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Cross-Border eCommerce – The Global Trend That’s Here to Stay


Cross-Border eCommerce Whitepaper

Our cross-border eCommerce whitepaper concentrates on the current and future growth of the cross-border retail industry, a trend that’s been gaining exceptional momentum in the last few years.

You’ll find information about…

  • Cross-Border Sales – As the cross-border eCommerce network continues to mature, digital consumers are becoming more comfortable shopping abroad.
  • Why Customers are Shopping Abroad – From cheaper prices to the accessibility of items not found in certain geographies, there are many reasons shoppers look for products internationally.
  • Primary Sellers and Markets – As the market has matured, three key players have accrued the largest revenues from cross-border online retail. We present the statistics and trends associated with each major country.
  • Products Shoppers are Buying – Cross-border eCommerce enables shoppers to buy virtually anything they want from whatever digital store they choose. Learn what shoppers are pressing the buy button on.
  • Cross-Border Obstacles – Consumers are primarily concerned with high shipping costs, long delivery times, and transactions security. We consider whether these global impediments are enough to outweigh the advantages of shopping cross-border.


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Jaz Frederick

Self-taught techie, savvy resident researcher, analytical thinker, bookish grammar geek, aspiring intrapraneur. Catch me on Twitter @PFSweb and hit that retweet button.

  • Bontact

    This is a really interesting subject. With ecommerce blowing up in the developing world, it stands to reason that there will be more cross-border shopping. Question-what apps would you think will be in demand in this world?

  • Jaz

    Interestingly enough, apps are expected to vanish with new digital designs in the coming years. The concept of having a screen full of apps or icons will most likely morph into a different experience that largely resembles what we would think of a “notification center”. It will probably look like a vertical stream of cards containing notifications from places like Twitter or your calendar reminders or even your fantasy football league ranked by importance (which is determined by your device’s historical data). These cards are expected to come from any source (not exactly an app) that you have given the phone’s permission to or selected. This way, you will be able to see much more content in the same place, and apps will no longer be a destination.
    However, in terms of the closer coming years, the biggest potential for mobile in terms of cross-border commerce that I can see lies in the international mega companies like or Alibaba as they continue to invest in ease-of-use technologies (think Paypal One Touch, where you don’t have to type in any extensive credit card number, or digital/mobile wallets) and as they have widespread, strong fulfillment infrastructures capable of quickly shipping cross-border. The bigger names also tend to be more trusted by customers in comparison to others.