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The Global Coffee IndustryOpen in a New Window

One of the world’s favorite beverages and a major source of caffeine for many students and employees, coffee continues to be an integral factor in society’s daily routine.  According to Business Insider, coffee is the second most sought-after commodity in the entire world, with an industry that is worth over $100 billion across the globe.  In terms of exporting alone, the industry is valued at $20 billion and continues to be on the rise—on average, 500 billion cups...

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Europe and Asia's Private Equity Markets Appear to be AttractiveOpen in a New Window

Private equity refers to the acquisition of equity in companies that don’t trade on public markets. This finance industry is relatively young in comparison to other sectors of commerce. The first firms, J.H. Whitney & Co. and the American Research and Development Corporation were both founded in 1946. Internationally, the private equity realm includes venture capital, growth capital, distressed situations, and leveraged buyouts. Their services improve the global financial markets by...

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Effects of Immigration Laws on the Technology IndustryOpen in a New Window

The technology industry is made up of skilled workers from all over the world, and the success of this industry largely relies on the ability to share and develop different ideas. When countries enforce strict immigration laws, or prevent travel in and out of the country, it hinders the technology industry. This is pertinent considering the possible changes in immigration laws in the United States under the Trump administration which may include reducing visas, increasing deportation, and...

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Genetic Modification Growing in PopularityOpen in a New Window

Genetically modified has become a common term in society, especially in the crop industry. Genetic modification is part of the biotechnology industry which encompasses the exploitation of biological processes, especially that of the genetic manipulation of microorganisms for the production of crops, antibiotics, and hormones. Global hunger has been an issue in our world has been struggling with for centuries, which has led people to rush to the defense of genetically modified crops. A lack...

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Should Governments Regulate Monopolies in the Tech Industry?Open in a New Window

Tech firms have been innovating and growing freely with no strings attached for the past few decades. However, governments and politicians in the America and Europe have been growing a negative sentiment towards the freedom of the giant tech firms. Companies that fall under the social media, search engine, and e-commerce buckets have been specifically put under the microscope. The whole world is currently watching Mark Zuckerberg’s, the Founder and CEO of Facebook, testimony where he has...

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The Effects of Global Population AgingOpen in a New Window

If you were born in 1900, you were expected to live a mere 50 years. Today, the average global life expectancy is 72.8 years. The good news is that people are living longer. The bad news is that many of the resources necessary to care for the aging population are dwindling. Of all the demographic trends in the world today, preparing for and managing the implications of the aging population might be the most important.  The global 65 and older population is nearly...

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US-Sino Trade Relations: High Speed Negotiations Needed NowOpen in a New Window

The first thing a visitor to China notices is how fast most things move.  It seems every week or so, a new high-speed rail line is opening somewhere in the country.  Building construction takes place around the clock, with new housing blocks rising out of what were empty lots the last time you looked. Need a new subway line?  One will be whipped up in a few years, not decades, like it takes in the US—if it can be done at all. In the big cities, anyway, life looks like it...

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Global Robotics MarketOpen in a New Window

Artificial limbs, manufacturing machines, and transportation drones all share one common trait: the implementation of robotics.  One of the fastest growing sectors in the world, robotics and its applications are revolutionizing the way society conducts our lives.  The recent data boom has produced a newfound excitement around all technology, using the benefits of mass statistics to carefully craft new innovative products.  Robotics has been one of the largest, if not the largest,...

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An Overview of the Economy of MauritiusOpen in a New Window

Mauritius is an island nation flourishing economically and socially. The population has origins from the European and African continents, as well as from India and China which makes it unique for its social peace and multi-cultural society. Mauritius is the fastest growing economy in sub-Saharan Africa. Moreover, it has one of the highest GDP per capita incomes in Africa.  All of these facts make Mauritius a prosperous country in diversified ways.    Mauritius has a strategic...

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How the Chinese Tariffs Could Disrupt Global Agricultural Supply ChainsOpen in a New Window

It is no surprise that the proposed Chinese tariffs looming over American agricultural industries such as soybeans, fruit, nuts, wine, and pork have the potential to greatly affect not only the companies and farmers that they target but the everyday Chinese consumers who purchase those products as well. If the duties are imposed, they will raise the cost of American imported goods in China to a point that exported goods from other countries may become a more valuable and competitive option...

