Hello International Traders!|
According to a recent study, 51 of the top 100 economies in the
world are corporations, not countries. These large corporations
are a lucrative market for international trade, and I've decided
to spotlight some of them in upcoming issues. In this issue, I
have a link to the Wal-Mart Web site, where you can find out
about selling to this giant buyer of consumer goods. Next, I have
a site with links to the best research sites business journalists
use. Do you need to find a phone number? I have a site that will
help you find phone numbers anywhere in the world. Finally, I
have a site with some of the best international market research
the U.S. government has to offer -- a must-see if you do any kind
of market 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.
| WAL-MART -- OUR FEATURED COMPANY|
In the third quarter of 2004 Wal-Mart Stores reported record earnings of US $2.29
billion. That's more than the GDP of many of the world's countries. Wal-Mart now
has more than 1,500 stores in nine countries, and in some places, like Mexico,
it is now the largest private employer. In terms of international trade, Wal-
Mart would be China's eighth largest trading partner, if it were a country.
If you sell a product that might work for Wal-Mart, you should go to Wal-Mart
Company Information ( http://www.walmart.com/cservice/aw_index.gsp ). This
page offers links to all the information you need, including a supplier FAQ
(frequently asked questions), a supplier proposal packet, supplier standards,
a guide to supplier procedures, and more. There are also links to international
Wal-Mart sites ( http://www.walmart.com/catalog/catalog.gsp?cat=163543#2
), so you can contact local offices about doing business with Wal-Mart operations
in those countries.
PHONEBOOK OF THE WORLD
I still get a big, fat, telephone directory delivered to my house every year,
although I hardly ever use it. For a long time now, I've used Web sites to look
up phone numbers. It's so easy and quick to type in a name or address and find
a phone number that I can't imagine paging through a phone directory anymore.
And now it's gotten easier to look up international phone numbers, with Phonebook
Of The World.Com ( http://www.phonebookoftheworld.com ) you just click on
a section of the world map and then type in the name of the business or person
whose number you want to find, and voila! You have the number. It's cheaper, and
takes up less space, than a stack of phone directories.
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MARKET RESEARCH LIBRARY
Whether you want to know the Albanian market for medical equipment, the outlook
for platinum smelting in Zimbabwe, or the trade situation in dozens of other countries,
you can find the lowdown at the U.S.
Commercial Service Market Research Library ( http://www.buyusainfo.net/adsearch2.cfm
). This is a valuable resource for anyone doing international market research.
You can search by industry, region, country, time period, and type of report (market
research, industry sector analysis, trade directory, trade events, etc.). Tip:
try a broad-based search first, (e.g., all industries in China), to see what's
available, then narrow your search by selecting more categories.
INTERNET RESOURCES FOR BUSINESS JOURNALISTS
If I wanted to know the inside scoop on a company or industry, I'd ask a business
journalist for his or her research sources. Luckily, there's a Web site that has
plenty of sources. It's called Internet
Resources for Business Journalists ( http://jclass.umd.edu/cars/Special/SABEW2004.htm
), and it's chock-full of useful links. Scroll down the page and you'll find connections
to useful links pages at places like the Society of American Business Editors
& Writers. There are also links to reference sites (stock filings, glossaries
of financial terms, etc.) university databases, business journalism collections,
economic data, public records, trade associations, and much more.
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