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Bongo Receives Highest Level Of Data Security Compliance

BRIDGEPORT, Conn., Aug. 1, 2012 — Bongo International announced today they recently received the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI-DSS) Level 1 Service Provider Certification, the highest certification level for payment data security in the eCommerce industry. Click to Read More

International Shipping Simplified For 3DCart Customers With New Bongo Partnership

Merchants Can Save as Much as 65 Percent on International Shipping Costs

Signing up with Bongo is free to 3DCart merchants, who gain the ability to reach customers in 220 countries using a fully branded payment and shipping platform guaranteed against fraud.

(PRWEB) October 17, 2011

Ecommerce software provider 3DCart is teaming up with international shipping expert Bongo International to extend its suite of international shipping solutions. Based on Bongo’s current experience, online retail stores using 3DCart can save 60-65 percent on international shipping costs as compared to similar solutions.

Signing up with Bongo is free to 3DCart merchants, who gain the ability to reach customers in 220 countries using a fully branded payment and shipping platform guaranteed against fraud.

“Bongo is a great solution for all retailers using 3DCart,” remarked 3DCart CEO Gonzalo Gil. “If you have a single order that requires products from three separate manufacturers before traveling overseas, for instance, Bongo consolidates the packages to reduce shipment prices, repackage poorly wrapped items and present a unified brand that ships all of its items from a single location. On average, the service reduces billable weight by 32% on every shipment.”

Available for translation in 16 different languages, Bongo takes international customers to a separate checkout page that mirrors the online store’s look and feel and reads the customer’s IP address to choose the default currency. The customer has the option to choose another currency if necessary.

Unlike similar solutions, the tight software integration between Bongo and 3DCart logs international orders in the merchant’s backend order management system as soon as the order is placed. Bongo provides a high-risk verification process that allows merchants to accept international orders where they might have been denied in the past, ensuring 3DCart retailers against fraud.

“3DCart is one of the most comprehensive ecommerce suites on the market, and the launch of 3DCart 4 has helped online retailers take their businesses to the next level,” said Greg Sack, president of sales for Bongo International. “This new partnership will help us offer the benefits of our service to even more online retailers throughout the world.”

As an added value for partnering with Bongo, the company sorts through the merchant’s catalogue, tests each product for compliance and categorizes and assigns each product an HS code, the international standard for classifying trade products.

For more information on the new partnership, visit http://www.3dcart.com/ecommerce-apps/bongo-checkout.html.

About Bongo International
Bongo International, LLC (https://bongous.com/) was founded in 2007 to overcome the challenges associated with International Cross Border eCommerce transactions by both Consumers and Businesses. Today Bongo services 95,000 International Consumers and over 3,000 Businesses globally with a team spanning 3 continents speaking 12 languages.

About 3DCart
3DCart (http://www.3dcart.com), located in Tamarac, Florida, is a complete ecommerce software solution for merchants to build, promote and grow their online business. The company’s services include the tools, advice, support, and technology to manage an entire online operation. Since 1997, 3DCart has been developing internet solutions for small to medium size businesses. Today, 3DCart is an Inc. 5000 company, a Visa PCI Certified provided and a pioneer in Mobile Commerce and Social Marketing.

Bongo’s Extend 2.0 Now A Powerful Turn-Key Application on ASP.NET Storefront

Are you looking for an easy way to accept international orders? does shipping internationally or the possibility of fraud discourage you from servicing international consumers?

Improve The Offshore Shopping Experience

The whole world is “window shopping” on U.S. websites, but few offshore shoppers are converted to buyers. According to Forrester Research, 25% of U.S. web traffic comes from international shoppers, but the actual orders from such shoppers are only 4% of total U.S. web sales.

JELLYBELLY.COM’S Redesign Adds International Shipping

Since Jelly Belly Candy Co.’s redesigned site launched in early June, conversion rate from search engine traffic has jumped 38% and average order value is up 15%, says e-commerce director Jason Marrone. About 65% of total traffic comes from search engines, he adds.

The new look on JellyBelly.com, No. 765 in Internet Retailer’s Second 500 Guide, includes a smaller main banner image, as well as a variety of colored candies lining either side of the site.

“We wanted to take more of a minimalistic approach,” he says. “We needed less clutter and more focus on the product, as well as a site that better reflects the look and feel of our package design.”

The retailer also revamped its site search and navigation capabilities. A new drop-down navigation bar on the top of the screen allows shoppers to search by occasion, color, taste or package type. Filters by price, color and container size enable shoppers to further narrow down search results.

Jelly Belly has added pop-up boxes that display when a visitor hovers over an item, for example, to provide detail about a product on a category page without clicking on the product image. A consumer also can also change the product appearing on the category page without refreshing the page, for example by clicking on a “rating” tab to see a new version of the page with highest-rated products. These features make use of a technology called Ajax, or asynchronous JavaScript and XML, which takes away the need for a page refresh each time a site visitor searches, refines search results or goes to the next page.

“People can find what they want a lot easier now,” Marrone says. “It’s making a difference.”

Additionally, the site now lists the most popular products first on search results pages, Marrone says. Previously, in-house staffers would have to determine the listing order, but as part of the redesign Jelly Belly is working with site search vendor SLI Systems to reorder results continuously based on how well items are selling.

“The priority of the products is based on sales,” he says. “The more popular items will float to the top and that can change at any time depending on what is selling.”

Also this week, Jelly Belly began international shipping. It is working with Bongo International to coordinate shipping to 220 countries.

 

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Les Suisses Utilisent Des Adresses Fictives Pour Profiter Du Dollar

Le dollar a continué sa chute face au franc cette semaine. Vendredi, la devise nationale s´échangeait contre 0.87 dollar. Sicettesituationinquièteleséconomistes, elle réjouit le consommateur suisse. Celui-ci voit dans la faiblesse de lamonnaie américaine une opportunité de faire des bonnes affaires. L´achat du dernier T-shirt…

Bargain Hunters Benefit from Favorable Dollar

Who flies soon in the USA, can rub their hands. Because the dollar against the franc is as deep as ever, not only of the stay will be cheaper. Products such as shoes, clothes or cosmetics that were in the U.S. already been cheap, are a bargain. Anyone buying Levi’s jeans or Converse sneakers in Switzerland, however, has not benefited. The dealer may not enter the monetary benefits. Who wants to benefit from the low dollar, must be ordered directly in the United States.

That is not entirely without. The basic rule for orders abroad: Most fall to high shipping costs and often the customers of fees will be surprised that occur only on the Swiss border (customs, VAT, Verzollungspauschale). At best you drive, if the post office delivers the package. Then drop down to a total value of CHF 62 (including shipping costs), no such fees an.Bei orders in the U.S. is the fact that not all Internet retailers deliver to Switzerland.Either because of their costs are too high or because it prohibit them from branded manufacturers. With these tips, you avoid nasty surprises.

Shops with fixed prices

Several American brand shops and department stores now offer prices that already include all customs duties. This includes the clothes chain Gap, Banana Republic and Old Navy, the shoe retailer Piperlime, the jeans brand True Religion, or the department store Saks Fifth Avenue. This allows to calculate exactly if and how much you save when ordering online. An example: The woman jeans from True Religion (Billy Straight Leg) from the USA can cost as 380 francs (CHF 100 including shipping and all fees). That’s a lot of money, but costs the same pants in the Swiss trade 600 francs – nearly 60 percent more.

Umpackdienste

If a shop does not extradite in Switzerland, creating services like Bongous.com, Shipito.com, Myus.com or Viaddress.com remedy. Set up your customer a mailbox in the U.S. and send the package for a fee further to Switzerland. On request (at an extra charge) they pack several different orders to save space in a single box. The “K-Tip” tested such a service last summer and paid for an order with sunglasses, Goretex jacket, jeans, boxer shorts and sneakers instead of CHF 1090 CHF 1470. At that time still cost 1.15 francs to the dollar. Currently, the U.S. would have cost even order only 850 francs (including customs clearance charges and taxes, which are calculated after the fact).

Shops without shipping costs

That there are actually. Fragrancex.com is the prime example. The shipping for perfume, make-up and cosmetics provides free in Switzerland. A cream eye shadow of the brand Benefit costs as 16 instead of CHF 33. The perfume Burberry Brit for Men (100 ml) are available for 35 instead of CHF 90. And as long as the order is cheaper than 62 francs, it delivers the mail free of. 

