BURLINGTON, Vt.–Champlain College students Heather Littlefield, Anna Wisniewska, Alina Stanciu and Emily Howland have been working atthe Vermont Global Trade Partnership (VGTP) during the spring 2007 semester. These Champlain College students earned their internships through a competitive interview process.Vermont business people access a broad range of trade services through the VGTP, a state program which has established an office in the S.D. Ireland Family Center for Global Business and Technology on the Champlain College campus. Champlain offers the only International Business program in the state of Vermont.Businesses can receive assistance with: reviewing trade regulations, tariffs and logistics, researching new markets, importing and exporting, product sourcing, trade missions, overseas trade shows, and networking opportunities.Additionally, student Emily Howland is doing a four-month internship in Shanghai, China. She is an intern at the Shanghai Small Enterprise Trade Development Center, promoting international business relationships. Howland is no stranger to China, having studied for four years in Beijing. She is a fluent speaker of the Chinese dialect of Mandarin. Howland is sharing her experience in China via a student blog.Prior to this spring internship, she has been continuing her role as lead research assistant for the Vermont Global Trade Partnership. In November, she accompanied a Vermont delegation on a trade mission to China and assisted as an interpreter. More recently, she organized Vermont’s participation in the American Education Fairs in Taiwan. She also hosted a tourism representative from China and toured her around Vermont.”I’m looking forward to getting experience in working in a Chinese office,” she said. “It’s a similar organization to where I work now — I’ll just see things from the other side.” Howland grew up in Richmond, Vt. and is a graduate of Mt. Mansfield Union High School.Littlefield, from Morrisville, Vt., is a graduate of People’s Academy. She is finishing her bachelor’s degree in International Business and she brings retail experience to the VGTP, including shipping and receiving responsibilities for textiles. With the VGTP, she performs research in areas that include sourcing and distributor searches, as well as regulatory market reports.Wisniewska is a native of Poland. She is a Business and Management major who also brings human resources and accounting knowledge to the internship.Stanciu is from Romania and she is an International Business student. Stanciu is helping the VGTP investigate new business opportunities in Romania and Bulgaria — which are new members of the European Union.
The question is what is Amazon’s plan with the new service. Of course Amazon is a global leader and one of the strongest digital players with a large user base and daily page views, so it enters a sector relatively easily and can dominate quickly. It is enough to insert one category on their website, such as virtual tourist tours, and at the beginning it attracts a lot of attention and traffic. At least in the short term. Amazon points out that the new platform provides more opportunities for small business owners who want to generate extra income, including store owners, local guides, chefs, stylists, artists and craftsmen. The coronavirus pandemic has, of course, affected many of these companies, which Amazon hopes could encourage them to use the Explore platform. In fact, it is about selling experiences, and that is the word that is most repeated in the description and promotion of a new service. The platform is terribly reminiscent of a platform Airbnb Experiences, however, Amazon is more open to various other sectors, including trade. Of course, everything is connected to the Amazon account, through which the financial transaction is performed, as well as delivery in case of purchasing a product. In any case, time will show, and until then we are following the development and new steps of Amazon. / / / AIRBNB ONLINE EXPERIENCES – GAME CHANGER TO OPENING A TOTALLY NEW MARKET AND A NICHE TO HOSTS IN PRIVATE ACCOMMODATION / / / AIRBNB EMPLOYS FORMER DISNEYLAND DIRECTOR IN SEARCH TO EXPAND EXPERIENCE SERVICE But it’s not just the tourism sector, through personalized city tours with tour guides, but the platform is open to everyone, such as an online cooking course, online stores, etc.… Interestingly, two-way live communication (Livestream) is only through sound, while video the image is seen only by the buyer and not by the service seller. So, the main question is whether Amazon seriously wants to jump into the tourism sector, since the current focus is on the digitalization of the entire sector and to position itself in the OTA segment or purely as a retailer with a new added service. Probably more like a merchant, knowing core business Amazon as well as the current segmentation of new service categories. Amazon recently launched a new service in beta – Amazon Explore, through which it tries to capture consumer demand for virtual tours and activities in tourist destinations. So, we have direct and personalized interaction between the customer / guest and the service provider, without pre-recorded videos, which is the main advantage and differentiation of Amazon Explore.
