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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.

Surf’s Up!

Twenty years ago, Bruce Brown released Endless Summer II, the sequel to the original classic where young men tramped the world in search of the perfect wave. Today, more people in more places are in search of the perfect board, something U.S. manufacturers are helping put together … 

FOAM BLANK: The guts of the board has developed into the likes of Oceanside, Calif., blank maker Arctic Foam’s lightweight polyurethane that has found popularity in the burgeoning surf market on the Iberian Peninsula, current home to the largest wave (80 feet) ever ridden.

FIBERGLASS CLOTH: Don’t think surfboards have come a long way since Gidget? The same fiberglass Fiberglass Source of Oceanside sells to shapers it sells to aerospace and the military.

WAX: Bumper stickers may suggest Mr. Zog’s Sex Wax is the big seller but Carlsbad, Calif.-based Wax Research sells more than half of all surf wax sold internationally—28 countries—including China and Russia. Cowabunga, Comrade!

FINS: Started by two brothers with engineering backgrounds, FCS has gained a reputation for producing innovative and technologically advanced fins, which explains its huge presence in its birthplace: surfing hotbed Australia.

LEASHES: Originally derided as a “kook cord,” leashes made by the likes of Hood River, Ore.’s Dakine have become standard gear and is credited, or despised, for making it easier for surfers around the world to take up the sport.

RESIN: Most surfboards have three layers of differing resin, which is why an industry leader such as San Diego-based Wahoo International offers laminating, sanding, clear casting and gloss resins, distributing them in 23 foreign markets. Check them out at Surf Shop Dubai!

GRIP PAD: These not only help hold you to the board but have become something of a fashion statement. It’s a testament to the sport’s international reach that you can dig your toes into the images of such global icons as Bob Marley, Bruce Lee and Che Guevara.

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