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Starting a New Business in Hawaii? Your Freight Forwarder Can Help!

You might already be aware that a freight forwarder can help your business run more smoothly. But did you know that a freight forwarder can be an absolutely invaluable partner in starting a business? This can be especially true in a place like Hawaii, where you may be coordinating multiple freight modes to supply your new venture. In this article, we’ll reveal four ways your freight forwarder can help you get a new Hawaii business off the ground, quickly, easily, and affordably. #1: Coordinating All of the Moving Parts Starting up a brick-and-mortar business is a little like spinning those proverbial plates. There’s a lot […]

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Looking to Expand into a New Market? 5 Reasons to Consider Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico has long been known as la Isla del Encanto—the Island of Enchantment, a beautiful and enthralling place to vacation. However, since 2012, the government of Puerto Rico has been busy creating a new identity for Puerto Rico: an island that’s open for business. As a U.S. territory, Puerto Rico is a relatively simple market for an established U.S. business to expand into. Additionally, as the country’s most populated territory, it offers more than 3 million potential customers. It’s also becoming an incubator for start-ups, and if you’re willing to relocate to Puerto Rico, the benefits get even more enticing. If you’re looking to […]

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Local Spotlight: PAI Honolulu Turns to Culinary Kits in Take-Out Times

Even as the state of Hawaii transitions to a “safer-at-home” order that has allowed many businesses in the state to re-open, COVID-19 concerns and social distancing guidelines continue to change the way most businesses operate. As part of our Local Spotlight series to highlight how COVID-19 is affecting Hawaii businesses, we talked to Justine Lee, manager of PAI Honolulu. She runs the restaurant along with her husband, Kevin Lee, who is also the restaurant’s chef and owner. Through our conversation with Justine, you’ll get a look into the issues facing restaurants in the state of Hawaii, as well as some insights into the innovative solutions […]

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Local Spotlight: How One Maui Business Is Pivoting in Response to COVID-19 Restrictions

As part of a plan to contain the spread of COVID-19 throughout the Hawaiian islands, Governor David Ige issued two orders that significantly impacted the way Hawaii does business: A “stay-at-home” order that took effect March 25. It both 1) required residents to limit trips outside of their homes to essential tasks and 2) shut down “non-essential” businesses. A mandatory 14-day quarantine for all arrivals to the Hawaiian islands, including interisland travelers. While the first order limited the kinds of businesses permitted to operate, the second order effectively limited the potential customer base in Hawaii to local shoppers. Although some arrivals from the mainland and […]

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5 Supply Chain Certifications to Take Your Career to the Next Level

Continuing education is an important element for succeeding in any career. Working in logistics and supply chain management is no different. Honing your skills and keeping them sharp as new trends and technologies emerge will keep you at the top of your field. Going the extra mile and pursuing a certification in supply chain management can give your career even more momentum. Adding a designation to your resume demonstrates a long-term commitment to your field, which can make you more marketable to a potential employer. Additionally, a well-respected certification can offer greater opportunities for promotions and salary bumps at your current job. Finally, continuing education […]

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