What Would Your Expect on Cross-border E-commerce in the Future

Faster speed
Consumers used to be patient about getting their goods, but that’s not the case anymore. This will not be waited until the future, but will be better asap. Peoples want faster and faster delivery speed, it will be good if there are companies provide same-day deliveries, that is what we call lighting speed. We have seen Amazon same day drone service 2016, and this brings the awareness of faster delivery, Consumers will demand this service as a way of distinguishing between buying from one company or another, putting more pressure on companies to offer these same-day deliveries just to keep up with their competitors.

Content-drive
Ecommerce marketing will consistent of aggressive content marketing campaigns. Providing engaging content on brands’ websites, as well as on social media, will be a dominant force behind marketing. This is especially true of video marketing as it surges in popularity. Social influencer programs will also continue to grow, with brands paying influencers to use and spread the word about their products.

the Internet of Things
IoT (the Internet of Things) starts taking a stance in eCommerce, specifically using beacon technology as a tool to reach your customers when they are not IN your store, or on your website. This means you can reach to your customers wherever they are. Everything is connected.This will also change and improve the marketing landscape for retailers in the coming years.
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Cross-Border E-commerce Provides More Opportunities for TCM to Go Abroad

The rapid development of China’s cross-border e-commerce industry has become a new type of business in promoting the transformation and upgrading of international trade. What role can cross-border e-commerce play in the pharmaceutical industry, especially in the traditional Chinese medicine industry? Member of Cross-border e-commerce development association of Chinese medicine supplies committee Zhang Rui jiao, accepted an interview on April 15, saying, to meet the difficult position in go out, internationalization of traditional Chinese medicine at present, with the help of a cross-border electricity is a good solution.

Editable template of detailed map of China, isolated on white
Editable template of detailed map of China, isolated on white

Exports of Chinese medical materials, like herbal slice, Chinese patent medicine, extractive and health care products are in negative growth, both in export volume and value of export. Zhang Ruijiao said, it is much more difficult while the oversea wholesalers are using the traditional way of trading due to the China’s manufacturers have now more inventory pressure and more commodities classification. Many of the Chinese manufacturers cant meet the requirement of large order while small order also not accepting due to the high cost. That’s one of the reason why the Chinese medicine business owners cant make their business expanded with traditional way of trading.

While the cross-border e-commerce, the new business model can help to figure out this problem. It allows small order for the oversea buyers. With this new business model, tracking products quality are much more easier and this is a plus for the buyer experience. Traditional Chinese medicine is the quintessence of our country, this helps to build international brand easier than other products. Zhang Rui jiao thinks, in terms of creating international brand of Chinese medicine, cross-border e-commerce can also play a role of more, because the cross-border e-commerce can directly reflect the customer experience and evaluation, which is a great help for establishing the brand.

ChinaDivision Helps More Than Order Fulfillment

Dear Chinadivision customers, Whatever service provider you are using, you will have to face problems like: branding, talks to suppliers, competing price… Below are two awesome tips for your reference. You can make great profits by following them even you are using AliExpress services at the same time.

With ChinaDivision order fulfillment service, you can:

1, Hassle free. Because it’s the supplier who takes control of the product quality, product packing and global shipping, one of the most important thing before drop-shipping from AliExpress is finding good suppliers: the supplier who can provide quality products and fast & affordable shipping methods at the same time, the supplier who is honest and responsive, the supplier who can provide professional product packing and return/exchange service… Imagine how long it will take to screen and find such a supplier. ChinaDivison helps e-commerce sellers to deal with all the things after receiving products from the suppliers,so that they don’t need to find a supplier who is capable to do all the things, just the one who provide good products.

