Hurricane announced as finalist in Postal Innovation Awards 2021

Hurricane are delighted to have been selected as one of the 3 finalists in this years Postal Innovation Awards in the ‘eCommerce, Retail & Cross-Border’ category.

The awards are hosted by the Postal Innovation Platform and are set to be held on 12th October in Vienna, Austria.

Hurricane made it through a live panel of judges where CEO Martyn Noble gave a 4-minute pitch followed by a 4-minute Q&A.

Martyn’s pitch can be seen in the link here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qENaAdq4yXc

The Hurricane solutions that were presented to the judges focus on simplifying the complex in an industry that is constantly evolving under new regulations.

As well as this they look to provide commercial and environmental impacts by providing real-time data that prevent poor customer experiences and reduce returns.

Our solutions provide accurate data and compliance screenings ensuring businesses can stay on top of the new regulations that demand complete and digitized data.

For more information on the awards, click here: https://www.postal-innovation.com/StartupAward2021

Emirates Post picks Hurricane Commerce as data partner to drive global eCommerce growth

Emirates Post has chosen Hurricane Commerce as the data partner to support its global eCommerce expansion strategy.

The postal operator for the UAE has invested heavily in its international parcels business with the ambition of becoming a seamless gateway and strategic logistics hub for cross-border eCommerce traffic.

Hurricane will be supporting Emirates Post across various parts of its business, but with a major focus on providing best-in-class data solutions for its International Business Unit.

Emirates Post’s objective is to develop a global B2C parcel business leveraging the UAE as a Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) hub.

The partnership with Hurricane also fits with Emirates Post’s ongoing investment in digitization across all of its systems and processes to ensure the best possible customer experience.

Hurricane’s Zephyr solution ensures that shipments have the right data – including HS6 codes, product descriptions and 8- and 10- digit import and export codes – to pass smoothly through customs and on to the end consumer.

Meanwhile, Hurricane’s Aura product covers the three critical cross-border areas of duty and tax calculation, prohibited and restricted goods screening and denied parties screening.

Major regulatory challenges including the US STOP Act and, from July 1, the EU VAT Package and introduction of the Import One-Stop Shop (IOSS) mean that the requirement for complete and valid parcel data has never been greater.

Peter Somers, CEO of Emirates Post, said: “The expansion of our international eCommerce parcels business is one of our top priorities and to achieve this requires working with best-in-class partners.

“We were impressed by the experience and knowledge of the Hurricane team and the quality of the data solutions they have developed.

“The partnership with Hurricane represents an important part of our cross-border eCommerce growth strategy.”

Martyn Noble, CEO of Hurricane Commerce, said: “We are delighted to have been selected by Emirates Post as its data partner.

“The team at Emirates Post are innovators in the Middle East and have exciting plans to become the region’s global eCommerce hub.”

David Spottiswood, Co-Founder of Hurricane Commerce, said: “Emirates Post recognises the importance of harnessing data solutions not only as a means of ensuring seamless cross-border trade, but also to provide its customers with the best possible experience.

“In a world of ever-increasing rules and regulations governing global eCommerce trade, such an approach has never been more important.”

 

Hurricane in the media:

Post and Parcel – New partnership supports efforts in enhancing UAE’s position as a global logistics hub

Air Cargo Week – Emirates Post picks Hurricane to drive global e-Commerce plans

Transport & Logistics Middle East – Emirates Post Picks Hurricane Commerce as Data Partner

SEKO selects Hurricane as global cross-border data partner

Two of the fastest growing cross-border eCommerce brands in the world have joined forces to help their customers achieve frictionless trade and manage critical events including the US STOP Act and the launch next month of the EU’s Import One-Stop Shop (IOSS).

SEKO Logistics, the global freight forwarder, 3PL and supply chain management specialist with a growing focus on eCommerce solutions, has selected Hurricane Commerce as its global cross-border data partner.

Hurricane’s technology will be available via SEKO’s Omni-Parcel platform which provides brand owners, retailers and e-tailers with a global eCommerce solution.

The company’s solutions will also be rolled out through SEKO’s Transport Management System (TMS) and Warehouse Management System (WMS) portals.

SEKO has previously been using Hurricane’s solutions for eCommerce customers in Australia and the United States.

