Founded in 2007, Bongo International started as a package forwarding service for international consumers who wanted to purchase items from US-based websites that did not offer international shipping. Bongo provided customers with access to these retailers through a US address, and forwarded their packages from Bongo’s distribution center to over 220 countries and territories worldwide. Today, Bongo has five distribution centers – on each US coast, the UK, Belgium and Peru – and has over 200,000 international consumers across the globe.
As Bongo grew, they saw a need to address the B2B side of the equation, developing Global eCommerce Solutions for online merchants who wanted to grow their international presence. Bongo offers safe, end to end solutions that allow eRetailers to easily expand into global markets. These solutions provide a seamless, localized experience for consumers, automatically displaying the checkout page in their language, accepting their preferred payment methods, and showing prices in their local currency. Additionally, they offer eRetailers the ability to display total landed cost which leads to price transparency at time of checkout. Bongo’s solutions have been pre-integrated within a number of popular shopping cart platforms for quick implementation.
Bongo International quickly established itself as a leader in cross-border enablement technologies and solutions, and as of December 2014, was acquired by FedEx. Going forward, Bongo will operate as a subsidiary of FedEx Trade Networks, further expanding their portfolio of offerings in the rapidly growing global e-commerce marketplace.