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Foreign Supplier Verification Program

Oct 27 2020

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Foreign Supplier Verification Program

Date: 27 October, 2020 4:00 AM

Location: online

Today’s travel restrictions have created a limited-time opportunity for industry members to take the Foreign Supplier Verification Program course – the only course with FDA-recognized curriculum – fully online. Take note that even with travel restrictions in place, FDA is continuing FSVP inspections and is issuing warning letters for non-compliance. This course is the best way to ensure you and your employees know how to comply and for a limited time, the course is being made available fully online.Two New Online Sessions
Added:
October 28-29, 2020
9 a.m. - 5 p.m. EST
Register for October 28-29
November 18-19, 2020
9 a.m. - 5 p.m. EST
Register for November 18-19
Seats go very quickly. To ensure your place, please register today!
 
YOU'LL GET INFORMATION TO HELP YOU:
Understand how FDA will oversee your FSVP
Identify what's needed in your FSVP
and the underlying purpose of the
Foreign Supplier Verification Programs rule

Develop your FSVP
Implement your FSVP
Implement a compliant record-keeping system
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The United States requires food exported to the U.S. to meet U.S. food safety requirements. The Food Safety Modernization Act states importers are responsible to ensure the food they import meets U.S. regulations through a Foreign Supplier Verification Program.
AFI President Bob Bauer served on the task force that developed the standardized curriculum recognized by FDA and is an FSVP Lead Instructor. His work on the task force, understanding of the food import industry and experience in conducting numerous sessions of this course since it was ready in early 2017 make AFI’s offerings a valuable experience for attendees from all sectors.
FDA-Recognized Curriculum: The FSVP course is a two-day course that takes participants through the FSVP requirements and includes exercises to help them develop their company’s program. Attendees receive a certificate upon completion of the course but must attend the entire program to receive the certificate. Space is limited.
Registrations will be taken
on a first-come, first-served basis.
Please note special online delivery requirements:
  • Registrations are unique to each individual.
  • Participants must have a camera on their computer/laptop. Instructor must have visual contact with every participant throughout the entire course.
  • Participants will be sent an electronic version of the slides that will be shown throughout the course about 1-2 days prior to the beginning of the session.
  • Participants will also be given information on how to purchase the course manual usually distributed at in-person sessions. (Manual has the same information as the electronic version that will be sent to participants but is in a bound form and might be helpful for taking notes and for reference following the session.) To allow shipping time, those wishing to order a manual should register as soon as possible. Registration confirmation will include information on how to purchase hard copies of the course materials.
  • Registration and payment must be completed online prior to the start of the course.


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Commuter assignments are on the rise! An increasing number of organizations now see them as a viable mobility program component. In a recent survey,  24% of respondents indicated their organizations were planning to add commuter assignments to their mobility suite.* There are a number of benefits to the commuter assignment model, which can offer a good compromise between full relocation and remaining in the home location. In many cases these types of assignment are likely to be more appealing to employees because they do not require as much upheaval and disruption for them and their family. In the age of COVID-19, commuter assignments provide balance for organizations needing to continue their mobility program, but who want to mitigate risk and have more control in the midst of continued uncertainty and rapid change. 

Along with the advantages, there are a few potential pitfalls that should be top of mind when considering a commuter assignment option.

Work/life balance. The ability to minimize disruption to an employee’s home life is an especially appealing aspect of a commuter assignment, particularly in cases where a partner or spouse wishes to maintain their own career in the home location. But the logistics of commuting to and from the host location impact an assignee’s health and wellbeing. Prolonged absences from the family, and from home, should not be overlooked. 

Compliance. Commuter assignments can trigger a number of compliance issues that can cause difficulties for both the assignee and the organization. Depending on the frequency and length of commuter stays in the host country, there can be both tax and immigration requirements that need to be closely managed. This could result in additional costs and resource requirements for the organization to ensure they remain compliant for the duration of the assignment. 

Management and cost.  When an employee is continuously moving between two locations there is a greater burden on those departments responsible for managing the assignment, such as HR and Finance. Not only does there need to be support for the employee in both locations, but additional and ongoing resources can also be required to track the employee, as well as manage and finance their travel and accommodation requirements. This can present logistical and financial burdens above those that would be incurred as part of a traditional international assignment.

While there are clear benefits to commuter assignments, it is important for organizations to think holistically, giving full consideration to the potential disadvantages in any individual case. Where organizations opt for this type of assignment, it is paramount that it is carefully planned and managed to ensure it remains compliant and beneficial to the assignee and the organization. 

