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Rising Shipping Charges: How we Mitigate Risk and Keep Costs Low | FlavorCloud

Every year there are industry-wide (and worldwide) changes to the cost of shipping. It’s known as the GRI (general rate of increase) and comes into effect for shipping carriers on January 1, when new charges and surcharges kick in (typically a little later for postal companies). Many factors drive these changes, which increase costs and…

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An Introduction to Shipping Dangerous Goods | FlavorCloud

Running an ecommerce business involves a lot of moving parts. There’s the obvious stuff, like choosing the right products, marketing, site design, accounting, payment processing, packaging, and shipping. And then, each of those aspects breaks down into smaller subsections, like nesting dolls of necessary knowledge.   So, at first glance, you need to decide about shipping…

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Rear View On 2021, Looking Ahead To 2022 | FlavorCloud

The curtain is down on 2021, and a whole new year is opening up. But what a ride the last year has been for ecommerce.   The highs? Consumer demand has continued to grow at pace. The lows? The dreaded Supply Chain chaos and its impact on shipping. Delays, disruption, and carriers facing real hurdles.   Online…

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Beginner’s Guide to Tariffs & Trade Barriers | FlavorCloud

The rise of technology has helped make everything more accessible. The exchange and availability of information, ideas, products, and services multiplied exponentially once the internet helped ease the logistical obstacles that previously presented a challenge. The result is an entire world full of options versus the local communities we were once limited to—benefitting consumers and…

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GDPR Compliance for Merchants | FlavorCloud

There’s a lot to successfully selling internationally with many things to manage, including branding, marketing, fulfillment, and customer service. Data privacy is a vital aspect too. It continues to increase in importance for consumers and has become an essential element of customer satisfaction and retention. According to McKinsey, 87% of surveyed consumers said they would…

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5 Tips to Sell More with Cross-Border Shipping in 2022 | FlavorCloud

While we’re all beginning to see the end of another holiday season in sight (virtual high-five to all of us for surviving another BFCM), it’s time to look at your plans for 2022. If you’ve been neglecting or just outright ignoring international shipping, this is the year to let it grow your business by up…

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We’ve Joined Forces with ShipperHQ | FlavorCloud

FlavorCloud Brings the Power of International Shipping to Leading Shipping Rate Optimization Platform We’re excited to announce FlavorCloud’s integration with leading shipping rate optimization platform ShipperHQ, merging the benefits of our vast global carrier network with ShipperHQ’s innovative shipping logic and tools. Pairing ShipperHQ’s robust suite of built-in features and shipping API with FlavorCloud’s guaranteed…

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What is an HS code? | FlavorCloud

Preparing to ship products across borders can seem daunting. But if you’re doing so, you’ve probably come across the term ‘HS codes’. If you haven’t, we’re glad you’ve found yourself here—HS codes are fundamental to shipping internationally, as is getting them right on your international shipping documents. If you get your HS codes wrong, you…

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International Shipping 101: DDP, Returns, Undeliverables & Insurance | FlavorCloud

Shipping internationally is no easy task and comes with a lot of complexity. At FlavorCloud, we make it simple by taking care of everything for you—wherever you’re shipping. Leveraging FlavorCloud’s Global cross-border carrier network gives you high-quality shipping at the best rates across our algo-optimized routes. Wherever you’re shipping, there are important pieces of information…

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Understanding Landed Costs: Duties, Taxes, and Fees | FlavorCloud

As an ecommerce merchant, determining shipping costs is an essential and ever-present part of doing business. At first glance, it doesn’t seem like it would be a complicated calculation—just put some information into an online tax and shipping calculator, hit enter, and go about your day, right? Not quite, but it’s a start. The duties,…

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What is DDU? Risks, Responsibilities, and Usage | FlavorCloud

Selling globally is a huge opportunity for merchants, allowing you to reach billions of consumers and grow your business. But intricate regulatory practices and procedures make international shipping a challenge, so it’s important to understand the basics. If you’ve been researching how to handle your logistics internationally, you might have come across the term DDU in…

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Black Friday: 3 Key Trends For International Ecommerce | FlavorCloud

Have you noticed 2021 holiday goods and gifts promoted early this year? Even before Halloween merchandise hit the shelves, some retailers were already messaging holiday. A previous Digital Commerce 360’s retailer survey found 59% of merchants had intended to start 2021 holiday marketing in October or before. And Black Friday is following suit. Is it…

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What is Cross-Border? A Guide to Cross-Border Shipping and Commerce | FlavorCloud

In ecommerce, “cross-border” is when the customer and merchant are located in two different countries. Although the definition for cross-border is simple, the logistics involved with selling internationally can be overwhelming when you dip your toes into international waters. Before your store is ready to sell worldwide, there’s a lot to consider, from the various…

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8 Ways to Sell More Over the Holiday Season | FlavorCloud

Optimize your international sales easily with FlavorCloud The effects of the pandemic are still being felt around the world, with retail particularly impacted but the good news is that ecommerce has continued to grow with cross-border sales doubling. This has led to more ecommerce brands turning to global customers and cross-border selling to drive growth.…

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2021 International Holiday Shipping Deadlines: All You Need to Know | FlavorCloud

Consumers are counting down the weeks to the holiday season. That means they’re getting ready to shop for holiday décor, gifts and outfits. The bottom line? Merchants need to plan ahead and prepare customers to buy early. Will COVID-19 Impact the 2021 Holiday Season? eMarketer forecasts ecommerce sales to grow by 16.8% in 2021, representing…

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New EU VAT Changes For Ecommerce Merchants | FlavorCloud

International shipping can be a headache for e-commerce retailers – and that’s before rules start changing. In addition to new regulations in the UK that went into effect Jan. 1, new VAT e-commerce rules in the European Union add another compliance layer for companies carrying out cross-border sales. What do you need to know about…

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Cross Border Ecommerce Changes To UK and VAT With Brexit | FlavorCloud

It has been over 4 years since the vote for the UK to leave the EU and the time has finally arrived where changes will occur and new rules for cross-border sales into the UK.  These changes are not only for EU based merchants , but all merchants , including US based , who sell to…

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Get Ready For The 2020 Holiday Season | FlavorCloud

International shipping during the holiday season can be an incredible way to increase your sales but can also be stressful if you are not prepared.  To help you get ready for the upcoming season, you will find below a few tips to increase your global sales and improve customer experience. In addition, we are sharing…

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Origin Story of FlavorCloud | FlavorCloud

Our CEO and Founder, Rathna Sharad had the opportunity to discuss FlavorCloud with Ramon Vela, the founder one of our favorite podcasts , The Story of a Brand . The Story of a Brand Podcast is a show focused on e-commerce brands and the entrepreneurs, products, and customers that make up the brand and a perfect…

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Goodbye NAFTA – Hello USMCA | FlavorCloud

The topic of COVID-19 and how it has affected worldwide shipping has overshadowed a major change coming to cross-border shipping in North America, The United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement (USMCA) officially replaces the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) on July 1, 2020. The USMCA includes a number of changes to NAFTA, across a variety of issues,…

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DDP Shipping – How COVID-19 Is Changing How You Should Ship | FlavorCloud

As the world navigates the coronavirus outbreak, many stores are turning to contactless delivery, to help protect customers and delivery personnel by reducing transmission opportunities of the virus. Customer places an order, completes payment for all services online so there is no need to pay upon delivery and item is left at the door. This…

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