The Pandemic Has Changed International eCommerce — For Good

The pandemic has changed how we shop, just as it has transformed our attitudes towards everything, from visiting friends to attending concerts to dining out at restaurants and visiting friends. The shift to eCommerce has been most dramatic in the overseas region. Many developing countries have jumpedfrogbed into eCommerce in less than one year. These changes are here for the long-term.

The international shift in consumer behavior has opened new markets for US-based online stores. With WooCommerce stores, it’s never been easier to go global. Thanks to a partnership between WooCommerce shipping and DHL the world’s largest logistics company,

It’s easier to go global than you think

Rachel McGarry (Head of Platforms at DHL) stated that is more than 95 percent of the global population. The question is: How do you make sense out of this and make it work for your benefit? There are many opportunities for growth beyond our borders.

McGarry acknowledged that it may seem impossible to go global for small to medium-sized online direct-to-consumer (D2C), businesses. However, integration with WooCommerce or DHL “simplifies and makes it possible.”

McGarry stated, “If you as a store owner can identify the opportunity to create the product, then we can take it from here.” “We have done all the heavy lifting. WooCommerce/DHL integration virtually eliminates the stress involved in processing orders from overseas.

The DHL WooCommerce dream crew

WooCommerce Shipping allows store owners to purchase DHL Express labels at a discounted price right from their dashboards. There are no setup fees and no monthly charges.

Other perks include:

  • No additional charges for DHL pickups
  • Fast delivery (usually within two to five business days).
  • Tracking of all shipment ends with automated customer emails
  • Form creation for Automated Customs
  • Online duty collection.
  • Other delivery options (like the EU service lockers) are also available.

Unprecedented growth opportunities

eCommerce has faced many barriers in many countries. For example, consumers are hesitant to use banks or electronic payment methods. But the disruption caused by the pandemic has forced rapid change

Mexico’s inability to shop in person drove a 54 percent increase in web sales. Online sales in Brazil increased by 66 percent between 2000 and 2020, more than twice the U.S. An estimated 10 million Russians went online after the pandemic. According to an article published in Bloomberg, India is the country with the greatest growth potential. The online market there is expected to nearly triple by 2024.

“2020 was a year that digital commerce was adopted at a faster pace. The internet has made it easier for people to shop online, opening up huge global opportunities. McGarry stated that it can be overwhelming to travel internationally, but it doesn’t have too. DHL provides customers with premium express shipping to over 220+ countries and territories. It also offers full visibility and flexible delivery options. This allows businesses of all sizes to provide the fast and efficient service consumers expect.