Conducting Business InternationallyConducting Business Internationally
Companies should be aware of basic business practices that are essential to successful international selling. Because cultures vary, there is no single international business code. The following basic practices, which transcend cultural barriers, will help your company conduct business overseas.
|The biggest complaint about U.S. suppliers by foreign buyers? “Failure to ship as promised.”|
Keep PromisesThe biggest complaint foreign importers voice about U.S. suppliers is failure to ship as promised. A first order is particularly important because it shapes the customer’s image of a company as a dependable or an undependable supplier.
Be Polite, Courteous, and FriendlyIt is important to avoid undue familiarity or slang, which may be misinterpreted. Managers and employees of some overseas companies feel that the usual brief U.S. business letter is lacking in courtesy.
Personally Sign All LettersForm letters are not satisfactory.