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Watch our video to discover the many ways we can support your business as it takes its next step in cross-border e-commerce.
Consumers will increasingly demand better service. Whether that’s free shipping, more delivery options or simply a wider range of goods to buy. Find out why home delivery is growing fast across Europe’s e-commerce markets.
The recent Cannes Lions awards have recognised some incredible marketing campaigns, including innovative and unique print and publishing work.
Personalisation is one of the best ways to engage your audience with your direct marketing campaign, and one company’s innovative invites have a very personal touch. Denim brand Mustang invites VIPs to a special dinner in Berlin every year, but its 2014 ‘Epic Denim’ campaign is truly unique.
IKEA is one brand that knows how to do publishing. In 2014, 217 million copies of the much-lauded IKEA catalogue were printed in 32 languages.
Spending time on the basic building blocks of a direct mail campaign is crucial to success, especially when it is going to run across borders.
Watch our video how you can reach the Swiss consumer with lots of tips and local knowledge on selling to Switzerland.
As Europe’s third largest e-commerce market, France has great potential for many online retailers.
How can you get consumers to buy what you’re selling? Many companies are going beyond advertising to create bespoke content as a way to get their message across, in the form of corporate publishing.
Italy has huge e-commerce potential, which is why Asendia has put together this video to help you navigate the opportunities Italy offers.
French consumers need reassurance around delivery and returns. They are accustomed to the reliability offered by the postal network and will expect online retailers to meet their expectations. Reliability and choice are as important as speed.
The Netherlands is one of the continent’s most optimistic e-commerce markets, with excellent consumer confidence and an improving economy.
Ranked third in the global Logistical Performance Index, Belgium is a small but enthusiastic e-commerce market, located in a highly accessible part of Europe.
Ecommerce Europe’s latest report, sponsored by Asendia, sheds light on the state of the United Kingdom’s e-commerce market, revealing an economy thriving on online retail and shoppers that are early adopters of technology.
The United States is one of the largest and most established e-commerce markets in the world ‒ yet there’s still plenty of opportunity for cross-border retailers.
Direct mail campaigns are becoming increasingly multidimensional, offering excitement and intrigue through interesting shapes and textures. However, one direct mail campaign is also multisensory, truly conveying its meaning and engaging recipients.
As one of the most established e-commerce markets in the world, Germany can be a lucrative market for cross-border retailers. Ecommerce Europe’s country report, sponsored by Asendia, reveals the opportunities, statistics, and advice every online business should consider if they are thinking about exploring this exciting market.
Are you thinking about expanding your online business into Spain? Some insightful research reveals which products Spanish consumers are buying online and how they go about their purchases, from recommendations to payments.
Ecommerce Europe’s report reveals the potential and diversity the European e-commerce market offers to cross-border retailers. The European B2C E-commerce Report 2016, sponsored by Asendia, looks at the state of e-commerce across the continent, focusing on five regions and thirty countries.
Have you considered Russia as your next e-commerce market? Russia offers a surprising amount of potential to online retailers, as revealed by Ecommerce Europe’s new country report, sponsored by Asendia.
Have you ever considered Australia as a potential market for your e-commerce business? Ecommerce Europe’s new report reveals everything you need to know about this highly unique country in the Asia-Pacific region, including the latest retail facts and figures.
If you’re looking for a new market for your online business, Japan may be a very good choice. As an established e-commerce market, Japan has the third highest e-commerce turnover in the world and a large potential audience. Ecommerce Europe’s new Japan B2C E-commerce Report 2016 reveals why you should consider growing your business into this unique country.
eShopWorld’s International e-Commerce Calendar shows all the key dates you need to know in 24 e-commerce markets.
M-commerce is booming around the world and is fast becoming a significant part of global e-commerce.
As consumers demand an ever more personalised and attentive shopping experience, some interesting new retail trends are emerging ‒ such as chat commerce.
Looking for your next e-commerce market? Consider India, a large country with a growing economy and a young population, with incredible retail potential.
Ecommerce Foundation’s new report, sponsored by Asendia, takes a look at why Brazil could be your business’ next destination.
The new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is one of the most important pieces of legislation for retailers and consumers alike in the European Union ‒ but what will it mean for your business?
26% of the planet’s population shop online ‒ almost 1.5 billion people, demonstrating the potential of e-commerce around the world.
New research by Two Sides reveals that we still value paper and its place in our lives, although there is still widespread misunderstanding about paper’s sustainability.
China is the largest e-commerce market in the world. How can cross-border retailers get to know this unique market and maximise their chance.
When it comes to sending and receiving international business post, paper-based documentation still retains more credibility
Thinking about expanding your online business to Israel? Being ranked third in the world for online purchases, the Israeli e-commerce market offers an interesting and enticing marketplace for international businesses.
Discover the opportunities that France, one of the most established e-commerce markets in Europe, offers to cross-border retailers.
Asendia is saddened to read about the people affected by abuse of the postal system; and finds the practice of using mail as a media for illegal purposes deplorable.
With the rise in cross-border e-commerce comes an increase in cross-border deliveries. From logistics to trade agreements, there are many factors that affect cross-border deliveries, which the IPC’s latest cross-border e-commerce shopper survey explores.
Asendia – the Joint Venture between La Poste and Swiss Post – has agreed on a sales partnership with Israel Post for e-commerce solutions to this market.
Lukas Kindler from Asendia Management explains why print is a communication channel you shouldn’t neglect
What do you need to look out for when you’re international parcel exporting and where might your business need to adapt? Find out in his blog, where customs methods will be discussed!
