Shopify, May 8, 2014
You control your customer’s experience for the most part. You write the ads, you approve the images, you tweak your website and you write the emails. However once your product leaves your hands to be shipped to your customer you have now handed over your brand to the hands of a stranger.
Shipping can make or break your business in multiple ways. Choose the wrong shipping partner and your customers may suffer a poor experience. Don’t plan out your shipping strategy and you could end up unprofitable. Read more here.
ChannelNomics, March 17, 2014
Few new technologies come along in the channel that aren’t quickly followed with a prediction that it will sharply disrupt the traditional distributors, those middleman stalwarts of shipping who’ve been powering reseller business businesses since IT became a thing.
Rarely has that gloom been so pervasive as it is now with cloud computing. As usual, pundits and analysts see a transformative technology like the cloud as a sure harbinger of doom for the disties. Despite two years of that pervasive dismissal, the distributors appear fairly health, and the best one have made significant moves to solidify their services offerings to capture the cloud opportunity. Read more here.
Shipwire Inc., a leading provider of outsourced fulfillment services for emerging brands, today announced new research demonstrating its impact on e-commerce fulfillment and global brand distribution.
Shopify, November 18, 2013
What do you get when you combine premium-quality, stylish sneakers at prices much lower than the competition? The answer is GREATS Brand – a new direct to consumer ecommerce shoe company that’s aiming to disrupt the shoe industry by become the Warby Parker of footwear.
Since launching in August, GREATS is off to a smashing start garnering attention from major media outlets like Forbes and men’s fashion websites like GQ.
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Shipwire, the leading provider of global fulfillment services for emerging multi-channel brands, has been acquired by global logistics leader Ingram Micro.
VentureBeat, July 22, 2013
A decade ago, the U.S. market represented the key to consumer Internet dominance. Now, leading consumer technology companies such as Google, eBay, and Apple have something new in common: the U.S. accounts for just a minority of their revenue.
This fundamental shift in the tech sector is not surprising when one takes into account the factors driving it. According to consulting firm McKinsey, by 2015 70 percent of Internet users will live in emerging markets. At the same time, U.S. revenue models can successfully migrate overseas in sectors like commerce, banking and media.
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May 10, 2013
Cross-border online sales may account for a significant portion of total ecommerce orders in just the next few years, according to some reports. But for many small online retailers the task of actually shipping a package internationally and understanding all of the associated rules, regulations, and risks can be daunting.
Last year, Dynamic Business, an Australian publication, reported that international shipments might account for 20 percent of that nation’s total ecommerce purchases by 2017. Similarly, the Boston Consulting Group estimated the “Internet Economy” would almost double by 2016, as tens of millions of users begin shopping online from nations like China, Brazil, and Mexico and worldwide more than 3 billion people access the Internet.
Given these sorts of estimates, selling internationally represents a significant opportunity for online retailers. Setting aside international marketing, website localization, or even dealing with any number of currencies, the job of putting a product in a box, placing a proper label on that box, and having it sent out can be an unknown for a small business owner. What follows are five tips to help a small online retailer get started with international shipping.
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