Category Archives: Covid-19 Pandemic

Trade And Investments Between The US And Canada

The economic and investment relationship between the US and Canada supports millions of jobs for both countries through direct foreign investment, cross-border trade, and integrated economies. Almost one-half of the goods that the US purchases from Canada are raw materials that are needed in manufacturing. Meanwhile, Canada buys more from the US than any other country in the world.  

The automotive industry is the best example of the strong relationship between the US and Canada. The industry has a highly integrated supply chain that results in nearly $110 million in bilateral trade. In both countries, there are factories specializing in specific components required in manufacturing a vehicle. When a car rolls off the assembly line, some of its components and materials have crossed the borders of the two countries multiple times during the production process.

Agriculture is another sector that has largely benefitted from the sophisticated cross-border supply chains. High-quality and safe products being purchased by Americans are more likely to have crossed the borders. For example, the lettuce and tomato on the hamburger may have come from Canada but the beef and buns may even be from both countries.

A number of trade policies between the two North American countries have been modernized to make sure that they are free and fair. The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) that replaced NAFTA will continue to support jobs and maintain free trade in North America while making sure that benefits are mutually shared.

In addition to the trade relationship, both the US and Canada have an important investment relationship. The US is the single largest investor in Canada while Canada is the largest source of foreign direct investment in the US. Canada is a most ideal place for US businesses to grow because of its stable business climate, low taxes and business costs, highly educated and skilled workforce, generous incentives for research and development, and access to global markets.

Cross-border trade in North America will not be possible without the presence of logistics and trucking providers like Titan Transline. Their reliable transportation solutions allow the seamless transport of goods on time for a highly competitive price.

Melbourne Puzzle Map Gaining Popularity Amidst COVID-19 Lockdown

Melinda Clarke had a surprising amount of people visiting their services page recently, as people took interest in her jigsaw, The Melbourne Map, a 1000-piece puzzle of a map of the city, a labor of love made by her and artist Lewis Brownlie.

According to her, she recently had a stockpile big enough to fill a 40-foot container sell out, which was supposed to be her entire stock for the rest of 2020. When asked about The Melbourne Map puzzle, she says that the demand just spiraled out of control, with their online channels and their services page overwhelmed by interested customers.

Ms. Clarke met Mr. Brownlie one day in Melbourne, sitting on a milk crate drawing the buildings in the city, in her words, and presented her idea for the puzzle map to him. The artist agreed, estimating a piece that would take 4-6 months.

The map that would become The Melbourne Map puzzle had details on Melbourne’s CBD, inner suburbs, waterways, and the like, with 8,000 hours of research, and two and a half years’ worth of sketching and coloring, with digital colorist Sean Rodwell handling the latter to ensure everything was properly shaded.

The map has since become popular to people staying at home due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with orders coming in by the dozens. The original agreement for the distribution of the map was to have 100 copies, but after a local outlet did a spread on it, the number bumped up 20,000.

Ms. Clarke put the project on hold for a decade and a half for her abalone farm at Indented Head, before coming back to the project in 2015, after having to clean out a shed full of unneeded stuff. She then invested her savings and partly crowd-funded the 2019 iteration of The Melbourne Map, which had to be re-done from scratch due to the huge changes in the city, with Deborah Young Monk taking over the illustration work.

In order to ensure that the new map was good, the team turned to developers to ensure that they got finished versions of unfinished developments on their map.

The plan, originally, was to support Aussie manufacturers, but the closest puzzle maker they could get was in New Zealand, which they got to the day before the country locked down. With New Zealand set to re-open for business, more puzzles are to be released.

Recruitment During Covid-19 Pandemic

Businesses usually adapt technology that suits their working environment. Changes are usually gradual so that they will have ample opportunity to prepare. You can read here about business automation services that can transform redundant tasks in the office. However, businesses are unprepared to meet the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Businesses are facing something different today and they have to quickly adjust to the new normal. Employees have moved from offices to their homes because of social distancing and lockdown measures implemented by governments. Businesses are unable to operate as they have done previously. They have to adopt technology in order to stay ahead.

Recruitment is one of the most challenging tasks that HR has to undertake. Technology plays a big role in recruitment today and allows HR practitioners to attract new talent. Instead of the usual personal interview, HR can use video interviews through FaceTime or Skype. By adopting this virtual approach, companies can continue to engage with top candidates.

Aside from virtual meetings and conferences, companies can still create online events for promotion. Pre-built RSVP forms can be made from scratch and posted on the company’s website or social media platforms. Aside from members of the recruitment team, business users and partners can also participate with just a click on a button.

By automating events, the company can easily track and monitor signups and capture data in real time. Instant feedback from participants can alert the company on the applicants that must be prioritized. The most promising candidates can be nurtured through post event communication.

Businesses can calculate ROI by using reporting tools. They can track the effectiveness, costs, team efforts and conversion rates from the virtual events. New processes that automate recruitment have the potential to save money and time for the business. It also speeds up recruitment time without foregoing quality.

There is no shortage of tasks that can be automated to achieve predictable execution and results. You can read more on how to automate invoicing, payroll processing, client management and warehouse inventory. An IT team can learn about your business strategies and pain points so that a system can be developed according to your unique needs and requirements.