David Emerson, Senior Vice-President eCommerce Solutions at SEKO Logistics, said: “We are delighted to have chosen Hurricane as our global partner for the provision of cross-border data. We pride ourselves on only working with the best-in-class and Hurricane’s solutions are truly world-leading in the field of data provision.

“In today’s global eCommerce, nothing moves without the right data.

“Increasing rules and regulations mean that shipments have to have accurate data sets otherwise they are going to run into severe problems.

“For SEKO, it is an imperative that we keep our customers’ goods moving and Hurricane is a key partner in enabling us to achieve this.”

Martyn Noble, CEO of Hurricane Commerce, said: “SEKO sets the standard in cross-border eCommerce logistics and supply chain management and we are delighted to have signed this global partnership agreement.

“The fast-moving regulatory landscape means that complete and valid data is non-negotiable in international eCommerce. Events like Brexit, the US STOP Act and, from July 1, the EU VAT Package and the Import One-Stop Shop (IOSS) are having a massive impact on the requirements to succeed in cross-border eCommerce.”

David Spottiswood, Co-Founder of Hurricane Commerce, said: “Failure to meet the mandatory requirement for high quality data including product descriptions, HS6 codes, 8- and 10- digit import and export codes and country of origin, is resulting in parcels increasingly being stopped by customs.

“This leads to huge additional logistical and cost challenges around returns, warehousing and transportation. But just as important is the long-term damage done to the brand reputation of retailers, marketplaces and their supply chain partners.”

Hurricane’s solutions include Aura, covering the critical cross-border areas of duty and tax calculation, prohibited and restricted goods screening and denied parties screening, and Zephyr, its blisteringly quick data bulk clearance data enhancement tool.

Hurricane to be Gold Sponsor at WMX Europe

Hurricane Commerce will be a Gold Sponsor at this year’s World Mail & Express Europe Conference.

The prestigious event will be held virtually on June 16 and 17.

WMX Europe is widely recognised as the foremost international trade event for post and parcel professionals.

This year’s conference comes at a critical time for the sector with major EU VAT changes and the introduction of the Import One-Stop Shop (IOSS) coming into force from July 1.

Postal operators, both receiving and exporting, are busy preparing to capitalise on the opportunities presented by the IOSS, as are many of the biggest marketplaces and online retailers.

The implementation of the IOSS is set to feature prominently in presentations and delegate networking at the event.

So far, over 30 speakers have been confirmed including Hurricane CEO Martyn Noble and co-founder David Spottiswood who will take part in the ‘Optimising Cross-Border’ discussion.

Hurricane will also be a Gold Sponsor at the WMX Asia conference in November.

The events come at an exciting time for Hurricane, which was established four years ago and is increasingly regarded as the data partner of choice for postal operators, carriers, multi-carrier platforms, retailers, brands and marketplaces.

High profile customers include Royal Mail, SEKO, Australia Post, An Post and Lenton Group.

Its cutting-edge technology is also increasingly in demand in China and the wider Asia Pacific region where some of the world’s largest eCommerce players are having to adapt quickly to the onset of the changing global regulatory landscape.

Hurricane’s AI-driven, real-time solutions include Aura, which covers the three key areas of duty and tax calculation, prohibited and restricted goods screening and denied parties screening, and Zephyr, the data enhancement service which ensures product and shipment data is of the quality needed to speed up customs clearance and onward delivery.

Hurricane’s Zephyr Bulk Upload solution goes live on Royal Mail website

Royal Mail’s online retailer customers can now access Hurricane’s innovative Zephyr Bulk Upload Portal to enhance their data.

The portal is simple to use allowing merchants to upload their product list file and receive back in lightning quick time accurate HS6 codes and 10-digit import and export codes as required.

The solution has been developed by Hurricane to meet the growing compliance pressures facing online retailers and marketplaces.

Regulatory challenges so far this year have included Brexit and the US STOP Act.

The introduction of the EU VAT Package on July 1 – including the launch of the Import One Stop Shop (IOSS) – means that complete and valid product shipment data has never been more essential.

Using the Zephyr portal means:

  • Ensuring your products have complete and accurate data;
  • A cost-effective solution to process thousands of lines of product data;
  • Peace of mind on every cross-border eCommerce shipment;
  • High levels of customer experience.

