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How to Recession-Proof your International Shipping

Global economics can get extremely complex, but certain principles of recession consumer behavior are straightforward. When people have less money and products are more expensive, the average consumer is going to purchase fewer or cheaper things. However, there are proactive ways to optimize your sales and shipping to stay strong against the currents of recession,…

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Preparing for Black Friday & Holiday This Season

The Black Friday shopping event has become a global phenomenon that kick-starts peak season and often launches weeks before the ‘official day’. As a result, thousands of merchants are in the midst of peak season and will be shipping orders internationally and domestically until the end of the year. Ecommerce is key during this period,…

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International shipping from India: Expanded India Outbound Service and New Partnerships

FlavorCloud is thrilled to share that we are launching a full-scale expansion to our India outbound international network and services, with several exciting partnerships in the works. With our latest expansion, merchants shipping from India can look forward to: Full-suite of outbound shipping services to 200+ countries Network expansion covering more services with guaranteed DDP…

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FlavorCloud Recognized as a Gartner® Cool Vendors™ in Logistics and Fulfillment Technology 2022

We’re proud to announce that FlavorCloud has been recognized as a Cool Vendor in the October 2022 Gartner Cool Vendors in Logistics and Fulfillment Technology. We believe that this is a powerful step forward in our work toward building a powerful technology and service in international shipping and logistics. Get your complimentary copy of the…

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2022 Holiday International Shipping Deadlines: The Ultimate Guide

It’s the holiday season—and we all know what that means. Around the world, people of all cultures prepare to spend time with family, celebrate the season and exchange beautiful gifts. But for many merchants, October and November mark the beginning of a holiday marathon—and we know how much stamina it takes to make it through…

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A Guide to Shipping Dangerous Goods: Beauty & Cosmetics | FlavorCloud

You might not automatically associate ‘Dangerous Goods’ with beauty and cosmetic products. But in transportation, many items such as perfumes, nail polish, or aerosols tick the ‘hazmat’ box. If you’re a merchant in this sector and you ship to customers, it’s essential to get it right. The beauty and cosmetic sector is a huge opportunity…

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Whit’s Global Trade Compliance Update

Global Trade Compliance is an ever-evolving and complex environment and a vital component of shipping internationally. Our updates aim to keep you well-informed on important changes to Trade Compliance laws, regulations, or requirements—which could fundamentally impact your international shipping business. At FlavorCloud, our mission is to make international shipping easy, affordable, and friction-free—anywhere in the…

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Guide to Declared Value & Customs Valuation | FlavorCloud

Along with other data points, chiefly among them the three international trade data elements (HTS, ECCN/export control classification, and Country of Origin), it is imperative that correct customs valuation is used for each international transaction. Correct trade data points and proper customs valuation streamlines the export and import processes, ensuring your goods flow smoothly and…

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3 Ways to Drive Increased Conversions Today | FlavorCloud

With a recession looming, many ecommerce merchants are struggling to manage the impact of rising fuel costs, peak pricing, and changing consumer spending behavior. Working with FlavorCloud not only gives you access to our negotiated pricing with no additional surprise carrier fees or surcharges, but we can also suggest a few simple ways to help…

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FlavorCloud Ranks No. 251 on Inc. Magazine’s List of Fastest-Growing Companies in 2022

We’re delighted to be ranked 251 in Inc. 5000’s 2022 list of fastest-growing private businesses—alongside many incredible companies! The prestigious list ranks the nation’s fastest-growing private companies, with previous alums including Facebook, Zappos, Under Armour, Microsoft, and Patagonia—it’s an honor, and we couldn’t be happier. About FlavorCloud At FlavorCloud, our mission is to make the…

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Understanding and Combatting Industry-wide Carrier Surcharges

There are 100s of possible surcharges carriers can apply to your shipment, adding an additional layer of complexity to the already complex business of international shipping. It would be impossible to list all potential charges, but being aware of some key surcharges can be helpful in managing shipping options. Boiled down, surcharges reflect the carriers’…

