Charlotte, NC, USA, February 23, 2016 – Supply & Demand Chain Executive magazine announced its 16th annual listing of Pros to Know in the supply chain industry this month. Integration Point, a web-based platform that delivers global trade compliance, visibility and localized knowledge for 180+ countries, is pleased to announce that two team members have been recognized for their efforts in assisting multi-national companies achieve success in global trade management and compliance through automation.

The Pros to Know Awards recognize supply chain executives, and manufacturing and non-manufacturing enterprises, that are leading initiatives to help prepare their companies’ supply chains for the significant challenges of today’s business climate. This year’s list includes more than 200 individuals from software firms and service providers, consultancies or academia, who helped their supply chain clients or the supply chain community at large prepare to meet these challenges—and more than 40 Practitioner Pros, who do the same within their own companies.

Did you know that Minneapolis is no more than a three hour flight from anywhere in the US?  This means you’re not far from being a part of the American Association of Exporters and Importers’ (AAEI) 93rd Annual Conference and Expo in Minneapolis, Minnesota!

Taking place June 16-18, 2014, this year’s conference promises to be their best yet! The focus of the 2014 conference is on “A Fresh Perspective.” Discussions will center on global issues including trade with challenging countries and the direction of US trade policy. Attendees will also be updated on the current state of Beyond the Border.  Melissa Irmen, SVP- Products & Strategy at Integration Point, is moderating a panel on the development of ACE, and the impact on the trade.

AAEI is excited to be premiering their new logo and website, as well as new implementations using technology and social media at this year’s can’t-miss conference!

Don’t miss special AAEI events during the week which include a tour of the “Twin Cities,” which will cover everything from gangster shoot-outs to the Mary Tyler Moore show, on Monday afternoon and, AAEI After-Hours at The Shout! House Dueling Pianos Bar on Tuesday evening.

For more information, and to register, click here!  Plus if you register by April 18, 2014, you are eligible for the early bird discount pricing.

Don’t forget to stop by the Integration Point booth while you’re there -- we’ll see you in Minneapolis!

Romantics around the world celebrate this week, showing feelings of love, affection and friendship. Though it has many names, and is celebrated in many ways, the day, most commonly known as Valentine’s Day, has one theme – the expression of love!

Though its origin isn’t concrete, it is believed that the day stems from the story of St. Valentine, a Roman priest who was executed for defying the emperor by secretly marrying couples in 270 AD. The story alleges that, before his execution, St. Valentine wrote a card to his beloved and signed it, “From your Valentine.”

Whether you’re celebrating Dia del Amor y la Amistad, the Day of Love and Friendship, in Latin America, or swooning over your love during China’s Lovers Festival, there is one thing that all of these celebrations have in common: gifts! Worldwide, over $14,000,000,000 is spent on this holiday of love.  But we have to ask the question – what is the most imported/exported item during this time?  There are two – which should be no surprise – that top the list of most imported and exported for this holiday: flowers and chocolate.

Flowers
Without a doubt, roses are the most popular flower gifted on Valentine’s Day throughout the world. Roses are one of the leading cut flowers in the global floriculture trade. In Taiwan, roses are given to signify a suitor’s intention. A single rose in Taiwan is given as symbol of love, however, 108 signify a marriage proposal. The largest producers of cut-stem flowers are China, India and the US. With the emergence of air freight, importing flowers at lower costs have become more prevalent. In the US, most roses come from Ecuador and Columbia. In the EU, roses are imported from Kenya and Uganda. Overall, the Netherlands is both the largest importer and exporter, by volume, of cut flowers. And don’t worry if you’re single on this lovers’ holiday, join the 15% of American women that send themselves flowers!

Chocolate
If you want to satisfy your true love’s sweet tooth, chocolate stands out as the most gifted sweet on Valentine’s Day. In Japan, it is the women who gift chocolate to the men! Did you know that 68% of cocoa is from Africa? Côte d'Ivoire and Ghana, produce more than half of the world's cocoa. After the cocoa is processed and turned into tasty treats, the EU leads the way in chocolate candy exports.  Gobbling up the sweet treat, the US comes in as the top importer of chocolate, accounting for 18% of global imports. All in all, Russia, Canada, Mexico, the US and the EU account for nearly 50% of global chocolate imports!

 

Wherever you are in the world, single, taken, or just in it for the chocolate, Integration Point wishes you a Happy Valentine’s Day!