Hello International Traders!|
Daimler Chrysler does billions of dollars worth of business each
year, and you may be wondering if there are opportunities to sell
your products to this huge auto company. If so, I found just the
site you need to visit, and I review it in this issue. I also
found a site where you can see what keywords Internet users
around the world are using Google to search for. If you're a
traveler, you'll find lots of useful tips at the travel site I
profile in this issue. Finally, I have two sites that will help
students and anyone find useful research.
If you'd like more information about international trade, go to FITA's
International Trade/ Import-Export Portal ( http://fita.org ), an excellent
source for trade leads, news, events, and a link library of 7,000 sites related
to international trade.
| DAIMLER CHRYSLER -- OUR FEATURED COMPANY|
For the third quarter of 2004, Daimler Chrysler reported an
operating profit of EUR 1.3 billion, surpassing the prior-year
result of EUR 1.2 billion by 7 percent. Those numbers place
Daimler Chrysler in the top 50 economies of the world, and you
should keep this large automaker in mind as a market for your
Chrysler Supplier Portal ( https://portal.covisint.com/wps/public/dcx/ )
is the page to visit if you want to do business with the company. You must register
to use this portal, but registration is free (you just click on "Chrysler Group
Suppliers" or "Mercedes Car Group"). Once you're registered you can download
forms, research selling opportunities, and learn about Daimler Chrysler's procurement
policies and procedures. It's a site worth visiting if you have products that
may be useful for the auto industry.
YEAR IN REVIEW WEBSITES
This is the season when people take a look back at the highlights
of the previous year. There are hundreds of Web sites where you
can do that, but here are two that I found especially
Zeitgeist ( http://www.google.com/press/intl-zeitgeist.html ) has tidbits
of information about searches made in 2004 by Google's worldwide community
of users. You can visit an interactive timeline that shows the top searches
by month, and you can also click on a country and see the topics that were
most popular with that country's searchers. You can use this information as
free market research -- by seeing what a country's Internet users were interested
in last year, you can spot trends and find new markets.
'04 Year in Review ( http://www.infoplease.com/spot/04yearinreview.html
) has a collection of important news stories in various categories ("People
in the News", "Places in the News"). What's great about this site is that
you'll find lots of useful information even if you don't care a hoot about
what happened in 2004. There are links here to encyclopedias, dictionaries,
biographies, health & science sites, homework helpers, reference tools, and
|EXPORT YELLOW PAGES/TRADE ASSISTANCE DIRECTORY -- OFFICIAL US DOC EXPORT
One of the primary missions of the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) is to
assist American companies in their efforts to identify markets for their products
and services overseas, and to increase sales of those products and services.
To that end, DOC has partnered with MyExports, as publishers of the official
DOC US exporters' directory, Export Yellow Pages. Offering both print and online
(keyword searchable) directories, you are encouraged to visit them at http://www.myexports.com.
Offering both free and paid (enhanced) listings, the Export Yellow Pages
should be an integral component in any company's export marketing plans.
Distributed internationally through American embassies and consulates, and
domestically through DOC Trade Assistance Centers, the global reach of this
directory make it a great resource for those trying to reach international
distributors and buyers. And the "Trade Assistance Directory" section of
this book helps U.S producers find firms that specialize in providing export
services, including translation, product and package design, shipping and
logistics, finance, and many more.
To register for your listing in the Export Yellow Pages today, go to http://www.myexports.com/fita.
You'll find a link there to register for your free listing. If you feel that
you'd benefit from even greater international exposure, there is also a link
that will take you to the enhanced listing page, which offers discounted pricing
for FITA's friends. This publication will be extremely useful in building your
1000 TIPS 4 TRIPS
Here's a travel tip I wish I had known when my kids were young. When you're traveling
with small children, you take along a roll or two of coins (pennies, nickels,
or a similar coin of your country) and tell the kids you'll give it to them when
you arrive at your destination. Whenever they ask, "Are we there yet?" you take
away one coin. Children don't like to lose money, so they become model travelers
and stop asking the dreaded "Are we there yet?" question every five minutes. I
got this travel tip from 1000
Tips 4 Trips ( http://1000tips4trips.com ), a great site that has hundreds
of useful suggestions about travel. Travelers all over the world have contributed
tips, and I guarantee you'll find something here that will make your next trip
safer and more pleasant.
There was no Internet when I was a student back in the last
century, and I often tell my children how lucky they are that
they have this vast storehouse of information at their
fingertips. Here are two sites for students, although I'm sure
you'll find them useful even if you haven't set foot in a
classroom in years.
( http://www.studystack.com/java-studysta/frames.jsp ). This site organizes
information into a stack of "virtual cards" which contain facts about a certain
subject. Just like flashcards, you can review the information at your own
pace, discarding the cards you've learned and keeping the ones you still need
to review. It's a great tool to help you memorize things.
( http://www.classbrain.com/cb_reports.htm ). ClassBrain.com has educational
resources specially designed for K-12 students, as well as extensive resources
for parents and teachers. There are sections on State Reports, Country Reports,
California Mission Reports, Biographies as well as a section on what the editors
have named "Freedom Files" (September 11th resources).
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