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Sweden and International Trade

By Paul Garrimone In recent years, international trade has seen record numbers.  In 2016, the total U.S. trade with foreign countries totaled $4.9 trillion – a little over half of that was imports, and, the remainder in exports.  The U.S. and the European Union have continually remained in the top three countries in the world regarding exporting and importing, and, this is important in involving: capital goods, industrial supplies and commercial goods.  Everything from: airplanes and automobiles; to pharmaceuticals and chemicals; to food and beverage; to semiconductors, electronics and computers; industrial machinery and equipment – even travel – all account for this international trade every second, of everyday.  In 2016, the U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker presented CAP Worldwide with the President’s “E” Award for Export Service.  The President’s “E” Award is the highest recognition any U.S. entity can receive for making a significant contribution to the expansion of U.S. exports.  International shipping is crucial to the worlds overall economy and plays an important aspect to CAP Logistics and our customers.  It’s interesting; however, to focus in on one important member of the E.U. and that country is Sweden.

“Swedish massage oils, and the yummy and gummy delicious Swedish Fish candies alone account for probably over $100 trillion in imports and exports.” Our source, Bjorn Lyngstad stated to us (worth it to mention he is also a distant cousin to Anni-Frid Lyngstad, of the Swedish Pop Group ABBA).   This is in fact completely made up, and, false.  However, it is true that between the U.S. and Sweden, the annual bilateral trade in goods totals $25 billion annually.  And, this doesn’t include the annual bilateral investments monies.  Overall, Sweden is the 12th largest investor in the U.S. – creating just over 330,000 jobs across the country.  Integral Swedish companies such as: Sandvik Group, SKF, Atlas Copco, ASEA Brown Boveri, Volvo and many others -- all have a hand in this partnership.

How to Transport a Dinosaur in Two Simple Steps -- and 60 Million Years

Millions of years ago, dinosaurs trekked the globe in search of survival, and humans wouldn’t have stood a chance in their environment. In modern times, humans trek the globe in search of evidence of dinosaurs’ eventual demise in the form of fossils and other paleontological pursuits. When it’s time to get fossils from one place to another, CAP Logistics and CAP Worldwide are industry leaders in shipping these particularly historic and fragile items. For example, CAP Worldwide recently shipped a major find, an ankylosaurus, from Montana to the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto.

In general, once dinosaur fossils are removed from the ground, they are encased in hard plaster for transport. They are then carefully placed and secured onto a flatbed trailer before CAP Worldwide delivers the fossils to their new homes.

What’s next on the journey of this ankylosaurus? In its lifetime at the end of the Cretaceous Period (68-66 million years ago), it might have measured up to 20 feet long, 6 feet tall and 13,000 pounds. In this case, it is now owned by the Royal Ontario Museum, whose crew will work to reassemble the find as fully as possible based on its condition at the time of discovery.

This story not only illustrates how cool it is to see a dinosaur skull on the back of a truck, but it also illustrates the power of customer loyalty. CAP Logistics team member Mike Hoffman has been providing transportation solutions to this sector for several years, and he has customers who refuse to choose anyone else for their shipping needs.

One of Hoffman’s customers, GeoDecor, has many fossils for purchase at the Denver Coliseum Mineral, Fossil and Gem Show, a popular public show going on now. GeoDecor president and CEO Tom Lindgren’s passion for paleontology has led to a renowned global career, including providing market valuations for the U.S. Department of State and royal families in the Middle East.

Lindgren works to appraise the market value of fossils, but his appraisal of a quality transportation and logistics provider took hardly any work at all. In discussing his longtime working-relationship with Hoffman, Lindgren said, “When I pass something onto Mike to ship, I know it’ll be okay. I know he’ll get me the best service for the best price, and he’s available all along the way. He understands our needs and nuances, and that gives me a lot of confidence in the process.”

 

Several of the GeoDecor fossils have been uncovered in southwestern Wyoming. Lindgren and his sons have quarries there. “What better legacy to leave one’s children,” he mused. This philosophy is very similar to that of CAP Logistics and CAP Worldwide founder Gayle Dendinger whose family businesses have likewise left a legacy.

In related news, CAP Worldwide moved massive amounts of similar freight to over 68 countries during the Tucson Gem, Mineral and Fossil Showcase. Colorado Business Roundtable featured the Denver Gem and Mineral Show (across the street from the Denver Coliseum Mineral, Fossil and Gem Show) earlier this month on its Connect and Collaborate radio show, and the podcast is available. The rock shows are free, open to the public and will be in Denver through this Sunday, September 18, 2016. Don’t miss this chance to see and own your own piece of the fossil record.

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CAP Worldwide, Inc. Receives Presidential Award For Export Service

On May 16, 2016, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker presented CAP Worldwide with the President’s “E” Award for Export Service at a ceremony in Washington, D.C.  The President’s “E” Award is the highest recognition any U.S. entity can receive for making a significant contribution to the expansion of U.S. exports. CAP Worldwide is an international logistics company with offices in Denver, CO and Houston, TX. CAP provides international air and ocean transportation services to companies across the United States, and is known for providing exemplary customer service for standard shipments, as well as handling complicated and project shipments.

“Exporting is crucial to the success of the businesses we work with, and our goal is to make it easy for our customers to ship their products so that they can spend their time focusing on their core business,” said Geoff Bergman, Operations Manager. “Every day we see the growth of our clients’ businesses, due in large part to exporting. This growth has enabled our clients to add jobs and support their local communities as they expand their bottom line.”

