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In the MCM Outlook 2014 survey, the largest number of respondents (26%) said UPS was their primary global carrier, followed by FedEx and the United States Post Office (18%) and DHL (12%). This outcome may be the result of a largely U.S.-based audience, as DHL is generally considered the world’s shipping/logistics leader, followed by FedEx and UPS.
In the last decade the size of the African economy has more than tripled, with West Africa now the fastest growing region on the continent. A favorable macro-economic climate across West Africa means that growth is likely to accelerate above 7% in the next year.
Adyen, a global payment solutions provider, announced it is partnering with Evernote to launch Alipay’s new mobile optimized checkout for Evernote’s user base in China, according to a press release.
Ikea Group has plans to extend its ecommerce to all of its international markets in the next few years. This online rollout resumes after a year-long standstill, according to Bloomberg.
Consumers in the UK market respond well when credit for returns is applied faster, attendees were told at Multichannel Merchant’s Growing Global conference.
Through its partnership with Borderfree, Chico’s FAS will now be able to transact with shoppers in over 100 countries and territories worldwide in more than 60 global currencies.
Apple has announced Apple Pay, a new category of service that will transform mobile payments with an easy, secure and private way to pay.
Batteries Plus LLC has acquired privately held LED Hut Ltd., a leading provider of LED lighting products, including bulbs and light fixtures, to customers throughout Europe.
While the global B2C ecommerce market is booming, there are luxury brands that have yet to embrace this sales channel, according to a press report by ystats.com. As a result, growing luxury ecommerce revenues have gone to online and multichannel retailers and flash sales sites.
If you’re a merchant and you’re not engaged in global ecommerce, you’re missing out on a massive opportunity. Trends like slower growth in domestic ecommerce relative to other countries and increased website traffic from non-U.S. IP addresses are clear signals that legions of ready and willing online buyers await offshore.