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Export Readiness Creating Your Export Plan Sec 4 Part 2 A

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Export Readiness Creating Your Export Plan Sec 4 Part 2 A

Export Readiness:

Utilizing Technology for Successful Exporting


Section 4 Part 2A

Ecommerce Tools, Equipping Your Business With technology

Worksheet: Technology Tracker



Some of these tools will seem outdated to you, but you must remember there are parts of the world that modern technology has not yet found. For example, I have an established lawyer in Accra, Ghana that I use to handle my legal business responsibilities there. There are no fax machines or scanners for documents that need to be signed by me there. We have to use the mail, which sometimes takes two months. Once received, then I can scan and return by email and can be copied.

Most places of business will not ship items to Nigeria. It has to be shipped to me first and then I ship.  A shipment usually takes six weeks to get to my contacts. The theft problem has improved, but sometimes customs there will make a pickup very hard to get or sometimes even impossible. I never know what is going to happen.

My contact of almost five years in Nigeria, the first two shipments he stole. I finally made him understand that he could steal and make profit once, or trust me to do him right and he could make profit many times. We finally made progress.

Romania is a little bit better on the tools needed to run a business there, but some they cannot buy nor can they have it shipped by a company, but an individual can ship it to them. Again, expect a six week delivery time.

These are all small details that can make a difference on how smooth your operations may or may not be. There is much information here so it will be broke up into two parts. ~ MG


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E-Commerce Tools

Export-Focused Online Services

Trade leads from international companies seeking to buy or represent U.S. products are gathered by the United States and Foreign Commercial Service officers worldwide and are available at SBA also offers information on managing and expanding your business, software for small businesses, and gateways to other online services.

The International Trade Data Network® (ITDN)

Provides access to export, import and other trade related information. ITDN is a non-profit data multiplier that provides the business community with the timely, detailed market intelligence needed to become competitive in the global arena


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Electronic Banking

 Your computer can expedite the financial tasks of your export business. Banks provide electronic access to your account balances and statements and can email Letters of Credit, collection on consignment agreements and wire transfer acknowledgments directly to you. In addition, many accounting packages sync with online banking services.

 Electronic Data Interchange Electronic Data Interchange (EDI)

Is the electronic transfer of transaction information from computer to computer in a standard format. EDI is most useful when information exchanged is fully integrated into your order-entry, delivery and inventory systems. Because EDI allows you to forego entering information manually, a number of common mistakes can be avoided and valuable time can be saved. If your communications resources are limited, service bureaus can handle EDI for you.

Shipment Tracking

Most air express companies offer the ability to track your shipments online or even on your smartphone. You can see where your shipment is located, when it was delivered, whether it was delayed in customs, and who received the shipment. Your freight forwarders can also benefit from electronic tracking as they move goods and services across international borders.


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About Global E-Commerce While e-commerce has vastly expanded the opportunities for small business exporters, it is important to keep in mind that there are varying levels of technical ability throughout the world.

For example, a web-based marketing plan that works well in the UK may not be viable in certain developing countries, due to lack of technical infrastructure. With this in mind, you will need to identify the best export markets to pursue.


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