By: Savannah Klein Russia is an intriguing country with a rich culture and deeply rooted traditions. Whether you are conducting business in Russia or simply visiting at your own leisure, it is important to be aware of these ingrained, and occasionally eccentric, customs. Mealtime Rituals When asked to attend dinner at an acquaintance’s house, ensure… Read More Russia: A Collection of Cultural Oddities
For hundreds of years, southwestern Vietnam has benefitted from the mighty Mekong Delta. With a prevalent immigration culture during the colonial era of the 19th century, the delta region developed a unique trade model: the floating markets. … Read More The Struggle is Real: How Can Vietnam’s Floating Markets Keep Up with Time?
When you are preparing for your business trip to Vietnam, prepare your appetite! Although you do not need to master the use of chopsticks, you will need to know a bit about proper business/dining etiquette in the country. Near the beginning of your trip, you should expect a formal dinner to be hosted by your… Read More The Business Guide to Vietnamese Food
By: Benjamin Glick Although products may pass certain safety and regulatory prerequisites in the U.S., doing so is not sufficient for manufacturers to export to the European Union. Goods entering Europe must undergo a separate screening process to comply with EU regulations. Once they do they acquire a Conformité Européene (CE) mark and given approval… Read More CE MARKINGS IN POST-BREXIT BRITAIN
By: Benjamin Glick At the top of 2016, forecasts anticipated a rise in U.S. auto sales to record levels of over 18 million vehicles. One year later, sales have corroborated this act of industrial clairvoyance. According to a report by Business Insider, U.S. auto sales rose to 18.4 million cars and light trucks, and GM… Read More 18th West Michigan Automotive Suppliers Symposium – Automotive’s Age of Change: What’s Next?
By: Benjamin Glick In May 2016, state political leaders in Alaska considered plans for expanding port facilities in the city of Nome, on the state’s western coast. Ships seldom make the voyage to the community of 3,800 residents less than 200 miles from the Arctic Circle, but city and state leaders have reasons to be… Read More Is the Arctic Shipping Route Closer to Being a Viable Alternative?
By Sonja Johnson, Executive Director Van Andel Global Trade Center Article originally published in Grand Valley State University’s Seidman Business Review 2017. The ever-changing global marketplace brings both potential increases in competition and provides many additional opportunities for Michigan businesses looking to diversify and tap into the over 95 percent of global consumers who reside… Read More Michigan Companies Growing Exports Through Foreign-Trade Zones