If you are considering commuter assignments for your organization, we can help! Please contact us to schedule a call or virtual meeting to explore how we can assist with your commuter assignment program.

In the US
Call +1 703 723 6509
or send a message to info@adaptiveleadershipstrategies.com
 
In the UK
Call +44 7711 734 015
or send a message to david@mcconsulting.co.uk
 
*According to the 2020 Mobility Outlook Survey by AIRINC.

Post authored by Liane Cheyne
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Kompass’ Guide to Your Marketing Efforts During Uncertain Times

Oct 4 2020

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Kompass’ Guide to Your Marketing Efforts During Uncertain Times

Date: 4 October, 2020 4:00 AM

The biggest business question on everyone’s mind right now is how to save money.  Marketing budgets are normally one of first budgets to get cut during hard times so it is normal to think “should we pause our marketing efforts right now”? The answer is “Absolutely not!” We have seen an increase in searches for multiple industries all over the world. For example in North America, we have seen a 206% increase in searches for office supply stores, in Italy, we have seen a 114% increase in mailing services and in Japan we have seen a 307% increase in searches for grocery stores (source  yext). Business need to adjust to their customers needs even with simple marketing strategies. Kompass is here to help you navigate how to best market your company during uncertain times.  The three keys to a successful marketing effort during uncertain times are blog posts, making genuine human connections and choosing your technology wisely. 
Blog Posts:
Blog posts are a great, cheap way to increase your marketing! The keys to successful blog posts are telling a story, consistency and SEO.  A blog is not a short term fix. You need to be consistent to drive long term results. What are these long term results? Well, blogs help create organic, not paid traffic to your site. Blogs also add support material for prospect clients and customers to read and look at. Blogs can make it easier for a prospect to feel connected to your brand. Good content builds and validates your expertise within your field. Blogs also increase your SEO. SEO stands for Search Engine Optimization, which is the practice of increasing the quantity and quality of traffic to your website through organic search engine results.  Google and other search engines, read your blog. When you use key words in your blog, your website will organically show up higher on the search pages. SEO is a great tool that can be used to increase your online marketing without spending a lot of money.
Various  metrics are used to measure the effectiveness of SEO on your site, and therefore also about the site’s usage overall. These include:
  • Engagement metrics
  • Conversion rate
  • Time on page
  • Pages per visit
  • Bounce rate
  • Scroll depth
  • Search traffic
  • Keyword rankings
  • Number of backlinks
It is key to make sure you are putting out quality blogs. Blogs that are too short or don’t contain key words will not do well with SEO.
 
Human Connections:
 
 
You are not alone in this global pandemic. A lot of companies are struggling. During times like this, it is so important to remember that everyone is human and to reach out to your partners, customers and prospects. Whether it is just to check in or to put your heads together and make have a virtual event together. With technologies like Zoom, Skype and other video services, we are still able to have those face to face meetings even if they are a little bit different. Here at Kompass North America, we are really proud of the partnerships we have built over the years with  NASBITEGlobal ChamberPrinceton Mercer Regional Chamber,  ExportJerseyAssaciation of Food Industries. It is important to remember we are in this together. Times like this allow us to be creative and work together.
 
Technology Selections:

 
Do you need to attract more customers or want to engage more effectively with your audience? Today, capturing business opportunities has never been so challenging.  At Kompass we work to provide you with innovative digital marketing solutions, designed to help you reach the right companies. Through Kompass.com, our market-leading, global B2B online directory, we help buyers and suppliers connect, attracting over 10.5m users every month. Our range of Digital Marketing Solutions will drive relevant enquiries from potential customers, grow your local & global audience & help to improve your online brand visibility.
Whether you have a small or large sales & marketing resource having access to accurate and up-to -date company & contact information is essential. With business data across all B2B activity sectors from more than 70 countries,  EasyBusiness helps you target your lead generation, both locally & abroad, saving you both time & money. Manage your search campaigns with 24/7 online & mobile access to the global search platform. With over 43m+ B2B companies and 45m+ executive contacts, you can find & contact prospects all over the world directly by using our 60+ search criteria. You can then customize & download your sales & marketing lists with a click of a button!
With the Basic Web Presence Packaging being just $20 for 12 months including unlimited product posts, Kompass has solutions that will not break your marketing budget and will deliver results. 
As SEO and Google Ranking pick up steam due to COVID-19, it may be intimidating and scary to figure out where to start increasing your company’s online presence. With so many options and localized needs based on region, it can be tricky to pick the tools right for you. Luckily, Kompass has solutions specifically build to help you increase your SEO and Google Ranking!  With the Basic Web Presence Packaging being just $20 for 12 months, Kompass has solutions that will not break your marketing budget and will deliver results.
We are currently offering three different packages:  Basic Web Presence, USA/Canada SEO Booster and International SEO Booster.
Click here for the Booster explanation video.
Contact Kompass North America today to set up a demo of any of our tools or to learn about our partnership programs. We are here to help you grow during uncertain times!
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Join the Chamber for the October 2020 events