Depending on cost restrictions, time considerations and the type of delivery you’re looking for, either tracked postal services or tracked courier services could provide the ideal solution. When you’re choosing between the two there are some key factors to bear in mind.
Although there is a lot to be said for a ‘one stop shop’ single parcel delivery partner, sometimes the best option is to shop around to get the best service for you.
Learn how the biggest brands are capitalizing on Direct Mail and why e-tailers should be doing the same, with our Direct Mail for E-commerce infographic below.
Selling to online shoppers in Switzerland from overseas has it’s challenges, but can be very rewarding
Swiss e-commerce market ripe for Britain’s international retailers, according to Asendia’s latest whitepaper
Fulfilment is a word commonly used in the mailing and logistics industry, whether it’s ecommerce fulfilment, mailing fulfilment, third party fulfilment, order fulfilment etc...
In 2016, ecommerce in the UK was worth roughly £133 billion. This vast market continues to expand, offering opportunities for retailers, from cottage industries to large national businesses, to reach new customers.
You don’t have to be a large multi national to benefit from external fulfilment services. Whatever stage your business is at, there are many advantages to shifting the responsibility for fulfilment and logistics to a reliable and professional third party.
The age of ecommerce presents many challenges for businesses and one of the most pressing of these is efficient order fulfilment. Strong and reputable customer service is built on a foundation of solid order fulfilment – once you have an infrastructure in place to manage that then you are on your way to building a loyal base of satisfied customers.
Switzerland has consistently been ranked as the world’s most competitive economy by the World Economic Forum. As a country with strong economic growth and a thriving online retail environment it’s an attractive prospect for ecommerce businesses looking to sell into new markets.
When you’re using an ecommerce platform, integration with other systems and processes is key. Not only can you save time and money if everything is operating in a smooth and joined up way but you’ll also be able to deliver better customer service and improve business performance.
Cross-border shipping doesn’t have to be a minefield for those looking to capitalise on Europe’s e-commerce boom. Asendia’s Manuel Bonnin shares his ABC of international parcel tracking.
Efficient order fulfilment is at the heart of an ecommerce business. It not only leads to positive customer responses to service but can also help to save resources and cut costs when it performs well.
Ecommerce in Switzerland is a small but very vibrant and lucrative market. In 2016, Swiss consumers purchased €1.22billion worth of goods from overseas websites.
Australia and New Zealand are attractive markets for ecommerce businesses. With mobile phone penetration levels high and a local willingness to buy from foreign brands, the potential for sales and growing customer base is high.
Ecommerce returns can be a costly business for retailers. According to Clear Returns, the cost of returned items purchased online is £20 billion to UK businesses.
When you’re exporting to France you have a huge opportunity to expand your business into a thriving new market where demand is high. There is a particular love for premium brands. However, French consumers can be choosy, especially when it comes to service and delivery when they are buying premium goods.
New Zealand’s economy was worth £140 billion in 2016. It is a country of 4.6 million people that is heavily reliant on international trade and a prime location for UK exporters thanks to the lack of language barrier.
Order fulfilment workflow shows how incoming orders from customers are processed, organised and shipped out. It can take many forms but the purpose is to establish a clear and accurate process by which the business responds to the purchase promise made when the customer places an order.
The Delivery Conference is the e-commerce industries most significant event and Asendia will be exhibiting at stand number 16 on Tuesday 30th January 2018.
Every new year brings new challenges and new opportunities, and a lot of chatter about what’s coming next. We’ve cut through the clutter to find the need-to-know trends that will matter to your business:
Chilly's has gone from London market stall holder to a £5m-a-year business that ships its reusable bottles across Europe. Here's how Asendia has helped it grow.
Australia’s ecommerce report from the Ecommerce Foundation highlights consumer’s preference for shopping apps and the importance of delivery costs.
The eDelivery Expo is UK's largest retail fulfilment & final mile event and Asendia will be exhibiting at stand J83 from Wednesday 21st March to Thursday 22nd March 2018.
The Ecommerce Foundation’s report for Switzerland reveals online shoppers’ prefer using WhatsApp and researching purchases in-store.
E-commerce companies that think outside the box and beyond traditional shipping options ultimately provide shoppers with a more satisfying customer experience.
Ireland is a key market for many UK e-commerce businesses. Physical proximity and similar consumer characteristics make it an easy next step for those looking to find a new audience.
For businesses keen to expand e-commerce reach, the initial impulse is often to look across the Channel and explore large countries like France and Germany.
Ireland is a very attractive market for UK businesses. Currently, it imports more from the UK than any other location – around a third of imports into Ireland come from just over the Irish Sea. Physical proximity, simple logistics and the fact that English is widely spoken mean Ireland has plenty to offer businesses keen to find a new audience.
Ireland is a sophisticated consumer market experiencing steady growth that makes it an attractive prospect for businesses looking to export to this part of the world.
China continues to dominate ecommerce, but challenges are slowing down growth.
In order for etailers to successfully sell to Switzerland, it is important to develop an understanding of facts about the buyer’s market and details about the behaviour and expectations of online Swiss shoppers.
The Dutch Ecommerce Market still expanding in growth potential; forecasted turnover for 2018 ≈ € 25 billion.
France is one of the most thriving e-commerce and publishing markets in the world ‒ but if you’re considering expanding your business into the country, how can you reach your target audience? Direct mail is one of the most effective ways to raise brand awareness and build relationships with French consumers.