Approximately 51% of United States residents are at least partially vaccinated as of June 2021. With the rate of positive COVID-19 cases dipping, we are slowly watching the country return to pre-pandemic life. As we watch life return to normal, it is clear that there will be potent effects to both retail and e-commerce in […]
COVID-19 is the story of the year 2020. It had a profound effect on our businesses, politics, health and relationships. Analyzing the effects on relationships, politics and health should be left to doctors, therapists and pundits. How it affected business, especially e-commerce, is fascinating. While much of the country was shut down beginning in mid-March […]
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. Stock market indices are achieving record highs while nearly 40% of publicly traded US businesses lost money over the last 12 months (according to James Mackintosh of the WSJ). How is that happening? How do companies like Tesla trade at valuations of billions […]
The headlines on global manufacturing in early 2016 tell a tough story… Global Manufacturing PMI Signals Stagnation (Seeking Alpha, March 4th) The manufacturing slowdown has spread to the services sector (Business Insider March 2016) Britain’s factories engulfed in global manufacturing slump (The Telegraph, March 1st) Manufacturing: A hard pounding (The Economist, February 18th) China Manufacturing […]
How many businesses do you know that increased their prices 28% last year? If you answered “we all did“, then you would be right. At this time last year, a European customer buying $100,000 of your made-in-the-USA products would have viewed that as a €73,000 cost. Today, that same purchase costs your customer €92,000, an […]
When people think of software and technology for the non-profit sector, they generally think of Blackbaud, and more recently, Salesforce.com. Blackbaud is the biggest player in non-profits for sure, with over $546 million in revenue over the past twelve months, but Salesforce.com (which gives software away to small non-profits through its charitable foundation) is coming […]
Owners of many privately-held businesses have sat out the recent resurgence in M&A activity while waiting for their company performance to rebound and waiting for M&A valuations to match their expectations once again. Abundant capital and fervent demand are fueling a strong M&A market, so owners should consider these five reasons to sell their businesses […]
American firms are finding that native proficiency in languages such as Italian and German, as well as Spanish, coupled with the closer proximity to headquarters are some of the benefits that client corporations can obtain from “nearshore” BPO.