June 3, 2009
Internet Retailer just came out with a really interesting article you should read about regarding the rise of UK ecommerce sales. See the article here. UK ecommerce sales are forecast to increase at a Combined Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of over 10%. The UK's ecommerce sales are forecast to grow 13.3% to over $34.4B (US). The drivers for this growth are increased Internet adoption and increased ecommerce adoption by more affluent online buyers.
This is great to see and validates why the Shipwire warehouse network in the UK (warehouse outside of London) has been seeing great growth and lots of merchant adoption. If you want to capture a piece of this growing market, you will need to offer UK buyers local shipping from a local fulfillment center. That is where Shipwire comes in. We have warehouse distribution centers in the UK. Store your inventory in the UK/London and then ship your UK orders from your local warehouse outside of London. If your product needs to be returned, have it shipped back to your UK warehouse. No international shipping charges.
If you are interested in selling in the UK and want to learn more, here are some helpful links:
- UK Warehouse Guide
- "Sell International – Ship Local" a two part blog on how to get inventory in the UK and ship with local shipping rates. Part 1. Part 2.
- UK Warehouse Pricing
Please comment with other tips, tools, and resources to sell in the UK.