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Leading During Uncertainty: Navigating the Trade Show Industry Through the
01 May, 2020

Q&A with Mr. Hervé Sedky, President of the Americas, Reed Exhibitions 

Since 1966 Reed Exhibitions has been a recognized leader in the Trade Show Industry, renowned for their specialist expertise and delivery of customer-centric experiences across 500 events in 30 countries annually.

Hervé Sedky is responsible for the business that curates more than 100 sector-leading exhibitions and events in North and South America each year. RX’s portfolio of events encompasses a wide range of sectors such as construction, cosmetics, electronics, energy, engineering, entertainment, fashion, jewelry, hospitality, logistics, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, real estate, security, transport and travel. Among his diverse portfolio is the cutting-edge ReedPop group; these events provide an unparalleled experience for the fans of iconic pop culture entertainment, such as New York Comic Con and the Star Wars Celebration.

Today we are tasked to offer innovative ways to attend global trade events. Mr. Sedky shares with WebPort Global his current thinking and action steps that he is taking to lead Reed Exhibitions through this “Perfect Storm.”

WPG: How has Reed Exhibitions' operations adapted to the Covid-19 crisis?

HS: During this uncertain time, we are continuing to connect with our customers across the world. We are postponing our events inside the same calendar year and limiting cancellations. Our teams have been working diligently on rescheduling these large events; shifting and negotiating with venues. Additionally, we have been working hard to deliver digital platforms and content for our up and coming events, in order to keep you and your global networks informed and connected.

WPG: Our members are anxious to find opportunities to continue to grow and reach new markets. In general, they are worried about missing out on attending live trade shows. Can you discuss some potential ways for businesses to stay connected; identify new partnerships and promote their products and services worldwide?

HS: It's been a bit of a wake-up call for us, as an industry; we are often too heavily reliant on physical events. There's a way for us to connect with our customers beyond the physical experience. Live, in-person experiences can still be the anchor events, but we can continue the conversations daily using online platforms. We are investigating the creation of fully-integrated online and offline platform experiences for our customers. My view is to blend digital experiences into offline events, as a means to amplify our in-person events. Reed Exhibitions is in the middle of a large initiative to create these new events in order to offer meaningfully connected experiences for our global customers, lasting far into the future.

WPG: What's the best leadership advice you can give businesses, during this uncertain time?

HS: Managing through a crisis – whatever the crisis is – it's always important to make decisions based on facts. Also, one must realize that it's perfectly fine to change your decisions; it's not a sign of weakness. If the facts have changed or your interpretations of the facts have changed, this allows you to make a better-informed decision. We must be comfortable with being flexible and adaptive, being able to modify and adjust the roadmap as the situation evolves. People need to focus on the things that they can control. There are so many things around us that we cannot control, especially during this uncertain time, that can impede action-driving results.

In this difficult situation, there are two types of leaders that are surfacing. There is one leadership track that I call: "This Too Shall Pass” leadership. This method relies on the presumption that this crisis will come and go, and business will resume as usual. This leadership style will either drive companies to go out of business or they will be so damaged, that it will be very difficult for them to fully recover. Then there are other leaders who embrace the "New Normal" leadership track. These leaders understand that there is going to be a new normal that we must adapt to and evolve with, one that will incorporate change and lead us forward together to make important business and life choices to succeed.

WPG: What's the "New Normal" going to look like for businesses?

HS: Our events are going to look very different when we reopen. As leaders, we need to start planning for this "new normal" and get ahead of it, whether that means there are hand sanitizing stations and temperature gauging machines along with some level of social distancing at trade shows.

One of the most important factors for us is for people to start focusing on themselves and their families. There is so much stress out there, and we're now remained in our home offices or whatever work environment that we have for a number of weeks driving the level of stress and anxiety high. You don't know if you're going to get sick, someone in your family, or business colleagues; and if so, what's going to happen to them? We need to recognize that everyone has a dose of anxiety, but stay diligent - walk, exercise, and stay connected virtually. We need to make sure people focus on themselves to get through this uncertain time.

WPG: What will the Trade Show Industry look like after this Pandemic ends?

HS: There are a couple of things that are going to be different, ultimately impacting what we do and how we plan. As mentioned, actual trade shows themselves will look different in the preparation and execution, and the online and offline experience will ultimately be there. However, I don't think it'll happen immediately: like anything you need to crawl, walk, then run. Over the course of the next 12 months, we're going to be crawling and maybe walking in preparation to be able to be fully integrated in a few years. We will provide our customers with the “new normal” trade show experience - completely immersive and connective, providing you with both virtual and live business opportunities throughout the globe.