2, Brand upgrading service. E-commerce seller can not differ products from competitors, he/she will suffer from the brutal price competition. So it’s very important to establish a strong brand. Brand identity is the sore spot of a lot of drop-shippers. No one wants their customers to receive products with other people’s logos, but it’s somehow unavoidable when drop-shipping. AliExpress suppliers are too busy getting more orders and shipping packages out, most of them won’t bother to worry about their customers’ brand issues. ChinaDivision is the game changer in this field. Being the dedicated order fulfillment service provider, ChinaDivision provides full brand upgrading services such as custom packing, relabeling, adding promotional items, sending gifts, etc. Consumers will be impressed by the thoughtful promotional items and well-designed packages, so as to further generate a good identity of the brand. A good brand strategy protects you from suffering from price war with competitors.

If all these above are still not impressed you, it is a good idea to use ChinaDivision as your warehousing service provider if you have bulk purchasing products from China, like AliExpress who you think the products price is lower(here before purchasing, you will have to take care of all talks to suppliers), then you can use our free warehousing up to 90 days(see more info about the new warehousing regulation), to better suit your orders need. With this combination, you will save more money on order fulfillment!

If you are looking for China warehousing and order fulfillment services in China
Please contact ChinaDivision or request a free quote.

Exporting E-commerce Should Be Considered as the Main Body of E-commerce

As we know, E-commerce contains importing e-commerce and exporting e-commerce, while recently people mainly talk about importing e-commerce, but seldom think about selling our products to the other countries. And also, the logistics service provider as well.
With the rapid development of e-commerce, supporting service is well developed as well. ChinaDivision gains great development under this background.

1, Exporting e-commerce market share is getting bigger.
According to the , first half year of 2017, China E-commerce trading scale reached to 3.6 trillion, with a 30.7% year-on-year growth rate, including exporting e-commerce 2.75 trillion(81.5%), and importing e-commerce 0.8624 billion.(18.5%). and it is believed that total e-commerce trading scale will reach to 6.8 trillion.
2, Made in China is not the same as it was before.
In many people’s eyes, the low-end image of domestic goods may be the biggest problem for exporting e-commerce.However, the rapid growth of export e-commerce has a lot to do with the quality change of products made in China.
3, Policy-driven is always the fundamental guarantee.
Beside the “Belt?and Road” Initiative and industrial structural transformation, exporting e-commerce also bears a mission of balancing the international trade and adjusting the foreign exchange reserves. Therefore, government also spare no effort to support the development of E-commerce.

As an professional B2B order fulfillment and logistics service provider.
You can trust us:
Store, Pack and Ship directly from China, to better extend your business. We are your ideal choice. ChinaDivision.com is a leading service provider of China drop shipping, warehouse fulfillment, supply chain management and global shipping from China. With FREE warehousing for 90 days, state of the art warehouse management system, FREE API & plugins, we are confident to expand your business to new territories. We also provide customized value-added services including assembly, customized package and business inserts. If your manufacturer is in China, why not partner with us, ship directly from China and cut your cost?

CNstorm 2018 Annual Meeting Was Held on Jan. 19th

On January 19th, 2018, the 2018 annual meeting of CNstorm E-commerce Co.,Ltd was held in Shenzhen, China, bringing together all the CNstorm staff, including colleagues from the operation, technology, sales and logistics centers, who are responsible for the B2C business CNstorm.com and B2B business ChinaDivision.com. The cross-border e-commerce has been greatly developed worldwide in the year 2017, with the in-depth economic globalization, the competition in international logistics and order fulfillment is increasing rapidly. Against this backdrop, CNstorm held this annual meeting to summarize the performance in 2017 and make plans for the development of 2018. The Chairman of CNstorm Ethan Zhang, CEO Wade Pan and the Vice President Michael Chan made presentations respectively in the meeting. The presentations are focusing on the subjects of summarizing the experiences of the 2017, putting forward the problems encountered, providing solutions and putting forward future development plans.

 

CNstorm 2018 Annual Meeting Was Held on Jan. 19th

 

Major achievements of ChinaDivision in 2017.

