Solving the International Tax Calculation and Duty Rates Puzzle

| Marshal Kushniruk

International trade is bigger than ever. Whether you sell books, business equipment or bagpipes, your customers can just as easily be in New Delhi as in Detroit, since B2B and B2C cross-border ecommerce are flourishing. But tracking the landed cost-related losses is difficult, and it is certainly in the billions of dollars per year worldwide. Here’s how you can solve that dilemma.

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Tax Group Targets Alibaba in Campaign

| Tim Parry

The Alliance for Main Street Fairness launched a television advertising campaign against Alibaba this week to educate lawmakers on what it calls an imminent threat to U.S. retailers. But are AMSF’s claim against Alibaba true?

How Will Seattle’s $15 Minimum Wage Affect Your Business?

| Curt Barry

The Seattle City Council just voted to put low-wage workers on a path over the next several years to earning a $15-per-hour minimum wage. Curt Barry, president of multichannel operations and fulfillment consulting firm F. Curtis Barry & Co., explains what this means to direct-to-customer merchants.

Take a Look at Crocs’ 2013 Sustainability Report

| Tim Parry

The company’s second report provides an update on its sustainability-related accomplishments and objectives, and sets goals in three categories: workplace and supplier standards, environmental management and community engagement.

Alibaba Bans Bitcoin on all Marketplace Sites

| Erin Lynch

While announced last week that it has begun accepting Bitcoins as an online payment option, not all merchants are embracing the crypto-currency. The Chinese ecommerce platform Alibaba Group said in a statement that it has banned the controversial payment option from all its Taobao marketplaces.