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Golf, One of the Oldest Sports Still Being Played, Is Expanding Around the GlobeOpen in a New Window

As The Masters, one of golf most prominent tournaments approaches, we took a look at the state of the golf industry which is played by many individuals around the world. The sport’s origins date back to the year 1297 when the Dutch developed a sport called Apocryphally. The object of this game was to hit a ball with a stick to a target hundreds of yards away. The winner’s ball reached the object in the least amount of strokes. The modern version of golf is believed to have been...

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Ms. Sheila Khama: Perspectives on the Nature and Source of Tension Among the Governments of Resource Rich Countries, Investors and the PublicOpen in a New Window

Ms. Sheila Khama serves as the Practice Manager for the World Bank’s Energy and Extractive Industries Global Practice with a focus on eastern and southern Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, southern Asia, Europe and central Asia, and the Extractives Global Programmatic Support Trust Fund. Khama previously worked as the Director of the African Resources Center at the African Development Bank (AfDB). With these along with her other positions, Khama focused on the development of...

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Data Breaches Effecting the EconomyOpen in a New Window

With evolving technology comes a growing number of sophisticated data breaches aimed at obtaining emails, credit card numbers and addresses for shoppers worldwide. In the last five years, there has been multiple high-profile breaches including Under Armor and the MyFitnessPal app, Target, Whole Foods Market, Chipotle Mexican Grills, and most recently Hudson’s Bay Co. which is home to Saks Fifth Avenue and Lord & Taylor. Every time there is a breach in data, it is accompanied by a...

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The Inflation GameOpen in a New Window

In simple terms, inflation rates measure what has happened to consumer prices over the latest 12-month period. But what increases inflation? Well, economic growth is generally followed by a stronger and growing labor market, which means that unemployment is down and wages are increasing. This increases consumer’s disposable income and increases the cost of wages for companies. Both of those factors push prices up for consumers, which in turn, increases inflation rates. This is where...

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Future Trends in AdvertisingOpen in a New Window

This is the fifth post in a five-part blog series focused on future trends in business. Advertising has evolved from traditional print, television, and radio ads to today's multi-channel mobile and online media campaigns. With more data being collected and analyzed than ever before, many aspects of advertising have become integrated and therefore more apt at addressing consumer needs. The future of advertising lies in the connectivity of our devices and in the data...

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What Blockchain Can Do For Your BusinessOpen in a New Window

This is the fourth post in a five-part blog series focused on future trends in business. Most people have heard about blockchain, either in the news, in a conversation or on social media. Many recognize the term but could not explain what it is. Blockchain was originally created for Bitcoin, a digital currency, but now is the backbone of a new internet. The technology allows digital information to be distributed and not copied which has led to blockchain to be called “digital...

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Big Data in BusinessOpen in a New Window

This is the third post in a five-part blog series focused on future trends in business. Technology is an ever-increasing field, especially in today’s world.  The advancements we are currently experiencing are greater than the entirety of society’s past.  By 2020, the amount of information available via digital gateways will grow from the current five zettabytes to 50 zettabytes (in perspective, one zettabyte is equal to 10^12th gigabytes, or over 15 billion flash...

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Sustainable BusinessesOpen in a New Window

This is the second post in a five-part blog series focused on future trends in business.  Huge corporations are working towards achieving a sustainable business environment. This is achieved when businesses are able to manage the triple bottom line. The triple bottom line is the process by which a business is able to meet the three sustainability pillars - financial, social, and environmental efforts. There are several fundamentals that must be achieved in order for a business to be...

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The Future of Automation in BusinessOpen in a New Window

This is the first post in a five-part blog series focused on future trends in business.  In this weeks blog series, we plan on outlining the future of international business by taking a look at the trends of automation, sustainability, marketing, big data, and blockchain. As the fourth industrial revolution transpires, we are to expect variation with how we interact with technological devices and with how these devices communicate with one another. Automation in almost every industry...

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The International Feud: Craft Beer vs. Big BeerOpen in a New Window

What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think about beer? For some people, the answer might be a brand from their country’s long list of fan favorites such as Budweiser, Bud Light, Corona Extra, Miller Light, Coors Light, Heineken, or Guinness. What do these best-selling brands have in common? They are owned by some of the world’s largest brewing companies, and more specifically the “Big Five” breweries of AB InBev/SAB Miller with headquarters in Belgium...

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