In 2017, the business performance of ChinaDivision rose to 200%, making the B2B business one of the most important business growth points of the whole company. This fact shows that the market of international orders fulfillment services is very potential. As a professional China-based order fulfillment service provider, ChinaDivision has become a famous brand in the industry, and has proven its strength with high quality services in 2017. ChinaDivision’s outstanding performance is one of the results of progressively perfect inner management system, CNstorm passed the ISO 9001 certificate in 2017, which means Shenzhen CNstorm E-commerce Co., Ltd, the brand owner of ChinaDivision.com, has reached the standard of professional international enterprise. As the name suggests, ChinaDivision has become the China Division of global e-commerce business owners.

 

ChinaDivision business planning in 2018.

In 2017, CNstorm warehouse extended from 1000 square meters to 3000 square meters. But it still not be able to meet customers’ growing demand for warehousing. In order to improve the service of CNstorm.com and ChinaDivision.com, CNstorm is planning to further extend the storage space and warehousing mechanization in 2018. The further optimized operation process will greatly improve the efficiency of order processing and reduce the error rate. It can make the end customers receive products faster, especially at the peak of the holiday season, the advantages of optimal and mechanized order processing will be more prominent. More than that, CNstorm also plans to build a bonded warehouse in Hong Kong and put it into use in 2018.

In addition, the annual meeting also holds activities of multiple teams’ group performance shows, fun interactive games and buffet lunch. All the CNstorm staff enjoyed the activities and the team cohesion was strengthened.

How Can E-commerce Owners Avoid Delays During Chinese New Year 2018

Chinese New Year, also known as the Spring Festival, is coming on February 16th,2018. Since it’s the most important traditional Festival in China and other Asian countries. Although the official holiday in mainland China lasts for only seven days, from February 15th to February 21st, 2018, many companies and enterprises including Chinese suppliers and domestic shipping agencies choose to start the vacation 3 to 5 days before the holiday, and come back to work after 8 days of the 1st month in the Chinese calendar (February 23th, 2018). Because Chinese New Year is a festival for Chinese families to reunion and stay together, so the Chinese New Year holiday may be the lowest period of people’s willingness to work. Many online sellers who own China-related e-commerce will be painfully aware of the long holiday comes disruption to all the businesses. The only solution is to prepare early. Here are some tips for e-commerce owners to avoid shipping delays and other problems during Chinese New Year.

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Get to know the supplier and the shipping agency’s schedule early.

Most of the suppliers factories will be closed much earlier than the statutory holiday, sometimes as long as 15 days, because people want to go back to their hometown (may be thousands kilometers away from the factory) early. No matter your supplier is a factory or a trading company, it’s better to ask about their holiday schedule at least a month before Chinese New Year. More than that, people who often buy from Taobao know the fact that China domestic shipping always closed 3-5 days before Chinese New Year, so are the global shipping forwarding agencies in China. Your shipping deadline depends on the shipping agency’s schedule, or the products will be stuck in the warehouse until March, 2018.

 

Order the products at least 30 days early.

After knowing the schedule, it’s time to place orders. Due to different production time, it’s recommended e-commerce business owners to place orders a month earlier. For example, if it takes 10 days for the factory to produce a batch of products, then you need to place the orders 20-40 days before the shipping deadline. Some of the suppliers take a lot of orders before the holiday, but most orders will be processed after the Chinese New Year. Another situation is, some factories will never open after Chinese New Year, makes it harder for overseas e-commerce business owners to get products they ordered.

 

Use professional fulfillment service.

Other than early preparation, getting professional fulfillment service is also essential during Chinese New Year. In order to avoid delays and unnecessary losses, below are some suggestions for e-commerce business owners.

An affordable warehouse to keep inventory during holiday.

A third-party to do the quality control in the peak season.

A responsive sales manager.

As a customer-oriented order fulfillment company in China, ChinaDivision is dedicated to help global e-commerce business owners to avoid troubles brought by language barriers, culture differences, long distance, etc, which makes ChinaDivision an ideal cooperation partner during Chinese New Year or other holidays.

