globalEDGE Blog Podcast-logo

globalEDGE Blog Podcast

Business & Economics Podcasts

Let the globalEDGE blog keep you up-to-date on international business trends, news, and resources.

Let the globalEDGE blog keep you up-to-date on international business trends, news, and resources.

Location:

United States

Description:

Let the globalEDGE blog keep you up-to-date on international business trends, news, and resources.

Language:

English


Episodes

What a T-Mobile and Sprint Merger Means for Global Network Providers

2/24/2020
In the United States, approximately 257.3 million people own and use a cell phone. Zoom out to the world as a whole and that number increases to 4.57 billion people. In both cases, the statistics are only expected to show increases as global income rises, interconnectedness becomes normalized across land and sea, and technology continues to advance at a rapid clip. Recently, the cell phone market in the U.S. made news when T-Mobile’s merger with Sprint was approved by a federal judge on...

Duration:00:04:17

U.S. and China Trade War Escalates Further

2/20/2020
Over the past several months, relations between the U.S. and China have continuously been unpredictable. With recent developments, it appears that the relationship may continue to worsen. On February 13, the U.S. government charged Huawei Technologies and two of its subsidiaries with federal racketeering and conspiracy to steal trade secrets from American companies. With Huawei technologies being one of China’s top tech companies, this may lead to future global issues.

Duration:00:04:22

Omnichannel Shopping and the Future of Supply Chains

2/19/2020
In the past few years, omnichannel shopping has become the new normal. Omnichannel retail puts the customer in the center of focus, rather than the product. Distinctions between channels disappear, and the boundaries between different sales and marketing channels become a unified whole. A single view of the customer and their needs emerges.

Duration:00:05:03

Fast Fashion: Changes in the Fashion Industry

2/18/2020
In recent years, the fashion industry has faced significant changes in the designing, manufacturing, and selling of apparel. The transition is from a more traditional “seasonal” fashion cycle to the “fast fashion” method of producing clothing items. Fast fashion offers consumers clothing at a quicker pace and fast fashion companies such as Sweden-based H&M and Spain-based Zara are organized differently than higher-end fashion brands that have been operating on the seasonal fashion cycle for...

Duration:00:04:40

Popularizing Social Media Platform—What You Need To Know

2/17/2020
If you haven’t paid any attention to growing internet trends recently, you may be unfamiliar with the social media platform, TikTok. TikTok is a popular destination for short-form video creation through lip-syncing, dancing, and memes. Similar to the now-extinct Vine, TikTok features the same looping video function however adds a new layer of customization through the form of effects, filters, and sound overlays. Many of the application’s 800 million active users are teenagers, with the...

Duration:00:05:16

The Economy Loves Valentine's Day

2/13/2020
Tomorrow is one of the biggest consumer holidays after Christmas: Valentine’s Day. It is celebrated in eight countries: the United States, Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom, France, Australia, Denmark, and Italy. And it’s not just for those in relationships anymore; many people are purchasing gifts for their friends, family, and pets. So, with all these purchases, the economy goes into a small boom.

Duration:00:05:09

Brexit Finally Happened: What You Need to Know

2/12/2020
There has finally been a development in one of the largest international stories of the last decade. Ever since the vote to leave the European Union in the 2016 referendum, the United Kingdom has been in the process of planning its departure. After numerous delays, the early general election was held in December of 2019. The Conservative Party, which ran on the promise of delivering Brexit, dominated the election, gaining the majority of Parliament. With this newfound Conservative majority,...

Duration:00:03:34

Collectivism and Counterfeiting in China: Do They Go Hand in Hand?

2/11/2020
China currently has a Coface rating of B for Country Risk and B for Business Climate. With high levels of foreign exchange reserves, there is a very low level of the overall risk of over-indebtedness, and the structure of a highly competent service industry with reliable infrastructure makes the market potential, comprised of several key factors, in China even stronger. However, it cannot be denied that investing in China as a manufacturing firm is beneficial but leaves the risk of...

Duration:00:05:34

The Cooling Coal Industry

2/10/2020
Ships, trains, houses, manufacturing and power plants—each have used, or currently uses, coal as its main fuel source. Coal has long been one of the world’s top energy sources, acting as the base of nearly 30 percent of the energy created across the globe and almost 40 percent of global electricity production. However, after Murray Energy Corporation became the eighth coal company on October 29th, 2019 to declare bankruptcy in the past 14 months, there appears to be a significant downturn...