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Bongo Helps Merchants Grow International Sales With Fewer Hassles

International customers can be a source of added revenue for online sellers, but can also be a huge hassle due to shipping, customs and delivery issues. Bongo International is a mail-forwarding service based in Bridgeport, Connecticut that is on a campaign to reach online merchants – including eBay sellers – to spread the word about its service that aids cross-border…Click to Read More

Bongo International Ships U.S.-Only Packages Overseas (Lifehacker)

U.S. but want to order from a store that only ships to U.S. addresses, web service Bongo International will provide you with a U.S. address from which you can forward your package overseas…Click to Read More

ChannelAdvisor And Bongo International Partner To Extend International Shipping To Online Retailers

Research Triangle Park, NC – July 13, 2010 – ChannelAdvisor, a solution provider that enables online retailers to improve efficiency and increase revenue, today announced a partnership with Bongo International that enables international shipping for ChannelAdvisor´s online retailer customers, effectively opening up the global marketplace. ChannelAdvisor Webstore customers can now add international shipping capability to their checkout…Click to Read More

Bongo International Paves The Way For Online Sellers To Tap Into The Lucrative International Market

For online sellers looking for a way to expand their business, it often means looking no further than the lucrative global ecommerce market.

Spurred on by double-digit growth in 2010, international commerce is entering an explosive growth phase -  one that will continue this year and for several years to come...Click to Read More

Bongo International Accelerates Ecommerce Solutions With Website Translation

Bongo International is the leading provider of shopping cart solutions for international mail and parcel forwarding. They are further solidifying their position as a leader in the industry by providing site translations into 15 languages spoken around the world. In addition to having the most online traffic on a daily basis, they are also the only parcel forwarding company…Click to Read More

International Shipping Simplified

Ever surfed on the net and came across a remarkable retail deal but available to US residents only? Or wanted to buy something online but decided against it after finding out that the shipping costs might be higher than the actual price of the product itself? US-based Bongo International addresses this issue with innovative mail…

Is Your Business Missing Out on International Shipping?

Selling to international customers can be a daunting challenge – the legal and shipping considerations alone are substantial. But if you´ve got potential customers at your door already, why turn them away? We spoke with Craig Turnbull, CEO of Bongo International, a US-based firm that serves both buyers and sellers…

Shipping Service Helps Kayak Retailer Reach Global Customers

Colorado Kayak Supply, located in Buena Vista, Color., in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, is one of America´s largest whitewater rafting supply companies. Through its Web site, the company attracts customers from around the world, including many international consumers who want to purchase large items…

BLINDS.COM Reaches Out To International Customers With Bongo

Blinds.com is letting in global e-commerce by allowing customers to ship products to more than 220 countries. The web-only custom window coverings retailer has integrated Bongo International LLC´s BongoUS package-forwarding service into its checkout process…

Let Bongo Buddy Get Those International Shipping Rates For You

If you haven´t noticed, it´s a global economy we´re living in. Or is it? I know that I can go see stuff available from a variety of international merchants, but I really don´t consider a location outside of the United States as a supplier for any of my needs.

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Using international parcel forwarders for Global Expansion By Greg Sack

 

Looking to increase sales revenue and considering the international marketplace? More than half of the companies in the U.S. have overcome their concerns; fraud, complex operational issues and high shipping costs. The result: an average of 17% increase in revenue. One secret is a new emerging trend of using international parcel forwarders. Retailers benefit from the fraud free solution and consumers benefit from the low cost of shipping through consolidation.

One large west coast auto parts retailer is seeing a trend that will increase their business by 5-10 Million dollars this year. Through the first 5 months of the year, they have seen no fraudulent purchases and have a return rate five times lower than their domestic return rate.

Most businesses in the U.S. are asking themselves a very common question: What are some ways we can increase our sales without increasing our costs? An increased number of retailers are looking across the pond to find new customers and increase revenues. However, this concept of globalization can come with a very high price-tag. The international marketplace has become increasingly advanced over the past few years. Significant volumes of people around the world are interested in buying products from the U.S. Many of these consumers don’t have access to purchase the same goods in their country. Many well known brands are not available in other countries, but they are constantly talked about. Selection, along with a weak U.S. dollar makes the American market a very attractive place for international consumers to shop.

Social marketing and advancements in consumer logistics are increasing the demand for American products. They are finding ways to get what they want, when they want it. Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Digg, and a whole plethora of other social websites are helping new and innovative products and services come to the forefront of online buying within minutes or hours of being released.

Without the overhead and expenses of a brick and mortar store, online retailers can be creative in the way they market and sell their products. In the United States, only one-half of online retail stores sell their products outside the U.S. and Canada. The companies that aren’t selling their products over the pond are consistently telling the same story. The international sale is far more complex and difficult than selling in the US.

FRAUD
Online fraud tends to be the number one reason U.S. businesses will not sell their products overseas. Companies who sell their products to international consumers see an approx 4% increase in online fraud attempts. These stats can be significantly higher depending on the country.

Why is it so hard to screen international consumers? The lack of a billing/address verification from the credit card companies makes it extremely difficult for the retailer to protect themselves. Companies like PayPal and Google Checkout have processes in place that will help mitigate charge-backs, but it does not completely remove the risks associated with these orders. Retailers are still left wondering if their converted order is fraud free or not.

Many companies have developed processes that will require the international consumer to wire payment or provide proof of ownership. In other words, they require the consumer to fax/email a copy of their most recent credit card statement or utilize the process of in-wallet, out-of-wallet checks. As you can imagine, this process is very time intensive and can cause major delays in dispatching orders.

Below are some statistics from CyberSource’s 9th Annual Fraud Report:

• More than three-fourths of the merchants said they use three or more fraud detection tools with the average being five.
• The two that top the list are Address Verification (80%) and Card Verification Number (74%). The third-tool choice, which is Company Specific Fraud Screens, shows a significant usage drop to 39%.
• 6% are using out-of-wallet or in-wallet challenge questions

Merchants consistently report a higher level of order rejection on international orders due to suspicion of payment fraud. In 2008, merchants report their rejection rate on these orders is over three and one half times that of domestic orders. The actual fraud rate experienced on international orders supports this cautious approach, as merchants report the fraud risk on international orders is also over three and one half times that of domestic orders.

With online fraud on the rise, retailers have been very skeptical about opening their doors to consumers from abroad.

An online electronics store located in Manhattan experienced a regular influx of fraudulent international orders. They eventually stopped accepting international orders due to the costs of screening time associated with these orders. The concept of selling to the global marketplace was still an interest of theirs so they started using an international parcel forwarding service located in the northeast. Through this forwarder, they were able to significantly reduce their time fulfilling these orders and have yet to experience a fraudulent purchase.

OPERATIONAL CHALLENGES
If selling products to fraud free international consumers isn’t hard enough, many companies have to deal with the significant changes that will take place within their company to handle these orders. The first question retailers ask themselves is “How do we do it?•bCrLf

Shipping products internationally is not easy:

• Paperwork
• Export Management
• Customs Compliance
• Denied Party Screening
• Customer Service
• Website updates/changes

Let’s take a deeper look into each of these categories.

Paperwork — Shipping to the international community requires significantly more paperwork than is required to ship domestically. For one, every shipment needs to have 3 copies of a commercial invoice. This process seems fairly easy, but it can prove to be cumbersome for warehouses that have been set up to run large volumes of domestic orders. Each international order needs to be taken out of the process so paperwork can be created. In addition to the commercial invoices, there are items that may need to be included with each shipment such as:
1. Certificates of Origin
2. Shippers Export Declaration (SED)
3. Export Licenses

Operations Managers need to be able to manage this process and understand when specific paperwork is needed and when.

Export Management Systems, Customs Compliance, and Denied Party Screening — Building or outsourcing an Export Management System can be very costly. The systems themselves can cost up to $50,000 per year with an initial investment of $100,000.

Many retailers don’t understand the complexities involved in screening each international order and customer. Denied Party Screening is the process of identifying consumers that are restricted or prohibited from engaging in commerce with the U.S. on any level. Some retailers take on these risks without doing the proper research. Shipping the wrong products overseas can result in lost revenue or severe penalties such as fines and/or imprisonment.

