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International Trade Posts
July 1, 2011
When the U.S.-India Business Council honored FedEx with a Global Leadership Award June 23 in Washington, the audience got to hear from two dynamic innovators – Fred Smith and Chanda Kochhar, CEO of ICICI Bank, India’s largest private-sector bank. FedEx and ICICI were cited for their business leadership and commitment to the people of India through their social responsibility and sustainability programs.During the roundtable discussion, Smith and Kochhar made compelling points about doing business in India.
December 10, 2010
Rio de Janeiro is a beautiful city. Vibrant, green and full of diverse people and ideas! As a first-time visitor to Brazil, I’ve quickly seen why this nation is entering the world stage in 2014 and 2016 via the World Cup and Olympic Games. The irony of Brazil is the lack of access. As the country prepares to welcome people from all nations into its borders, Brazil must modernize to become a nation with more openness – to trade, to people and to ideas that can shape its future.
September 8, 2009
In these trying economic times, small businesses need to leverage all their traditional advantages – innovation, flexibility, and intimate knowledge of their customers. But, most of all, in today’s global marketplace, small businesses should not limit themselves within traditional barriers. They need to think global.
July 16, 2009
Students from around the U.S. and Canada are gathering in Boston this weekend for the first Junior Achievement North American Company of the Year Competition. Twenty JA student "Companies" are presenting their business enterprise before a panel of judges, vying for the highly contested title of North American Student Company of the Year. FedEx is sponsoring the JA Competition because it teaches students around the world valuable business skills, free enterprise, and how they can succeed in a global economy.
March 25, 2009
On April 2, world leaders of the G20 will meet in London for critical talks on the global economic crisis. From my perspective, one of their key objectives should be to prevent new trade barriers from spreading like a virus around the world. In November, leaders of the G20 pledged to refrain from raising barriers to trade and investment for a year. A few days later, however, they started backing away from their commitments.
December 12, 2008
If you’re like me, you have a long shopping list this holiday season. But have you ever stopped to think where the products you purchase come from? Chances are, those flowers you ordered online came from flower farms in Latin America. The hand-crafted bracelet you bought in a department store could have come from Bali or even India. This is not just a sign of the times. Over the past three centuries, the levels of access people have had to goods, services and even each other has risen dramatically.