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inthisissue September 2014
The Ocean’s Great Dane
Maersk Line is the largest container shipping company on the planet. The Copenhagen-based company first docked in Charlotte in 1999, when SeaLand, the company that invented container shipping, was purchased by what was then A.P. Møller-Maersk Line. The office here handles North American Inland Operations. Senior Vice President Tim O’Connell says, “One thing that really matters to Maersk is how our customer needs to be served.”
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[Integration Point, Inc.]
Connecting Business Globally
Integration Point delivers global visibility and localized knowledge allowing organizations to manage import/export and various trade programs to comply with regulatory requirements while improving visibility and realizing savings. “Trade programs in different parts of the world vary dramatically,” explains CEO Tom Barnes, “and corporations need one platform to facilitate the management of their trade programs efficiently. We bring those capabilities together on one platform.
[Kuehne + Nagel, Inc.]
Facilitating the Global Economy
Michael Raffler, vice president for the company’s Carolinas division, says, “Think of Kuehne + Nagel as a travel agent for cargo. As a freight forwarding company, we do the same for cargo through contracts with major airlines, steamship lines, and trucking companies. And you can track the progress of your shipment every step of the way!” Raffler adds, “We view Kuehne + Nagel as an extension of our customers’ businesses.”
[Fairfield Inn & Suites Charlotte Uptown]
Uptown Property Seeks New Heights
Layer-by-layer, room-by-room, the hotel property at 201 South McDowell Street has been transformed by major renovations and is now officially open as Fairfield Inn & Suites Charlotte Uptown, newest member of the Marriott family. “This was not merely a cosmetic renovation,” says General Manager Bill Moore. “There has been almost as much done that the guests and public will not see as there has been in aesthetic upgrades.”
[TransGroup Worldwide Logistics]
Anything is Possible
U.S.-owned TransGroup Worldwide Logistics is a full-service domestic and international freight forwarder and global logistics provider, providing transportation, warehousing and specialized logistics solutions, coupled with software tailored to meet the specific needs of individual customers. Charlotte Branch Manager Anita Sanders says, “We started from a small company and we’ve certainly grown as TransGroup—one single company—for 28 years.”
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Forging a Regional (Two-State) Economic Development Strategy
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Part VI: One More Time—Why Sell to “Insiders” Who Have No Cash?
Exporting: An Achievable Goal for Small Businesses
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