The role of transportation and logistical infrastructure in global value chains* Basso is a motor valve manufacturer based in Rafaela, Argentina. The company is part of the international value chains of brands like Toyota, Ford, and Ferrari. To meet their commitments to just-on-time delivery, Basso coordinates product storage, transportation, and inventory down to the tiniest … [Read more...] about Global Value Chains: Logistics… It’s Only Logical
Adidas is one of the most important sports apparel companies in the world. This year, it announced that it will start manufacturing shoes in Germany again, where its headquarters is. Its six major subcontractors in China have many reasons to be concerned about this: their competitiveness will no longer be guaranteed by their low labor costs. This is because Adidas’s new … [Read more...] about The Six New Technologies That Will Have the Greatest Impact on Trade
Daterra is a Brazilian coffee producer with a business model that includes a large-scale production with socio-environmental responsibility. Daterra took advantage of the arrival in Brazil of Illy caffè, an international reference in terms of quality, to partner in research, improve the quality of its grain and enter the international production chain of the Italian company. It … [Read more...] about How a Brazilian company conquered an international value chain
In 1976, each Chinese citizen was earning US$ 160 a year on average. Forty years later the same annual income is US$ 4,000: it multiplied itself by 25. The question for Latin America is immediate: how did they do it? Other remarkable details of China's development: migration from the countryside to cities led to build 100 cities with capacity to accommodate at least one million … [Read more...] about Innovation and export diversification: how to renew the regional agenda with China
These days, the amount of data available about anything, anywhere, is growing much faster than our ability to process and really understand it. This is true in many fields, but especially in matters of international trade. Statistics on trade flows are available in over 5,000 product categories for all countries, and even more detail for many. Tariff rates, non-tariff barriers … [Read more...] about How can we understand the complexity of trade data?