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E-commerce in Latin America: Digital doorways and stumbling blocks

By WorldCity Staff | Oct 24, 2016

Buying through your smartphone is smooth and seamless in the United States, be it for shoes, books, airlines tickets or Uber rides. Yet for Latin America consumers, roadblocks to e-commerce range from cyber security to banking limitations, home-delivery concerns to government regulations. Ways to overcome those obstacles and seize opportunities for e-commerce in Latin America were the…

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Social media secrets from those in the know

By WorldCity Staff | Oct 11, 2016

Social media is no longer just a way for friends and family to keep in touch, or for like-minded hobbyists to form communities. It’s now seen as a crucial corporate tool, though not every company has found its social media footing. And it doesn’t function the same in every country. That was the message from…

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Mobility: Companies Riding the Wave

By WorldCity Staff | Sep 28, 2016

The digital economy’s double-edge means that, as information becomes increasingly mobile, people can stay put. This comes as apps gain sophistication, and the rising consumer generation does everything digitally, from getting a mortgage to starting a business – especially on smartphones. Navigating the new paradigm was the topic of WorldCity’s Global Connections event held July 29,…

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Business with Cuba still no easy road

By WorldCity Staff | Jul 5, 2016

Rarely a week goes by without new rapprochements between the United States and Cuba, from the OK for Cuban-born U.S. citizens to cruise to the island to the launch of commercial flights and Cuban TV shows airing stateside. Still, despite President Barack Obama’s decision to normalize relations with the communist-led nation, doing business on the…

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Billion Dollar Bosses: Disrupt or be disrupted

By WorldCity Staff | Jun 27, 2016

It’s no small feat to manage international operations that top $1 billion in revenue yearly. But Odilon Almeida of Western Union and James Dwane of AIG shared tips on how they do it during WorldCity’s Global Connections held May 20, 2016. “You have to be comfortable with being uncomfortable,” said Dwane, who leads AIG’s insurance…

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Marketing luxury goods in Latin America

By WorldCity Staff | May 11, 2016

Latin America’s economic slowdown is squeezing luxury retailers. What’s more, currency devaluations in the region mean visitors to Miami are spending less on luxury goods when they travel. But top-end retailers aren’t holding their breath until conditions improve. In fact, they say, now is the time to refine their retail strategies for Latin American customers.…

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"From a lot of male mentors, I was really able to find my courage to be more direct,” said Katie Wagner of Crocs.

Women Leaders: Disrupting the Status Quo

By WorldCity Staff | Apr 8, 2016

To understand what it’s like for women in the male-dominated corporate world, consider a meeting that executive Ronda Martinez attended. She took the team that she supervised to meet with their company suppliers. Martinez asked questions, but the male suppliers directed their answers to the men on her team and not to her, the decision-maker.…

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How Miami can boost its role as Latin America’s business capital

By Doreen | Mar 3, 2016

Miami reigns as the business capital of Latin America. But to keep that title and build on it, South Florida needs to improve its road transportation, upgrade its school system and expand its U.S. reputation beyond beaches and fun. Those were among insights at Global Connections held Feb. 26, 2016, as WorldCity released its annual…

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Latin America in 2016: Pitfalls and Opportunities

By WorldCity Staff | Feb 8, 2016

The outlook for Brazil and some of Latin America’s major economies seems weak this year, hobbled by a slowdown in China and currencies that have lost value. But a new government in Argentina and foresight in Colombia offer bright spots in the region too. That was the analysis of four experts on Latin America who spoke at WorldCity’s Global Connections…

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