Martyn Noble, CEO of Hurricane Commerce, said: “We are delighted to be partnering with Royal Mail to provide their retailer customers with our best-in-class bulk upload data enhancement service.”

Royal Mail’s website states: “Zephyr enables established and newer e-retailers to capitalise on the huge opportunities for successful international eCommerce, while also staying compliant.

“It’s currently the only data enhancing solution of its kind available to e-retailers – designed to provide peace of mind for sellers and keep customers happy too – by ensuring they receive their goods without unnecessary delay.”

 

Hurricane in the media:

Tamebay – Hurricane Commerce Zephyr Bulk Upload goes live with Royal Mail

Hurricane Commerce selected as partner for ETrak delivery management system

Hurricane Commerce has been chosen as the landed cost engine partner for ETrak, the delivery management system powered by Parcel Monkey in partnership with The Delivery Group.

ETrak provides cost-effective, tracked delivery solutions for sending packets and parcels worldwide, enabling eCommerce merchants to scale while keeping costs to a minimum.

The recently launched platform has access to a global network of postal and commercial carriers in over 220 countries.

By partnering with Hurricane Commerce, ETrak is able to provide its retailer customers with a Delivered Duty Paid (DDP) solution.

ETrak has integrated Hurricane’s Aura API which allows merchants to calculate duties and taxes on shipments via a landed cost engine. Aura can also screen for prohibited and restricted goods and denied parties.

Providing a DDP solution is becoming increasingly important as retailers, marketplaces, postal operators and carriers face multiple regulatory challenges including Brexit, the Import One Stop Shop (IOSS) and the US STOP Act.

The ETrak landed cost engine enables retailers to be fully transparent with consumers at checkout about duties and taxes that are payable – avoiding any doorstep surprises.

Martyn Noble, CEO of Hurricane Commerce, said: “We are delighted to have been selected as the landed cost engine partner for the ETrak delivery management system.

“Parcel Monkey in partnership with The Delivery Group are committed to providing their customers with the best possible experience which, in turn, will enable their customers to achieve substantial growth in their cross-border eCommerce trade.

“The fast-moving regulatory landscape is providing retailers, marketplaces and carriers with significant challenges, but the international growth opportunities are vast for those who put in place the best possible processes and systems.

“Pivotal to this is the need to ensure that packets and parcels have complete and valid electronic data and that online retailers are able to be transparent with their customers about the duties and taxes that are payable.”

Chris Tayler, Head of ETrak, said: “Our mission at ETrak is to provide simplified international parcel delivery solutions for eCommerce businesses and being able to offer a DDP solution to our customers is essential to this mission.

DDP delivery gives retailers greater flexibility for handling customs duties and taxes and provides a better shopping experience for the end customer, therefore improving customer loyalty and retention.

We selected Hurricane Commerce as our partner because their Aura solution provides a best-in-class landed cost engine to calculate duties and taxes, enabling us to accurately calculate the customs fees on any shipment, regardless of the importing country.”

 

Hurricane in the media:

Post and Parcel Technology International – ETrak partners with Hurricane Commerce to deliver Parcel Monkey solution

CEP Research – ETrak selects Hurricane Commerce solution

Tamebay – ETrak select Hurricane Commerce to power Delivered Duty Paid solution

Apex Insight – ETrak to use Hurricane Commerce for DDP solution

Prime Vision teams up with Hurricane Commerce to provide complete cross-border data solution

Prime Vision is partnering with Hurricane Commerce to provide customers with a complete end-to-end data enhancement service on cross-border eCommerce parcels and packets.

New regulations and laws are providing huge challenges to any business involved in international eCommerce.

And the biggest requirement is for quality data on parcels including complete and valid product descriptions and HS6 codes.

The partnership between Prime Vision and Hurricane will see the integration of their respective technologies, providing customers with a high-quality service that meets the growing requirements of customs authorities for enhanced data.

Prime Vision is a market leader in Computer Vision Integration in the global logistics sector for postal, parcel, eCommerce and airports.

The company’s solutions include sorting decision systems, OCR, barcode reading, video-coding and robotics.

Hurricane’s technology includes its Zephyr data enhancement tool and its Aura solution which covers the three critical cross-border areas of duty and tax calculation, prohibited and restricted goods screening and denied parties screening.

