Tag Archives: Cross Border Trade

Is It Time to Break Into The DACH Ecommerce Market?

Jacques van der Wilt takes a look at the ecommerce market in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, including the main shopping channels.

Oktoberfest beer representing DACH countries

This post is by Jacques van der Wilt, the founder of global feed management and optimization company DataFeedWatch.

Collectively known as the DACH countries, Germany, Austria, and Switzerland are closely connected both geographically and culturally, and are very successful economically.

DACH countries have a population of just under 100 million (around 80% of which live in Germany) and over 80% of consumers use the internet. The prospects for ecommerce in these three German-speaking countries starts to look pretty good.

There is also a significant year-on-year growth in dollars spent online across these countries. Germany, for example, has seen an increase in spend of just under $10 billion every year between 2015 and 2017. A similar increase is forecast for 2018, bringing the total to nearly $100 billion.

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EU Declaration of Conformity: What Amazon Sellers Need to Know

Amazon is asking sellers on its European sites for their products’ Declaration of Conformity. What is a DoC and how can sellers get one?

This post is by Ferry Vermeulen, Founder of INSTRKTIV, a company which helps businesses develop compliant product documentation and user manuals.

When selling certain products on Amazon in Europe, the platform requires you to submit a Declaration of Conformity. A Declaration of Conformity (or DoC) proves that the product complies with European product safety legislation.

Depending on the EU directives that apply to your product, there are different requirements on the content of the Declaration. Amazon is very strict and only approves products that include a compliant Declaration. They often decline products without giving a reason, so the seller has to work out what’s missing for themselves.

This article will explain what a Declaration of Conformity is, when you need one, and how you can draft and submit a compliant DoC.

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Ecommerce in Scandinavia: Affluent Consumers and a Growing Market

Jacques van der Wilt takes a look at the ecommerce market in Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Finland, including the main shopping channels.

This post is by Jacques van der Wilt, the founder of global feed management and optimization company DataFeedWatch.

Collectively, Scandinavian countries – Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland – spent a massive €20.5 billion on ecommerce in 2017.

With a high standard of living and the percentage of internet users continuing to rise, we are highly likely to see Nordic ecommerce spending rise rapidly as well.

So, where do Scandinavians shop online and what are the current ecommerce trends?

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Seven Leading Marketplaces for Selling in Australia and New Zealand

These wealthy English-speaking countries have a strong demand for international products. Here are the best marketplaces down under.

This post is by Craig Agutter, EMEA Ecommerce Manager at international currency transfer provider WorldFirst.

Amazon’s recent launch in Australia has opened up what was once a difficult market for international sellers to access. In fact, when the retail giant opened its doors down under last December, it experienced more orders on its first day than any other Amazon launch in history.

The demand is definitely out there, and Australia and New Zealand are fast becoming two of the most exciting ecommerce markets for international businesses. In particular, sellers with seasonal demand find Australia and New Zealand lucrative markets to offload surplus stock, once the season is finished in the northern hemisphere.

Whilst Amazon’s launch now makes it easier for you to sell down under, it isn’t the only show in town. Here we take a look at some of the marketplaces to explore if you’re eyeing up the opportunities in Australia and New Zealand.

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Why Do Only 3.9% of U.S. Small Businesses Trade Internationally?

American businesses are failing to embrace cross-border ecommerce, while sellers elsewhere are quick to sell internationally. Why is that?

A recent infographic by international payments company, WorldFirst, asked: “Are American businesses falling short when it comes to cross-border ecommerce?” And, it would seem that the answer was yes, as their infographic found that just 3.9% of small American businesses sell cross-border, compared to 8% of European small businesses.

With the total value of worldwide cross-border ecommerce expected to hit $424 billion dollars by 2021, it seems that small American businesses are missing a trick. Especially, when you consider that 70% of the world’s purchasing power is located outside of the U.S.

So why do so few U.S. small businesses trade internationally? We don’t have the answers – we want to know what you think!

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