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If globalization can work for companies, why not for consumers? More online shoppers are looking beyond borders for goods and the WSJ’s Laura Stevens writes that retailers and parcel delivery companies are helping them by taking e-commerce capabilities across bordersFedEx Corp.United Parcel Service Inc. have made acquisitions in recent months aimed at easing the path for cross-border parcels, a response to forecasts that suggest the cross-border shopping market will be worth more than $300 million by 2018. Retailers and carriers try to make the process seamless, but moving goods across borders can be anything but simple. But the carriers believe they can gain customers willing to pay premium express shipping prices while they are getting a cut-rate deal on merchandise from China.

While consumers are taking their buying across borders, Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. is finding its bid to extend its e-commerce reach outside China to be a challenge...

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