Seeking ways to revive its fortunes, J. Crew, the US clothing chain, is reported to be preparing for an initial public offering (IPO) of its Madewell apparel business. The IPO is intended to face competition from e-commerce firms such as Amazon.com as well as brick-and-mortar retailers. Continue reading
According to a WalletHub study, Florida’s student debt load is lighter than most other states – coming in at #45 in the list which includes the District of Columbia.To calculate that ranking, WalletHub compared twelve relevant metrics like average student debt and employment opportunities for students in each state. The state with the most student debt was South Dakota.
In Florida, manufacturing is at the center of economic vitality. The state is home to over 20,000 manufacturing companies that produce a variety of goods, including aerospace products, batteries, food and beverages, communications equipment, pharmaceuticals, boats, and more. Many of these manufacturers are using innovative techniques such as resin infusion, closed mold processes, etc., in reducing emissions as well as biodegradable products to clean hand tools and equipment.
Almost every day, The “Exporting is Great” team at the Department for International Trade publishes a list of US Export Opportunities. On July 12th, 2019, 296 “new opportunities” were listed, the first of which is for “Invitation to bBid Used Oil.” Be quick, this opportunity expires on July 24, 2019.
ExportAction does not itself sell to US markets, but we are very interested to hear from UK companies about their experience of this free service. UK exporters interested in US market intelligence may also find our US Market News blog to be of interest and value.
The first Thanksgiving is believed to have been held in 1621 by Pilgrims after a successful harvest. Their feast lasted three days and, according to written accounts, 90 Native Americans were invited. The traditional Thanksgiving feast features a turkey, mashed and sweet potatoes and fall vegetables, often followed by pumpkin pie. President Lincoln declared Thanksgiving an official holiday during the Civil War in 1863. It is now celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November. The day following Thanksgiving is almost universally taken by Americans as an “unofficial holiday” in order to create a four-day weekend!
A software product made by Visual Awareness Technologies & Consulting (VATC) in Tampa, Florida, could improve the effectiveness of US armed forces worldwide.
VATC recently received two patents for the software. It’s called EPIC Ready, a cloud-based, Software-as-a-Service platform that allows users to collaboratively assess mission readiness. Continue reading
As more Americans are signing for high-deductible health insurance plans, it is changing how families plan for their medical procedures, as well as prompting hospitals to change how they help families plan for their medical bills.
Hospitals have had to calculate how to have billing conversations even before patients arrive at the hospital, train some of their staff on how to explain insurance benefits to patients and sometimes hire third-party companies like PatientMatters to manage the interactions with patients. Continue reading