Weekend Digest: August 10th, 2018
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Weekend Digest: August 10th, 2018

F.B. International’s Weekend Digest is an easy-to-read breakdown of what we’re reading and highlighting from the past week.

More from this week’s theme: Fintech and Regulations around the world

Image from Financial Tribune


Each week, on F.B.’s social media we highlight a different theme, industry, or sector. Take a look at our Twitter and LinkedIn to see what we’ve been talking about this week.

  • “Bringing fintech firms under same supervisory umbrella as banks just because they compete in some of the same sectors is not the right answer,” says Andrea Enria, head of the European Banking Authority–EBA to review regulatory sandboxes: https://reut.rs/2Hn5IWN
  • “Sharia Fintech – A Case Study of Indonesia”: https://bit.ly/2M5WKE2
  • “Hong Kong Strives to be Asia’s Top Fintech Hub” and is doing so with clear financial regulations to follow: https://bit.ly/2M44oPp
  • UK Fintech has global #1 spot for investment in first half of 2018, then China, then US: https://bit.ly/2LGQx1b “Breaking the seal? Arizona Attorney General Opens Applications to First Fintech Sandbox [in the US]”: https://bit.ly/2ATfAJB

What our team is reading this week:

Each week, the team at F.B. chooses an article to share. These are not necessarily related to international business, but are some “good-reads” we think you may enjoy.  

Ruby Blau, Marketing Associate

If you listen to podcasts, or have tried to shop for a mattress in the last two years, chances are you know that online “mattress-in-a-box” companies are the hot new thing. You see ads for Casper, Leesa, Purple and more everywhere–especially digitally. Personally, I’d thought that the convenience of a mattress delivered to my front door didn’t quite outweigh the lack of pre-purchase testing (free-return trial period notwithstanding). Casper, the most successful and recognized brand in the US just opened their first brick and mortar store in New York, and is slated to open 200 more across the country (https://read.bi/2vN8vob). The big American brands have already made it to Europe with some competitors of their own, like the British “Eve,” the German “Bruno,” and the French “Tediber.”

But how much can this competition shake up what is otherwise, a rather stagnant industry? This article breaks down the competition, why it’s worked so far, and what is to come.

Image from SleepDelivered.com

        Article: https://www.curbed.com/2018/3/28/17164898/bed-in-a-box-online-mattress-brands-why-so-many

Balint Homonnai Varga, Assistant Project Coordinator

First I read about a 30-ton sarcophagus that was discovered in Egypt and how it could be [it was speculated to be] the tomb of Alexander the Great, but after the sarcophagus was opened, the premier analysis quickly established that it cannot be Alexander the Great’s resting place. The three skeletons found in the black stone cabin are remains of soldiers. In the upcoming months, there will be thorough analysis of the skulls of the skeletons to determine their age, cause of death, and their origin. A very exciting discovery, however, not as exciting as what people hoped for.

Image from Business Insider

                  Article: https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/2018/07/news-rad-sampler-soft-robotics-marine-deep-sea-biology/

Events you may be interested in next week:

  • August 15th: Global Branding for SMEs: Making the Most of Marketing on a Budget.Luncheon program sponsored by the International Trade Association of Greater Chicago. Presentation by Brooke Fawcett, Senior International Marketing Lead, E.M. Wasylik Associates, who will address common issues in international branding and marketing, and answer some of the marketing questions that frequently arise as an organization looks to expand globally. SMEs must understand how to effectively market their business in any new markets they seek to enter, and ensure all communications effectively reach their potential customers. 11:45 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., Carlucci Rosemont, 6111 North River Road, Rosemont, IL. ITA/GC Members – $50; Non-members – $75. For information & registration, please see: https://bit.ly/2OEefsJ
  • August 16thOpportunities in U.S.-Manufacturing Trade.  Webinar, sponsored by the U.S. Commercial Service, will educate U.S. exporters on how they can sell into Mexico and, in particular, how participation in the U.S. pavilion at Mexico’s largest manufacturing trade fair can help them capitalize on these opportunities. 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. CDT. No charge; advance registration required. For information & registration, please see: https://bit.ly/2MbuqvX
  • August 16th: International Trade Club of Chicago (ITCC) Social Networking Event. Informal meet and greet hosted by the International Trade Club of Chicago. Please join ITCC Directors, members and non-members and let ITCC be your community connector. Starts at 5:30 PM, no formal program. Bar Louie, 5615 N. Cumberland Ave, Chicago, IL 60631. No charge, cash bar. For Information & registration, please see: https://bit.ly/2MhxPd2

Next week: Keep your eyes peeled for our upcoming blog with an interview from George Walker, a seasoned food industry consultant.


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Author: Ruby Blau

Ruby is the Marketing Associate for FB International LLC. Ruby focuses on supporting the marketing, social media, and business development efforts of FB International’s clients.

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