Oct 1 2020

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Join the Chamber for the October 2020 events

Date: 1 October, 2020 4:00 AM

Location: https://web.princetonmercerchamber.org/events/newcalendar.aspx

Throughout the year the Chamber offers tremendous business building opportunities. This begins with the Chamber’s three core monthly networking events: the Business Before Business Networking Breakfast; the Monthly Membership Luncheon; and the Business After Business Networking Event.
MONTHLY MEMBERSHIP LUNCHEON MEETINGS
Typically held on the first Thursday of each month, the Chamber invites a renowned speaker to address the Chamber Membership on a wide variety of timely topics from local, regional, statewide, national and global interest. These well attended Luncheon Meetings are held at the Princeton Marriott at Forrestal Center beginning with a very active networking reception at 11:30 am, followed by a buffet lunch and ending at 1:30pm. Cost to attend is $50 for Chamber Members and $75 for Future Members. Reservations are highly suggested by calling 609-924-1776 or you can  register online.  
 
BUSINESS BEFORE BUSINESS BREAKFAST MEETINGS
The Business Before Business Breakfast Meetings are the perfect way to start your day! Join the Chamber for some early morning networking and learn ways to address the day-to-day challenges that businesses face. You’re sure to pick up a valuable tip or two that you can take back with you to the office to improve your bottom line. The Breakfast Meetings are typically held on the third Wednesday of each month beginning with time for networking from 7:30am to 8:00am followed by a breakfast buffet. The program runs from 8:00am to 9:30am. Cost to attend is $25 for PMRC Members and $40 for Future Members. Reservations are highly suggested by calling 609-924-1776 or you can  register online.
 
BUSINESS AFTER BUSINESS NETWORKING
Make great business contacts and enjoy delicious refreshments at the Business After Business Networking events hosted by Chamber Member establishments. Join your Chamber friends and colleagues, meet people and make new contacts! These evening networking events are extremely popular and are typically held towards the end of the month from 5:00pm to 7:00pm. Food, great atmosphere, open bar and amazing contacts are always abundant regardless of the Member host. Remember to bring plenty of business cards! Cost to attend is $25 for PMRC Members and $60 for Future Members. Reservations are highly suggested by calling 609-924-1776 or you can  register online.
At our Chamber Events we make it easy for our Members to get to know people and we make it easy for your prospects to get to know you!  Register now for the next Chamber event!
All reservations are guaranteed. All cancellations must be made through the Chamber office at least 24 hours in advance or the full price will be charged.
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BREAKBULK AMERICAS

Sep 29 2020

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BREAKBULK AMERICAS

Date: 29 September, 2020 1:00 PM

Location: George R. Brown Convention Center, Houston, Texas

You'll find the entire industrial supply chain represented at Breakbulk Americas, including the major oil & gas companies and EPCs.
Breakbulk Americas is the best place for networking, business transactions and lead generation for the project cargo and breakbulk market in Canada, the U.S., Mexico, Central America, South America and the Caribbean. And in 2019, Breakbulk's original event will celebrate three decades of success. Combined with a resurging project market throughout the region, there is no better time to become a part of the Breakbulk Americas community.
As an exhibitor, you will meet face-to-face with project owners, EPCs, industrial manufacturers and global project forwarders—the people who decide which service providers get the next contract. Share your services and your expertise directly with buyers in a venue designed for making the connections you need for new business. 
At Breakbulk Americas, the exhibitor experience is more than a stand on the floor. Our marketing team supports your participation from the moment you sign your contract, which means the earlier you sign, the more marketing exposure you will receive.
Visit the  Exhibitor/Sponsor Marketing Center to learn about the support you'll receive before, during and after this year's event.

