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Laurel Delaney

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5 Steps to Translating a Website

Friday May 30, 2014
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In the article below, Vigdis Eriksen (pictured), Founder and CEO of Eriksen Translations, discusses a five-step process to get in the ready state for translating a website, how to overcome challenges facing companies that are new to web globalization and what's in store for the future on web globalization.  This is part two of a two-part interview.  Be sure to visit part one, "Why Web Translation is Critical For American Firms."

Read the entire article:  How to Get In the Ready-State For Translating a Website

Why Web Translation is Critical For American Firms. An Interview With Vigdis Eriksen

Tuesday May 27, 2014
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Web globalization, a strategy that conveys cultural, linguistic and business information to meet the needs of a target audience in an increasingly multicultural and multilingual world is the next imperative for businesses, allowing them to gain traction and relevancy as a means to foster social engagement and enable online purchases. As more and more people access the Internet, English will become less prominent as the language of choice. Which leads me to my interviewee today, Vigdis Eriksen, who leads Eriksen Translations, a leading provider of multilingual services in more than 100 languages. Below, Vigdis discusses how technology has played a factor in the growth of her business, why web translation is critical for American companies to consider and what steps you need to take to prepare.  This is part one of a two-part interview.

Read the entire interview:  Why Web Translation is Critical For American Firms

Quotes That Inspire on Globalization, Importing and Exporting

Friday May 23, 2014

"Developed countries and advanced developing countries must open their markets for products from the developing world, and support in developing their export and import capacity," says Anna Lindh, former Swedish Social Democratic politician.  Find out what other key influencers are saying on importing, exporting and globalization by discovering a few of their noteworthy quotes.

Read the entire article:  Inspiring Quotes on Globalization, Importing and Exporting

What Is International Traffic in Arms Regulations?

Wednesday May 21, 2014

International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) is a set of U.S. Government regulations that requires all manufacturers, exporters and brokers of defense articles, defense services or related technical data to be ITAR compliant. If your company falls under these categories, the following information will help answer some of your questions as to whether you need to become ITAR compliant and how to go about it.

Read the entire article:  Are You ITAR Compliant?

What Are the Benefits to Becoming ISO-Certified?

Monday May 19, 2014

ISO stands for International Standards Organization, which is based in Geneva, Switzerland. The ISO 9000 helps organizations ensure that they meet the needs of customers and other stakeholders - particularly for European and U.S. sales - on product quality assurances in purchasing agreements. It does this by way of international management standards that are relevant to the many different parties.  Learn more about ISO-certification and what the benefits are to your business.

Read more ... Are You ISO-Certified?

How Companies Master the Quota System

Friday May 16, 2014
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Let's take a journey together and go back in time on how companies dealt with import quotas. We'll look at the article "The Great Quota Hustle" published in Forbes (2000) and then we'll familiarize ourselves with the three sourcing companies profiled: Li & Fung, Connor and Esquel Group. Here you can glean lessons on how the big guys run their sourcing companies and come up with some new ideas on your own to better manage your supply chain.

Read the entire article:  How Companies Master the Quota System

10 Secrets to Managing a Successful Blog

Wednesday May 14, 2014
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Creating and maintaining a blog for your business is a great way to gain exposure, find potential clients and interact with your current customers. Starting a blog is relatively easy. Building a successful blog requires a little more work.  Find out what it takes.

Read the entire article:  10 Secrets to Managing a Successful Blog

How Well Do You Know Your Target Overseas Market? Questions to Ask.

Monday May 12, 2014

Selling a product or service overseas takes particular sensitivity to the values and concerns of overseas customers and suppliers. International training, including language acquisition, is vital to building an optimal trade relationship in your target market. Things will move very fast in the business world, so it's best to learn at least the most fundamental social norms and basic grammar now -- not later. Don't wait for your product or service to take off -- that will be too late!

In the article below I provide questions to ask yourself to see how well you know your prospective target market.  The more you learn, the more freedom, mobility and confidence you will have in your import/export endeavors.

Read the entire article:  Cross-Cultural Learning and Adjustment

What Inspires You to Import or Export?

Friday May 9, 2014
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What sparks the idea to import or export? Is it a need, passion or opportunity? It can be all of those things and more. Most people start to import or export because they have knowledge about a product or service, experience in the industry and are passionate about whatever capability they are bringing to the world marketplace.

Is that you? Then read:

How to Start An Import/Export Business

Why Fumigate in Today's Export Market?

Wednesday May 7, 2014
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In this article, I discuss what fumigation is, why it is necessary, where it is done and how to fumigate, if needed, on the exporting front.

Read the entire article:  Why Fumigate in Today's Export Market?

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