About Us

Global Retail Insights Network (The Grin Labs), the Foundation for American Science and Technology’s (FAST) and the Centers for International Trade and Development (CITD) Los Angeles, established this website to help U.S. SME merchants expand their international selling capabilities, help facilitate the ease at which U.S. merchants and sellers are able to sell and export their commodities, and to help foster job creation in the U.S.

The Grin Labs and FAST work together to increase trade and business investment awareness among the U.S. business community, particularly small- and medium-sized businesses, U.S. educational institutions, appropriate international constituencies (e.g., foreign companies and educational institutions), and the general public. 

As part of this work, the Grin Labs and FAST have entered into an agreement with the International Trade Administration to partner to increase awareness of the economic benefits of trade; educate the public on trade activities as a job creation and growth strategy; increase general awareness of ITA, the U.S. Commercial Service and other U.S. Government resources; and encourage U.S. businesses interested in exporting and foreign businesses interested in investing in the United States to seek the assistance of ITA.  Under the partnership, the Grin Labs, FAST, and ITA cooperate and coordinate trade promotion activities and programs, which include jointly promoting greater awareness of and educating the public on topics such as the importance of trade and business investment and associated benefits to the economy, export and business investment opportunities, ITA’s role in opening foreign markets to U.S. exporters, and how U.S. manufacturers and service providers may communicate their views on trade and investment issues to the Department of Commerce. 

 The Grin Labs and Fast are partnering with ITA to develop some of the content for this initiative and will profile this content in this private sector website. This website also contains content generated by the Grin Labs and FAST that goes beyond the content provide by the U.S. Government. 

Interviewees for the Getting to Global series must fulfill the following criteria:

  • Companies or consultants will be in operation for a minimum of two years
  • Interviewees will provide three client or industry references
  • Companies will maintain good legal standing
  • Online marketplaces, logistic firms or third-party providers in a given country must maintain a minimum of 2.5% marketshare or present a disruptive and significant innovation that indicates a market trend that can positively enhance a U.S. companies’ ability to export

The review committee includes non-profit partners and the Commercial Service eCommerce Innovation Lab and International Trade Administration’s Office of Strategic Partnerships. The committee convenes virtually to ensure each interviewee prioritizes the conveying of educational information

It is important to note, even though some of the content is jointly developed with ITA under the partnership agreement, this is a private sector website and not a U.S. Government website.

For more information about ITA and the Federal resources available to U.S. Exporters regarding e-commerce, please visit www.export.gov/ecommerce

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The target audience is small and medium-sized U.S. companies selling products and services whose overseas sales through ecommerce will generate jobs in the U.S. Our viewership ranges from start-up companies with intentions to launch online to those companies already selling products online in multiple overseas markets but have yet to fully optimize their ecommerce export strategy. Clients generate annual revenue ranging from a few million USD to over a 100 million USD and employ a few people to 500 employees.


The Global Retail Insights Network


The GRIN is a 501(c)(6) nonprofit membership organization. The GRIN is driven by one goal: to help global retailers and brands become leaders through collaboration and knowledge. Its member-based organization provides the data and insight needed to help brands benchmark their global performance, and take actionable steps to becoming a leading global player.

Foundation for American Science and Technology

Its core initiatives include the “Technology for small business project” to bring cutting edge, scaled technology to support the challenges of local small businesses. Its programs are aimed at equipping small business to take advantage of bandwidth, search engine optimization, online marketing, RFID and other technologies to track inventory, web design, digital payment and currency exchange and more.

Additionally, FAST has just launched CyberUSA,  chaired by Governor Tom Ridge, the nation’s first Secretary of Homeland Security and Chairman of Ridge Global. The group coordinates public and private efforts across different states and communities to ensure American leadership in cybersecurity by shaping the education, innovation and policy landscapes at both the state and federal levels. CyberUSA will work with Getting to Global to identify best practices in bringing leading U.S. cyber security solutions to qualifying overseas markets. Former US Commerce Undersecretary Phil Bond will serve as executive director of the group, while former Symantec government relations executive Adam Rak will serve as national policy director.

 The CITD networks invest in California’s economic growth and global competitiveness through industry-specific education, training and services that contribute to a highly skilled and productive workforce. The California CITDs have offices across the state and provide a full range of trade assistance services with experts and resources to support export trade activities. CITD’s role in this initiative relates to the manufacturing sector support of online exports.










U.S. Department of Commerce’s U.S. Commercial Service – eCommerce Innovation Lab

As a key component of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Digital Economy Leadership Agenda, the eCommerce Innovation Lab (EIL) has been created under the International Trade Administration – U.S. Commercial Service to exponentially increase the number of U.S. companies exporting through ecommerce channels.

Combining the Commercial Service’s unparalleled global network of trade specialists with the International Trade Administration’s strategic private sector partnerships, the EIL has created the eCommerce Export Resource Center to profile market insights, services and tools provided by the U.S. Government and industry partners.

International Trade Administration’s Office of Strategic Partnerships

itradeadminThe International Trade Administration (ITA) strengthens the competitiveness of U.S. industry, promotes trade and investment, and ensures fair trade through the rigorous enforcement of our trade laws and agreements. ITA works to improve the global business environment and helps U.S. organizations compete at home and abroad. ITA supports President Obama’s recovery agenda and the National Export Initiative to sustain economic growth and support American jobs. The Commercial Service unit within ITA combines country and regional experts, overseas and domestic field staff, and specific trade promotion programs to provide U.S. firms with the full suite of country-specific export promotion services and market access advocacy, while promoting the United States as an investment destination.