Getting Organized: 4 Considerations For Entering a New Market

2019-10-02T03:21:26-03:00October 3rd, 2019|Best Practices Cross Border Opportunity|

Thinking of expanding internationally but don’t know where to start? It can be overwhelming at first to envision all the details involved in cross-border e-commerce.  Brands that organize themselves from the start and plan ahead can have an easier time making decisions and avoiding operational headaches down the road. Here are four areas for brands to consider as they plan for [...]

Fast and Accurate Cross Border Shipping: Failure is Not an Option

2019-09-21T00:31:45-03:00September 26th, 2019|Order Fulfullment Shipping|

Understanding the nuances of international consumers’ shipping demands can make or break market entry for cross border e-commerce merchants. To build brand loyalty and increase conversions, brands and retailers must recognize that in many of the top ten global markets, e-commerce shoppers have extremely high expectations for fast and affordable shipping.  How important is fast, affordable shipping? According to our own [...]

From Organic to Strategic: International E-Commerce Advice for Brands 

2019-09-23T19:54:56-03:00September 24th, 2019|Customer success stories|

Last week, a wide range of inspirational leaders at the forefront of the digital evolution of fashion gathered in downtown Manhattan for WWD’s Digital Forum. The big topic of discussion: the integration of new media and e-commerce. From new retail technologies and business models to the latest trends in shopping behaviors and consumer expectations, the forum covered all angles of the [...]

What to Expect at GELF New York City 2019

2019-09-13T16:56:18-03:00September 16th, 2019|Cross Border Opportunity|

Flow will once again participate in the Global E-Commerce Leadership Forum (GELF) event on Thursday, September 19 in New York City. Throughout the day, GELF speakers will deliver useful insights and successful tactics on how to grow your cross-border e-commerce business.  Some of the world’s top global e-commerce leaders will be attending and presenting educational sessions. A majority of the sessions [...]

Don’t Make Global Customers Jump Through Hoops

2019-09-05T18:44:15-03:00September 10th, 2019|Best Practices|

The widespread deployment of internet infrastructure has enabled more consumers to shop from online merchants in other countries. As more international consumers gain access to the internet and mobile devices, the opportunity for cross border e-commerce will continue to grow. Case in point: according to our recent research report, 67% of online apparel shoppers in the 11 top markets have made [...]

Cross-Border At A Glance: The Data You Need to Assess New Market Entry

2019-09-04T12:46:58-03:00September 5th, 2019|Cross Border Opportunity|

Earlier this year, Flow commissioned a study of consumers in 11 top markets (Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Japan, South Korea, U.K. and U.S.) to assess their online cross-border shopping behaviors and preferences.  In case you missed it, we previously published a Global Research Report highlighting the most prominent similarities and differences between these markets.  The information in this [...]

Streamline International Taxes and Duties for Your Cross-Border Business

2019-08-26T13:44:07-03:00August 28th, 2019|Best Practices Duties and Taxes|

Starting an online clothing line can be a rewarding experience for a creative entrepreneur with the vision and tenacity to see it through. And with the continuing growth of cross-border e-commerce, emerging direct-to-consumer brands and retailers now have opportunities that weren’t possible before. But growing a fashion brand takes much more than creativity. There are numerous operational requirements and details that [...]

Crafting a Brilliant Cross-Border Approach: Charles & Colvard Case Study

2019-08-26T14:36:03-03:00August 26th, 2019|Case Study Customer success stories|

We're pleased to announce that we've added a new case study to our website this week.  This success story features the innovative jewelry company and original pioneer of lab-created moissanite, Charles & Colvard. Known for creating this unique gemstone, Charles & Colvard is also recognized as a provider of exceptional product quality and the brand quickly resonated with global consumers.  As [...]

How to Navigate Digital Transformation for Your Cross-Border Business

2019-08-21T11:57:46-03:00August 20th, 2019|Best Practices|

A new report by Tech., a collaboration between Retail Week and the World Retail Congress, reveals that seventy-five percent of U.S. retailers believe the need for digital transformation has increased since 2016. The report, called "A World in Motion: Retail Digital Transformation Across the Globe, and the Technology Supporting It,” notes that global retail technology spending will reach nearly $203.6 billion [...]

Back-to-School Around the World: The Opportunity for Cross-Border E-commerce

2019-09-09T14:22:21-03:00August 15th, 2019|Best Practices Cross Border Opportunity|

It’s back-to-school season in many countries around the world. This is the time when teachers, students and parents prepare for a new year of learning -- and all the gear that goes with it. In the U.S., brands and retailers are coming out of the slower summer season and in the past have anticipated a boost in sales that is second [...]