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Shipping Rates Between Asia and Europe Going Up, Way Up! – GRI (General Rate Increase) from 1st March 2012

Some of you may not have heard about the GRI from 1st March 2012 from almost all shipping carriers yet. But you will likely feel the pinch when you notice shipping prices for containers almost doubling after 1st of March. Here is what is happening and what we’re being told:   Where & What? The increases will be applied as follows: Origin Range: From All Asian ports (including Japan, South East Asia, Colombo...

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The new NCKiA Smartphone – Designed by Apple in California? Definitely made in China!

Dave’s ayi turned up today with a brand new phone. You most likely won’t find this on the shelves at your local Carphone Warehouse. Apparently Nokia is being designed by Apple in California. Enjoy the pics, comments...

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2012 1st QTR Manufacturing Outlook – The Effects of ‘Stagflation’ and Migration

As we read and see more and more in the news that Chinese exports to ‘developed’ countries are considerably reducing it is a time to be very wary about quality. While there is still strong growth from ‘emerging’ markets such as Africa and South America, the reduction in exports from the larger Western markets creates a pressure and strain on all the factories that rely on these orders to maintain their budgeted and normal...

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For all the Cows! (we are what they eat)

Recently I wrote about a little tree cone I found in my Mengniu yoghurt and how it bugged me to the point of never wanting to buy that product again. Today I read about how Wang Xiaoshan, a columnist, published a microblog post calling for Web users to boycott all Mengniu products. This was because it was found in October of this year that some of Mengniu’s products were contaminated with over double the national permitted level of...

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The Irish Times – Business News – December 2011

The following is an article that was on the back cover of the Irish Times Business News Section, Friday December 23rd 2011. It was interviewed and written by Joanne Hunt. To view the full article on the Irish times website, click here. WILDGEESE: EMIGRANT BUSINESS LEADERS ON OPPORTUNITIES ABROAD Shane O’Neill – Co-founder, Enter the Panda, Beijing “I WAS so sure I’d be back, I didn’t even visit the Great Wall,” says...

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