David Spottiswood, Co-founder of Hurricane, said: “We are delighted to be partnering with Prime Vision and to be able to make our data enhancement software available to its customers.

“The regulatory landscape for anyone involved in cross-border eCommerce trade is changing dramatically.

“This started with Brexit in January, but since March 15, postal operators and their customers have also had to deal with the enforcement of the US STOP Act and the EU’s ICS2. Further major change comes in July with the introduction of the EU’s VAT reforms.

“All of these changes have one common denominator – the need for data of the highest calibre including accurate product descriptions, HS6 codes and country of origin.

Dirk Van Lammeren, Prime Vision’s Commercial Director, said: “We are excited to have teamed up with Hurricane Commerce to offer customers end-to-end data enhancement solutions.

“Postal operators, carriers and retailers are having to adapt quickly to the changing regulations to ensure they are compliant.

“Hurricane’s and Prime Vision’s solutions reinforce each other and together we will enable our customers to achieve frictionless cross-border eCommerce.”

 

Hurricane in the media:

Post & Parcel – Prime Vision and Hurricane Commerce team up to meet the demand for high calibre data

Air Cargo Week – Hurricane Commerce teams up with Prime Vision

Tamebay – Complete cross-border data solution from Prime Vision & Hurricane Commerce

Parcel and Postal Technology International – Prime Vision partners with Hurricane Commerce to provide complete cross-border data solution

Apex Insight – Prime Vision and Hurricane Commerce in partnership

CEP Research – Prime Vision integrates Hurricane Commerce cross-border data solutions

Parcel delays loom as STOP Act and ICS2 hit on March 15

Postal operators are bracing themselves for the biggest date in their calendar this year.

Next Monday (March 15) sees the enforcement of the US STOP Act and the European Union’s Import Control System 2 (ICS2).

The STOP Act had originally been due to come into full effect on January 1 until it was moved to March to give US Customs and Border Protection more time to prepare for the regulations.

The Act requires postal operators to provide a higher level of advance electronic data (AED) than had previously been necessary.

ICS2 is also aimed at postal operators and requires entry summary declarations to be submitted on parcels coming into and through the EU.

Cross-border eCommerce specialist Hurricane Commerce’s technology is enabling postal operators across the globe to meet the new requirements for complete and valid data including product descriptions, HS6 codes and country of origin.

Martyn Noble, Hurricane’s CEO, said: “March 15 is the biggest date in the diary for postal operators this year and the level of preparedness varies from one authority to the next.

“But the stark reality is that, as of next Monday, postal operators and their customers will need to produce complete and valid data on their eCommerce shipments.

“We have already seen the impact of a lack of quality data on parcels since Brexit on January 1. The STOP Act and ICS2 are the next major challenges and then we have the introduction of the EU VAT reforms in July.

“With the Coronavirus pandemic continuing to place huge pressures on air freight capacity, the supply chain industry cannot afford delays, returns and additional storage, not to mention the associated extra costs.

“In December, we predicted that a lack of readiness for the STOP Act could result in several hundred million shipments being held up and we believe this remains the case. This is without adding in the impact of ICS2 with the onset of much greater scrutiny.

“The cross-border eCommerce landscape has changed for good, but those postal operators which get their data right will be able to meet these challenges and achieve scale.”

Hurricane’s solutions were specifically developed to enable customers to meet the challenges of the new regulations.

Hurricane’s Zephyr data enhancement API allows bulk clearance facilities to check, find and populate additional or missing data including product descriptions and HS6 codes.

Meanwhile, its Aura API covers three other critical cross-border functions – duty and tax calculation, prohibited and restricted goods screening and denied parties screening.

The company was established in 2016 and clients include Australia Post, An Post, SEKO Logistics and Lenton Group. Postal operators can access Hurricane’s solutions direct or via the IPC’s Dynamic Merchant Platform (DMP) and UPU.

 

Hurricane in the media:

Parcel and Postal Technology International – Parcel delays loom as STOP Act and ICS2 hit on March 15

Post and Parcel – Parcel delays loom as STOP Act and ICS2 to hit next Monday

Lenton Group selects Hurricane Commerce’s Duty and Tax calculator for global shipments

Lenton Group, the global logistics and transport provider, has announced a partnership with Hurricane Commerce.