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Coming Home: Three Reasons Why You Should Make Reintegration a Priority

Sep 29 2020

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Coming Home: Three Reasons Why You Should Make Reintegration a Priority

Date: 29 September, 2020 4:00 AM

When planning an international assignment, the primary focus is on the experience of the assignee during his/her stay in the host country. Much emphasis is placed on ensuring the assignee and any accompanying family have a smooth and pleasant experience as expatriates. Often, an assignment is considered complete once business and individual work objectives have been met and the assignee returns home. It is often assumed that assignees and their families will be able easily fall back into their ‘old’ lives in their home location. Yet, this is not always as easy as it may seem. Consideration must be given to the potentially life-changing impact of living and working in the host environment. Without a plan for reintegration, returning assignees often find it difficult to settle back into their once-familiar surroundings, at times leading to a separation from the organization soon after their return. 
 
An international assignment is an expensive business investment. A portion of the Return on that Investment (ROI) relies on talent retention and the opportunity to leverage experience gained during the assignment.  Following are three key reasons why a conscientious repatriation process is required to maximize the return on investment for both the organization and the employee.

1.  Acquired knowledge.  Experience and knowledge gained during an international assignment is of great value to the organization and assignee, and to other organizations. Paying attention to assignee reintegration may increase post-assignment talent retention and the opportunity to retain the valuable knowledge and experience gained in-house for the benefit of the organization and other employees. 

2.  Enhanced Global Networks.  Business relationships developed during international assignments are an essential component of an organization’s capacity to conduct business on a global scale. These relationships will continue to add value long after an assignee has returned home. 

3.  Paving the way for future assignees. As organizations continue to invest in international assignments, they will want to attract the best and most suitable candidates for these roles. Having past international assignees in the organization will demonstrate the benefits of having international assignment experience. It will also provide a resource for future assignees when seeking advice about expatriate experiences. 

Paying attention to reintegration following an international assignment enables an organization to take full advantage of the value and benefits of an international assignment program and maximize assignment program ROI. If you need assistance to review or improve your employee reintegration processes, we can help! Please contact us to schedule a call or virtual meeting to explore how we can assist with your global mobility program.
 
In the US
Call +1 703 723 6509
or send a message to info@adaptiveleadershipstrategies.com
 
In the UK
Call +44 7711 734 015
or send a message to david@mcconsulting.co.uk

Post authored by Liane Cheyne
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Onboarding: Setting the Stage for Success

Sep 14 2020

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Onboarding: Setting the Stage for Success

Date: 14 September, 2020 4:00 AM

Organizations often have a standard checklist that they use to ensure a new employee is onboarded into a new role, covering areas from orientation of their work environment, familiarity with policies and procedures, and job-specific information relevant to their new position. Whilst these are also important for an employee that has been relocated, organizations often make the mistake of believing this is all that is required for an international assignee. Research* has shown that assignees place equal importance on the support provided to them outside of work to assist them with feeling at home in their new location, and are often dissatisfied with how this is handled by their employer. As such, there are a few key areas that organization should factor into their onboarding process to ensure that assignees are set up for success

1.  Social network.  Being able to quickly establish a social network in the host location is important to overseas assignees, particularly those who have relocated without a partner or family unit. Without adequate social support, assignees are likely to experience loneliness which can influence both their ability to perform in their role, but also their desire to remain for the intended length of the assignment. Providing assignees with opportunities to network outside of work early on can have a great impact on their experience and happiness whilst overseas.

2.  Family. Support for accompanying spouses, partners, and family can also be crucial to integration and overall assignment success. The stress and disharmony that can be caused by the unhappiness of dependents can be, in the first instance, a distraction to the assignee, and in some cases may lead to the early termination of an assignment. Additional efforts to ensure that accompanying family are supported to settle into work and schooling, as well as a wider social network can be hugely beneficial to both the assignee and the organization.

3.  Culture. When arriving in the host location assignees are often unfamiliar with local culture and customs, and in some cases will also not speak the language. Providing information and support to become accustomed to local culture can be a big part of ensuring that an assignee becomes quickly settled into their new surroundings and is able to focus on their new job role. This can range from small pieces of information, such as customs for tipping in restaurants, to crucial assistance with logistical hurdles, such as buying a vehicle, obtaining insurance, and opening a bank account.

By taking the time to ensure a comprehensive onboarding process, assignees are likely to be better equipped to succeed in their new location. In turn both the assignee and organization benefit from a more positive and successful assignment. If you would like to expand or refine your onboarding process for international assignees, we can help! Please contact us to schedule a call or virtual meeting to explore how we can assist with your global mobility program.

