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  Wednesday, January 5, 2005 Issue 101 Volume 5 Number 1  
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IN THIS ISSUE:
• DAIMLER CHRYSLER -- OUR FEATURED COMPANY
• YEAR IN REVIEW WEBSITES
• 1000 TIPS 4 TRIPS
• EDUCATIONAL WEBSITES

Hello International Traders!

Daimler Chrysler does billions of dollars worth of business each year, and you may be wondering if there are opportunities to sell your products to this huge auto company. If so, I found just the site you need to visit, and I review it in this issue. I also found a site where you can see what keywords Internet users around the world are using Google to search for. If you're a traveler, you'll find lots of useful tips at the travel site I profile in this issue. Finally, I have two sites that will help students and anyone find useful research.

If you'd like more information about international trade, go to FITA's International Trade/ Import-Export Portal ( http://fita.org ), an excellent source for trade leads, news, events, and a link library of 7,000 sites related to international trade.

DAIMLER CHRYSLER -- OUR FEATURED COMPANY

For the third quarter of 2004, Daimler Chrysler reported an operating profit of EUR 1.3 billion, surpassing the prior-year result of EUR 1.2 billion by 7 percent. Those numbers place Daimler Chrysler in the top 50 economies of the world, and you should keep this large automaker in mind as a market for your goods.

The Daimler Chrysler Supplier Portal ( https://portal.covisint.com/wps/public/dcx/ ) is the page to visit if you want to do business with the company. You must register to use this portal, but registration is free (you just click on "Chrysler Group Suppliers" or "Mercedes Car Group"). Once you're registered you can download forms, research selling opportunities, and learn about Daimler Chrysler's procurement policies and procedures. It's a site worth visiting if you have products that may be useful for the auto industry.

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YEAR IN REVIEW WEBSITES


This is the season when people take a look back at the highlights of the previous year. There are hundreds of Web sites where you can do that, but here are two that I found especially entertaining.
  • Google Zeitgeist ( http://www.google.com/press/intl-zeitgeist.html ) has tidbits of information about searches made in 2004 by Google's worldwide community of users. You can visit an interactive timeline that shows the top searches by month, and you can also click on a country and see the topics that were most popular with that country's searchers. You can use this information as free market research -- by seeing what a country's Internet users were interested in last year, you can spot trends and find new markets.
  • Infoplease '04 Year in Review ( http://www.infoplease.com/spot/04yearinreview.html ) has a collection of important news stories in various categories ("People in the News", "Places in the News"). What's great about this site is that you'll find lots of useful information even if you don't care a hoot about what happened in 2004. There are links here to encyclopedias, dictionaries, biographies, health & science sites, homework helpers, reference tools, and much more.


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EXPORT YELLOW PAGES/TRADE ASSISTANCE DIRECTORY -- OFFICIAL US DOC EXPORT DIRECTORY
http://www.myexports.com/fita

One of the primary missions of the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) is to assist American companies in their efforts to identify markets for their products and services overseas, and to increase sales of those products and services. To that end, DOC has partnered with MyExports, as publishers of the official DOC US exporters' directory, Export Yellow Pages. Offering both print and online (keyword searchable) directories, you are encouraged to visit them at http://www.myexports.com.

Offering both free and paid (enhanced) listings, the Export Yellow Pages should be an integral component in any company's export marketing plans. Distributed internationally through American embassies and consulates, and domestically through DOC Trade Assistance Centers, the global reach of this directory make it a great resource for those trying to reach international distributors and buyers. And the "Trade Assistance Directory" section of this book helps U.S producers find firms that specialize in providing export services, including translation, product and package design, shipping and logistics, finance, and many more.

To register for your listing in the Export Yellow Pages today, go to http://www.myexports.com/fita. You'll find a link there to register for your free listing. If you feel that you'd benefit from even greater international exposure, there is also a link that will take you to the enhanced listing page, which offers discounted pricing for FITA's friends. This publication will be extremely useful in building your international business.


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1000 TIPS 4 TRIPS

Here's a travel tip I wish I had known when my kids were young. When you're traveling with small children, you take along a roll or two of coins (pennies, nickels, or a similar coin of your country) and tell the kids you'll give it to them when you arrive at your destination. Whenever they ask, "Are we there yet?" you take away one coin. Children don't like to lose money, so they become model travelers and stop asking the dreaded "Are we there yet?" question every five minutes. I got this travel tip from 1000 Tips 4 Trips ( http://1000tips4trips.com ), a great site that has hundreds of useful suggestions about travel. Travelers all over the world have contributed tips, and I guarantee you'll find something here that will make your next trip safer and more pleasant.

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EDUCATIONAL WEBSITES

There was no Internet when I was a student back in the last century, and I often tell my children how lucky they are that they have this vast storehouse of information at their fingertips. Here are two sites for students, although I'm sure you'll find them useful even if you haven't set foot in a classroom in years.
  • StudyStack.com ( http://www.studystack.com/java-studysta/frames.jsp ). This site organizes information into a stack of "virtual cards" which contain facts about a certain subject. Just like flashcards, you can review the information at your own pace, discarding the cards you've learned and keeping the ones you still need to review. It's a great tool to help you memorize things.
  • ClassBrain.com ( http://www.classbrain.com/cb_reports.htm ). ClassBrain.com has educational resources specially designed for K-12 students, as well as extensive resources for parents and teachers. There are sections on State Reports, Country Reports, California Mission Reports, Biographies as well as a section on what the editors have named "Freedom Files" (September 11th resources).


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