School for Startups, April 15, 2013
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Shipwire is a company that is augmenting the the order fulfillment aspect of small business. By seamlessly integrating their IT system with their clients’ order capturing system, they can automate shipping while keeping their customers up-to-date with a continual flow of shipping and inventory information. They offer all of this while vastly expanding the logistic network of small businesses everywhere.
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Q. I operate a local online business selling a combination of locally sourced and imported apparel. I would like to expand into overseas markets with the aid of an outsourced warehousing and fulfilment service – Shipwire has been high on candidate list.
Given a new “physical presence” in the US, would we need to register as a business, and more importantly, would we need to pay tax to the IRS (Internal Revenue Service)? Does the use of a physical warehouse and fulfilment service necessitate this? Some of the products will be shipped directly from US wholesalers to our rented US warehouse.
We currently export to foreign markets – but I feel having an actual presence in one may complicate things.