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‘Knowledge is power’ as the old saying goes, and this could not be truer for businesses that export into international markets. Many clients I work...
The Middle East is an exciting export market for Australian SME exporters if they know how to identify the opportunities and understand the potential risks
CargoHound, the first true online marketplace for international freight, has secured $800,000 seed funding to support its aggressive expansion strategy in Australia and New Zealand.
China's big four e-marketplaces (Alibaba, JD Worldwide, VIP.com and Yihaodian) want to sell more premium Australian products to the growing Chinese middle class.
Did you know that there are over 600 government grants and other types of assistance available to your business? Or, that much of the...
Although China is a tremendous opportunity for Australian exporters, The Expert Editor is actually the first professional editing company to service this growing market.
Any business should not necessarily be restricted to its own domestic market. There are many more customers for your goods and services, franchise business and even your intellectual property than you might think, even if it might feel daunting and a little frightening to operate away from a familiar environment.
It seems like only yesterday that Bob Hawke and Paul Keating floated the dollar. Australia, the so-called lucky country, made its own luck as our leaders opened up our economy to Asia and the emerging world. Back then, baby boomers began taking their business out of ‘Fortress Australia’; trying their luck on the world stage, often in new lands that weren’t as affluent or familiar as they are today.
Navigating China’s many social networks can be as challenging and frustrating as mastering Mandarin. However, when building a social media plan, there are a few basics you can apply. Here are four must-dos when attempting to to connect with -- and ultimately sell your brand to -- the Chinese.
Many Australians may view Malaysia as a tourist spot or source of some seriously hot curries, but there’s much more to the story. In fact, the relationship between the two nations goes back decades, says Tim Harcourt, and as the Malaysian economy accelerates, Australia will continue to play an important role in its development.
Atlassian co-founder Scott Farquhar should be in a good mood. Last month, the company he created with business partner Mike Cannon-Brookes, as 22-year-old university...
The rapid adoption of this service highlights the suitability of mobile payment technology in developing countries, which often do not have access to the same payment methods and services available in developed markets. It also highlights a trend that Australian software and application developers best not ignore.
Leon and Garry talk about the Australian share market and its worst May performance in 26 years, driven largely by the panic in Europe. This may explain why the RBA has kept interest rates on hold. However, the respite might be short lived with Australian exports surging by the most in three decades and inflation gathering pace. Australian GDP grew by 0.5% for the first three months, driven largely by Government spending.
Being a single industry economy is notoriously dangerous. And few countries understand this better than Iceland. Not wanting to remain in the doldrums, Iceland is trying to re-brand itself as a journalistic haven, centre of creativity and popular tourist destination. Cue cart-wheeling citizens.
While our trade data is dominated by swings in the commodity cycle, some new data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) tells us a little bit more about the Australian exporter community and how its members have been affected by the GFC.
This week the Australian Trade Commission (Austrade) released research into the activity of Australia's exporters with a key finding being that, despite the global finaincial crisis, Australia's export industry is healthy and volumes have continued to grow.
From soccer to samba and Carnival to Copacabana, Brazil is seen as an exotic country of liberal excess and partying. However, beyond the beaches and the tourist hedonism, Brazil’s most promising leader to date, President Lula da Silva, has been powering on with economic reform and international strategic alliances that have seen the country emerge relatively unscathed from the GFC. Tim Harcourt reports what this means for the future and where trade with Australia may fit into Brazil’s promising economic outlook.
In my previous letter I looked at two trends in Japan that may turn into “hot’ opportunities for those outside the country. Here are two more trends that will provide opportunities for an entrepreneurial soul.
Which trends in Japan will turn into hot opportunities for entrepreneurs located outside the country? I gave this some thought while sliding down Japan’s best powder ski slopes as Australia was sweltering over summer. Here are the first two of four “hot” sectors at the top of my list.
The Australian Federal Government's Export, Finance and Insurance Corporation (EFIC) is offering businesses the opportunity to asses their readiness to launch into the global market with an online 'Benchmark your Business' test.