Notes from Australia

Is it time to reassess importing products from China?

Like many online retailers, My Event Décor imports products from China. President Donald Trump’s recent swathe of tariffs on imported Chinese-manufactured goods, as well as the ongoing and increasingly violent street protests in Hong Kong over perceived Chinese interference, makes me nervous. To my knowledge, our Australian government hasn’t introduced tariffs to the breadth of …

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What it takes to stay in business for 500 years

Recently I read an article in “This England,” a history-focused magazine, about the oldest, continuously running family business in Britain. R. J. Balson & Sons was founded in September 1515 in Bridport, Dorset in southwest England. It is a traditional butcher’s shop. The business is a member of an exclusive group called The Tercentenarian Club, …

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