Customer Service — Dealing with international consumers is not easy. U.S. Customer Service Agents need to learn about shipping, customs, language barriers, and exchange rates. Dealing with customer service inquiries will typically take days rather than minutes. What happens if there is a loss or damage claim? What happens if the consumer refuses to pay duties/taxes to clear their shipment from customs? All of these components increase the cost of doing business with the international market.

Website Updates/Changes — Changing your website to handle international orders can be very easy or it can prove to be very difficult.

• Allowing international credit cards
• Creating a shipping calculator (different dimensional calculations)
• Working with exchange rates and/or localizing your shopping cart
• Creating Terms and Conditions that will protect the retailer from significant losses

This area can not be overlooked. There are significant costs and restructuring that can go into changing a website’s feature/functionality to accept international orders.

A large wholesaler of wedding favors started using an international parcel forwarding company, Bongo International. In the past, international orders were fulfilled incorrectly on many occasions, causing the wedding supplier significant return costs. Partnering with Bongo enabled them to verify orders and quantities at Bongo’s warehouse prior to shipping the goods overseas. This new solution eliminated a lot of time and costs from their previous process because Bongo was able to handle all of the paperwork/compliance associated with each order. Working with a parcel forwarding company enabled their overseas retailers/consumers to save a significant amount of money on international shipping costs as well.

SHIPPING COSTS
Shipping costs can be the number one factor in determining if a consumer will convert or abandon their order. International shipping costs are an 800% increase over common domestic shipping rates. Naturally, this causes a much higher abandonment rate than domestic orders. Additionally, these consumers are forced to pay duties and taxes when the goods arrive in their own country. This can increase their overall costs anywhere from 1% up to 1,100%.

Many consumers refuse shipments when the goods arrive because of these costs. What happens then? Who pays for the return? Many retailers have been stuck paying the bill for the return of the goods from international destinations. Some feel it is their responsibility, while others don’t want to take the time to fight the charge-back. This unknown factor makes many retailers very uneasy about diving into the global market. Will the goods be accepted upon delivery, or will we get stuck with a back and forth transportation bill?

The utilization of international parcel forwarding companies can reduce the overall shipping costs for the consumer and it takes the “refusal to pay•bCrLf burden away from the retailer and puts it on the shoulders of the forwarder.

ANALYTICS
Retailers selling their products exclusively to the U.S. market are turning away international orders on a daily basis. They understand there are many opportunities for them overseas, but they are not confident that they can sell their products without opening their business up to severe risks. Some companies even outsource their shopping carts to 3rd party vendors that purchase the goods and resell their items to international consumers. It is nice to make some additional sales, but is it worth giving all your customer data away to a 3rd party company? How will you market to these consumers and/or businesses once their contact data has left your shopping cart? Keeping and maintaining your customer data is crucial to your business’s success in selling and re-selling to the international community.

Some international parcel forwarding companies provide free applications that allow them to sell to international consumers without forcing the consumer to leave their shopping cart.

INTERNATIONAL OPTIONS
This new innovative trend of working with international parcel forwarding companies allows U.S. based companies to sell their products overseas without the hassles traditionally associated with the international marketplace.

International parcel forwarders provide a US address to international consumers. They handle all the fraud screening, paperwork, compliance, and customer service associated with each order. The application used in the shopping cart allows international consumers to register for a U.S. address without leaving the shopping cart. Upon completion, the consumer checks out as if they were a domestic customer.

In the background, the international parcel forwarder will screen the consumer to ensure they are fraud free. Upon receiving an update that the customer is active, the retailer simply ships the product(s) domestically.

Retailers don’t have to worry about:

1. Handling their own fraud screening
2. Creating an Export Management System
3. Processing their own paperwork
4. Customer Service

All of these components are outsourced to the 3rd party company. Once the goods have arrived in the states, the retailer is provided with their POD and walks away from the transaction, free to market to that customer again in the future. It is important to understand whether the parcel forwarder provides the retailer with fraud screening. Many parcel forwarders screen the consumer for their benefit, but not necessarily for the benefit of the retailer. This can cause a situation where the consumer uses a stolen credit card at the retailer site, while setting up a legitimate forwarding account with the forwarder.

The international consumer gains a tremendous benefit as well. Not only does this process allow them to purchase products they have been desperately seeking, but it also provides them with a significant savings. By gaining access to a US address, the consumer can consolidate all their U.S. purchases into one international shipment. This concept of consolidation isn’t new as many big businesses use this same process to import their goods from international destinations such as China or India. However, this process is new for consumers that have a desire to be avid shoppers in the U.S. Consolidation can save the consumer up to 80% off common carrier rates. Savings of this magnitude encourages them to come back and make more purchases.

This new industry has opened up the eyes of many retailers who thought international expansion was only a nightmare that presented itself each day. The act of turning away hundreds or thousands of orders each year is now a thing of the past. International parcel forwarders have bridged the gap between U.S. products and consumers around the world.

Greg Sack is President of Sales at Bongo International. Visit www.BongoUS.com or contact [email protected] or 646-417-0540

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Eilatan Uses Bongo To Dip Its Toe In International Waters

The retailer now offers customers international shipping through package-forwarding service Bongo International. The service, which involves adding only a snippet of code to a shopping cart, is free to retailers.

Shoe shop Eilatan has stepped into global e-commerce by enabling international shipping for shoppers in more than 220 countries. The retailer-with two stores and an e-commerce site-of designer shoes has integrated into its checkout process the BongoUS package-forwarding service of Bongo International LLC.

When a shopper begins checking out at Eilatan.com, she clicks on an International Shipping button. An overlay window-actually a web page hosted by BongoUS.com-is presented asking her to open an account with BongoUS and create a shipping address. BongoUS provides her the address to its Bridgeport, CT, warehouse and a unique suite number. She closes the window, then enters the Bridgeport shipping address. Checking out, she pays for the Eilatan merchandise and domestic shipping.

She then goes to BongoUS.com to add her residential address and payment information to her account. BongoUS charges her account for international shipping and sends the merchandise overseas. When the package arrives, the customer pays tariffs, duties and taxes in standard fashion to the carrier. Customers have the option to ship merchandise from multiple retailers in one shipment.

Get Your Very Own U.S. Address

Online Shopping With Bongo International

We’ve bitched and moaned a lot about the “Australian Tax” that gadgets get placed on them when they’re released in Australia. Everything from the PS3 to anything from Apple – they all get marked up when they hit Australian shops. In many cases, it would be cheaper to buy online from an overseas store, but then you’re hit with astronomical shipping fees, or you need a US address to finalise the purchase…

Enter Bongo International. Their job, as they eloquently put it on their website, is to: “take in the goods, store them, repackage them when our customers advise us, and handle any custom related issues that may arise”. Which means you can not only get stuff you normally wouldn’t be able to get delivered to your door, but also have multiple deliveries consolidated into one package, saving on shipping costs.

There are two pricing options: Single use (which costs $5) or a subscription service for regular shoppers, which costs $15 a month. There are bigger savings on shipping with the subscription service (makes sense) and you need to subscribe to get that package consolidation service.

Update: Subscription fee no longer applies. Bongo US Address and EU Address are FREE. (4/24/2014)

We haven’t used the service yet, but considering we’re not likely to see Rock Band 2 in Australia until they release Rock Band 3 overseas, I’m thinking that could be a pretty good test case. But what about you guys? Have any of you used Bongo, or would you?

AUSSIES CAN NOW HAVE THEIR OWN US ADDRESS FOR $5
If you’ve ever bought something online from the US you may be aware of the significantly lower prices they generally pay for consumer goods and the vast variety they often have to choose from.

However, making an overseas purchase online can be frustrating because many US based retailers refuse to accept Australian credit cards or ship internationally. A new service has launched in Australia, Bongo International (http://BongoInternational.com.au), that lets bargain savvy consumers take advantage of the massive volume of the US consumer market and buy nearly anything online from top home brands to computers; baby goods to major fashion labels.

Australians can now shop any US retail website hassle-free and access a whole new world of fashion, beauty, technology, home and sports brands previously unavailable to Australians because of the complexities of international shipping documentations and overseas credit card purchases.

Bongo helps consumers navigate the red tape by giving them their very own American address where they can send their purchases and drastically reduce shipping costs on multiple purchases by consolidating them into one package. Traditionally, shipping a single item from the US can cost as much as the item itself, but through Bongo consumers can now save as much as 82% off standard carrier rates.

