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Global Sources

Global Sources

Merle A. Hinrichs

Class Year: 1965

Co-founded in 1970 by Thunderbird alumnus, Merle A. Hinrichs, Global Sources (NASDAQ: GSOL) facilitates B2B trade between Asia and the World through its online, face-to-face and print channels.

Global Sources offers the following products and/or services:
» Marketing (217)
» Information Services (62)
» Import/Export (165)
» Advertising (82)

Global Sources is a leading business-to-business media company and a primary facilitator of trade with Greater China. The core business is facilitating trade from Greater China to the world, using a wide range of English-language media. The other business segments facilitate trade from the world to Greater China, and trade within China, using Chinese-language media.

The company provides sourcing information to volume buyers and integrated marketing services to suppliers. It helps a community of over 657,000 active buyers source more profitably from complex overseas supply markets. With the goal of providing the most effective ways possible to advertise, market and sell, Global Sources enables suppliers to sell to hard-to-reach buyers in over 230 countries.

The company offers the most extensive range of media and export marketing services in the industries it serves. It delivers information on 2 million products and more than 170,000 suppliers annually through 14 online marketplaces, 13 monthly magazines, over 100 sourcing research reports and 10 specialized trade shows which run 32 times a year across nine cities.

Suppliers receive more than 27 million sales leads annually from buyers through Global Sources Online alone.

Global Sources has been facilitating global trade for 37 years.


Headquartered in Hong Kong, Global Sources' network covers more than 69 cities worldwide. In mainland China, Global Sources has team members in more than 44 locations.

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