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31 March, 2020

David Walsh-Kemmis, a twelve-year Barley farmer with a background in IT and computer science has revolutionized his 381-year-old barley farm into a rising star of the Irish craft brewing industry, incorporating the farm's historical essence into every bottle and can of beer he produces.
The Townland of Ballykilcavan, or the Town of the Church of St. Kevin, located in the heart of Ireland and around 80 km inland from the east coast, has housed Ballykilcavan Farm since 1639. The beautifully landscaped farmland, near the Slieve Bloom Mountains, supplies its own spring water that travels through limestone beds. On the old farmyard, built in the late eighteenth century, behind the now-brewery stands a well, dug by David’s family and divined by the head gardener of the Ballyfin Demesne, a Condé Nast acclaimed Irish country house hotel.

The farm was initially established on a prime barley growing region and was destined to be preserved by the thirteenth generation of farmers, as it was passed down to David from his father in 2004. With a vision of sustainability and viability for future generations, but keen to maintain centuries-old traditions, David revitalized their barley production to return to the farm and for water sources to become part of the in-house craft brewing process. With two of the most important beer ingredients at his fingertips, Ballykilcavan Brewery was founded in 2017.  
Currently at its early stages of development, Ballykilcavan Brewery, has honed in on the quality of its exceptional beer as fermentation and brewery operations are looked after by David, his wife, and his children, just as the farm was looked after by his father and generations of family before him.  
When asked to describe his favorite part of the work he does, David mentions he “gets a kick out of' the brewing cycle, particularly opening a bag of malt barley and remembering the growing season—a year's work in terms of growth and processing—and seeing it return to the farm to be used for the beer.” In line with maintaining the quality of their beer, Ballykilcavan Brewery began self-distributed within a 50-mile radius of the farm, thus allowing David himself to directly interact with customers and retailers. With growing presence over Ireland, Ballykilcavan Brewery now distributes on the Eastern side of the country with support from Joe, sales and recipe development, and Nigel, (IBD) Institute of Brewing & Distilling master brewer.
Swiftly adapting to the demands of the craft-brew consumer and the global call for sustainable products, the brewery embraced aluminum cans in place of bottles. David adds that utilizing cans, although more of a trend in the urban demographic, has allowed him to be more creative with branding, colors, and styles to share not only his beer but also his family's history. Some beers are named after fields on the farm and on each can and head of the bottle is a Griffin, part of the family crest, that looks down on the land and the brewery.
With positive signs of future growth as the family revitalizes the farmland and expands production, Ballykilcavan Brewery looks to World Trade Center Dublin as a gateway to expand its supply to the European Union and beyond; and for support in facing the brewery’s largest challenge: identifying the right distribution channels and contacts in the over-saturated beer market in Ireland.  
David recognizes that particularity in the food and beverage industry, individuals enter the market with a passion for the product, the process, and how they do it differently. But there are many moving parts. His advice to fellow entrepreneurs is to take a bird's-eye view, or Griffin's view in Ballykilcavan's case, for perspective on how to define the elements needed from the beginning to end of production, including prototypes, distribution, marketing, and selling, among others. Having a macro-scope of the operations involved in the product arriving at the hands of the end consumer is beneficial, but with a background in IT and no prior experience in craft beer prior to owning the farm, David is an advocate for, and no stranger to, learning on your feet!
To book a tour with Ballykilcavan and check out their website follow the link below

17 March, 2020

The Dark Ages didn’t have much going for them. But people of those times could point to one comfort: a potent medicinal spirit, distilled with juniper—a botanical that’s said to sooth afflictions from the throat to the gut. Over the centuries, the herb-imbued liquor made its way around Europe and beyond, traveling in kegs on ships that set off in all directions, until much of the rest of the world became acquainted—and just as often, enamored—with the drink.

Today, of course, this juniper-infused spirit is known simply as gin and it’s a far finer concoction than those liquors of old. In recent years, it has seen a resurgence in popularity thanks in particular to the millennials’ re-discovery of gin cocktails—and the generation’s innovative twists on the classics. Perhaps the best of today’s premium gins is Listoke 1777, from the Listoke Distillery of Drogheda, in Ireland’s Boyne Valley. That’s not the distiller’s marketing hype. Listoke 1777 has the awards to prove it.

“We've won two Gin Masters with it,” says Bronagh Conlon, co-founder of the company—noting that it’s the only gin to ever win two in one year. “We won best European Gin 2018. And in 2019, we won Best Irish Gin.”

