Claire Taylor demystifies Amazon’s European fulfillment options and their VAT implications – including the new Pan-European FBA
This post is by Claire Taylor, CEO of SimplyVAT.com – a company which helps ecommerce businesses trade across borders in compliance with complex European VAT legislation.
Amazon is steadily implementing its amazing vision to be the greatest online shopping marketplace for millions of customers across Europe. It now offers access to EU customers through five marketplaces: Germany, UK, Spain, Italy and France. It has 31 distribution centers in seven countries and is constantly looking to increase this number.
Amazon wants its sellers to access the huge mature ecommerce market within the EU, which last year grew 12% to a staggering €500 billion. There are 96 million online shoppers in the EU spending an average of €1,500 per year. It’s a great opportunity for sellers to access new markets, increase profits and ensure sustainable online retail businesses!
Save time and money on your cross-border sales with this easy-to-use service for online sellers
Cross-border ecommerce is huge and it’s getting bigger. It is predicted to grow at an average annual rate of 25 percent, meaning that by 2020 it will have risen to $900 billion. That is twice the predicted average annual growth rate for domestic ecommerce.
There are several challenges which cross-border sellers have to manage. Translating listings and providing customer service in the local language are two of them, while working out the logistics of cross-border delivery can also prove difficult.
Receiving the proceeds from your cross-border sales may seem to be the easy part, as the marketplaces will do the conversion into your home currency for you. But, this ease-of-use can prove costly, as sellers don’t receive competitive exchange rates from the marketplaces.
World First receiving accounts are easy-to-use and provide sellers with a better exchange rate, so sellers can increase their profits from international sales by doing little more than opening an account.
This post is by Craig Agutter, EMEA Ecommerce Manager at international currency transfer provider World First.
For online sellers across the world, Asia is already a lucrative market but it is the rate of growth and scale that really sets it apart. China’s online retail market is already the world’s largest with over US$600 billion of sales in 2015 according to research by McKinsey.
However, forecasters believe the current size has barely scratched the surface, with China’s low tier cities along with other countries in Southeast Asia beginning to benefit from the ecommerce boom. In Thailand, 85% of consumers not living in major metropolitan hubs use mobile devices for their online purchases.
So, the question every ambitious online seller should be asking is: how can I tap into these active and growing markets in Asia? Below, we look at the top marketplaces and give you tips on taking advantage of the opportunities for online sellers in Asia.
This post is by James Storie-Pugh, Director at Pivot International. Pivot are an ecommerce agency specializing in global ecommerce marketplaces. Based in London, they act as the local representative office for marketplaces around the world including Newegg, MarkaVIP, JadoPado and Trade Me. James has worked in ecommerce and digital marketing since 2008, for companies in France, the UK and the USA.
New Zealand might not be an obvious choice for international sellers looking to expand – it’s an isolated island nation in the South Pacific, thousands of miles from its nearest neighbor Australia, with a population of less than five million.
But New Zealand is also a well developed English-speaking country with a healthy economy, high average incomes and excellent access to the internet. Online spending by New Zealanders (known as “Kiwis”) is expected to reach nearly NZ$6 billion in 2016 – an average of $1,200 for every man, woman and child.
Nearly 2 million Kiwis buy online, and 38% of their purchases go overseas to international sellers. Those international sales are estimated to be worth NZ$1.6 billion. Two-thirds of all online shoppers in New Zealand have made a purchase from an overseas business in the last three months.
Where do Kiwis go to make those international purchases? They go to homegrown online marketplace Trade Me. Responsible for nearly three-quarters of all domestic web traffic, Trade Me has been described as a basic human right for Kiwis.
Here’s what you need to know about selling there as an international business.
Cross-border selling through Amazon, eBay and other marketplaces has a lot going for it. Just flip a switch and your inventory becomes available to hundreds of millions of international customers, almost instantly. Well, that’s the theory anyway.
In practice, it doesn’t tend to be that simple. Yes, you are selling the same inventory so there’s no additional effort for sourcing and managing stock (other than needing to do it on a larger scale). But just about everything else has an additional layer of complexity when you are selling internationally.
Fortunately, cross-border trade is booming, and many new international ecommerce services and suppliers have emerged, all geared up to help sellers trade successfully across borders. In this post I’ll explain who those suppliers are, what they do, and how to choose the right one for you.