whats a disadvantage of operating in many countries?

Assosiated british foods plc (ABF) is a british company operating in the food and retailer sectors. It has annual sales of over £8 billion and it employs over 96,000 workers in 44 countries. outline one advantage ABF may experience from operating in many countries

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anisahullah
11 April 2011
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anisahullah
11 April 2011
different laws, rules and regulations
jon.ellis
11 April 2011
I am not sure that there are disadvantages as such. Trading in many different countries means that there are lots of things that ABF have to manage, such as:
jon.ellis
11 April 2011
different cultures, and attitudes to their products and trade names
jon.ellis
11 April 2011
local rules relating to labour, e.g. minimum pay rates, redundancy and job security
jon.ellis
11 April 2011
different countries tax regimes
jon.ellis
11 April 2011
direct access to overseas markets, meaning more demand for their products
jon.ellis
11 April 2011
Advantages include:
jon.ellis
11 April 2011
Managing these are a function of doing business overseas.
jon.ellis
11 April 2011
detailed understanding of local markets, so they can adapt their products (e.g. names) to meet local sensitivities
jon.ellis
11 April 2011
Take your pick....
jon.ellis
11 April 2011
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