That’s quite a record for a company that launched in 2016.

Its success in part is due to a process that simply wasn’t available to earlier distillers. “We use very modern technology called an iStill, which for all intents and purpose is like an iPhone version of a pot still,” says Bronagh. “It's modern technology ensure precise cuts according to temperature as opposed to alcohol percentage, ensuring consistency and a premium product with every distillation.

While Listoke labels its gin premium, “It could well be super premium in that the flavor and the profile of the gin would be super premium,” says Bronagh.   

About 40 percent of the gin produced by Listoke Distillery is sold within Ireland’s borders. The US, Russia, UK, and Australia are among Listoke 1777’s international markets. The gin is also bottled for private label customers with distribution in Canada, Ireland, the EU, and the US.  Listoke is actively seeking partners to help it debut in other markets, with a keen eye on Asia Pacific. “The Philippines is the biggest gin drinking market in the world.” But Bronagh says she’s looking for distribution networks in any new country where there is an interest.

Like many distilleries, farms and food producers of the lush Boyne Valley, Listoke Distillery welcomes visitors for tours and tastings. But visitors here can do more than simply savor the liquor. Along with its award-winning gin, Listoke launched Ireland’s first gin school in 2016.  

“We cater for up to 20 people at any given weekend,” says Bronagh. “on arrival you enjoy a classic Listoke 1777 gin and tonic, learn about the Listoke brand and the history of gin, then settle down to smell and taste the botanicals to use in your own personal bottle of gin.”

Including the core four of juniper berries, coriander, angelica and orris root, almost any combination is possible: sweet spices such as cinnamon and cardamom; florals like jasmine or heather; citrus, both dried and fresh; herbs, from common to the exotic; and even a few hotter spices such as chili, cumin, and Szechuan pepper.

“We mix them up and then pop them into each one’s individual copper still where they distill off over a period of about 40 minutes.” Bottles are labeled and sealed for gin school attendees to bring home. And while most attendees are gin lovers, the school even attracts some non-drinkers who are interested in the history, the process, and taking home a unique memento of a trip to Ireland.

For information about Listoke Distilleries and Listoke 1777, please visit:

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03 February, 2020

What You Need To Know About Importing or Exporting Wine
24 January, 2020

Celebrate #WorldTradeWeek2019 with WebPort Global
02 May, 2019

Celebrate #WorldTradeWeek2019 at The International Trade Awards Breakfast & Expo, May 13, 8:30-11 AM, Baruch College/CUNY, New York City.

The Awards Breakfast offers a dynamic array of networking opportunities with 400+ NYC-based foreign trade commissioners, bi-lateral Chambers, Consul Generals & international trade organizations there to share knowledge, resources and ideas to facilitate small business success internationally.

Trade Documentation: The Shift From Papers To Digits Is On
05 April, 2019

One of the biggest costs of and impediments to more cross-border trade is the paperwork needs of the freight forward and customs broker industry. One problem is a lot of shipments are big and heavy. Then there’s the paperwork. A Netherlands shipping company said sending a container of avocados from India to Antwerp requires 200 communications involving 30 separate parties. That adds a lot to the cost of guacamole.

Shippers and shoppers used to the speed of e-commerce deliveries—some can be made in hours if the goods are stored locally—will be chagrined by the unpredictability of sea shipments and floored by the costs of airfreight. In some markets, it takes three times longer and costs four times more to send a 150-pound item by air than to buy an airline ticket for a person weighing the same amount.

The impact of digitizing all the paper could be huge, starting with the cost of transportation. This savings should stimulate more trade and economic growth. Some economists believe that full digitization in Asia, for example, could increase the region’s exports by $257 billion a year, reducing transport times by 44% and costs by 31%. Some experts think these reductions will have more of an impact than reducing the region’s remaining tariffs. Succeed at both and a bigger trade boost is possible. If tariffs go up, as they are in the U.S., efficiencies on the logistics
side can help keep total trade costs in some sort of balance.

Trade and the documents needed to facilitate it require many moving parts. Some goods need inspections before they leave port; others when they arrive at their destination. Combatting terrorism involves other kinds of inspections. Some goods require licenses. Certain countries impose extra paperwork burdens and corresponding delays.

Technophobes beware

Freight forwarders and customs brokers, sometimes owned by the same company and sometimes separate, make good money off the arrangements. They may account for a quarter of the logistics’ industry output, or close to a $1 trillion a year. They’ve been among the most technophobic, still relying on faxes and telephones. The bills of lading used in shipping are mainly still in paper form, little changed from the documents merchants issued in medieval Europe.

