Retailers are moving quickly to open new markets, enticed by double-digit growth and the global scale of international e-commerce. The appetite for U.S. brands is strong around the world, and the desire to shop online is growing at a tremendous clip.
Online shopping continues to grow, with e-commerce sales predicted to reach $963 billion globally by 2013, with an annual growth rate of 19.4 percent. This rapidly expanding global digital community has the potential to be a vast marketplace for any retail business, large or small, with an online presence. E-commerce opens the door to the notion of business without borders — i.e., the opportunity to sell products and services to anyone, anywhere in the world. At least, this is the ideal.