 

How the GOP Tax Plan Affects Online Retailers

On December 22nd, 2017, the President of the United States Donald Trump signed the GOP tax bill into law. As the President said, because of the massive tax cut, “Corporations are literally going wild”. According to analysis, the new tax plan will give a major push to the development of retailers by cutting the corporate tax rate, which is a great opportunity for small and medium e-commerce business owners to stay competitive in the international market. The GOP Tax Bill will bring the following benefits for online retailers.

Taxes

Better sales performance.

One purpose of the GOP tax plan is to stimulate consumer demand. Benefiting from the temporarily individual tax cut and the salary increase brought by the   permanent corporate tax break, Americans will have more cash in their pocket, which means people may step up their spending, and create more demand. This for sure is a good news for online retailers, because according to a study in 2016, 8 in 10 Americans are now shopping online. The increase of the money for consumption will bring more orders to the online retail industry.

 

Stronger margins to increase the service.

Starting in 2018, the corporate tax rate will be cut from 35% to 21%. This is the retail industry’s biggest public policy push for years, which the e-commerce business owners can really use. As I just mentioned, American can afford to buy more due to the deep tax cut, but it doesn’t mean all the e-commerce business can make more money. It is reported that consumers are spending more on experiences than things, that’s why Apple Stores are always full of customers despite anyone can purchase an iPhone online easily. So it’s wise to increase the service budget after the profit margin increases. Some might say online stores have natural short slabs on service compared to physical stores, it’s not really the way it is, there are a lot of things can be done. With the help of fast global shipping and brand upgrading services, online retailers can provide a more thoughtful door-to-door service for consumers.

 

Greater competitiveness at the international level.

The United States has had one of the highest rates in the world, put the country at a competitive disadvantage compared to lower-tax nations. Since the rates are much lower now, American companies are able to earn more domestic profits, e-commerce business owners in the USA can pay more attention to the American market. More than that, the permanent corporate tax cut brings the USA closer to that of countries like Canada (15%) or Ireland (12.5%), gives USA based e-commerce business greater international competitiveness. In this case, sourcing products from countries with developed manufacturing and cheap labor, such as China, and selling to America domestic consumers seems a good idea now. Thanks to the global economic integration and the quality international order fulfillment service provided by companies like ChinaDivision, American e-commerce business owners can seize the opportunity brought by the tax cut, and seek substantial business growth and expansion.

AliExpress Drop-shipping Tips: Dos and Don’ts

A lot of e-commerce sellers choose to drop-ship from AliExpress this holiday season, because it’s easy and money saving, but not all of them know the challenges they are facing. As mentioned in the article Five Problems e-Commerce Sellers May Encounter When Drop-shipping from Chinese Suppliers, e-commerce business owners may find themselves suffering from some unanticipated problems if they didn’t do it right.

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No branding. Holiday sale is a good time to establish online brands by adding leaflets, custom packing, sending gifts, etc. But all of them will be very difficult if it’s the supplier who does the packing and shipping.

 

Shipping delay. This is the headache for a lot of drop-shippers, since the shipping methods the suppliers provided are very limited, and holiday seasons are the traditional global logistics busy time, shipping delays are very common.

 

No quality control. Sometimes the samples are good, but the buyers still receive bad products. It’s better to have every batch of products inspected one by one.

 

Packing error. The drop-ship suppliers have to deal a lot of orders everyday, they don’t have enough time and energy to pay attentions to the packing.

 

Wrong inventory. The inventory info won’t be entirely accurate because there are other sellers are selling the supplier’s products. This will cause sale opportunity loses and high order close rate in holiday seasons.

 

How to avoid these problems? There are some Dos and Don’ts when drop-shipping from AliExpress.

 

Attach importance to communication with suppliers, don’t take the language barrier lightly.