In 1961, President Kennedy signed an executive order reviving the World War II “E” symbol of excellence to honor and provide recognition to America's exporters. This year, Secretary Pritzker honored 123 U.S. companies with the President’s “E” Award for their outstanding work to reduce barriers to foreign markets and to open the door to more trade around the world.

In 2015, U.S. exports totaled $2.23 trillion, accounting for nearly 13 percent of U.S. GDP. Nationally, exports contributed to the U.S. economy, supporting an estimated 11.5 million jobs.

U.S. companies are nominated for the “E” Awards through the Department of Commerce’s U.S. Commercial Service office network, located within the Department’s International Trade Administration, with offices in 108 U.S. cities and more than 70 countries. Criteria for the award is based on four years of successive export growth and case studies which demonstrate valuable support to exporters resulting in increased exports for the company’s clients.

For more information about the “E” Awards and the benefits of exporting, visit www.export.gov

For international shipments, CAP Worldwide can be reached at 303-333-8028.

Pictured below: U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker, CAP Worldwide President David Dendinger and Geoff Bergman, CAP Worldwide Operations Manager (Click for fullsize photo.)

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Caterpillar and CAP Logistics Connect Through Young Presidents’ Organization

The first week of May, the president of CAP Logistics, Kevin Kersting, had the opportunity to meet with Doug Oberhelman, Chairman and CEO of Caterpillar Inc. Oberhelman welcomed Kersting and other members of the Young Presidents’ Organization to the company’s headquarters in Peoria, Illinois. Oberhelman, who also serves as chairman of Business Roundtable, discussed the economy and the wide variety of industries served by both Caterpillar Inc. and Kersting’s CAP Logistics, such as construction, energy, manufacturing and mining. Caterpillar Inc. is able to build the world’s infrastructure and enable progress for millions of people across the globe, as they say at Caterpillar.com, thanks to Team Caterpillar which is comprised of its employees as well as Cat dealers and Cat suppliers.

Kersting was able to identify with the solidarity created by this network of team members in two ways. His company, CAP Logistics, provides customized transportation solutions to customers anywhere, anytime, in the United States and Canada, thanks to a similar culture of team membership across its nationwide network of offices and agents. Additionally, many of the customers served by CAP Logistics use, sell or supply Caterpillar Inc. products, and this experience helps to further the sense of commitment between the two companies.

YPO (Young Presidents’ Organization) is the world’s premier peer network of chief executives and business leaders. Founded in 1950, YPO today provides 24,000 peers and their families in more than 130 countries with access to unique educational and networking experiences designed to support their business, community and personal leadership. Kersting has been a member since 2015.

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Greenhouse Delivery Donation Supports Veterans

Through its nationwide network, CAP Logistics learned about a great way to connect customers while supporting veteran workforce education and domestic agriculture. CAP Logistics recently donated a customized transportation solution to the Growing Veterans program, transporting a greenhouse from its manufacturer in Minnesota to a Washington State farm where military veterans are growing more than just food.

building (2) Growing Veterans empowers military veterans to grow food, communities and each other. The nonprofit organization envisions an end the isolation that leads to suicide. It also seeks to make sustainable agriculture the norm. Growing Veterans currently operates three farms, but one of them was lacking a greenhouse which greatly limited its production capability.

Leadership Skagit County, an intensive program designed to develop leaders at all levels of the community, partnered with Growing Veterans to help fundraise for the needed greenhouse.

raisetheroof According to Leadership Skagit Team Blue Diamonds, the subgroup of Leadership Skagit leading this effort, its project goal is to “Raise That Roof” on a new greenhouse for Growing Veterans so that it can extend the growing season and provide a place for veterans of all abilities to heal, build community and grow delicious food. This goal involves not only fundraising but also building the structure.

cap2 The greenhouse’s journey began in Minnesota at Poly-Tex, Inc., manufacturer of greenhouses and display systems.

cap3 CAP Logistics loaded the new greenhouse and trucked it approximately 1,750 miles to its new home at the Growing Veterans Starbird Road Farm near Mt. Vernon, Washington.

route Kenny Holzemer, Development Director of Growing Veterans, said that the nonprofit organization "is so grateful to CAP Logistics for taking delivery our new greenhouse as it came off the production line in Minnesota, and delivering it to the very spot where it will soon stand. The greenhouse CAP has brought will provide year round opportunities for disabled veterans to fully engage in Growing Veterans' organic agriculture on our Starbird Farm in South Skagit County, Washington State.” Please check out the Growing Veterans website at growingveterans.org.

building (1) Growing Veterans and Leadership Skagit Team Blue Diamonds are now in the process of assembling the greenhouse on a foundation. Volunteers have already “put up a good portion of it and will be coming together this weekend to finish the job,” according to Leadership Skagit Team Blue Diamonds Facebook page dedicated to this Raise The Roof project.

building (3) Team Blue Diamonds reported that they are extremely close to the fundraising goal of $11,000. Petroleum refining company Tesoro donated $6,000 through its foundation, and that is how CAP Logistics came to hear about it. To learn more or to make an investment in veterans and sustainable agriculture, use this secure link at https://secure.qgiv.com/for/gwgv/event/770388/.