Halloween Pumpkin In A Mystic Forest At Night

Halloween, the Global Holiday

While the commercialization of Halloween might be a made-in-America phenomenon, its popularity wouldn’t be possible without the abundance of affordable consumer goods made available through trade.

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DIY Slime Stretches Global Sales of Glue

The trend to make your own slime is driving a surge in demand for gallons of school glue. It’s not just an American obsession, slime is having its day around the world. It’s a fun reminder that we can find trade stories in everything.

Running Shoe Test Fit

Adding Value to the Cambodian Economy Every 374.41 Seconds

Foreign direct investment (FDI) is usually measured in the millions, billions, and trillions. In this Cambodian shoe factory, the value to workers and their community can be measured every 374.41 seconds.

Alex Galchenyuk alone

“De Minimis” Thresholds Are Not Trivial

Because most everything can be found online and purchased in small quantities, most consumers don’t see much difference between buying toothpaste from CVS online or purchasing an Alex Galchenyuk hockey trading card from Canada on eBay. But when the product is shipped across an international border, the “de minimis” rule is in play.

Coffee Booster on Amazon

The Digital Future of Food Retail is Finally Here for Global Shoppers

Through a combination of automation, analytics, mobile payment and other digital technologies, the world’s leading food retailers are in a race for your “digitally-enabled” grocery business.

Fashion designer

Jobs in Fashion You Didn’t Know Were Connected to Trade

When you think haute couture, you think of the fashion capitals of the world – Milan, Paris, New York, London, and Tokyo. Whether we’re talking about runway gowns or graphic tees, the fashion industry is global. But did you know that an average 70 percent of your clothes are “Made in America”?

Bright flowers of spring tulips

Trade in Full Bloom

More than half of the world’s cut flowers still pass through auction houses in The Netherlands before reaching your local floral shop or grocery. That’s starting to change. Digital trade and lower transportation costs are helping developing countries like Colombia, Kenya, Ecuador and Ethiopia sell directly to buyers and blossom in global flower trade.

giant chicken sculpture outside a shopping mall in Taiyuan

Chinese New Year Spending is HUGE

Chinese New Year celebrations kick off on January 28. Despite slowing growth, Chinese consumers will goose their economy buying new holiday clothes, food and drinks for gatherings, and gifts for relatives for the holiday.

Light bulb and list

This Trade Agreement Could Cut Your Monthly Utility Bill

According to a new study, reducing tariffs on LED light bulbs by 3.6 percent would save American households $320 million each year. How? Lowering the tariff on imported LED bulbs makes it cheaper to buy them. Lower prices also raises demand, leading to greater usage. Using more energy efficient light bulbs could cut electric bills by $129.6 million and lower the number of kilowatt hours in the United States by 238 million every year.

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National Retail Therapy

Kicking-off the 2016 holiday season, Americans broke spending records on Black Friday and Cyber Monday. But the big story was how people shopped – online – and increasingly using their phones not just their computers.