Bongo lets consumers access a whole new world of shopping. With a few clicks of the mouse you can shop the streets of New York, LA and Miami for the best bargains and unique or hard to find items you never even knew existed.

If the retailer doesn’t accept an Australian credit card you can use Bongo’s Personal Shopping Service to make the purchase on your behalf, ensuring an easy and safe transaction.

For further information on Bongo’s services visit https://bongous.com/

Bongo Service Lets Aussies Shop And Ship From The U.S. (PC World)

Bringing Fifth Ave and Rodeo Drive to your doorstep Down Under.

Package and mail forwarding provider Bongo International has launched a service in Australia that allows consumers to shop at US-only retail sites and have their goods shipped to a US address to be then forwarded onto Australia.

The service lets Australian shoppers take advantage of the massive volume of the US consumer market, among which many sites refuse to ship internationally. Bongo also offers a payment service for US retail Web sites that refuse foreign credit cards.

Although not the first of its kind in Australia, Bongo claims to be the only company to offer consumers a pay-per-use service at a sign up fee of AUD$5, or $15 for a monthly-based subscription. Users are offered a “personal” US address at a Bongo warehouse to send their goods to.

According to the company’s Web site, users can store as many US products in their warehouse as they want until they are ready to receive the goods. Shipping rates are based on weight and the type of service the customer is signed up for, and can be viewed on the Web site.

A Bongo International spokesperson said Australians are increasingly looking for consumer products in the US.

“They are taking advantage of the wide range of products available in the US and taking advantage of the Free Trade Agreement.”

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Bongo Offers Cheaper Way To Get U.S. Products Into Oz (PC Authority)

Bongo allows you to purchase your very own US postal address without actually living in America. A godsend if you like ploughing through the ‘too hot to be true deals’ on Ebay.com or other US based websites, but is it too good to be true?

With the economy failing and prices getting more expensive for just about everything these days, it’s nice to find a website like Bongo that gives you a helping hand by leveraging the cost of purchasing products on the cheap from the US.

Often the biggest cost of buying from America is the shipping costs and there’s been a few times where we’ve cried tears of exhaustion when shown the shipping cost from Amazon and other overseas retailers in the past.

Of course, a Yankee postal address won’t help you much if you can’t get the goods back over here without spending an arm and a leg. That’s where Bongo’s bulk shipping price practices come in handy and it’s probably the area you’ll find makes most sense on multiple US purchases.

How it works 

Bongo has big warehouses in the US that holds your purchased products in a kind of temporary holding facility. This method of holding and sending is called ‘Package forwarding’ in the biz and is starting to appear as a viable alternative to US-based websites that refuse to deliver internationally.

No US credit card, no worries

Bongo even provides a personal shopping assistant (for 10% of the total transaction for users who are unable to use their local credit card), as some international websites only accept American credit card transactions.

After you’ve paid the local US shipping charges, Bongo can organize a bulk shipping discount, based on a monthly subscription fee (you’re looking at around $US15 a month for a minimum 3 month subscription). A slightly more convenient pay per use service is also available at $5, but you’ll have to fork out substantially more for shipping charges which cost around US$137 for 10 pounds of shipping weight.

The Bongo subscription model offers 50% off Bongo’s own international shipping costs (if you don’t get a subscription, you’ll be paying Bongo’s own fixed rates), which means that you’ll pay as little as $68 for 10 pounds (4.5 kilos) – which is a nifty saving on the pay per use rate.

Verdict

Purchasing your own US postal address is nothing new. Two other websites, USAmail1 & MyUSA currently offer Aussie residents a US postal address already, which makes us think Bongo’s success will depend on a more competitive subscription model.

Having a US postal box seems cheap, but in order to take advantage of the savings, you’ll need to work out how much you’re really saving in shipping by utilizing bulk orders.

For those interested in ploughing through the ‘too hot to be true deals’ on Ebay.com or other US based websites, you may find this service a godsend and for that, we recommend giving Bongo a try.

 

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Big Spenders Go Bongo

Aussie shoppers can now take full advantage of cheaper US prices and still save on freight. Cosmetics, fashion, even electronic bargains can now be stored in the US for delivery and there´s no size restriction. Bongo International is a new service that provides buyers with a US address and stores their purchases until they are ready to be shipped.

Rent a U.S. Address (Zibb)

The low dollar is buying gadgets in America now cheap. Unfortunately many U.S. webshops not send outside America. There is now a solution. Always the latest equipment from house to fetch is nice, but unfortunately also costly.The low dollar makes buying of electronics into the United States attractive to Europeans.

Profiting From The Low Dollar: Smart Shop

By shopping on the Web you can take advantage of the low dollar without directly to the United States to travel. One problem: many U.S. merchants refuse their products to Europe by ship.

Bongo International Honored for 3 Years of Hiring Power Revenue Growth

NEW YORK, Dec. 10, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Connecticut based Bongo International has been recently featured in the inaugural ranking of Inc.’s Hire Power Awards. The list recognizes private businesses that have generated the most US jobs in the past three years.

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Inc.com honors the top 100 job creators in the country, and then top 10 in each state, industry, and revenue range. Bongo International, LLC has generated enough jobs from 2008 to 2011 to place it in the top 5 private business job creators in the state of Connecticut. Bongo has experienced revenue growth of 1,271% in the same time frame which Inc. has also recognized earlier in 2012.

Bongo has been in operation since 2007 and has progressed alongside the international eCommerce industry which has seen consistent growth throughout the global economic downturn. The most recent Black Friday and Cyber Monday figures have once again proven what a global force eCommerce is, as well as what a benefit it is for US based retailers to open their online stores to international consumers.

Bongo is proud to be part of this select number of businesses who have contributed significantly to direct US job growth. To learn more about Bongo’s services and how they benefit US businesses in expanding internationally, visit BongoUS.com. The organization is currently looking to hire for various positions located in their Connecticut, California, and Florida locations. Please visit Bongo’s Career page to view the full description of the job openings that are currently available.

Inc. is the only major business media brand aimed solely at CEOs of fast-growing private companies. The Hire Power Awards will appear in Inc.’s December/January issue, as well as the brand’s web site, www.inc.com. Be sure to check out the article to read the full list of recognized companies. The inaugural Inc. Hire Power Awards are sponsored by Bank of America Merrill Lynch, which is proud to recognize American companies that have greatly increased their workforces. Inc.’s Hire Power Awards celebrates private companies on the forefront of American job creation, giving these businesses the recognition they deserve.

About Bongo

Bongo International, LLC was founded in 2007 to overcome the challenges associated with International Cross Border Ecommerce transactions by both Consumers and Businesses. Today Bongo services over 100,000 customers globally with a team spanning 3 continents. Bongo helps merchant partners transact international orders through a series of services that provide the merchant with fraud guarantees, multi-currency payment options, language translation, and international fulfillment. Bongo owns and operates 100% of their services enabling them to be the most flexible international solution in the marketplace. For more information, please visit http://bongous.com/business/checkout/.

 

Polygon Extends Global Reach With New Partner Bongo International

Polygon Solutions Inc. is a Fort Myers, Florida manufacturer who ships precision machine cutting tools called rotary broaches to customers around the world. To improve their customer experience and competitiveness, Polygon has chosen to partner with Bongo International, founded in 2007 to overcome the challenges associated with International Cross Border e-Commerce transactions by both Consumers and Businesses. Polygon intends to have the service completely operational before November 1, 2013.

Polygon takes full advantage of being located in Lee County, Florida. Lee County manufacturers enjoy a thriving business environment that includes tax advantages for relocation, expansion and machinery. Florida is well situated for manufacturing with international ports for easy access to international markets.

Bongo International enables businesses to reach international consumers through existing e-commerce infrastructure. Bongo facilitates online payment, calculates international shipping costs, and handles logistics such as export compliance and fraud protection. Polygon is integrating the Bongo applications into its successful website and online store.

Polygon’s first sale in 2010 was to a customer outside the United States. “We’ve been very pleased with the response from the precision machining community in the United States, but surprised by the strong sales that continue to pour in from our international customers,” says Peter Bagwell, a Product Engineer at Polygon Solutions. “Obviously, we’re trying to do our best to provide those customers with the same level of customer service and technical support we provide our customers in the U.S.”