Banks, insurers and governments are starting to digitize the processes; and computers and Big Data engaged to do the heavy lifting. The Global Trade Connectivity Network will launch later this year as a joint venture between Hong Kong and Singapore, digitizing trade between both places. The project is partly funded by several Chinese banks, raising hopes that the mainland will join the paperless trend. Since China produces a seventh of the world’s exports, its participation would encourage other countries to do the same. The U.S. is also headed in this direction, starting with the single window concept begun during the Obama administration. The UN has been advocating a similar approach, especially in the developing world, since 2011.

The WTO is pushing single window as part of its trade facilitation initiative, which provides technical assistance to countries that request it. Many countries, especially in Africa, don’t use computers to store data at ports of entry and exit, and inefficiencies including corruption are rife.

Logistics companies such as UPS, FedEx and DHL have morphed into technology companies and have pushed the countries they do business in to embrace the digital revolution. But without countries’ full participation, the current system will remain a hybrid of digits and papers. The sooner we all commit to a digital future, the faster we’ll get there.


Italy's Finest Ingredients, Ready to Travel the World
26 February, 2018

When you think of Italy, what comes to mind? Art? The Colosseum? Romance? Opera?

Italy has contributed significantly to all forms of culture, but if you’re like most of us, the first answer on your lips will be food. Or wine. Or both.

And, if you treasure a memory of a special night in Rome, Firenze, or Venice, and a sumptuous meal accompanied by a full-bodied Valpolicella or Pinot Grigio, chances are good that at least some of the elements for that exquisite evening arrived via, the world’s largest online business-to-business marketplace for Italian food and wine.

“Over 13,000 products from all the Italian regions are available on the platform,” says Leonardo Monniello, who manages the site for the World Trade Center Trieste. “In other traditional places where restaurant owners and food managers can buy Italian products, it is almost impossible to find a selection of high end products ‘100 percent made in Italy’ as varied as in our food and beverage portal.”

In addition to requiring that all ingredients are sourced from Italy, says Monniello, companies may only be represented on the site if they are attentive to tradition. These are the culinary artisans of their respective regions; most do not distribute through mass marketing or retail chains.

Here, buyers can find handmade pastas, scrumptious desserts, delicate virgin olive oils, regional wines, sauces, pesto, fresh fish, meats, cheeses, cold cuts—virtually every taste and ingredient associated with Italian cuisine, all offered at reasonable costs.  

Typical buyers from the site include restaurant and bar owners; gourmet shops and delicatessens; and hotel and club food managers; as well as other specialty retailers. Much of the site’s revenue comes from B2C within Italy—about €1million per year—but thanks in part to promotions via the global network of World Trade Centers, businesses in other countries have begun discovering and using the emporium, especially in the Netherlands and Switzerland. Access is free of charge to registered business owners.

Most packaged foods can be shipped around the world, but the emporium also makes it possible to import perishables to other European countries. “Products are delivered in a specific packaging which keeps them fresh.”

Thanks to its advanced warehouse management system, “The order is immediately executed.  Processing time, then, is very fast – about one working day in European countries.”

Delivery time, of course, depends on the distance between the countries. To get from Italy to Twente, in the Netherlands typically takes a day or two.

We asked Monniello what kinds of opportunities WebPort Global members might find to partner with “Worldwide importers have free access to the food and beverage portal and can place orders directly online,” he said.

Where there are import restrictions, “It can represent a business opportunity for foreign companies to assist Italian producers to obtain the requested certifications.”

Through the World Trade Center Trieste, the emporium has begun to partner with other World Trade Centers to increase visibility and sales.

Monniello says that through World Trade Center partnerships, they are increasing promotions in the US where they expect to begin exporting in 2018, followed by Arabic Gulf countries.

Tips for Making Sure Buyers Find You Online
22 November, 2017

Along with your Webport Global membership, having a website that includes Search Engine Optimization (SEO) features is an important component of your sales channels strategy for increasing exports.  You can start with your company site by following a checklist of simple steps that will make your site easier to find and more likely to facilitate a sale.  You can easily and inexpensively transform your marketing site into a transactional site that can be integrated with large and specialized e-marketplaces and social media channels.

Once you’ve created your website, you need to help search engines find it on the Internet. This process is called Search Engine Optimization, or S-E-O. Most people create a website for their business before adding an online store to the site. The website is an important first step because it helps create your brand, which may not exist in the countries you’re targeting.