Many foreigners who run China related e-commerce business have found the power of cultural and language differences soon after they start. The language and culture barriers cause misunderstandings and information omissions. The e-commerce sellers have to tell the supplier their EXACT needs, show the suppliers how much they CARE the business. AliExpress drop-shipping suppliers process a lot of orders everyday, they will handle the orders poorly if the business owner acts like he/she don’t care enough. It’s essential to confirm every detail repeatedly. Sounds a lot of work? Yes, especially for the e-commerce starters who can’t afford to be distracted from holiday promotion. ChinaDivision helps customers to communicate with Chinese suppliers, the sales managers who are proficient in English can help their clients talk to the supplier in Chinese and communicate the clients’ needs to them. This will be a game-changer during the busy holiday season.

 

Cooperate with a third-party, don’t let the supplier do all the work.

It’s sad to say that AliExpress is famous for counterfeits as well as its low prices, if it’s the supplier who does all the things, they will know that the whole process, including products selection, packaging, marketing,etc, is commercially viable, they will copy it without hesitation. Cooperating with a third-party like ChinaDivision can protect your design or idea from being copied. More than that, you will need quality control in the busy holiday season. Maybe samples are good, but it doesn’t mean all the products are good. Other than quality control, repacking is essential as well. ChinaDivision brand upgrading services including repacking, custom packing and kitting/assembly will solve the no branding problem when drop-shipping, it helps e-commerce business owners establishing a brand and expanding the margin during holiday sale.

 

Make the shipping flexible, don’t choose the shipping method without tracking.

Having a plan B is important in holiday seasons, once a shipping method starts to delay or lose parcels, change to another one. Since 2011, ChinaDivision has been partnering with world-leading express carriers like UPS, DHL,EMS,etc, and international postal services like Netherlands Post, China Post, USPS, Swiss Post, Royal Mail, Belgium Post, etc. Customers can get very economical and flexible shipping solutions based on their needs. When it comes to holiday sale order fulfillment, other than price and speed, order tracking is an important indicator when choosing shipping methods. Some of the shipping methods such as China Post don’t provide tracking. Try not to use them despite the low price. Although the shipping time is several days longer during holiday seasons, the consumers will feel very different with their packages tracking in real time, 10–15 days will feel like a much longer time if the buyer can’t get to know where the package is. Needless to say the parcel loss rate is higher in no tracking shipping methods.

How to Handle Massive Orders from Multiple Stores in Holiday Season

Another holiday season is here, the best and the worst months of a year for e-commerce sellers–opportunities and challenges come at the same time. Dealing with big amount of orders in holiday seasons is difficult enough, what if they are from multiple online stores? The situation sounds like a headache. Here are some ways to handle the influx of orders brought by holiday sale.

 

How to Handle Massive Orders from Multiple Stores in Holiday Season

 

Take time to analyse and prepare before holidays.

Make sure you are well prepared before the holiday season. Reviewing historical data will be super helpful. Gather the data from previous holiday sales, analyse it, list the hottest products and estimate the order amount. After doing all these, it will be easier to make fulfillment budget and choose a suitable fulfillment method. Then you can start to stock up and make order fulfillment plans for Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Christmas and New Year. Since the holiday season starts in late November, it’s better to make plans as early as September.

 

Manage the inventory centrally.

Some sellers use multiple fulfillment methods at the same time, in-house fulfillment, direct drop-shipping, third-party fulfillment, etc. Maybe it speeds up the process, but it also makes the inventory decentralized and hard to manage. Poor inventory management leads to incorrect stock information, high order close rate and sales opportunity loses. So it’s better to manage the inventory centrally in a fulfillment center like ChinaDivision. For the sellers who own a lot of suppliers, product SKUs and online stores, ChinaDivision is an ideal fulfillment partner. In ChinaDivision warehouse, products from different suppliers will be unpacked, inspected, labeled with bar codes and scanned into the professional warehouse management system (WMS). No matter the products are sold, returned or restock, the inventory will be updated in real time, which will make a big difference in the holiday season sale.