Bongo handles the intricacies of global transactions while offering international customers payment options in multiple currencies, quick delivery and the ability to prepay duties and taxes. Improved customer experience is made possible through localization of the checkout process, providing full landed costs at checkout, and delivering products worldwide in less than a week to most locations. Additional benefits include Bongo’s 100% fraud guarantee, product classification and fee-free implementation.

“It’s no surprise that Polygon continues to expand their services to the global manufacturing marketplace,” notes Betsy Allen, President and CEO of the Southwest Regional Manufacturer’s Association (SRMA). “Polygon is a leader in the rotary broaching community, an active SRMA Board Members and supportive accelerator of the growing manufacturing base in Southwest Florida.” Polygon also won the 2013 Transformation Award from the Southwest Florida Regional Technology Partnership and 2013 Innovation award from the Southwest Regional Manufacturer’s Association.

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Bongo International: The Revolution of International E-Commerce

Marc Ashley brought huge news to the stage last weekend with the announcement of the Emerging Markets Program, GLOBAL.SHOP.COM, and amazing SHOP.COM updates headed our way in the months ahead. If you had not realized it already, believe it now: we are a worldwide sensation!

To stay up the speed with our globally viral business, SHOP.COM added several features so that any country can share in the success we experience here. One of the most accommodating and game changing features includes a partnership with Bongo International. With Bongo International, international shoppers can create local US and European addresses to have their shipments mailed and consolidated, cutting shipping fees.

Shoppers can subscribe to Bongo by searching Bongo on SHOP.COM ,CA.SHOP.COM, MX.SHOP.COM, UK.SHOP.COM, AU.SHOP.COM,HK.SHOP.COM, and TW.SHOP.COM. The customer must also come through the SHOP.COM portal to earn their Cashback and IBV when shopping. Once a shopper signs up for a Bongo account, they will choose if they want an United States or European address and use that Bongo assigned address as their shipping address when making purchases from US stores through SHOP.COM.

Bongo offers a variety of subscriptions depending on the sales volume that the shopper expects. When a package arrives in the warehouse, Bongo sends an email to the shopper and asks if the shopper would like their package shipped or wait for other packages to arrive so that the shopping can cut shipping fees by consolidating orders.

International shoppers can use their Bongo address for AutoShip, as well. Bongo allows you as an Independent Shop Consultant to expand your customer base internationally and earn more IBV. Keep in mind, however, that certain products sold on SHOP.COM cannot be shipped to certain countries because of restrictions, so be sure to check.

International shoppers can check transit times for their location, shipping fees for their location, a tax and duty calculator, and an exchange rate calculator.

Bongo International is a company that gives you, the Shop Consultant, more incentive to build internationally, because you have the solution! As EMP Markets expand and MPCP break down barriers to international business building, Bongo International intercepts the barriers between consumer and product.

We are excited to see how Bongo helps you build your business.

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Get Your Very Own US Address

Online Shopping With Bongo International

 

We’ve bitched and moaned a lot about the “Australian Tax” that gadgets get placed on them when they’re released in Australia. Everything from the PS3 to anything from Apple – they all get marked up when they hit Australian shops. In many cases, it would be cheaper to buy online from an overseas store, but then you’re hit with astronomical shipping fees, or you need a US address to finalise the purchase…

Enter Bongo International. Their job, as they eloquently put it on their website, is to: “take in the goods, store them, repackage them when our customers advise us, and handle any custom related issues that may arise”. Which means you can not only get stuff you normally wouldn’t be able to get delivered to your door, but also have multiple deliveries consolidated into one package, saving on shipping costs.

There are two pricing options: Single use (which costs $5) or a subscription service for regular shoppers, which costs $15 a month. There are bigger savings on shipping with the subscription service (makes sense) and you need to subscribe to get that package consolidation service.

We haven’t used the service yet, but considering we’re not likely to see Rock Band 2 in Australia until they release Rock Band 3 overseas, I’m thinking that could be a pretty good test case. But what about you guys? Have any of you used Bongo, or would you?

AUSSIES CAN NOW HAVE THEIR OWN US ADDRESS FOR $5
If you’ve ever bought something online from the US you may be aware of the significantly lower prices they generally pay for consumer goods and the vast variety they often have to choose from. 

However, making an overseas purchase online can be frustrating because many US based retailers refuse to accept Australian credit cards or ship internationally. A new service has launched in Australia, Bongo International (http://BongoInternational.com.au), that lets bargain savvy consumers take advantage of the massive volume of the US consumer market and buy nearly anything online from top home brands to computers; baby goods to major fashion labels.

Australians can now shop any US retail website hassle-free and access a whole new world of fashion, beauty, technology, home and sports brands previously unavailable to Australians because of the complexities of international shipping documentations and overseas credit card purchases.

Bongo helps consumers navigate the red tape by giving them their very own American address where they can send their purchases and drastically reduce shipping costs on multiple purchases by consolidating them into one package. Traditionally, shipping a single item from the US can cost as much as the item itself, but through Bongo consumers can now save as much as 82% off standard carrier rates.

Bongo lets consumers access a whole new world of shopping. With a few clicks of the mouse you can shop the streets of New York, LA and Miami for the best bargains and unique or hard to find items you never even knew existed.

If the retailer doesn’t accept an Australian credit card you can use Bongo’s Personal Shopping Service to make the purchase on your behalf, ensuring an easy and safe transaction.

PrimeVapor E-Cigarettes Partners with Bongo International for Worldwide Service

Leading e-cigarette manufacturer sells direct to the consumers all over the world

PLEASANT PRAIRIE, WISCONSIN, USA, September 12, 2013 /EINPresswire.com/ – PrimeVapor is pleased to announce a partnership with Bongo International that will permit the shipment of orders outside the United States.

“We have always known that PrimeVapor has a worldwide audience for its products and direct to consumer pricing,” said William Fischer, president of PrimeVapor. “Up to now, we felt we could not offer the same high level of customer service that our domestic customers enjoy outside the United States. Now we have a logistics partner that can satisfy shipments all over the world quickly and efficiently.”

PrimeVapor electronic cigarettes are the fastest growing alternative to smoking that provides a true smoking experience without the tars and other chemical byproducts found in tobacco smoke. The PrimeVapor smokeless cigarette produces a vapor the looks, feels and tastes like cigarette smoke but contains only three simple ingredients; a vapor solution, flavoring and just the right amount of nicotine. Smokers can switch to these smokeless cigarettes without any discomfort.

PrimeVapor has several new developments that make their vapor cigarette solution more attractive than ever to those who wish to make the switch.

The most important difference between PrimeVapor and other e-cigarette providers are their exclusive flavors. These specially formulated vapor compounds are manufactured in the United States under strict laboratory conditions using all natural vegetable glycerin, intense and exciting food grade flavor extracts and a choice of nicotine strengths. Engineered to produce the most vapor and best taste, the PrimeVapor flavors come in a wide variety to suite anyone’s taste.

PrimeVapor has developed their exclusive SmartCharge LED display that lets users know the state of their e-cigarette battery’s charge at a single glance. First featured in their high performance Saturn 808 e-cigarette system, it is now available in their stealth Chameleon battery. Smaller and lighter than the Saturn 808, this battery will fit in pocket or purse easily.

About Primevapor.com:

PrimeVapor is a manufacturer and distributor of quality electronic cigarette supplies and equipment. They have developed an e-cigarette system that offers a smoker who wants an alternative to traditional tobacco the ultimate smoking experience without the smoke, smell and tar. You can buy e-cigarettes right on the site.

More Vapor…Better Flavor…PrimeVapor

PrimeVapor can found on the Internet at http://www.primevapor.com

Press release courtesy of Online PR Media: http://bit.ly/14JWBe6

Bill Fischer
PrimeVapor
2622874814
email us here

 

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Consider BongoUS.com for Your International Shipping Needs

If you run a US business that sells tangible product, international shipping is probably your least favorite part of the process. Heck, even non-business owners usually dread going to the post office or local shipping office for US shipping!

And, it is just as frustrating for consumers. As a matter of fact, just the other day I got an email from a reader asking if one of my Stuff Deals was valid and if they would ship to Australia. A lot of US businesses do not ship overseas. The website BongoUS aims to helps consumers and sellers with this by acting as the middleman.

