4 Factors for Navigating Counterfeits and Regulations in Sporting Goods and Leisure Markets

2018-12-05T19:49:12+00:00December 6th, 2018|Best Practices, Compliance, Order Fulfullment, Shipping|

From Self-Care to Smart Backpacks: This is the fourth post in a five-part series where we’ll highlight product categories with global demand and the regulations and challenges to keep top of mind. For the first time in human history, half the world’s population is middle-class or wealthier, with both the time and money to indulge in hobbies, sports and other leisure activities. [...]

“Like and Share:” Top Social Media Platforms in Global Markets

2018-10-29T17:46:16+00:00November 8th, 2018|Best Practices|

A breakdown of which social media networks are most popular in the top global markets Brands and retailers already know that social media networks are becoming increasingly dominant channels for engaging with consumers. But did you know that product discovery via social networks is now competing with search engines like Google? In her 2018 Internet Trends Report, venture capitalist Mary Meeker [...]

Which Global Markets Will Buy Your Goods?

2018-10-29T13:26:35+00:00October 26th, 2018|Best Practices|

Your international business expansion plan depends on what you sell and where. To succeed at cross border e-commerce, brands and retailers need to identify which global markets are interested in their goods and services. There are distinct differences in cross-border e-commerce demand by country - and as we’ve covered before, some products are even banned or restricted in certain countries. In [...]

Forming a global shipping strategy: Everywhere is different

2018-10-16T19:45:30+00:00October 25th, 2018|Best Practices, Shipping|

When it comes to global e-commerce shipping and logistics, you need to think about each market individually and present an experience that meets your global customers’ unique demands and expectations. But attempting to localize all the points of sale can become complex and overwhelming. Having a basic strategy in place will ensure the process is smooth and the pricing is right [...]

How to Sell in the U.K.: Get the Free eBook

2018-10-16T15:34:22+00:00October 18th, 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 our “How to” series of blogs and downloadable eBooks focuses on a different country, offering resources and insights to help brands and retailers successfully launch e-commerce in that market. The latest installment will focus on one of [...]

Five Signs You’re Ready for International Expansion

2018-10-16T13:27:59+00:00October 16th, 2018|Best Practices, Order Fulfullment, Shipping|

Becoming an international business is an impressive accomplishment, but not every brand or retailer is ready for the challenge. Before opening your online shop to overseas markets, there are many considerations to ensure your preparedness. For example, there’s the question of timing. Enter a market too quickly and your could find that your e-commerce business lacks the ability to scale properly, [...]

Eight Hot Markets for Cross Border E-commerce

2018-10-09T14:11:59+00:00October 11th, 2018|Best Practices|

Becoming an international business is an appealing prospect for e-commerce brands and retailers. Expanding into new markets with your online store translates into additional revenue and a chance to build a truly global brand. But deciding which markets to enter can be challenging. Some regions are friendlier to cross border e-commerce than others. It’s important to know the pros and cons [...]

How Cross Border E-Commerce Providers Can Crush Singles Day

2018-10-08T15:49:22+00:00October 9th, 2018|Best Practices|

An anti-holiday that started out as a way for young, single college students in China to have fun with friends has transformed into the biggest online shopping day in the world. Over the last decade Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba has successfully made Singles Day, held every year on November 11, an online shopping extravaganza. In 2017, Alibaba’s online marketplace, Tmall, broke [...]

Do you have a global shipping problem?

2018-10-04T12:30:47+00:00October 2nd, 2018|Best Practices, Shipping|

Covering these three aspects of global shipping will help close the sale. When international online sales are falling flat, it’s natural to question every aspect of the effort. But before you disrupt what may for the most part be a winning formula for cross border e-commerce, the culprit might just be the way you’re setting global shipping preferences. How you display [...]

Ship with confidence: Understanding global customs regulations

2018-09-24T18:12:10+00:00September 25th, 2018|Best Practices, Compliance, Shipping|

The rise of cross border e-commerce offers exciting new opportunities for brands and retailers expanding into new markets. However, it is also placing unprecedented pressure on global customs operations. Cross border e-commerce makes it easier than ever for  smaller businesses with limited understanding of international regulations to sell to customers in new global markets. World Customs Organization (WCO) Secretary General Kunio [...]