Comparing Cross-Border E-Commerce in the Americas

2019-11-11T19:53:27-03:00November 12th, 2019|Cross Border Opportunity|

As the world becomes increasingly global, cross-border e-commerce is thriving, but navigating its roll-out in different markets can be complex, as different countries have different needs and concerns. Products also vary in popularity across the world, making it vital to cater your cross-border merchandise to each market. Below, we highlight the top categories and barriers to entry in the primary markets [...]

Flow CEO Rob Keve talks cross-border e-commerce on Traub’s Safari podcast

2019-11-05T23:18:22-03:00October 22nd, 2019|Cross Border Opportunity News|

This week on Traub’s The Safari podcast, Flow’s co-founder and CEO Rob Keve discusses how brands can increase their business by a third overnight. The Safari is a podcast launched by Traub, a global management consulting firm focusing on the consumer and retail industries.  The podcast features forward-thinking industry leaders, who present their perspectives and visions for transforming the e-commerce and [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Know Your Global Markets: Luxury E-commerce Trends in China

2019-09-09T14:22:54-03:00August 7th, 2019|Best Practices Cross Border Opportunity|

Cross border e-commerce merchants in the luxury category can win new customers and grow their revenue streams in China, but before diving into this complex market, there are some interesting new trends they should know about. The luxury retail category has been booming in China for many years, but that didn’t always translate to cross-border e-commerce success in this category. Not [...]

The “Daigou” Effect and Removing the Friction of International Checkout

2019-09-09T14:25:01-03:00August 2nd, 2019|Cross Border Opportunity Customer success stories|

Consumers who are willing to go through the effort and expense of leaving their home country and traveling abroad to make a purchase may sound extreme, but this is a real phenomenon. “Daigou” is Chinese for “on behalf of” and describes a trend in which Chinese consumers travel to another country specifically to shop for hard-to-get or expensive items. This is [...]

4 Reasons Cross Border E-commerce Merchants Need an Alternative to Amazon Marketplace

2019-09-09T14:21:04-03:00July 29th, 2019|Cross Border Opportunity|

At the end of May, smaller retailers and wholesale merchants that had long enjoyed a lucrative, consistent supplier relationship with Amazon experienced a moment of panic when reports circulated that the retail giant was halting all future wholesale orders from small vendors. As reported by Bloomberg, the move was an effort by Amazon to focus more on bigger suppliers to compete [...]

Six Lessons for Cross Border E-commerce Merchants from the 2019 Internet Trends Report

2019-09-09T14:23:57-03:00July 15th, 2019|Cross Border Opportunity News|

The 2019 Internet Trends report was released to the public at the end of June, offering industry insights, trends and predictions that undoubtedly impact international e-commerce businesses. For those unfamiliar with this highly-anticipated report, Bond Capital founder and former Kleiner Perkins general partner Mary Meeker has been releasing her take on where the internet is heading for almost 25 years. Her [...]