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 [...]

Streamline International Taxes and Duties for Your Cross-Border Business

2019-08-26T13:44:07-03:00August 28th, 2019|Best Practices, Duties and Taxes|

Starting an online clothing line can be a rewarding experience for a creative entrepreneur with the vision and tenacity to see it through. And with the continuing growth of cross-border e-commerce, emerging direct-to-consumer brands and retailers now have opportunities that weren’t possible before. But growing a fashion brand takes much more than creativity. There are numerous operational requirements and details that [...]

Crafting a Brilliant Cross-Border Approach: Charles & Colvard Case Study

2019-08-26T14:36:03-03:00August 26th, 2019|Case Study, Customer success stories|

We're pleased to announce that we've added a new case study to our website this week.  This success story features the innovative jewelry company and original pioneer of lab-created moissanite, Charles & Colvard. Known for creating this unique gemstone, Charles & Colvard is also recognized as a provider of exceptional product quality and the brand quickly resonated with global consumers.  As [...]

How to Navigate Digital Transformation for Your Cross-Border Business

2019-08-21T11:57:46-03:00August 20th, 2019|Best Practices|

A new report by Tech., a collaboration between Retail Week and the World Retail Congress, reveals that seventy-five percent of U.S. retailers believe the need for digital transformation has increased since 2016. The report, called "A World in Motion: Retail Digital Transformation Across the Globe, and the Technology Supporting It,” notes that global retail technology spending will reach nearly $203.6 billion [...]

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 [...]

How to Navigate the Growing Pains of Reverse Logistics 

2019-08-09T13:06:45-03:00July 23rd, 2019|Best Practices, Reverse Logistics|

Cross-border e-commerce represents about a fifth of the online market and is growing at double the rate of domestic e-commerce. According to a recent report released by Flow, sixty-seven percent of online shoppers in the 11 top global markets have made a cross-border purchase, with Brazilians, Australians and Canadians leading the pack for shopping from retailers outside their home country. But [...]

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 [...]