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Q&A: New Executive Chairman David Pottruck Back In the Game With Grovara

A few months ago, David Pottruck decided he had enough. At 70 years old, the former CEO of Charles Schwab and New York Times best-selling author was listening to the universe, and the time felt right to spend time on other things. He stopped his investment activity, shut down his San Francisco office, let his […]

Grovara Raises $5.5 Million Seed Round to Transform Global Commerce with First B2B Global Marketplace for U.S. Healthy Brands

PHILADELPHIA–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Grovara, the largest B2B global marketplace for U.S. natural and organic brands, announced today the closing of a $5.5 million seed round financing to transform global commerce. David Pottruck led the round and was named Executive Chairman, and he was joined by SPINS, Bluestein Ventures, Spiral Sun Ventures, Siddhi Capital, CEAS Investments, and E […]

Coronavirus Impact on Global Shipping Too Big to Ignore

While concern around the globe has vacillated between nuisance and panic, the effects of the recent coronavirus outbreak are becoming much clearer — and more serious —  for the global economy. Guidance from supply chain experts indicates Chinese factories won’t resume production for 3-4 weeks, which would have a significant impact on international shipping. Dreary […]

Grovara Pledges to Only Use Carriers Supporting $5 Billion, Industry-Led Effort to Eliminate CO2 Emissions From Global Shipping

It has been two years since the United Nations’ International Maritime Organization (IMO) agreed to a 50% minimum reduction of total greenhouse gases from international shipping, which is responsible for 2% of the planet’s anthropogenic CO2 emissions, a figure expected to rise to 17% by 2050 if unregulated.  It is only recently, however, that concrete measures […]

Why B2B E-Commerce Marketplaces Are Revolutionizing Global Trade

In October, the United States government issued an RFP for e-marketplace platforms in an effort to become leaner with the $260 million it spent online last year on products and services. The U.S. General Services Administration, which oversees federal procurement, wants to move fast and start implementing proof-of-concept early next year with a handful of federal […]

TRENDS: OK Boomer, Millennials Will Lead the Snack Revolution

Some of the same forces shaping B2B eCommerce are also driving what and how we feed ourselves. Snacking might get a bad rap — how many times have we heard or said “No snacks before dinner!” — but snacks are overtaking meals in the hearts, minds, and bellies of consumers, and millennials are leading the love affair. Global snack […]

GT’s Debut in London a Smashing Success, Sells Out at Planet Organic in Only Two Weeks with Whole Foods Up Next

This was a surprise, even for the Kombucha King. Just two weeks since making its British debut on the shelves in Planet Organic stores across London, GT’s Kombucha has sold out. That comes two weeks earlier than anticipated, signaling that British fervor for fermented beverages has risen to a fever pitch. All 204 cases of […]

Repatriating the American Dollar: Why the U.S. Has So Much Ground to Make Up in Manufacturing Exports

With only 6% of U.S. exports coming from its own manufacturers, there is a world of opportunity for American wellness brands to go global. A recent Council on Foreign Relations article details more about why that opportunity exists. Manufacturing exports are roughly three times as important to the European Union economy than the U.S., giving […]