In the US
Call +1 703 723 6509
or send a message to info@adaptiveleadershipstrategies.com

In the UK
Call +44 7711 734 015
or send a message to david@mcconsulting.co.uk

*Expat Insider 2019 Business Edition: Foreign Assignees: https://business.internations.org/expat-insider/2019/download/foreign-assignees
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Why Non-Compliance Could Put the Brakes on an International Assignment

Aug 24 2020

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Why Non-Compliance Could Put the Brakes on an International Assignment

Date: 24 August, 2020 4:00 AM

Employers and employees often take compliance matters for granted. They assume it will be easy to meet home and host country requirements for items such as work authorization and taxation, as long as they follow the requisite steps. But if not properly planned, an international assignment can be at risk of failure due to unforeseen compliance hurdles. Here, we address three potential stumbling blocks in the global assignment process.

World events and changes to policy. The impact of COVID-19 has brought about rapid and unforeseen changes to policies and procedures impacting international travel. Barriers to entry due to lengthy delays or suspension of issuing visas, potential quarantine periods and local measures to prevent the spread of the virus are examples of the disruption now facing business and leisure travelers. Other circumstances include changes in leadership in a country or region, predicating a change in policy. It is pertinent that any organization planning to relocate even a single employee internationally keep well informed about developments in the host country and be prepared to act promptly in response to unexpected changes. 

Complex issues and expertise. Many issues around compliance can be complex and specific to the situation or country. Whilst it is tempting for organizations to feel their way through such issues, or rely on past experiences, the best course of action is to seek advice from someone with the appropriate expertise to ensure that an assignment begins as quickly as possible will not fall short of what is required for it to be compliant with both the home and host country. Mistakes can be costly and lead to avoidable delays and complications. 

Communication. Communication is a recurring theme throughout the international assignment process and one we have discussed in more depth in a previous post. It is, however, of continued importance when it comes to ensuring compliance. It is, of course, crucial for organizations to communicate clearly with their assignees about what is required of them in order to ensure they are and remain compliant throughout their assignment. However, it is of equal importance that employers maintain good communication with the relevant agencies in the host country. Particularly in these challenging times, delays and mistakes can often be made when there is a lack of information or miscommunication between the organization and relevant agencies in the host country. 

By bearing in mind some of these potential pitfalls, organizations can save themselves both time and money by ensuring that they correctly meet compliance requirements the first time around. Good planning and depth of knowledge is key.  Numerous resources are available to help organizations navigate compliance issues and ensure that they are correctly addressed. Please contact us to schedule a call or virtual meeting to explore how we can assist with your global mobility program.

In the US
Call +1 703 723 6509
or send a message to info@adaptiveleadershipstrategies.com

In the UK
Call +44 7711 734 015
or send a message to david@mcconsulting.co.uk

Post authored by Liane Cheyne
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S & S Hinge Achieves ISO 9001:2015 Certification

Aug 23 2020

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S & S Hinge Achieves ISO 9001:2015 Certification

Date: 23 August, 2020 5:00 AM

The S & S Hinge Company, Bloomingdale, IL Achieves
ISO 9001:2015 Certification
 
 
The S & S Hinge Company is proud to announce our ISO 9001:2015 certification.  Our decision to obtain ISO certification demonstrates our commitment to the principles of Lean manufacturing, continuous process improvement, and to providing quality products to our valued customers.  
 
ISO 9001 is the world’s most widely recognized quality management standard, which assists companies in meeting the expectations and needs of their customers.  As part of the ISO 9001:2015 certification process, S & S Hinge engaged in a rigorous audit of our business processes as well as our quality management system.  By achieving this level of certification, we have demonstrated our ability and desire to effectively maintain and improve our Total Quality Management system while continuously improving our internal processes.
 
This certification further strengthens our commitment to our customers.  “At S & S Hinge our philosophy has always been to meet and exceed our customer’s needs and expectations; which is the responsibility of every employee.  We have accomplished this by providing quality products, on time deliveries, and excellent customer service.”
 
We extend our sincere thanks to our loyal customers and our valued suppliers.  It is through these business relationships that we will continue to achieve success in the months and years to come. 
 
 
Chris Stevenson
President / CEO
 
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Question & Answer

Aug 10 2020

Question & Answer

Question & Answer

Date: 10 August, 2020 5:00 AM

What hole patterns are you able to do?

Attaching a hinge to an assembly with screws, nails or pop rivets requires that holes be pre-punched in the hinge leaves.  We are tooled to punch many different hole patterns within our automated work centers and in our secondary department (round, square, obround slot both parallel and perpendicular to the pin, notch-radius end, notch-square end, and countersunk).
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Defining the Scope of an International Assignment

Aug 10 2020

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Defining the Scope of an International Assignment

Date: 10 August, 2020 4:00 AM

One of the most fundamental mistakes that organizations make when arranging an international assignment is not clearly defining the scope and purpose of the assignment from the outset. Without this, success cannot be easily measured, and the intended purpose or outcome can be lost. In order to ensure that overseas assignments bring a good Return on Investment (ROI) and deliver the desired results, it is necessary to be specific about the assignment purpose and expected outcomes. 

