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Don’t Overlook What’s Right Under Your Nose: How Your Peers Can Help Power Expansion Success

Through our work with companies pursuing ambitious expansion initiatives, we’ve recognized a simple yet vital best practice shared by the most successful ones: a commitment to understanding the challenges and common missteps of expansion before ever even starting. And while every international growth plan is unique, this practice delivers a competitive boost. It’s an overlooked form of […]

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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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Our First Five Years — An Open Letter to My Team, Clients, Partners and the Blueback Global Family

My ‘a-ha’ moment It is 2007 and Steve Jobs had just unveiled the first iPhone. His description was provocative and groundbreaking: “an iPod, a phone, and an internet communicator.” I remember being awestruck. And thereafter wrestled over the fate of my trusty Palm Treo smartphone. That functional Qwerty keyboard had helped me punch out thousands […]

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Expand your Business Internationally – Follow This Path to Properly Plan International Expansion

Our population has become increasingly mobile and globalized. Internet access is ubiquitous, with most people carrying around mini-computers in their pockets. There are predictions that by 2020, emerging international markets will be the new global leaders, particularly Brazil, Russia, India, and China. The opportunity to communicate and trade with people around the world has never been so […]

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Sub-Saharan Africa is the World’s Poorest Economic Region

Sub-Saharan Africa (Africa) is a vast region with 954.7 million citizens spanning 43 countries. Africa is the 3rd most populous region in the world, yet has the dubious distinction of being the poorest region with a gross domestic product (GDP) per capita of only $3,786 USD. With GDP totaling $3.615 trillion USD in 2016, Sub Saharan […]

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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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As Australia and New Zealand Go, so Goes Oceania

For purposes of this article, Australia, New Zealand plus the Pacific Islands combine to form the economic region known as Oceania. From a practical standpoint, only Australia and New Zealand are looked at seriously by global investors. The Pacific Islands are small in size with limited natural resources, narrowly-based economies, large distances to major markets, […]

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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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MENA – The Middle East and North Africa Region Forecasts Modest Growth During Times of Turmoil

The Middle East and North Africa region (MENA) is comprised of 21 member countries. The map below depicts this region, which has a rich history of turmoil and political and civil unrest. Despite these challenges, many of these MENA countries have been exporting oil from its rich oil reserves. If you’re involved in the Oil […]

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How to Expand Your Business Globally: Tips From the Experts

Imagine this scenario: It has been three years since you launched that killer product in the US. You’ve experienced exponential growth in sales. Your market research shows that demand for your product is strong in EU and ASEAN countries, and you consider expanding globally. Make Sure You Understand Challenges Associated with Expanding Globally Before you hop on a […]

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Entity Set Up – a Hong Kong or a Singapore Company?

Hong Kong and Singapore have always been seen as two fierce competitors that try to attract foreign investments. Both are similar in many ways, and yet, individually possesses competitive advantages over the other. Hong Kong is a Special Administrative Region (“SAR”) of China. Under China’s “one country, two systems” concept, Hong Kong retains its owns judicial […]

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