While nearly everyone credits the internet with the growth in global commerce, two other aspects of the industry have had as much or more influence on foreign trade, transportation and reduced regulation at the border. Take the case of the rose growers in Equador. The fact that their roses can be packaged, shipped and transported soon after they are harvested, along with the more open border has helped them drastically. Imagine what condition the roses would be in if they had to travel by sea from Equador to the United States, and then sit in customs for days before they were allowed to be distributed to stores. I’m sure they would be in no condition to give to anybody. The rose growers, while earning what would be a minimum wage in the United States, earns far above the average for a worker in her country, and thus can help support her family and make decisions that affect them. This is good for everybody involved, from the grower, to the end consumer who takes home the finest roses in the world to his or her significant other.