Lenton Group has selected Hurricane’s Duty and Tax calculator to support the launch of its Delivered Duty Paid (DDP) solution and its commitment to a seamless cross-border trade experience for its eCommerce customers.

The Duty and Tax calculator is available through Lenton Group’s Hub-Ez, a one-stop logistics platform for online sellers, marketplaces and others involved in cross-border eCommerce.

Establishing the partnership with Hong Kong-headquartered Lenton Group will form an integral part of Hurricane’s expansion into Asia Pacific.

The company was founded in 2016 to provide postal operators, carriers, merchants, marketplaces and platforms with a suite of solutions to enable clients to achieve frictionless eCommerce trade in the face of ever-increasing global regulation.

Hurricane’s industry-leading APIs cover data enhancement, duty and tax calculation, prohibited and restricted goods screening and denied parties screening.

Lenton Group’s Alex Langslow said: “We are pleased to announce our new partnership with Hurricane Commerce, allowing all our customers access to a leading platform for calculating duties and taxes for international shipments around the world.

“The Duty and Tax calculator is available on our online portal, Hub-Ez, and will be integrated into many of our upcoming products.

“eCommerce is a fast-growing and rapidly evolving part of the Lenton Group business and partnering with best-in-class technology companies like Hurricane is an important part of our strategy.”

Martyn Noble, CEO of Hurricane Commerce, said: “We are delighted to be partnering with the Lenton Group and for our solutions to be playing a critical role in ensuring the seamless cross-border trade of their customers’ international shipments.

“Major events like Brexit, the US STOP Act, ICS2 and EU VAT reforms mean that complete and accurate data on eCommerce parcels has never been more important than it is today.

“Hurricane’s leading-edge technology solutions have been specifically designed to simplify the complex and ensure frictionless cross-border trade.”

 

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Hurricane in the media:

Tamebay – Lenton Group announces partnership with Hurricane Commerce

Post and Parcel – Lenton Group and Hurricane sign a cross-border e-commerce partnership

Parcel and Postal Technology International – Lenton Group selects Hurricane Commerce’s Duty and Tax calculator for global shipments

Multi Channel Merchant – Lenton Group Selects Hurricane Commerce’s Duty and Tax Calculator for Global Shipments

Apex Insight – Lenton Group to use Hurricane Commerce duty and tax calculator

Air Cargo Week – Lenton Group partners with Hurricane Commerce

Hurricane Commerce helping merchants to meet the regulatory challenges of 2021

eCommerce merchants are having to face up to a swathe of regulatory challenges impacting their ability to carry out cross-border sales.

So far this year, online retailers have had to deal with the fallout from Brexit and, on March 15, full enforcement of the US STOP Act will finally happen.

The EU are also removing the low value VAT threshold on goods under €22 in July of this year.

The impact of these measures means that merchants will need to provide complete and valid data for their parcels. This includes accurate product descriptions, commodity codes and country of origin information.

Failure to do so will result in huge delays at customs, additional costs and customer dissatisfaction.

Hurricane Commerce, a cross-border tech specialist, is working with merchants, marketplaces, postal operators and carriers, providing them with a range of solutions.

Hurricane’s APIs provide customers with solutions covering data enhancement, duty and tax calculation, prohibited and restricted goods screening and denied parties screening.

Magento merchants can access the Hurricane extension on the Magento Marketplace.

Merchants can use Hurricane’s bespoke AI classification engine Bluestone to ensure their products have the right descriptions and HS6 codes along with its Aura solution, the API that covers duty and tax calculation, prohibited and restricted goods screening and screening for denied parties.

eCommerce merchants not on Magento can partner directly with Hurricane to integrate the solutions they need to ensure they are fully compliant and able to take full advantage of cross-border opportunities.

Martyn Noble, CEO of Hurricane Commerce, said: “The regulatory landscape for cross-border eCommerce has changed significantly since the start of 2021.

“But those who meet the challenges head on, and put in place the best possible systems, will be ideally placed to achieve success.”

More details about Hurricane’s extension can be read here: https://marketplace.magento.com/hurricanecommerce-module-duty-tax-compliance.html