2018 Recap: Innovation and Collaboration are Keys to Thriving Retail Industry

2018-09-19T12:30:51+00:00 September 19th, 2018|News|

At this year’s event in Las Vegas, retailers, vendors and media were buzzing about the debut of the Innovation Lab. This special section of the exhibitor floor included a carefully selected ensemble of 30 retail technology companies that the National Retail Federation (NRF) believes will define the next generation of both in-store and e-commerce shopping experiences. The level of [...]

Be Prepared With Flow’s International E-Commerce Kit

2018-09-19T12:31:03+00:00 September 12th, 2018|Best Practices|

You’ve conducted the research, weighed the pros and cons and analyzed the competition. Now, your brand is ready to make the leap into new global markets. But there are still factors to consider. Our experts here at Flow have assembled a package of useful resources to help brands and retailers with every aspect of global commerce, from finding the right international [...]

Global Shipping Cost Analysis for Top 20 International E-commerce Markets

2018-09-19T12:31:11+00:00 August 22nd, 2018|Best Practices, Order Fulfullment, Shipping|

When working on a cross border e-commerce strategy, questions often come up: How much will it cost to ship my products to other markets? How much should I charge my customer for this service? For a domestic brand expanding into lucrative global markets, shipping can be one of the most complicated and delicate hurdles to creating a smooth international operation with [...]

Best Practices for Writing a Cross Border E-commerce RFP

2018-08-29T13:23:24+00:00 August 15th, 2018|Best Practices|

At Flow, we understand that it is not practical for retailers and brands to handle all aspects of cross border e-commerce internally. To be able to scale internationally, you need to find the right provider to handle factors like currency conversion, international shipping, duties and tax, and international payment methods. The best solution must also seamlessly integrate with the brand existing [...]

Global Gift Seller’s Planning Guide for the Second Half of 2018

2018-08-29T13:24:02+00:00 August 9th, 2018|Best Practices|

Domestic brands and retailers have undoubtedly planned all year long for the biggest U.S. shopping holidays of the year: Black Friday and Cyber Monday. But for those focused on global e-commerce expansion, other local holidays centered around gift-giving are just as important. By tuning in to regional gift-giving holidays, international businesses can create more opportunities to sell online. Attention to cultural [...]

Flow News: We’re expanding our team to meet demand

2018-08-03T00:46:40+00:00 July 30th, 2018|News|

This is an exciting time in Flow’s growth as a company. As demand for our cross border ecommerce services continues to escalate, we’ve been hard at work recruiting some of the industry’s most experienced experts to help steer the company to our next phase. We’re pleased to welcome Juliana Pereiranis as our new VP of marketing; Eric Weisman as our [...]

How MVMT Optimizes International Conversion Around the Clock

2018-07-26T11:46:32+00:00 July 18th, 2018|Best Practices, Customer success stories|

MVMT was founded on the idea of selling stylish, inexpensive watches direct to consumers over the Internet. In five years, the watch and accessory company successfully built a digital-only retail business with $80 million in sales, according to Forbes. It’s one thing to get people to follow a brand on social media, but it’s quite another to attract followers who will [...]

Cross Docking or Direct Shipping: Which One is Right for Cross Border Ecommerce?

2018-07-25T17:19:33+00:00 July 18th, 2018|Best Practices, Order Fulfullment, Shipping|

Inventory management and logistics are key factors for retailers and brands looking to enter new global markets. In the latest Internet Retailer/ Global E-Commerce Leaders Forum (GELF) survey, 60% of online retailers said they ship orders to consumers in other countries, primarily from their U.S.-based fulfillment centers (if domestic) or from fulfillment centers located in their home country (if based outside [...]

How to Sell to Customers in Canada: Get the Free eBook

2018-09-19T12:31:22+00:00 July 16th, 2018|Best Practices|

At Flow, we want to make it as easy as possible for retailers and brands to engage in cross border e-commerce. Each installment of this “How to” series will focus on a different country and will provide the resources and knowledge needed to successfully launch e-commerce in that market. The focus of this first post is the United States’ northern neighbor: [...]

Payment Preferences for the Top Global Markets: Get the Cheat Sheet

2018-07-16T14:04:11+00:00 June 28th, 2018|Best Practices|

Many retailers and brands are familiar with the largest global ecommerce markets but may not have a firm grasp on each country’s payment preferences. Alternative payment methods are expected to not just overtake credit cards by 2020, but replace them altogether. VISA and Mastercard may still prove sufficient for domestic ecommerce business, but offering only traditional payment options in global ecommerce [...]