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Customer Spotlight: Furls Crochet | FlavorCloud

If you’re serious about your arts and crafts then you’re probably also serious about your tools. Furls Fiberarts is the perfect place for crochet fanatics to find real treasures: handmade, luxury fiber art tools and accessories. These tools are designed with both form and function in mind. Beauty and Ergonomic Use You’ll find hooks popping…

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FlavorCloud & ShipBob: A Powerful Solution for International Shipping and Fulfillment | FlavorCloud

We’re extremely proud to announce FlavorCloud’s new partnership with industry-leading international fulfillment platform, ShipBob. It means ShipBob’s Shopify, BigCommerce & API merchants can now seamlessly plug into FlavorCloud’s extensive global cross-border carrier network and intelligent shipping algorithm to grow their international sales easily. ShipBob: a Global Omnifulfillment Platform ShipBob provides merchants with a single view…

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FlavorCloud Ranks No. 19 on Inc. Magazine’s Pacific Regionals 2022 | FlavorCloud

We’re delighted to share that Inc. Magazine has ranked FlavorCloud as one of the fastest-growing private businesses in the Pacific region with a growth of 589%, landing us at number 19 on Inc.’s 2022 Pacific list. Inc. Magazine’s third annual Pacific Regionals 2022 comprises US-based, privately held companies in Alaska, Hawaii, California, Oregon, and Washington.…

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FlavorCloud Suspends Shipping to Russia | FlavorCloud

As the world watches the shocking events unfold in Ukraine, FlavorCloud has made the decision to #StandWithUkraine and block all international shipping services to Russia through our Global Carrier Network. At FlavorCloud, we are proud to participate in the international community, powering merchants worldwide—at our core, we believe in connecting the world. We are committed…

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The Logistics of Logistics Podcast: The FlavorCloud Story with Rathna Sharad | FlavorCloud

Our Rathna Sharad, FlavorCloud’s Founder and CEO, recently joined Joe Lynch on the ‘Logistics of Logistics’ podcast to talk about the origins of FlavorCloud and how we’re shaping the future of international shipping. The podcast is a fantastic listen and covers the following topics. Why the demand for cross-border shipping is more significant than ever…

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Why it Pays to Set Expectations for International Shipping | FlavorCloud

Patience is a virtue, the saying goes, but end consumers can have very different expectations when they hit that ‘order now’ button. Everyone—merchants, carriers, and customers—are aiming for fast as possible international shipping. But some things are simply beyond our control. So it’s wise for merchants to set expectations around delivery times. Done right, you’ll…

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What is Guaranteed DDP? | FlavorCloud

Two top concerns cross-border consumers have are high shipping costs and long delivery times. These worries are so important that customers often abandon their shopping carts. Merchants can easily address these concerns by offering DDP shipping. This gives your customers what they want—the best shipping costs, shortest delivery times, no surprises, and an excellent customer…

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Buy Early, Ship Quickly: The Covid Effect on the 2021 Holiday Season | FlavorCloud

The pandemic has seen record numbers of consumers online shopping, and the holiday season 2021 looks set to break records.  As much as Covid has increased online shopping habits, its effects are also still rippling through the supply chain. Manufacturers, merchants, and delivery operations are still struggling to catch up with buyer demand. There’s no…

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FlavorCloud Alerts: Weather Delays in Canada, Dynamic Changes to Landed Costs and Omicron Impact on Transit Times | FlavorCloud

Ecommerce is booming, and the Holiday season is in full swing. Demand is high, but managing the mayhem of supply chain issues has not made it easy. We have a few important updates to make you aware of, relevant to your shipments now and in the future. The good news is FlavorCloud is here to…

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What is DDP? A Complete Explanation of DDP Shipping | FlavorCloud

There are billions of consumers around the globe, presenting a huge opportunity to grow your business through selling internationally. However, consumers considering cross-border purchases cited high shipping costs (51%) and long delivery times (47%) as their top two concerns. Interestingly, these are also two of the top three reasons cited by consumers for cart abandonment.…

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