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Healthy Partnership Is Your Secret Weapon to a Successful International Expansion

Whether a company is entering its first new country or is trying to simplify management of multiple vendors across dozens of international countries, every stage of the expansion experience is challenging. That’s why clients ranging from startups to Fortune 500 partner with Blueback Global to scale up their businesses around the globe. And I do […]

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Employment Spotlight: Taiwan Labor Laws Highlights

Companies looking toward expansion into Asia should consider Taiwan as a first target market. The country ranks 19th out of 190 economies in ease of starting a business, averages six percent growth in the gross domestic product (GDP) over the last 30 years, is a major platform for trade with China, and serves as a logistics hub for the entire Asia […]

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Employment Spotlight: China Labor Laws Highlights

China has experienced an economic boom over the past decade. Massive increases in GDP output and continuous economic growth make it an attractive market. Over the past two years, however, the percentage of economic growth has slowed. Today, it remains steady at just over 6%. The decrease in growth has affected several sectors. Lower-wage workers are finding it difficult […]

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Employment Spotlight: Japan Labor Laws Highlights

Although ranked fairly low by the World Bank for ease of doing business, there remains a number of compelling reasons for companies to consider expanding into Japan. Notably, Japan is third globally in terms of gross domestic product (GDP), has a rich culture of innovation and offers well-established labor and intellectual property laws. In fact, marketers and […]

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Employment Spotlight: Hong Kong Labor Law Highlights

Hong Kong continues to be favorable destination target for foreign businesses looking to expand into Asia. Despite its small size geographically, Hong Kong was ranked as the world’s 7th largest trading entity, with a total value of visible trade amounting to $7,596.6 billion in 2016*.  It measures as one of the top five easiest places on the […]

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Employment Spotlight: Korea Labor Law Highlights

Global businesses have long had their eyes on Korea. According to the latest World Bank annual ratings, the country is now ranked number 4 among global economies for ease of doing business.Business-friendly policies, leading technological and digital infrastructure and unparalleled education system investments highlight its emergence as a top target for global expansion and investment. For […]

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Employment Spotlight: Singapore Labor Law Highlights

As a professional responsible for expanding operations overseas, you need some understanding of the labor laws in the countries and/or regions you’re considering expanding to. The first in a series of numerous articles will focus on select member countries of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN). The first ASEAN country covered here is Singapore, […]

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Consider Doing Business in America? The United States and Canada is the 2nd Largest Economic Region Globally

The United States (U.S.) and Canada generated a combined GDP of $20.234 trillion, second only to East Asia globally. However, this number grew a modest 1.58% in 2016. According to OECD data, the U.S. forecasts growth of 2.14% in 2017 and 2.38% in 2018, while Canada forecasts 2.83% and 2.34% respectively. In 2016, the U.S. accounted for […]

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Developed European Union (EU) Countries Remain in a Pattern of Slow and Steady Growth with Some Economic Uncertainty

This article focuses on developed European Union (EU) countries. In our previous article “Making a Case for Investing in Emerging Europe,” we included 10 developing EU countries (Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia) and will not duplicate those here. Developed EU countries for this article include the following: Austria (47) Belgium […]

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South Asia Remains One of the World’s Poorest Regions, yet is Poised for Strong Growth in the Future

South Asia’s aggregate GDP in 2016 totaled $10.72 trillion USD, placing it fourth behind East Asia, the European Union (EU) and the US. With GDP per capita just below $6,300 USD as of 2016, South Asia’s economy is clearly the poorest compared with other regions we’ve reviewed. Yet with 5 of its 8 members realizing GDP growth of more […]

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East Asia is the World’s Largest Economy at $29.6 Trillion USD, Including 4 of the Top 25 Countries Globally

East Asia contains the following countries: China, Hong Kong, Japan, Macau, South Korea and Taiwan. Since the late 1970s, China has moved from a closed, centrally planned system to a more market-oriented one that plays a major global role. China accounts for 71.36% of East Asia’s GDP. According to the World Bank, “China has implemented reforms in a gradualist fashion, resulting […]

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Did you Know GDP for ASEAN Countries Totals $7.4 trillion USD? Opportunity Abounds for Global Investors

The Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) closed 2016 with a GDP of approximately $7.4 trillion USD. To keep this in perspective, this performance is just under 40% of the United States’ GDP for 2016, which totaled $18.56 trillion USD. How many of our readers would have guessed the ASEAN economy is so substantial. […]

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