Keep in mind some simple but important things to enhance SEO.  They are relevant for B2C, or business to consumer transactions, but also work for B2B, or business to business promotions and sales.  Here are a few tips.

- Make it easy for visitors the visitors to find what they are looking for. Use simple declarative sentences, keeping in mind that your international visitors may not be fluent in English.

- Keep the site navigation simple. The last thing you want is for visitors, including search robots, to get lost on your site.

- Consider welcoming the international visitor prominently and telling them that you ship internationally.  If you are targeting customers from specific countries mention them.

- If your products qualify under existing free trade agreements, share that information with buyers, indicating that they may save money by paying lower or no duties on qualifying U.S.-made products.

- Make sure to emphasize when products are made in the U.S., and other countries with reputations for high quality, because for many international buyers this fact is important to their purchase decision.

- Indicate that you are delighted to receive inquiries and orders from wholesalers and distributors, as it’s usually more profitable to sell pallets and containers than selling and shipping one item at a time.

- One important element on your site is your contact information. All search engines look for phone numbers and e-mail addresses. 

- Describe your product in detail and include lots of product photos, and even video, as many international buyers prefer a lot of information. Spend a little money on getting top quality photos.

- Properly tagged, the photos you take can be found more easily on Google Image searches—another way to attract international buyers to your site.  And the more time they spend there, the higher the site will go on search engine rankings.

- Consider including original content, such as a brief company history, testimonials from buyers and even a blog.  Write in simple, concise sentences.  If you translate product information or other text, make sure the translation is done by a native speaker.

- Rename your website URLs, or individual pages from a string of characters to a name that describes what the visitor is looking for, such as the description of your company.

- Add metatag descriptions to each of the pages on your site; this helps search engines more easily find your site.

- Use existing free online tools to see where visitors are coming from, what they’re looking at, and what they’re doing.  This data can help you improve the site to reduce abandoned shopping carts and to more effectively promote the site.

Now you’re ready to take and fulfill orders and to accept payment.  You can easily add a digital store to your now global e-commerce website.

Stores are available from many online vendors with different features and price points.  Many stores integrate seamlessly with e-commerce and social media platforms, themselves now e-commerce platforms—with you controlling and improving a bigger part of the customer experience.

How to Increase International Sales in Turbulent Times
31 August, 2017

There are a few inexpensive things you can do to start or increase your international sales.  The first is to realize the benefits of going global.  They range from growing your business, lessening dependence on your home market, and getting ideas on how to improve your products by incorporating what you learn from doing business in new markets.  Any one of these accomplishments is worth the effort, but often all three of them are achievable—even in the midst of uncertainty over where the global trading system is headed.

The second action is taking fuller advantage of the growing number of e-commerce channels available to even the smallest business.  The channels have multiplied in part to meet the demand of a growing global middle class that can afford imported goods.  The creation of these two plus billion consumers is one of the most important accomplishments of globalization.  That it has come about largely because of the free trade policies created post World War II should be a reminder to us all that these policies need to continue if the economic benefits are to continue.

Using just one e-commerce marketplace is usually insufficient to achieve your business expansion goals.  Webport Global is an excellent niche marketplace.  It’s growing by adding select members who are carefully vetted and represent countries with good growth potential.  Smaller marketplaces can more easily insure that fake products and bad actors are kept out.  Service provider partners introduce members to payment and other kinds of services that make transacting business easier and more secure.  Customer service is personal and does not involve filling out online forms or talking to people in distant call centers, reading from scripts.

The larger marketplaces have advantages and should be part of the mix.  These platforms have great technology and massive numbers of buyers and sellers.  In the case of one such platform, it struggles with fake products and is regularly dinged by its own government and other regulators.  Special vigilance is needed to monitor these big marketplaces to make sure your intellectual property is protected.

Leverage your website

Your own website is often an excellent means of promoting your products to foreign buyers.  Here’s your chance to salt key works throughout the website text to help search engines find your site.  Additional proactive marketing can be done by learning how to use tools, such as Google key words.  For a budget of any size you can direct some ads at specific markets of interest where your ad pops up while buyers are searching for something that complements what you’re selling.  You only pay for ads that people click on.  These clicks can provide useful data for understanding how your campaigns are working and how you might change them to increase clicks and sales.

