Melbourne, Victoria (PRWEB) February 07, 2012
While Australia’s large retailers complain about the growth of online shopping, the founders of one young business, Ship2Anywhere, see only opportunity. They’re making it easier for Australians to access America’s burgeoning online marketplace and take full advantage of the strong Aussie dollar.
Ship2Anywhere recently introduced a service whereby Australians are provided with their own, unique USA-based postal address. This gives Australian consumers access to the full breadth of the American online retail market – a market worth nearly US$200 billion dollars per year and growing fast.
Jack Fitzgerald, co-founder of Ship2Anywhere, thinks the big retailers need to come to terms with reality: “Large retailers should accept that online shopping is here to stay – it’s only going to become bigger in the next five to ten years”.
In fact analysis by Goldman Sachs suggests that global online retail sales will reach a whopping US$1 trillion by 2013. And Australians are keen participants, spending nearly $20 billion online each year. The growth of online spending in Australia is about 5.5% per year, according to IBISWorld.
As the Aussie dollar continues to rise, Australians increasingly find that local prices for many goods are significantly higher than comparative prices overseas, particularly in the US. The problem has been that gaining access to these better prices is difficult as many American online retailers either won’t ship to Australia or charge exorbitant freight costs to do so.
“Our customers were almost begging us to set up this service”, said Fitzgerald. “They wanted a service that would make it a lot easier to import goods directly from the States.”
The USA Mail Forwarding Service by Ship2Anywhere means that Australian shoppers can take full advantage of free or low cost shipping within the US, and then freight their goods to their homes at much more competitive prices.
ABOUT SHIP2ANYWHERE: Ship2Anywhere was established in February 2010, initially offering a courier price comparison service online. The company has since grown and now also offers mail forwarding, order fulfilment in the USA, and related services.