How Does it Work?

Consumers overseas can sign up for a US mailing address on BongoUS that it then used when shopping online. The customer can shop for as much online as they like, and have it shipped to the US shipping address. Once they are done shopping, they log into their account on BongoUs.com and arrange to have their items shipped to their real, physical address in Australia, or one of 222 other companies. And shipments can be bulked together to save on cost.

This service is perfect for someone that has a need to often do business with US companies. It also broadens your shopping horizons. Options are sometimes limited for overseas consumers when shopping due to shipping restrictions with US companies. For companies, the cost is just too high, and the customs can be a pain to deal with.  BongoUS acts as a go between to eliminate some of the hassle.

If you live outside of the US and shop online, please check out BongoUS. The service is available for $15 monthly if you shop often, or a  one time pay-per-use fee of $5. Even if you do business with companies that do ship outside of the US, shipping with Bongo could save you up to 82% on international shipping costs.

 

Disclosure: This post is brought to you by BongoUS.

DollarDays.com Expanding Online Business with Bongo

Scottsdale, AZ, March 13, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) DollarDays.com, the hugely successful online wholesale distributor, has recently joined forces with Bongo International to offer customers located worldwide the same unbeatable discounts and superior service that U.S. clients have enjoyed for over 12 years. Bongo International is a well-established global eCommerce solution providing U.S. retailers access to international markets with no change to their current operations.
“As DollarDays is expanding its business worldwide, Bongo seemed like the logical choice to take us into countries where we never shipped to before. Our customers using Bongo have given us such positive feedback that we are allocating additional marketing dollars to make sure the world is aware of DollarDays’ ability through Bongo to now ship everywhere,” says Marc Joseph, company founder. The entrance into the international market couldn’t be better timing. The eCommerce industry surpassed a trillion-dollars in sales worldwide for 2012, and continues to demonstrate substantial growth. eMarketer reported for the 2012 selling year, B2C eCommerce sales grew by 21.1% worldwide, and predicted that sales will increase another 12.3% to nearly $1.3 trillion dollars for 2013.

DollarDays website has over 3.5 Million registered users and averages over 1,200 new customers each day. Their reduced price points enable smaller businesses to compete against larger enterprises. They also offer retail items by the piece vs. by the case as in the wholesale option. Additionally, DollarDays offers business services such as website design, drop shipping, distributorships, affiliate programs and more. Until teaming up with Bongo, the wholesale discounts were only available to clients located nationwide. These providers are now able to deliver everything retailers need to succeed in online commerce.

Through the partnership with Bongo, DollarDays is now available in over 220 countries. Bongo’s Checkout solution allows international visitors the same seamless experience as domestic shoppers. This includes a smooth checkout experience that offers the full landed cost prior to checkout so there are no hidden costs appearing at any point in the transaction. Bongo’s comprehensive solution offers a secure international checkout that is localized to the language specific to the IP address or language selection of the user. This solution also supplies shoppers with a Unified Tracking Number that is active from the domestic warehouse until arrival at the international destination.

Mr. Joseph has helped build some of America’s top performing retail stores including Federated Department Stores, Bill’s Variety Stores, Everything’s A Dollar Stores and Crown Book Stores. He is the author of the book “The Secrets of Retailing … How To Beat Wal-Mart”, as well as a frequent contributor to The Huffington Post and the International Business Times news websites. Visit DollarDays.com to view their complete product listing as well as business service options. Visit BongoUS.com to compare their eCommerce Solutions and see which option is the best fit for your online store.

Bongo International, LLC was founded in 2007 to overcome the challenges associated with International Cross Border Ecommerce transactions by both Consumers and Businesses. Today Bongo services over 140,000 customers globally with a team spanning 3 continents. Bongo helps merchant partners transact international orders through a series of services that provide the merchant with fraud guarantees, multi-currency payment options, language translation, and international fulfillment. Bongo owns and operates 100% of their services enabling them to be the most flexible international solution in the marketplace. For more information, please visit https://bongous.com/business/checkout/ or contact Bongo at [email protected]

About DollarDays International, Inc.

DollarDays International is a Web-based virtual warehouse, where small business owners and charities can find great deals on small business-sized orders for more than 260,000 consumer products, from toys and household décor to apparel, electronics and seasonal merchandise. Due to its innovative business model, DollarDays prices are not only often far below those which most small business are accustomed to, but the offerings include many name-brand products as well as rock-bottom pricing on overstocked and closeout items. DollarDays International helps its customers to select those items, both seasonal and everyday, which sell quickly to promote both a higher inventory turn and better margins. In 2006, DollarDays made its debut at number 158 on Inc. Magazine 500 list of fastest growing private companies and recently was named one-of-50 second-stage Arizona “Companies to Watch” by the Arizona Small Business Association. DollarDays’ prices are among the lowest available to small businesses. Membership is free and any small business is eligible to shop at www.dollardays.com.

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PureFormulas.com Now Available to International Customers

The store has proven its ability to do achieve this, and is now ready to expand globally with Bongo’s Checkout Solution.

Miami, FL October 30, 2012 PureFormulas.com is an online store offering the finest healthcare supplements available. The mission of this organization is simple; maintain their focus on superior quality products and service. The store has proven its ability to do achieve this, and is now ready to expand globally with Bongo’s Checkout Solution.

“We were getting requests all the time by e-mail, Facebook and phone. Also eCommerce publications were writing about how fast the international business is growing for ecommerce companies. It seemed like a no brainer,” says Jose Prendes of Pure Formulas. Many online retailers are already receiving international traffic to their site, but not all merchants take advantage of services like Bongo and cater to these valuable shoppers. Bongo’s Checkout Solution removes a major burden from retailer’s hands through numerous features that range from risk free international payment processing to delivery to over 220 destinations worldwide. It’s an ideal solution that covers the full spectrum of international eCommerce challenges.

PureFormulas.com offers visitors an excellent shopping experience with an organized, easy-to-navigate website. The online store provides pure, high-grade products that support a healthy lifestyle. They assure customers of their product quality, price point, service guarantees, and even product storage methods.

“I did not want to deal with international shipping, tariffs, and all the different restrictions other countries have. When I came across Bongo and was presented with the demo, I knew immediately that it was the right solution. The implementation went very smoothly,” adds Mr. Prendes. PureFormulas.com receives the majority of their global traffic from the UK, Canada, and Australia. The percentage of international traffic is at 6% presently, and as Mr. Prendes noted above, eCommerce figures are predicted to continue on their rise as they have been for years. A recent article in Internet Retailer magazine stated that in the UK alone, online spending has risen 16% from figures recorded in September of 2011.

The substantial growth and untapped potential available in international eCommerce make it worthwhile for merchants to reach out to these markets. This certainly applies to the holiday shopping season, where international sales can make the difference in driving revenues to levels never seen before. International shoppers are renowned for increased average order values, and also for being consistent repeat customers. Visit PureFormulas.com for more information on their top quality health care supplements. You can also visit BongoUS.com to learn more on how their services can assist your online store in expanding globally.

About PureFormulas.com
PureFormulas.com is an online business offering the very best in health care supplements, service, and online customer experience. The product line includes a variety of supplements from homeopathic remedies to memory support. Everything you need for your health care improvement and maintenance is available through PureFormulas.com. They offer top quality products with exceptional service. Visit the website today at PureFormulas.com today to see the product line and to get a feel for the quality focused business they have created.

ChristmasPlace.com Finds More Stockings to Fill

Most recently, the online store has partnered with international e-Commerce specialist, Bongo International, to expand globally just in time for the 2011 holiday season.

Bridgeport, CT – November 30, 2011–That time of year is quickly approaching, but for many it can’t come soon enough. This is the proven premise for the continued success of ChristmasPlace.com. The brick & mortar store opened its doors 25 years ago in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, and has continued developing since. Most recently, the online store has partnered with international e-Commerce specialist, Bongo International, to expand globally just in time for the 2011 holiday season.