When determining the scope and purpose of an assignment, there are key areas to be considered:

Intended assignment length. Is this a permanent or temporary relocation? Some organizations require employees to relocate on a permanent basis to fill a specific skills gap in an overseas location, while others need an employee to fulfill a time-limited gap or spearhead a project. It is important to take this into consideration, even if there is a chance that circumstances could change. 

The business objective. What is the organization looking to gain from the assignment? There are numerous reasons why an overseas assignment may be required such as establishing a presence in a new geographic region or to expand knowledge and experience within the organization. The business objective should be well-defined along with well-defined Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) to ensure the assignment will yield the expected ROI and fulfill the intended business need. 

The individual objectives for the employee. What is the intended outcome/goal for the assignee? Not only can individual objectives play a large role in attracting employees to undertake international assignments, but they also contribute significantly to employee retention both during and after the assignment. Relocation assignments are expensive. Ensuring successful completion of an assignment and retaining talent after an assignment is complete are both key factors in determining ROI. 

Without clear definition assignments can fail to meet their desired objectives, resulting in long-term consequences for both the organization and the assignee. Yet with adequate planning and preparation,  international assignments can be of enormous value to both. There are numerous resources available to help organizations of all sizes plan successful global assignments and maximize their investment, particularly during these challenging times. Please contact us to schedule a call or virtual meeting to explore how we can assist with your global mobility program.

In the US
Call +1 703 723 6509
or send a message to info@adaptiveleadershipstrategies.com

In the UK
Call +44 7711 734 015
or send a message to david@mcconsulting.co.uk
 
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Question & Answer

Jul 27 2020

Question & Answer

Question & Answer

Date: 27 July, 2020 5:00 AM

What are your custom fabrication options?  Our custom fabrication options are:  hole punching, bending - forming, swaging (full, half, reverse, and offsetting), and staking the pin.  What is a staked pin?  It is a pin staked into position by small dents made in a consistent pattern on the bottoms of the knuckles.  Standard on S & S Hinge 400 series.
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Mobility 1.0

Jul 27 2020

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Mobility 1.0

Date: 27 July, 2020 4:00 AM

Global expansion can open tremendous opportunities for business growth, but it does not come without risk, especially when it involves employee relocation. When moving even a single employee to a new international location, it is important to get the best return on your investment, and to make sure employer and employee compliance requirements are addressed to avoid expensive fines, penalties and restrictions that can interfere with business success.

Mobility 1.0 is designed to remove the guesswork from international relocation by providing straightforward solutions to address common mobility challenges. This has never been more pertinent than at this time, with continually changing regulations and restrictions that make ensuring that an international assignment can proceed an even bigger challenge, both in terms of their legality, but also in terms of the health and wellbeing of the assignee and any accompanying dependents. 

Extend your reach! 
Contact us today to learn about our rapid and efficient virtual mobility consultation process. 

Please call +1 703 723 6509
or send a message to info@adaptiveleadershipstrategies.com

You can also find us in the UK - please call +44 7711 734 015
or send a message to david@mcconsulting.co.uk
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https://princetonnjcoc.wliinc27.com/events/Global-Business-Summit-873/details

Jul 17 2020

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https://princetonnjcoc.wliinc27.com/events/Global-Business-Summit-873/details

Date: 17 July, 2020 2:00 PM

Location: virtual event

GLOBAL BUSINESS SUMMIT
Friday, July 17, 2020 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM EST
DoubleTree by Hilton of Princeton
4355 Route One South at Ridge Road
Princeton, NJ 08540
Join the Global Business Virtual Summit and learn how your business can adjust to the new normal in today's global economy. 
The virtual event includes:
  • Keynote Speaker Presentation
  • Case Study Moderated Chat
  • Networking Breakout Rooms 
Keynote Speaker: Kimberlee S. Phelan, CPA, MBA, CGMA, 
Partner, WithumSmith+Brown
International Services Practice Leader
 
Case Study Discussion Speaker: Suzanne Moyer,
Co-founder & VP Nevo Technologies
 
In addition to the virtual presentations and interactive networking during the event, we encourage attendees to provide their LinkedIn profile links during registration. To facilitate connections in today's virtual world, any attendees that provide their profile will be sent the full list of those attendees that have opted in as well. 

