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Cross-border e-commerce expected to reach nearly $5 trillion by 2026

The global cross-border business-to-consumer (B2C) e-commerce market is expected to grow by more than six-fold, from $780 billion in 2019 to more than $4.8 trillion by 2026, according to a new report from Facts and Factors Research. That’s a cumulative average growth rate of about …

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Automation Is Coming to Your Machine Shop. Are You Ready?

The FOCUS Advanced Manufacturing team recently returned from our trip to the International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago. Our main takeaway from the gathering can probably be summed up in one word—Automation.

When you think of automation, you usually think of large manufacturing plants, like an automobile assembly plant, with hundreds of robotic arms installing …

E-Commerce Capital Raises – Quick Takes

E-commerce Expected to See M&A Growth in Tough Times [1]

Online sales will continue to grow globally in the long-term, which will drive M&A activity, the investment banking firm of Harris Williams says. Despite the murky forecast for consumer spending amid recessionary fears, many high-quality e-commerce and direct-to-consumer (DTC) businesses that have kept scaling post …

Amazon Quick Takes October 2022

Amazon Adds New Revenue Streams[1]

The Good News:

Amazon said it will host a second Prime Day-like event, a “Prime-exclusive shopping event,” in October. Customers purchased more than 300 million items during its July Prime Day event.

The Bad News:

Amazon reported slowing sales and a net loss for the second straight quarter in …

Wage Inflation: When will it get better?

As we all know, the United States is experiencing the highest inflation in 40 years. There are many causes, including disruptions to supply chains, increased demand for durable goods, pandemic assistance programs, and the war in Ukraine. Except for the war, many of these causes are receding and returning to normal, which has led to …