How Consumers ‘Feel the Love’ on Valentine’s Day Across the Globe

2019-02-13T22:10:17+00:00February 14th, 2019|News|

Valentine’s Day is big business for brands and retailers. This year, U.S. consumers are expected to spend an average $143.56 on gifts for Valentine’s Day, an increase from last year’s U.S. total spending of $136.57, according to the National Retail Federation. Jewelry, flowers, candy and clothing are the top-performing categories for Valentine’s Day in the U.S. Consumers here don’t limit the [...]

New Cross Border E-commerce Regulations Now In Effect In China

2019-01-30T14:46:24+00:00January 31st, 2019|Compliance, News|

China has extensive and complex customs rules and government regulations for cross-border purchases. It also has a huge and increasingly well-to-do population that prefers foreign — mostly western — consumer goods, primarily because of the poor quality of domestic products. China is home to the largest e-commerce market in the world and streamlined regulations offer an opportunity for western merchants looking [...]

Six Trends for Cross Border Retailers in 2019

2019-01-18T15:10:51+00:00January 24th, 2019|News|

E-commerce is changing at an unprecedented pace. Anyone in e-commerce knows it can be tough to predict what consumers will want next. Retailers and consumer categories that were all the rage even a year ago can find themselves on the sidelines in the blink of an eye. New shopping trends, many driven by advancements in technology, mean that brands have to [...]

The Message from NRF: Retailers Still Have Work to Do on Customer Experience

2019-01-18T18:57:32+00:00January 18th, 2019|News|

At first glance, much of the substance from NRF 2019 seemed like “déjà vu” compared to the themes explored at last year’s Big Show. Customer experience was once again top of mind: a theme that pulled through in a majority of the keynotes, panels and educational sessions. Most of the keynote speakers at this year’s event agreed that the future of [...]

Three Things to Know about AI for Cross Border E-Commerce Retailers

2019-01-17T13:12:08+00:00January 11th, 2019|Best Practices, News|

The International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas this week is an extravaganza of what’s possible in consumer gadgets: jet packs, talking robots, flying cars, intelligent drones and more. For online retailers, CES may seem like more of a pie-in-the-sky trip into the future than a place to gather practical advice. But if we put aside flashy prototypes that may [...]

The global luxury e-commerce industry: What cross border retailers need to know

2019-01-11T08:48:23+00:00January 10th, 2019|News|

The luxury e-commerce market has historically been slower to grow than other online retail segments. The idea of making high-ticket purchases without the benefit of touching or trying on goods has always been a disadvantage for luxury retailers. However, as younger generations of consumers become more interested in luxury shopping online, this is changing, with online global luxury sales increased by [...]

Tablet, Laptop, or Mobile? The most popular device by country and how it affects cross border e-commerce success

2018-12-11T20:20:55+00:00December 11th, 2018|News|

It’s hard to talk about cross border e-commerce without discussing m-commerce. Last year, global consumers spent $22.64 trillion online, 58.9% over mobile. From 2016 to 2017, worldwide m-commerce sales rose 40.3%, with the highest spending in China, Japan, South Korea, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Increased internet connection -- regardless of device -- always means more revenue for the [...]

What’s in Fashion? Green, Maternity, Athleisure and Modest Attire

2018-12-03T01:36:09+00:00December 3rd, 2018|Compliance, News|

From Self-Care to Smart Backpacks: This is the third 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. When consumers start browsing online, it’s often clothing that inspires them to hit “purchase.” Between 2018 and 2023, revenue is expected to show an annual growth rate of just over [...]

Navigating Fraud, Privacy and Regulations in the Electronics and Appliances Markets

2019-01-04T15:17:47+00:00November 27th, 2018|Compliance, News|

From Self-Care to Smart Backpacks: This is the second 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. Twenty-first century consumers are glued to their gadgets, which has both spurred the growth of e-commerce in general and the online purchasing of electronics and appliances. The global consumer electronics [...]