Pricing
Early Bird Rate - VALID THROUGH JUNE 30THJun 30, 2020 $25.00
Ticket - Member PricingJul 17, 2020 $30.00
Ticket - Non-Member PricingJul 17, 2020 $40.00
Title Sponsor - Industry Exclusive!Jul 17, 2020 $2,000.00
Supporting Sponsor - Limited # Available!Jul 17, 2020 $1,500.00
Breakfast Sponsor - Limited # Available!Jul 17, 2020 $1,000.00
Patron SponsorJul 17, 2020 $500.00

REGISTER
 
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Global Communication in the ‘Next Normal’

Jul 13 2020

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Global Communication in the ‘Next Normal’

Date: 13 July, 2020 4:00 AM

One of the most notable changes that many employees have experienced as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic is an increase in virtual meetings with colleagues locally and across the globe. As restrictions on travel have prevented organizations from moving their workforce, either on long-term assignments or simply for business travel, employees are being required to communicate virtually more than ever.
 
Virtual meetings present a number of new challenges. Whilst there has been a great deal of focus on the role of technology, with many having to quickly become familiar and comfortable with this being their sole means of communicating, virtual meetings can also present challenges with ensuring effective communication within teams, particularly when they are spread across multiple countries and cultures.
 
With this in mind, here are three key considerations to keep front of mind in order to enhance cross-cultural communication as we navigate a world where virtual meetings have become the norm.
 
1. Empathy. The COVID-19 pandemic has been experienced in vastly different ways across different countries and communities. As well as varying levels of disruption and social restrictions, cultural groups will react differently to the common experience of uncertainty and anxiety. Awareness of the differing experiences of others may enable greater empathy for the viewpoints and reactions of others and foster a greater understanding of this shared experience, with the potential of enhancing the quality of remote and virtual communication

2. Context. Whereas previously colleagues may have gathered in one place for a face-to-face meeting, it is probable that many organizations have found their employees dispersed across the globe. This can present a number of logistical challenges for communication. For example, holding a virtual meeting with many international participants will involve multiple timezones, meaning that the timing may present more difficulty for some than others. The same can be said for different holidays and significant events that occur in different countries and cultures. By demonstrating awareness of the contextual factors, greater common understanding and sense of value will be fostered among participants.
 
3. Non-verbal communication. In the context of virtual meetings, non-verbal communication can assist with conveying meaning and increasing a shared understanding. Gestures can aid colleagues from high-context cultures who rely more heavily on non-verbal communication to make their viewpoint heard or for their understanding of others. This can also be helpful for those whose ability to communicate may be impeded by a language barrier, a difficulty often heightened when not communicating in-person. Not relying solely on verbal communication conveys a commitment to inclusiveness and ensures that no one is left behind.
 
Many organizations will be experiencing the challenges that can arise with global teams at an enhanced level during the current pandemic. Additional training to assist employees with identifying how they can work better in a cross-cultural setting can be of great benefit, especially as they settle into the ‘next normal’ of virtual working. There are many resources out there to assist organizations in better equipping their employees with the skills they need to be successful. For more information on the training we can provide please contact us using the details below.
 
Call +1 703 723 6509
or send a message to info@adaptiveleadershipstrategies.com

Post authored by Liane Cheyne
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CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) BUSINESS RESOURCES

Jun 30 2020

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CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) BUSINESS RESOURCES

Date: 30 June, 2020 4:00 AM

CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) BUSINESS RESOURCES
The Princeton Mercer Regional Chamber and Convention & Visitors Bureau are actively monitoring developments surrounding the coronavirus as the health and safety of our members and visitors is paramount. All Chamber events have been postponed through at least April 30th.  We encourage all members, visitors and employers to abide by the social distancing guidelines the State and Nation have set forth. By following these guidelines, we can get through this together as a stronger Region. This website will serve to provide resources and continue facilitating connections for both large and small businesses.The links below offer the most up to date information will keep you apprised of any significant new developments.
For  Reopening Information & Updates, click  here
We are keenly aware that our business community will be faced with unexpected challenges now and in the weeks to come. During that time, the Chamber will modify marketing messages, website content and social media outreach to provide information designed to help and inform members on the resources available through local, State and National business operations. We also understand now, more than ever, it is important to support our local businesses- order take-out, buy a gift certificate. These actions will ensure our downtown and small businesses survive. Click  here to see what businesses are open for service in Princeton, or  here for Trenton.  
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Question & Answer

Jun 21 2020

Standard Continuous HInges

Question & Answer

Date: 21 June, 2020 5:00 AM

Do your stock continuous hinges have holes?  

