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The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement Removes “Margin Killers” in the Post COVID-19 Economy


The USMCA will support mutually beneficial trade leading to freer markets, fairer trade, and robust economic growth in North America. It will also brings lucrative opportunities to boost cross-border e-commerce.

WASHINGTON– Mexico and Canada are the top two export destinations for U.S. Small and Medium-Enterprises goods. In 2016 (latest data available), 82,000 U.S. small and medium sized businesses exported $51.2 billion in goods to Canada, and 53,000 U.S. small and medium businesses exported $76.2 billion in goods to Mexico.

Now, for the first time in a U.S. trade agreement, the USMCA includes a dedicated chapter on SMEs, as well as other key provisions supporting small and medium-sized businesses throughout the agreement.

In recognition that digital trade represents enormous value to the U.S. economy and plays a critical role in fostering economic growth and innovation, the USMCA includes a first-of-its-kind chapter on digital trade that contains the strongest commitments of any international agreement.

Entrepreneurs on both sides of the Mexican border are working with their State Government agencies to level up their digital efforts for exportation and distribution without having to rely on a supply chain organized by brokers that exhaust profit margins. These “margin killers” are facing extinction as entrepreneurs are understanding the opportunities being afforded to them under USMCA.

“In today’s market conditions, we have to work to create win-win opportunities for all. The brokers that have historically taken advantage of exporters, and inflated market prices, will have a hard time doing so in the post COVID-19 economy under the new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement. The United States Business Association of E-Commerce will work to support mutually beneficial trade leading to freer markets, fairer trade, and robust economic growth in North America” said Tayde Aburto, CEO of the USBAEC.

Businesses interested in promoting their products and services online and leveraging the benefits of the USMCA can join the Exporters/Importers marketplace https://usbaec.com/marketplaces/exim.

About the United States Business Association of E-Commerce:

The United States Business Association of E-Commerce is an online business association connecting small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) with domestic and global buyers and leveraging an online platform to help businesses compete more effectively in the digital economy.

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Scottish tech firm set to transform the post COVID workplace

Keystone, a leading workplace technology company, has created a unique Return-to-Work solution which addresses the global demand for safe and productive Post COVID workplaces.

STIRLING, SCOTLAND, June 2020. Keystone, a leading provider of workplace technology, announces the launch of its Return-to-Work technology solution and is already experiencing significant demand from organisations around the world.

The solution combines 24×7 real time monitoring of client workspaces using innovative IoT sensors with advanced data science powered by artificial neural networks. This unique capability enables, for the first time, managers to configure the solution to meet their post COVID workplace policies and guidelines, monitor over 74 data points in real time (including occupancy, social distancing, air quality and environmental quality) and receive real time ‘breach’ alerts and automated risk level updates.

By deploying the solution, companies can provide a safe and productive workplace for employees during the return to work, re-configure office layouts based on real time occupancy and utilisation data, monitor workplace compliance to guidance and standards 24×7 and in real time, receive breach alerts (e.g. if employees breach the social distance rule for more than a pre-set period), log incidents and manage preventative tasks and report on the Return to Work program effectiveness.

By working with world leading academics and data science teams, Keystone will shortly be adding predictive capabilities which will proactively alert office managers to future risks or potential breaches of policy or guidelines, with recommendations on avoidance strategies.

Keystone is the technology division of Key Facilities Management, one of the pioneers of the facility management sector. To respond to significant client demand for effective tools to help businesses return to the workplace after the coronavirus pandemic, the team at Keystone has rapidly re-configured its existing FM+ and Workplace+ technology products to provide a low cost, quick to implement and proven Return to Work solution that uniquely provides complete coverage of the entire workplace, 24×7 and in real time.

Gordon Mitchell, Keystone’s CIO commented: “For responsible employers, the COVID pandemic has accelerated the importance of providing safe, healthy, adaptive and productive workplaces. Our unique combination of advanced data science, best of breed sensing capabilities and world leading expertise in facility management is the reason our Keystone solution is in such demand”.

About Keystone
Keystone is the technology division of Key Facilities Management, pioneers of the £1.2tn facility management industry. Headquartered near Stirling in Central Scotland, Keystone’s cloud based technology enables organisations to gain real time visibility and centralised control of entire workplace. The technology powers smart buildings connected estates and smart cities using a combination of innovative sensing capabilities and advanced data science. Keystone partners with leading academic organisations, innovative IoT sensor providers and facility managers to continually deliver value to an international client base. As a recognised pioneer of workplace technology, Keystone’s founder Gordon Mitchell is involved in the development of international standards and adoption of technology in the workplace.

Gordon Mitchell, Founder & CIO, Keystone
https://www.linkedin.com/in/gordon-mitchell-9aaa8834/

Keystone
https://www.keystone-wx.com/return-to-work-2

+44 (0) 1786 841603
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