare, life sciences, defense, aerospace, home digital, industrial controllers, converters, detectors, etc. Below is a pie chart documenting the structure of their market.

Jabil Circuit’s Waterborne Imports

Using PIERS Prospects we can gain a clearer picture of imports by Jabil Circuit. Looking at strictly waterborne shipments, we can see that India is Jabil’s largest supplier. In one year Jabil had 934 shipments from India, accounting for 97% of the total value of shipments.

Jabil Circuit’s Waterborne Imports from India

Using PIERS Prospects we can download a complete Jabil Circuit shipment record from India over the last 12 months. We see that the major item imported was HS: 8534, printed circuits. Printed circuits composed 77% of the total import value of all Jabil’s waterborne shipments, arriving in 748 individual shipments with an estimated value of 132 million dollars. Printed circuits made up eight of the last ten shipments from India.

12 month shipping record of Jabil imports of printed circuits from India to the United States

Jabil Circuit’s Bills of Lading

Also available are the individual bills of lading. These interesting bills document carriers, vessels, weight, shipper, foreign company, date of arrival, and commodity description.  Download the detail of Jabil’s 934 Waterborne Import Shipments.

New Content Focus for World Trade Daily: Overview of Commercial Technologies, Products & Services

As some of you may have already noticed, beginning January 1 of this year, we dramatically revised the focus of WorldTradeDaily.com.

Whereas we had focused upon International Trade Intelligence in general – including reviews of data providers, pertinent global news, world trade centers as well as loosely associated stories on intercultural communication and internet marketing – we now have narrowed the focus strictly to International Trade Data and its business applications.  Even news stories, which run on the week-ends, will specifically focus on international trade data or will feature articles published by trade data providers.

Specifically, Monday through Friday, we will primarily be publishing data reports that look at international trade within various metropolitan areas, then drill down into the individual trading patterns of major importers and exporters as well as looking more closely at the products they buy or sell.  Many times we will include a link to download the detailed and comprehensive shipping records for a particular company which reveal their foreign sources and many aspects of their supply chain.

Although we pull from many governmental and ancillary sources for these reports, we largely depend upon PIERS Prospects and Stats Plus Trade Intelligence applications for the underlying data. Originally developed by myself and my team at CenTradeX, then later acquired and now marketed by UBM Global Trade, these products represent cutting edge technologies.  Therefore, one of the primary reasons for using the applications to generate these reports is to demonstrate the commercially available technologies, products and services which we currently have at our disposal and are wanting to promote for contract, sale or license.

Last week, each day, we published an article on a particular product, technology or service provided through World Trade Daily and myself.  For more information, click on the link provided below.  In summary, they are as follows:

Complimentary Licensing of Piers Prospects and StatsPlus.  Educators and trade professionals will be considered for a complimentary license provided that as a material and integral part of agreement, they regularly submit for publication articles that reflect their views and experiences in International Trade, utilize the software and be available for occasional surveys and research studies.

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Database Repositories for License or Sale. Data is THE fundamental building block used in constructing Trade Intelligence. Our accumulated data repositories contain decades of statistical, company, and product information as well as the daily import waterborne manifests from U.S. customs and five years of transactional import & export data from China.

Artificial Intelligence Engine Connects the Dots.  Our A.I. engine is the most advanced system by which to parse and normalize the daily waterborne data. It uses complex internal scripts while referencing a huge company database of millions of international trading companies and connects this transactional data to company, statistical and ancillary data.

Consultation, Application Development & Project Management.  I am available on an hourly, daily or project basis, to consult and lead during the many facets of developing, intergrating and applying trade intelligence.  I also have several handfuls of excellent technologists, writers/editors and graphic design folks at my disposal if needed for the project.

International Trade is a trillion dollar industry that operates in many ways like it’s still in the industrial age.  I’d love to help you wield the technological resources to better compete and succeed in the global market place.  Please feel free to contact me: Robert@WorldTradeDaily.com.