Our steel, stainless, and aluminum continuous hinges are standard without holes.  Our brite-annealed, brass pre-plate and nickel pre-plate continuous hinges are standard with holes punched and countersunk on two inch centers.

What length do your standard/stock continuous hinges come in?

Our standard/stock continuous hinges come in 6' and 8' lengths.
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AFI Offers FSVP Training Courses

Jun 17 2020

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AFI Offers FSVP Training Courses

Date: 17 June, 2020 4:00 AM

Location: ONLINE ZOOM

AFI Offers FSVP Training Courses
2020 Course Dates Below!
The United States requires food exported to the U.S. to meet U.S. food safety requirements. The Food Safety Modernization Act states importers are responsible to ensure the food they import meets U.S. regulations through a Foreign Supplier Verification Program.
AFI President Bob Bauer served on the task force that developed the standardized curriculum recognized by FDA and is an FSVP Lead Instructor. His work on the task force, understanding of the food import industry and experience in conducting numerous sessions of this course since it was ready in early 2017 make AFI’s offerings a valuable experience for attendees from all sectors.
The FSVP course is a two-day course that takes participants through the FSVP requirements and includes exercises to help them develop their company’s program. Attendees receive a certificate upon completion of the course but must attend the entire program to receive the certificate.

New 2020 Dates Announced! You’ll Get Help to:
  • Understand the underlying purpose of the Foreign Supplier Verification Programs (FSVP) rule
  • Identify what's needed in your FSVP
  • Develop your FSVP
  • Implement your FSVP
  • Implement a compliant recordkeeping system
  • Understand how FDA will oversee your FSVP
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Employee Mobility in an Uncertain Time

Jun 15 2020

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Employee Mobility in an Uncertain Time

Date: 15 June, 2020 4:00 AM

The ability to have a globally mobile workforce and relocate employees internationally is one of many areas COVID-19 has had an impact on businesses around the world, with new assignments either canceled or indefinitely put on hold. As countries move into new phases of their response to the pandemic, organizations will now need to consider the next steps for international assignments and how best to proceed in the weeks and months ahead. Whilst new international assignments will still be necessary,  safety and practicality will be top of mind with a host of new factors to take into account.
 
1.  Variations between different locations. As has been seen throughout the pandemic, countries have responded in different ways and at different times. This can also be extended to policies on immigration and travel, with many countries beginning to reopen borders. While an initial response might be to place all international assignments on hold, the opportunity exists to consider cases individually to mitigate business disruption. Concurrently, organizations will need to account for the potential for changes, should an assignee be impacted by the reinstatement of restrictions previously lifted in his/her host country. Having a comprehensive communication plan to address the “what if’s” is vital, helping both employers and assignees proceed with caution as we ease into the next normal.

2.  Additional practical and logistical challenges. Where overseas assignments proceed there may be a range of additional difficulties during the moving process. These could include delays in visas being approved, quarantine periods on arrival, and new and unfamiliar social restrictions both in and out of the workplace. It will be important for organizations to be mindful of the potential impact on assignees under such circumstances. Examples include greater restrictions on freedoms in accordance with local guidance and possible difficulties with integrating into the host environment. Thought should be given to adjusting onboarding processes and increasing communication with assignees to provide the support needed for the assignment to be successful for the organization and the assignee.
 
3.  Legal requirements. As requirements for legal compliance become more fluid, organizations may be faced with unanticipated delays and the need for additional documentation. For existing assignees, addressing issues associated with visa renewals and related gaps in employment authorization can take extra time. New assignees may be impacted by requirements to provide travel history and health records/screenings. By taking a proactive stance, anticipating the possibility of needing to comply with additional requirements, organizations can experience less disruption and instill greater confidence in the assignees being asked to relocate.
 
Each of these should be reviewed in conjunction with the organization’s approach to duty of care and decisions made accordingly about whether or not to proceed with an overseas assignment. Whilst the situation remains uncertain and challenging, there are a range of resources available to help implement a successful global mobility program.  Whether your organization is looking to relocate an employee for the first time, or restart global relocation activity, we can help.
 
Please contact us to schedule a call or virtual meeting to explore options that will enable you and your employees to achieve your global mobility goals!
 
In the US
Call +1 703 723 6509
or send a message to  info@adaptiveleadershipstrategies.com

In the UK
Call +44 7711 734 015
or send a message to  david@mcconsulting.co.uk
 
Post authored by Liane Cheyne
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