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RelatedPosts Pirlo not out to copy anyone after Juventus’ comfortable opening win EPL: Foxes attack Burnley Aguero could be out of action until November, Guardiola says Gabriel Jesus scored twice as Manchester City returned to winning ways with a 4-1 victory over Burnley at Turf Moor.After the disappointment of Saturday’s draw against Newcastle, which left City 11 points behind Liverpool, this was a strong reaction from Pep Guardiola’s men.Jesus curled in a lovely opener in the 24th minute and doubled the lead just after half-time, while the third came from Rodri, who conjured one of the goals of the season for his second in the Premier League, thundering a volley into the roof of the net.Substitute Riyad Mahrez netted his 50th Premier League goal in the 87th minute, with another replacement, Burnley’s Robbie Brady, grabbing a consolation two minutes later to deny City a clean sheet.Rodri was one of four changes made by Guardiola from the weekend, with Nicolas Otamendi given the nod ahead of John Stones in defence, while Angelino and Bernardo Silva also started.With key man Ashley Westwood injured, Sean Dyche gave on-loan Chelsea midfielder Danny Drinkwater his Premier League debut for the club three months after he suffered an ankle injury in an incident outside a nightclub.Dyche tweaked his formation, with Ashley Barnes left on the bench and Jeff Hendrick pushed forward to support Chris Wood, while Aaron Lennon was preferred to Brady out wide.The last time City visited Turf Moor in late April they needed a win to maintain their slender lead at the top of the table and ground out a scrappy 1-0 victory.Three points this time felt just as vital, with City having only won one of their previous five matches in all competitions.They had the ball in the net in just the sixth minute when Jesus deflected in Angelino’s shot but the Brazilian was clearly offside.Drinkwater was showing some of the invention that Burnley fans hoped he would bring but also rust and too often his touches did not find a team-mate.One such misplaced flick let in Kevin De Bruyne, who drove towards the Burnley penalty area before sending in a shot that was straight at Nick Pope, much to the Belgian’s frustration.The Clarets looked relatively comfortable for the first quarter of the game but a moment of real quality saw City take the lead, with David Silva and Rodri combining to play in Jesus, who paused on the right of the area before curling a delicious shot just inside the far post, giving Pope no chance.It was a superb way for the Brazilian to end an eight-game run without scoring.City almost grabbed a second in the 32nd minute but Pope produced a point-blank save to deny Raheem Sterling from De Bruyne’s precision cross, while the England man was also behind a deflected effort from the influential Belgian.Burnley’s first real opening came three minutes before the break when Lennon produced a good, deep cross, which was met firmly on the volley by Dwight McNeil – only for Wood to block his own team-mate’s effort.City broke quickly down the other end and Pope again had to be alert to keep out Bernardo Silva’s shot with his feet.Half-time did not disrupt the visitors’ momentum and they doubled their advantage five minutes after the restart, Jesus hooking in Bernardo Silva’s clever cross.The forward nearly completed his hat-trick three minutes later but this time his shot from a tight angle just missed Pope’s far post.Dyche reacted with a double substitution in the 58th minute, switching to a 4-4-2 and sending on Barnes and Jay Rodriguez, with Drinkwater taken off along with Wood.A free-kick won immediately by Barnes allowed Burnley to register their first shot on target but McNeil’s free-kick was comfortable for Ederson.City had taken their foot off the accelerator but they continued to probe and their third in the 68th minute was the best of the lot, Rodri unleashing a volley from 20 yards after David Silva’s effort was blocked.That killed the game completely as a contest but Mahrez, on for Sterling, produced another precision finish to make it four before Brady took advantage of a fortunate deflection.Tags: BurnleyEPLGabriel JesusManchester CityPep Guardiola