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October 1st, 2015

The Global Grind

If you’ve hit a golf ball, had a heart tune-up or you just smell reasonably well, chances are you’ve had intimate contact with Glebar Co.’s handiwork. New Jersey-based Glebar designs, configures and manufactures modular grinding machines purchased and used by companies to produce a wide range of products, from deodorant rollers to drumsticks, billiard balls… Read More



Global Trade magazine sat down with FedEx Supply Chain CEO Craig Simon at the 2015 LogiMed conference in San Diego, where Simon led a session titled

PORT OF NEW ORLEANS’ GARY LAGRANGE LOOKS BACK AND FORWARD TO NORMALIZED TRADE RELATIONS WITH CUBA
When President Obama announced in December a beginning to the end of the trade

U.S. EXPORTER SHARES HOW THE WEST COAST PORT SLOWDOWN HAS IMPACTED HIS BUSINESS
For Dominic Picarelli, president of Diamond-U Products, the current ongoing, seemingly never-ending, quickly approaching

Connecting Toys ‘R’ Us and Flying Cars

Toys “R” Us’ “Fabulous 15” list of hot Christmas toys includes “Disney Jr. Doc McStuffins Get Better Talking Mobile Cart” (breathe) and “Hot Wheels Street Hawk Remote Control Flying Car.”

For Baby Boomers the Street Hawk is another reminder they were born too soon, Omni magazine having promised them flying cars, jetpacks and pot roast in pill form.

Scottish rock band We Were Promised Jetpacks releases its latest album “Unraveling.” WWPJ will begin touring with a December 13 show in Glasgow.

December 13 is in the middle of the holiday shopping season; one that many experts believe will be better than last year.

Not only does an early Thanksgiving provide an extra shopping day, but retailers have gotten better at reaching customers through social media.

It remains to be seen if they’ve gotten any good at keeping their customers credit information safe. Target’s “nightmare before Christmas” last year saw 49 million credit cards hacked.

Retailers say they’re prepared; then again, Home Depot recently announced a data breach that affected 56 million debit and credit cards.

There is an effort by retailers to speed up the time for delivery of internet orders significantly, in some case trying for same day.

This would mean those delivery drones we keep hearing about. Google and Amazon have tested the vehicles and find them difficult to control in high winds, common in winter.

It’s flying cars and pot roast all over again.

Keep On Rockin’ in a Free (Trade) World

So you wanna be a rock ‘n’ roll star? Then listen now, you’re gonna need an axe; axe being a fitting euphemism for guitar since you’re gonna need some wood ….

WOOD (Acoustic)

An acoustic’s vibrating wood transmits sound. Cedar and spruce are most common, but Luthiers Mercantile International (LMI) of Windsor, California, offers a world of choices, from Madagascar Rosewood to Malaysian Blackwood.

WOOD (Electric)

Warmoth Custom Guitar Parts of Puyallup, Washington, ships 27 kinds of wood internationally. If you want bright, sustained sound, go with something heavy, like maple. Warmoth sells eight varieties.

ALUMINUM

Some players prefer aluminum necks for ease of play, terrific low end and, well, they look really cool. Electrical Guitar Co. of Pensacola, Florida, is a recognized manufacturing leader.

STRAP

Levy’s Leathers of Winnipeg, Canada, makes a wide variety of guitar straps—from faux tiger print to RatFink—and sells them in a wide variety of places—from DreamAmps in Turkey to Room 2 Rock in Bahrain.

STRINGS

Coachella, California-based Ernie Ball is the unquestioned string king, with a stable of devoted players/icons (Clapton, Page, Slash) that includes Paul McCartney, who’s used them since he was doing heaven-knows-what in the early ’60s.

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