Boeing sales and production are worldwide. Benetton moves inventory to stores around the world faster than its competition by building flexibility into design, production, and distribution. Sony purchases components from suppliers in thailand, malaysia, and around the world. Volvo considered a swedish company but it is controlled by an american company, The current volvo s40 is built in belgium and shares its platform with the mazda. 3 built in japan and the ford focus built in europe. Haier a chinese company, produces compact refrigerators (it has one-third of the us market) and wine cabinets (it has half of the us market) in south carolina. Foreign locations with lower wage rates can lower direct and indirect costs. Objective and subjective characteristics of goods and services. Interacting with foreign customer and suppliers can lead to new opportunities. Remain open to the free flow of ideas. General motors partnered with a japanese auto manufacturer to learn.