You can, of course, add a payment feature to your site and process orders yourself, or hire someone to do it for you.  A mix of e-commerce marketplaces, your website, and a store on one or more social media platforms, and suddenly you’ve got worldwide presence for very little cash outlay. That’s strategic exporting, rather than the passive sort where you wait for the buyer to find you.

The last strategic step to greater sales and profits is to work with the commercial officers at your embassies in the countries you’d like to enter or expand in.  You can certainly find private companies to provide these services, but they’ll cost serious money.  The advantage of your government is that many services are free or sold on a cost recovery basis.  Because they are the government, they have sources of information, contacts and a reputation as the most honest among honest brokers. Every year they help help generate billions of dollars in sales for the companies they assist, and they make a special effort to help smaller companies who are new to the world of trade.

Yes, there’s a good bit of turbulence in the world economy and in the politics of individual countries.  But there are proven ways to weather the storm and meet your business development goals.

New Zealand Wine Gaining U.S. Market Share on Premium Strategy
19 June, 2017

New Zealand has a clear shot at its target of $2 billion in wine exports by 2020, reports the New Zealand Winegrowers industry association, with New Zealand wine gaining U.S. market share, surpassing $500 million for the first time in April.

Last year, New Zealand vintners edged out Australia’s for the first time in value of shipments bound for the States. New Zealand vintners’ growth strategy has been to compete in pricier premium categories. At the same time, wine imports are trending up-market in the U.S., which still buys more wine by volume from Australia.

A similar dynamic is at work in U.S. distilled spirits exports. Bourbon, the perennial top U.S. export ranked by volume and value, recently ceded first ranking by value of exports to premium brandy in 2016. [See Whiskies Top Tipple in U.S. Trade in Distilled Spirits.]

Our trade data captures the seesawing competition between New Zealand and Australia in the U.S. imported wine market:

Note that Rabobank reported a revival in Australian wine prices in fourth-quarter 2016. This may underlie Australia’s lead over New Zealand in first-quarter 2017 FOB US$ value of U.S. wine imports.

Our bill-of-lading U.S. import data yields market intelligence on the parties to this trade, including carriers, importers and, as shown here, shippers of wine imports from New Zealand:

To see more data tracking New Zealand wine gaining U.S. market share – including the bill-of-lading on shipments arriving in U.S. ports as recently as yesterday – just ask us.

Web Port Global Helps SMEs In The Wine Industry Expand Into Global Markets
03 April, 2013

Utilizing a new business tool, Web Port Global, many in the wine industry are gaining access to a growing number of international expansion opportunities.

 WebPort Global provides its members with valuable networking connections around the globe, helping them open new doors and expand their business.

 WebPort Global’s members include a wide range of manufacturing, shipping, marketing, distribution and sales organizations around the Globe that are looking to help US business expand into international markets.

 In addition, users will find a number of listings from Spanish and Italian wine distributors looking for international exporting partners.

 “The wine industry is evolving. new and growing businesses are looking for opportunities. Our global presence helps us make these accessible to our users”, said WebPort Global President, Maureen Pace. 

 WebPort Global is the fastest, most effective and most economical way to participate in global trade for a Small and Medium Enterprise and is looking forward to helping more brands expand in 2013.  To learn more please visit



Kevin Montecalvo- CFC, CMSSPresident of ProformaInMotion

1)  What do you like most about using WebPort Global?

a.      The ability to do business internationally

b.      The communication features

2) How did your company benefit from using WebPort Global

a.      We have found new and reliable suppliers

b.      We have received business from WebPort Global Members

c.      We have utilized the portal to connect people to our product lines 

3)      If you were to recommend us to another business, how would you describe WebPort Global

a.      WebPort Global allows you to do business around the world easier. Their communication features enable you to connect to colleagues and suppliers easily and effectively. This tool gives you the ability to do business on the buying side and selling side.  If you are doing business globally and would like to do more business WebPort Global is a must have tool. 

 Sara Morrison- Global Sourcing Coordinator, Onset Wordwide

1) What do you like most about using WebPort Global?

We appreciate the ability to upload our product information onto WebPort Global and generate buying leads. We have also found the Datamyne feature very useful, for finding importers and exporters of products and organized information on companies that others would normally have to pay for. 

 2) How did your company benefit from using WebPort Global?

It is also a great networking tool. So far, through WebPort Global, we have made a contact in Mexico, who is now a contract sales representative for our company. 

3) If you were to recommend us to another business, how would you describe WebPort Global to them?

WebPort Global is a global trade website, where companies can post buying and selling offers, network with other users, research US imports and exports via their Datamyne feature, educate themselves on international trade, and host online meetings.