 

Install the fulfillment software to integrate data from multiple platforms.

For the e-commerce sellers who sell on multiple e-commerce platforms, data integration is essential. A good fulfillment software to sync and integrate data from multiple platforms is the key to prevent chaos during busy hours. ChinaDivision has developed a series of fulfillment software, with the help of it, global customers can enjoy a automated fulfillment process. The software has the following features:

 

Integrate with multiple platforms. ChinaDivision has the fulfillment software for Shopify, eBay, Magento, BigCommerce, OpenCart, WooCommerce and more. All of them can sync order from the platform to ChinaDivision system. After installing the software, ChinaDivision customers can not only see the order status, but also the real-time inventory number.

 

One account to manage them all. No matter how many stores a customer has, he or she can manage them with one ChinaDivision account. ChinaDivision fulfillment software marks orders from different platforms with different order number prefixes, so that the customer can manage them in one panel.

 

One-click sync tracking numbers. After the orders status changed into shipped, the tracking numbers can be synced back to the online store. Not only that, the system will send automatic email notifications to the buyers, to inform that their products are shipped.

How to Expand An E-commerce Business in Holiday Seasons

For e-commerce starters who own small drop-shipping business, the upcoming holiday season is a good chance to expand the business. From Halloween to New Year, it’s the most important months of a year. According to 2015 U.S. Census data, almost 20 % of annual sales for some retailers happen during this period. There are a lot of things can be done to push your business to next level in this holiday season.

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Send gift packs.

One of the most important steps of expanding a small drop-shipping business is creating a good brand image. Sending gift packs during holidays can convey the image of thoughtful and bond with consumers, which will emotionally make your business distinctive from competitors. Gift packs can contain promotional items such as holiday gifts, gift cards, thank you cards, free samples, coupons, etc. Although consumers will love the gifts, asking drop-shipping suppliers to put multiple items in a package seems impracticable, most of them don’t have the time or professional packing skill. Not only that, the gifts and products may be from different suppliers, and it will be harder to manage the inventory.

This is the situation when the business owners need kitting service. Kitting service means putting multiple products in one box and send them as a pack. It requires packing skills, effective inventory management and optimized manual operation process. Only dedicated fulfillment centers like ChinaDivision are capable of doing them well, especially in peak season during holidays.

 

Order in bulk, keep some products in stock.

It is known that drop-shipping is money saving because it doesn’t require inventory. But no product in stock may become a big disadvantage during the holiday season. When the long awaited big amount of orders come to you during Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year, etc, stock products will speed up the order processing and give you a head start. Not only that, ordering products in bulk also increases profits because wholesale prices are more discounted. If you haven’t stock enough products for the Christmas sale, it’s still not too late to do it now. ChinaDivision provides 90 days free warehousing service, long enough for every small business owner to be prepared for all the holiday orders.

 

Improve the after-sale service to delight the consumers.

The holiday season is also a good opportunity for small e-commerce business to stand out of the crowd by providing good after-sale services.

Track all the orders. The holiday season at the end of the year is the traditional rush hour of global logistics, shipping delays and parcel lost happen more often than usual. So it’s essential to provide the tracking numbers on time and keep an eye on the shipping status, it helps the business owner to solve shipping problems in the first place and shows the consumers a professional attitude.

Provide easy and fast return/exchange service. Explain the return/exchange process clearly in the return policy, it will really speed up your after-sale process and make the consumers place order without worries.

Sync the data to update the order status on time. As I said above, it’s essential to update tracking numbers on time. In fact, besides tracking numbers, order processing status and inventory changes also need to be updated in real time. It’s better to sync all the data automatically, or you have to spend a lot of energies&time on dealing with numbers. ChinaDivision has developed order fulfillment software for Shopify, OpenCart, Woocommerce, BigCommerce, Magento, eBay, etc. The easy-to-use apps/extensions are good helpers during holiday seasons, which avoids data mistakes and update delay.