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Cross-Border Ecommerce: A Checklist

| Juliana Pererira

There is no slowdown in sight for global ecommerce, so now is the time to seize the moment. But before launching, there are many factors to process. Whether you’re a Fortune 500 or an SMB, you can drive prosperous cross-border growth if you tackle a few areas first. Here is a checklist of the high-priority items to consider. 

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The Critical Role of Ecommerce Marketplaces

| Jed Danbury

Those who only think of ecommerce marketplaces of major American and Chinese operators when they consider the global platform economy overlook opportunities this business model also offers SMBs. Merchants with complementary offerings can learn from the big players and serve their customers better together.

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Ecommerce Reaches 19% Global Penetration in 2020

| Mike O'Brien

Ecommerce penetration worldwide increased from 16% in 2019 to 19% in 2020, driven by the pandemic-fueled shift toward online purchases, according to a UN agency report. Global ecommerce sales, including both B2C and B2B, were up 4% to $26.7 trillion, representing 30% of global GDP.

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International Parcel Shipping Provider Passport Raises $12M

| Mike O'Brien

Passport, a provider of international parcel shipping services, has raised $12 million in a Series A round to build out its parcel supply chain network for ecommerce and DTC brands. Funding for the round was secured by M13 and included participation from Resolute Ventures, Precursor, Kleiner Perkins, RiverPark and Republic.

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Multichannel Retailers: How to Effect Real Change

| Matthew Carroll

Beyond the holiday rush, multichannel retailers can’t afford to be short-sighted, ignoring the paradigm shift in consumer purchasing behavior that will extend long after the pandemic is over. If they aren’t looking at long-term investments to create hybrid customer experiences, they will soon find themselves way behind the pack.

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Four Views on Retail, Ecommerce Entering 2021

| Mike O'Brien

You may have read somewhere that 2020 was an extremely disruptive year in every aspect of the retail industry. Ecommerce, already on a rapid trajectory, took off into the stratosphere as consumer flocked online. To take a look into what we can expect in 2021, four experts offer their views and some bold predictions.

Cross-Border Ecommerce Software Firm Flow Secures $37M in Funding

| Douglas P. Clement

Hoboken, NJ-based Flow has secured $37 million in Series B funding to drive its mission of helping businesses market, sell and ship to global consumers online by providing localized experiences. The funding will be used to build up product offerings, grow customer acquisition, add staff and expansion in the U.S. and Europe.

Payoneer Found U.S. Ecommerce Sales Grew Faster Than China in Q3

| Douglas P. Clement

Ecommerce in the United States is growing faster than in China, which remains ahead in terms of overall sales volume, based on client data from payment services firm Payoneer, and the UK is growing faster than both. With the exception of Japan (3%), companies in the top 10 for ecommerce sales all saw strong Q3 double-digit growth.

How State Cashmere Navigated Its Global Ecommerce Expansion

| Iain McNicoll

Over the last decade, booming global ecommerce has given small businesses around the world an opportunity to expand their reach in D2C. But this expansion does come with challenges, especially in the area of payments. See how State Cashmere addressed currency and taxation issues while freeing up working capital to fuel growth.