Given the financial opportunity that international expansion offers to U.S. Retailers, the only decision that remains is which industry specialist is best equipped to get them there. There are an increasing number of providers to select from, so it’s important for Retailers to determine what their specific needs are. Bongo International has several advantages that differentiate them from other e-Commerce specialists. The first is the flexibility they offer to Retailers. The various needs of online stores are paramount when expanding globally. Currently, Bongo offers 3 different solution options, and each has been designed with firsthand industry knowledge. ChristmasPlace.com opted for the most recent solution, known as Bongo Checkout.
The Checkout solution will enable online stores to improve upon the current international conversion rate. “We were losing about 10% of potential order conversions because we could not effectively service international demand for our products. Thanks to Bongo, we’re now able to attract and retain that growing customer group with our expanded delivery solutions,” says Jennifer Williams, Internet Business Manager.
Bongo Checkout offers International consumers a localized checkout experience. This solution is designed for stores who are ready for the next level of revenue generation – minus any risk of fraud. This is an important feature, as international instances of fraud occur at 2 times the rate of domestic fraud. A recent report from Lexus Nexis Risk Solutions states that e-commerce, mobile payments, and international commerce provide the retail industry with the most growth opportunities, but they also present the greatest challenge to fraud prevention. This aspect of expansion must be evaluated in order to make the transition both secure and profitable. Bongo Checkout does just that.
Fraud protection is only one item on the list of benefits offered to Retailers through the Checkout solution. Language translation, HS classification, export compliance, full landed cost calculation (duty/tax/shipping), as well as shipping discounts to over 220 countries are all part of Bongo’s Checkout solution. “ChristmasPlace.com has been ahead of the curve in their progressive approach to increasing online sales. Reaching out to global consumers and offering their unique product around the world has already proven to be a winner this holiday season.” states Gregory Unger, Product Manager for Bongo International. “Accepting international orders are a must in this day and age. During the busiest shopping season of the year, it only makes sense to reach out to the global community and meet maximum consumer demand”

U.S. online Retailers looking to make the most out of the 2011 holiday season may contact a Bongo solution specialist anytime to discuss their specific needs for international expansion. For more information, please https://bongous.com/checkout/index.php, or contact Greg Unger at Greg(dot)Unger(at)BongoUS(dot)com

About Bongo
Bongo International, LLC was founded in 2007 to overcome the challenges associated with International Cross Border Ecommerce transactions by both Consumers and Businesses. Today Bongo services over 100,000 customers globally with a team spanning 3 continents. Bongo helps merchant partners transact international orders through a series of services that provide the merchant with guarantees against fraud, currency conversion, language translation, and international fulfillment. Bongo owns and operates 100% of their services enabling them to be the most flexible international solution in the marketplace. For more information, please visit https://bongous.com/business/checkout/.

About ChristmasPlace.com
Christmasplace.com is the online store for The Incredible Christmas Place. Whether in traditional, retro, classic, whimsical or contemporary designs, on our site you will find the perfect selections for tree, home, holiday and year-round decorating and entertaining that reflect your unique style. At The Incredible Christmas Place online store, we have everything you need for Christmas, from artificial Christmas trees and Christmas lights to personalized Christmas ornaments, nativities, jewelry and so much more…Enjoy shopping our online catalog for all your decorating, collecting, and gift-giving needs. Your satisfaction is 100 percent guaranteed. If you do not find something you are looking for online, e-mail us at santa(at)christmasplace(dot)com or call toll free at 800-445-3396. We probably have what you’re looking for in the store!

Miva Merchant and Bongo International Integrate eCommerce

Their service offers online retailers all they need to get started and to continue progressing.

San Diego, CA, Feb. 13, 2013– Miva Merchant is a well-established and reputed eCommerce platform while Bongo is fully versed in the details of international eCommerce. Together these providers are able to deliver everything retailers need in order to succeed in online commerce.

Miva is a complete eCommerce platform offering custom website design & development, PA-DSS validated software, PCI compliant hosting, and credit card processing services. Their service offers online retailers all they need to get started and to continue progressing. This organization has the resources necessary to get merchants to the next level regardless of the current stage of the online store. Their team of experts includes top notch web developers, and graphic designers who use industry best practices to deliver an unbeatable online store to their clients. Whether it’s launching a new store, optimizing a current store, or integrating with another type of software; Miva has the expertise to get retailers where they want to be.

Through the partnership with Bongo, retailers now have access to consumers in over 220 global destinations with the integration of Bongo’s Checkout Solution. Miva’s Checkout integration allows international visitors the same seamless experience as domestic shoppers. This includes a smooth checkout experience that offers the full landed cost prior to checkout so there are no hidden costs appearing at any point in the transaction. Bongo’s comprehensive solution offers a secure international checkout that is localized to the language specific to the IP address or language selection of the user. This solution also supplies shoppers with a Unified Tracking Number that is active from the retailer’s warehouse until arrival at the international destination

Global eCommerce is progressing at a rate that is unmatched by any other industry or sector which has grown an average of 13% annually over the past five years. This rise is predicted to continue in the coming years with certain emerging markets excelling more quickly than before. This is due largely to the influence of technology decreasing the gap between developed markets and emerging markets such as Brazil and China. Mobile access and mobile payment systems are playing a major role as there are 578 billion mobile users in Asia alone.

The combination of Bongo and Miva Merchant is excellent news for retailers and shoppers in today’s speed and service driven eCommerce market. Contact Miva Merchant for more information on their exceptional shopping cart software, or Bongo International to see how to grow your online business globally. Please visit Bongous.com/miva-merchant to schedule an appointment with Bongo who will be exhibiting at MivaCon 2013, March 6-8th in San Diego, CA.

About Bongo

Bongo International, LLC was founded in 2007 to overcome the challenges associated with International Cross Border Ecommerce transactions by both Consumers and Businesses. Today Bongo services over 100,000 customers globally with a team spanning 3 continents. Bongo helps merchant partners transact international orders through a series of services that provide the merchant with fraud guarantees, multi-currency payment options, language translation, and international fulfillment. Bongo owns and operates 100% of their services enabling them to be the most flexible international solution in the marketplace. For more information, please visit BongoUS.com.

International Expansion High on the Agenda of Domestic e-Retailers

Bongo’s latest product arrives on the market as a complete international e-commerce fulfillment solution.

Bongo International, a cutting edge provider of e-commerce technology, recently launched Bongo Checkout. This latest product arrives on the market as a complete international e-commerce fulfillment solution that allows U.S. online retailers access to foreign markets with no change to current operational processes, and without the risk of fraud.

Bongo International, a cutting edge provider of e-commerce technology, recently launched Bongo Checkout. This latest product arrives on the market as a complete international e-commerce fulfillment solution that allows U.S. online retailers access to foreign markets with no change to current operational processes, and without the risk of fraud. Bongo Checkout couldn’t have come at a better time with more than 80% of online consumers living outside the United States, and international e-commerce numbers steadily climbing. These factors, among others, have placed expansion high on the agenda of domestic e-retailers.

“The concept of Bongo Checkout is simple; make international expansion seamless and secure. Payments are received by the merchant in U.S. dollars while Bongo takes on the inherent risk of international transactions,” says Gregory Unger, Product Manager for Bongo Checkout. High risk international fraud naturally causes reluctance on the part of U.S. merchants primarily because the techniques used to fraud screen domestically, do not work overseas. “The only way to reap the benefits of expanding internationally is to just get out there and do it, and we remove the risk involved in making that shift,” Unger adds. Bongo Checkout provides a guarantee against fraud for the merchant, with no exceptions.

Bongo International is not just about providing security detail for merchants, there is much more value included in their latest product. Localization of the shopping experience can greatly affect conversion rates and the international customer’s desire to complete the purchase. Bongo Checkout provides multi-currency payment options in 13 currencies and language translation in 16 of the world’s most common languages. Currency is detected based on the consumer’s IP address and the language is determined based on the user’s language settings within their browser. “Localization simplifies the process, and tailors the experience towards international consumers. This in turn increases conversions and drives revenue,” says Greg Sack, President of Sales for Bongo.

Another tell-tale sign of success in international e-commerce is the ability to provide complete landed costs (shipping, duties, and taxes). U.S. consumers never have to ‘ballpark’ duties & taxes, or shipping rates. Domestic shoppers know the full landed cost upon completion of every transaction online. This is not the case with international online shoppers. Estimated shipping costs are often inflated and are a major cause of shopping cart abandonment. Bongo Checkout removes any uncertainty, allowing the international consumer to pay the full landed costs at the time of checkout. Not only does this process benefit the consumer, but it also resolves many customer service inquires for the merchant.

