Are you an ambitious online store owner or retail business looking to expand your reach beyond the local market? Are you eyeing the powerful consumer markets of Southeast Asia, such as Malaysia, Singapore, and Vietnam? Many entrepreneurs dream of breaking into new markets, but when it comes to actually making it happen, they often feel overwhelmed and stuck. According to a recent study by VISA GME, over 40% of online store owners cited logistics and shipping as the biggest obstacle to expanding overseas. 

Don’t worry – in this article, we’ve got you covered. We’ll explore the pros and cons of both options and help you make an informed decision that will set your business up for success in the global market.

How to effectively plan cross-border logistics for your online store?

To gradually expand overseas business territory, store owners can make suitable cross-border logistics arrangements according to the brand’s growth stages and scale, such as planning in two stages for the initial market and market expansion/maturity periods.

Expanding into overseas markets in the initial stage:

Choosing a local online store logistics partner can more effectively arrange after-sales services and handle returns for you, providing a good consumer experience for overseas customers. In the initial stage of expanding overseas markets, it is generally in the “testing the waters” phase, and the number of online store orders may fluctuate. Therefore, store owners can consider processing local and overseas orders centrally in the local area, storing goods locally, and packaging and arranging international express delivery when receiving overseas orders, delivering them to overseas consumers for easy management and cost control.

Expanding into overseas markets in the growth/maturity phase:

As your business gains traction and the number of orders increases, it’s time to start thinking about long-term logistics planning. Once you have a rough idea of your future volume needs, you can consider finding local online store logistics partners to help support your business. By importing products in bulk and storing them in local warehouses, you can improve delivery efficiency and control transportation costs. Choosing a local logistics partner can also ensure that your after-sales services and returns are handled efficiently, providing a positive shopping experience for your overseas customers.

eCommerce Logistics Partner

With our own warehouses and local teams in Shanghai, Malaysia, Singapore, Korea, and the United States, we can deliver your products quickly and accurately to customers around the world using our online store logistics services.

No matter what stage your business is at – whether it’s in the early stages of market development or already mature – we can provide flexible, one-stop logistics services that are tailored to your specific needs. We can help you manage local and overseas orders for distribution during the initial stage of expanding into overseas markets. And as your business grows and matures, we can utilize our logistics network to handle international transportation, customs clearance, local warehousing, and logistics distribution.

Don’t waste time and energy worrying about cross-border logistics. Let our ePlus specialists take care of it for you! Contact us today to learn more about our services and how we can help your business thrive in the global marketplace.