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3 Ways Cross-Border E-commerce Merchants Must Prepare for Holiday Shipping Now

2020-11-12T16:11:39-03:00October 9th, 2020|Order Fulfullment, Shipping|

With the dawn of a new holiday shopping experience comes a slew of new challenges for cross-border e-commerce retailers who want to keep costs low and profits high.  Holiday shipping surcharges are coming. Cross-border e-commerce retailers should be aware that some carriers are instituting larger fees than usual, both domestically and internationally. For example, FedEx recently announced an increase in global [...]

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 [...]

Timing is Everything: How Speed of Delivery Impacts Cross Border E-Commerce

2019-08-09T13:19:28-03:00July 12th, 2019|Order Fulfullment, Shipping|

There’s an old warning that “Speed kills,” but in the international e-commerce industry, moving slowly is far more dangerous. Flow’s Global Research Report found that 50% of international e-commerce shoppers say the top barrier to making a cross border purchase is that “delivery time is too slow.” This is an even greater concern for consumers than the cost of taxes and [...]

How to win at cross border e-commerce in Australia: Get the free eBook

2019-09-30T15:02:47-03:00December 17th, 2018|Best Practices, Compliance, Order Fulfullment, Shipping|

For brands and retailers whose primary language is English, Australia offers a way to bypass some of the cultural adaptation and language barriers faced when becoming an international business. But before jumping into this fast-growing market, there are some important considerations and risks for cross border e-commerce retailers. That’s why Flow’s cross border e-commerce experts created our free new ebook, "APAC’s Major [...]

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

2019-09-10T12:49:42-03:00December 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. [...]

Five Signs You’re Ready for International Expansion

2019-08-27T13:32:00-03:00October 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, [...]

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

2019-09-30T15:10:44-03:00September 4th, 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 [...]

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

2019-11-11T14:57:47-03:00July 18th, 2018|Best Practices, Order Fulfullment, Shipping|

According to a recent study conducted by Flow across 11 top global e-commerce markets, 67% of apparel shoppers have made a cross-border purchase in the prior six months. With so much e-commerce revenue now coming from outside the U.S., brands and retailers are looking for more efficient ways to handle global order fulfillment and delivery. Global e-commerce consumers have high expectations [...]