Greg Sack, who has been with Bongo since its launch in 2007, has seen the evolution of Bongo products develop alongside the industry itself. “When we started out, international expansion was somewhere on the radar for most U.S. companies. Now, it’s a necessary part of the business development plan.” There has been ample growth on both ends. Bongo International has created a solution that eliminates any deterrent involved in selling overseas. With Bongo Checkout, the benefits are obvious, and the risks are obsolete.

About Bongo Bongo International, LLC was founded in 2007 to overcome the challenges associated with International Cross Border Ecommerce transactions by both Consumers and Businesses. Today Bongo services 75,000 customers globally with a team spanning 3 continents speaking 12 languages. Bongo helps its merchant partners transact international orders through a series of services that provide the merchant with a guarantee against fraud, multi-currency payment options, language translation, and international fulfillment. Bongo owns and operates 100% of their services enabling them to be the most flexible international solution in the marketplace. For more information, please visit https://bongous.com/business/checkout/.

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Bongo International Joins Demandware LINK to Advance Commerce Innovation

Pre-built integration makes it faster and easier for Demandware clients to deploy Bongo’s International eCommerce Solutions.

 

Saint Petersburg, FL (PRWEB) May 19, 2014

Bongo International, International eCommerce Solutions for Businesses, today announced that it has become a Demandware LINK Technology Partner, joining a best-of-breed community committed to accelerating the adoption of innovative commerce technologies that are complementary to the Demandware® Commerce platform. Through the LINK Technology Partner Program, Bongo International has developed a pre-built cartridge integration with all three of the Bongo offerings. This includes, Bongo’s Extend, Checkout, and ExportInternational Business Solutions. These Cross Border Enablement (CBE) solutions make it possible for Demandware clients to implement Bongo’s International Fulfillment solutions in a fraction of the time normally required.

Bongo’s Demandware integration enables retailers’ eCommerce sites to accept international transactions from over 220 countries without having to manage the common challenges associated with Cross Border eCommerce. Every international order gets shipped to one of Bongo’s US destinations where it is processed for export abroad.

“Demandware is pleased to welcome Bongo International to the LINK technology partner program,” said Tom Griffin, SVP of Corporate Development, Demandware. “As our clients expand to meet global demand, companies like Bongo can help them achieve success.”

The Demandware LINK Technology Partner Program provides Demandware clients with a rich set of pre-built integrations to cutting-edge commerce technologies and applications that can unlock revenue generating opportunities and enhance the brand experience. By reducing the cost and complexity of integrations, Demandware LINK allows retailers to adopt innovative third party technologies quickly and cost-effectively, allowing them to accelerate time to market and realize a faster return on their investment.

“We are very excited to collaborate with Demandware as a certified LINK Technology Partner. Our partnership will empower Demandware clients with turnkey solutions for accepting global orders in a competitive ecommerce market,” Jennean Morrison, Director of eCommerce.

About Bongo International

Bongo International, LLC was founded in 2007 to overcome the challenges associated with Cross Border eCommerce transactions by both consumers and businesses. Today Bongo services hundreds of thousands of International Consumers and several thousand businesses globally with a team spanning 3 continents.

Bongo International Now Accepts Bitcoin

International eCommerce Solution Provider Now Accepts Bitcoin as a Payment Option Within our Checkout Solution

 

Leading global ecommerce and international logistics solutions provider, Bongo International, announces that they are the first in their field to accept decentralized P2P currency, Bitcoin.

“We are literally writing a new chapter in the world of Bitcoin,” Chief Technology Officer of Bongo International, Federico Lara, stated.

Bitcoin is the peer to peer decentralized currency that enables instant payments to anyone located anywhere in the world. It has no central authority, so managing transactions and issuing money are carried out collectively by the P2P network.

“Cross border ecommerce has always been a challenge. Bongo has been leading the way in international shipping. We work hard to look at every item, the laws, regulations and restrictions, to ensure people have access to everything they want from anywhere worldwide. By accepting alternative payment options, such as Bitcoin, we can level the financial playing field in much the same way we do with international shipping,” Lara explained.

The move to accept Bitcoin confirms Bongo’s innovative approach to international eCommerce. Bongo International currently supports over 60 payment options including VISA, MasterCard, American Express, V Pay, Union Pay and more in addition to the newly introduced Bitcoin.

“We are supporting Bitcoin, we think people should have the right to commerce. Our philosophy is making it equal,” concluded Lara.

More Bitcoins are circulating internationally than within the U.S. A key benefit of Bitcoins is convenience for international purchases. Bitcoins require no currency exchanges plus transaction fees are extremely low compared to bank transfer and credit card fees.

Most importantly to merchants and consumers, payment is secure and virtually instantaneous. Due to the highly encrypted nature of bitcoins, the risk of fraud and identity theft is practically nonexistent. A factor that goes hand-to-hand with Bongo International’s stance on fighting international fraud.

 

About Bongo International:

Bongo International, LLC was founded in 2007 to overcome the challenges associated with International Cross Border eCommerce transactions by both Consumers and Businesses. Bongo owns and operates 100% of their services enabling them to be the most flexible international solution in the marketplace. For more information, please visit bongous.com/checkout or contact Bongo at [email protected].

 

International E-Commerce for Small Businesses

Simplifying International e-commerce for small businesses

 

For many e-commerce-focused small businesses who could be active exporters, the idea of opening up e-commerce operation to international orders can seem daunting and impossible to do without completely revamping their website. Fulfilling a website order from Indiana or California is a straightforward process for most Illinois small businesses that practice e-commerce: the order comes in via their website, they pack the product and ship via their domestic carrier. Payment is accepted in US dollars through their usual payment processor and no additional steps are required.

With an international e-commerce transaction, questions about customs duties, foreign taxes, accepting payment
in foreign currencies and international shipping pop up. Small businesses often don’t have the time or resources
to answer these questions on their own and may incur additional costs to themselves or to their international
customers if they respond to international orders inefficiently or incorrectly. Frequent scenarios include shipments
being stopped at customs due to incorrect tariff codes and international customers refusing a package due to
unforeseen customs duties collected upon delivery.

On the other hand, a growing volume of international e-commerce orders may make an in-house international
shipping solution appropriate. As small businesses grow internationally, they will need to develop an internal
understanding of international shipping procedures, customs processes and international e-commerce payment
methods.

Simple international checkout options reach millions of additional customers

For small businesses that aren’t ready to develop their own international e-commerce capability, but still want to serve international e-commerce customers, there is a range of options available today. International checkout platforms enable small businesses to serve customers in over 200 countries around the world, all while being paid in US dollars and avoiding having to deal with customs, international shipping and international taxes.

For small businesses that aren’t ready to develop their own international e-commerce capability, but still want to serve international e-commerce customers, there is a range of options available today. International checkout platforms enable small businesses to serve customers in over 200 countries around the world, all while being paid in US dollars and avoiding having to deal with customs, international shipping and international taxes.

Additional services offered by international checkout companies include fraud protection, multilingual customer
service, handling returns, assistance with international marketing and even international market research. Fees
vary accordingly. Some international checkout models involve an upfront fee to the merchant, while others are
transaction-based. Most offer varying levels of integration with your website and can do additional web
development to support this.

For small businesses involved in e-commerce that are looking to grow international sales, international checkout
platforms can present a good stepping stone to more active entry into a foreign market. If sales volume to certain
markets via international checkout grows steadily, that may be a sign that it’s time to seek an active sales partner
in those markets.

Which international checkout model is right for your business?

Selection of an international e-commerce platform depends on the level of support that your international e-commerce business requires. If your international sales have reached a point where you need your website translated into the languages of your target international e-commerce markets, for instance, choosing an international checkout platform that offers support with this could be the best solution. On the other hand, if you’ve only had a few international orders and just want to “test the waters”, going with a basic, no-cost international checkout service could be more appropriate.

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Bongo Checkout 

Website https://www.bongous.com/

Bongo Checkout is a modular eCommerce solution promotes safe acceptance of international eCommerce orders with guaranteed fraud protection. Checkout is an integrated and secure international eCommerce solution that pairs well with most eCommerce infrastructures. Additionally, Checkout is EAR compliant, and screens against the CCL and the required Denied Party Lists, so you don’t have to. Checkout also ensures compliance with all prohibitive licensing agreements, while allowing consumers to purchase approved items from your business.