Top Four Global Business Intelligence Companies

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Conducting global market research, tracking your competitors worldwide, acquiring new sales leads and evaluating opportunities, including finding new sources of supply on a brand new product idea, are all essential to good business practice. We've discovered a few other companies worth a look in the field of global business intelligence.

Datamyne

Through official filings with customs authorities and trade ministries, Datamyne currently tracks the trade flow of some 50 countries across five continents, including key markets in Latin America, Asia, Africa and the European Union, as well as US maritime commerce.

You can access this global trade data to improve the import-export performance of your business.

The industries Datamyne serves are: global in general, chemical, energy and health and nutrition. Datamyne’s frequently asked questions (FAQ) covers everything from the source of its US trade data to how to determine the country of origin and how often data is updated.

Zepol, who was a strong competitor in the global business intelligence space, was acquired by Datamyne in 2015.

With Zepol, now Datamyne, you can find sales leads (download lists of US importers and exporters by geographic region, shipment volume, and carrier), local suppliers (see what your competitors are importing from and exporting to) and monitor competitors (locate and qualify suppliers overseas that manufacture the products you sell or market).  Like the other three global business intelligence companies in this list, Zepol, now a part of Datamyne, allows you to get in front of market shifts and trends in the global marketplace.

The industries Zepol, now Datamyne, serves are chemical, consumer products, food and beverage, government, textile and apparel, transportation and legal, to name just a few.

Access Zepol's free U.S. trade reports:  http://www.datamyne.com/zepol-archived-trade-reports/

Fees vary. Be sure to inquire. Both companies now operating as one provide detailed data on international trade volumes, with Zepol’s solutions focused on U.S. import and export trades using bill of lading data from U.S. Customs information.

 

Import Genius

One would think that with a name like Import Genius (IG) you would only be able to track imports. Not according to the site, which says the company is “shipping histories for the world’s importers and exporters.”

With Import Genius you can evaluate suppliers, find sales prospects, monitor competitors and research markets—all with the intent to grow your import-export business.

Import Genius says, “Our data contains import information from the bill of lading for shipments entering or leaving 12 countries, including the United States, Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, Venezuela, and India. For the U.S., we get this shipping manifest data for shipments entering the country by ocean directly from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.”

One feature that seemed particularly interesting is IG’s email alerts that notify you about shipments relevant to your business. For example, let’s say you are importing brooms from Argentina and see that one of your competitors is too. Gotcha. You can either do nothing or go directly to your supplier to rework your contract (perhaps negotiate exclusivity) or start looking for new suppliers elsewhere now that you know your existing suppliers serve your competitors too.

What matters is using the information you access to your competitive advantage.

Fees range, so be sure to check the website for most updated pricing.

PIERS

This company is worth mentioning again. PIERS tracks all waterborne import and export activities through bill of ladings electronically filed documents and direct feeds from carriers. You can access and analyze this data in a way that becomes a competitive weapon for your business. For example, do you know where your competitors import from or where they export to and why? Once you master the movements, you can determine which markets are growing or which ones are untapped and craft your own strategy that strengthens your position in the world marketplace.

Fees range, so be sure to check the website for most updated pricing.

Panjiva

At Panjiva you can find and evaluate legitimate businesses fast.

 You can search for importers and exporters and easily find companies that source or manufacture commodities worldwide (e.g., 10 million companies and over 600 million shipment records).  You can spot trends across the globe and create a short list of new opportunities with importers and exporters.

Fees range, so be sure to check the website for most updated pricing.

No matter which company you work with, it’s about using the tools to improve your imports and exports and grow in the international marketplace.