Duration:00:04:29

Global Manufacturing Labor Shortages

2/6/2020
For the past 7 quarters, the global manufacturing industry’s main concern has been labor shortages. These shortages are due in large part to a lack of workers with technical skills. Other factors include increasing retirement rates, growing complexity in the global supply chain, and academia. The global manufacturing labor shortage could exceed 8 million people by 2030, resulting in a possible revenue loss of $607 billion. Countries that already struggle with shortages are expected to get...

Duration:00:05:37

Coronavirus Fears Causing Global Economic Concern

2/5/2020
The biggest international storyline of 2020 thus far has been the mysterious coronavirus. The illness that is believed to have started in Wuhan, China has led to over 6,000 reported cases—and 360 deaths—in China. Individuals have also been reported to have contracted the illness in 13 other countries, including the U.S., Australia, and Germany. This past Thursday, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the coronavirus outbreak as a global public health emergency. With fears...

Duration:00:05:05

Female Business Leadership: Stats Around the World

2/4/2020
The Wall Street Journal recently released an article stating the number of women in the United States workforce has surpassed the number of men as of December 2019, making women the majority of the workforce. The article credited much of this shift to the growth of service industries such as healthcare, where females are employed in higher numbers.

Duration:00:05:02

The Best and Worst Airlines of 2019

2/3/2020
2019 was a turbulent filled year for many airlines, while others seemed to have smooth flying all year. Two of the main contributors to the success of airlines this year were the companies’ ability to schedule flights around bad weather and compliance between employees and a company’s management.

Duration:00:03:38

The Great Cherry Dilemma

1/30/2020
An underground controversy right now is the tariff laws surrounding cherries. The cherry market is seeing a trend that many other states and countries are dealing with, specifically in dried cherries that are used for canning and juice. The decision made on this product could affect how the United States deals with foreign imports on a global scale.

Duration:00:04:48

The Future of Virtual Reality: Virtual Travel

1/28/2020
By now, everyone has heard of virtual reality (VR). For the past decade, scientists and engineers have tried to improve this technology to be more user-friendly and affordable. Companies around the world are all investing in this "next big thing". Thanks to their hard work, VR has become not just something in fantasy movies but also a technology that can be used in daily life.

Duration:00:03:45

The Not so Smooth Future of the Global Razor Market

1/27/2020
There is really no other way to put it—every day, a countless number of people shave hair off of their face and body with razors. The image of ideal, clean-shaven men and women has become a cultural staple of a large portion of society, marking the sign of adulthood and prestige amongst much of the global population. However, recent disruptions to the global razor industry—including the trend of facial hair and introduction of subscription blade alternatives—have changed the playing field...

Duration:00:04:19

The Germany Ultimatum

1/23/2020
Over the past 10 years, advances in technology have led to economic growth as well as stability for many markets throughout the globe; however, one of the most exciting advances is still yet to come: the self-driving car. As tech companies continue to test and develop software that has the ability to control a car’s every move, there are some implications that have sparked global issues. Three of the world’s four largest economies are involved in a debate caused by issues relating to...

Duration:00:05:03

International Franchising

1/21/2020
The Toledo-based pizza Titan, Marco’s Pizza, has plans to expand into Costa Rica, Jamaica, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and the Cayman Islands. The company wants to add over 50 franchise into the international arena by 2025. While these plans seem ambitious, Marco’s Pizza is already experiencing massive success in Puerto Rico. The company entered the U.S. territory in 2015 and will have 19 franchises by the end of the year.

Duration:00:05:31

Financial Aid to Sanctions - What It Means For World's Youngest Country

1/20/2020
South Sudan, the world’s youngest country since it declared independence back in 2011, has lost the financial support of its primary backer, the United States. While this comes as no surprise considering U.S. officials gave South Sudan’s ruling elite a mid-November deadline to form a unified government, it is compelling considering the United States has spent $11 billion in financial aid, far eclipsing other donors.

Duration:00:04:21

The Chinese and American Trade War: What to Know and What is Happening Now

1/16/2020
The United States and China have been in a trade war since July of 2018 when U.S. President, Donald Trump, imposed large taxes on imported Chinese products. President Trump declared a 15% tax on many American goods, and Beijing has fought back with 5-25% taxes on American goods. These taxes have created tension between the two country's markets, making it harder for businesses to sell in either country. But due to new agreements, this trade war may be coming to an end.

Duration:00:04:25