RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C., Feb. 06, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Charles & Colvard, Ltd. (NASDAQ:CTHR), the original and leading worldwide source of created moissanite, today announced that Vice President of Online Channels and International Sales, Jessica Lesesky, will present on the Executive Leaders Keynote Panel at the Global E-Commerce Leaders Forum (GELF) in Los Angeles on Feb. 7. GELF is a one-day conference where executives from leading online brands congregate to share experiences, insights and best practices.

The Executive Leaders Keynote Panel explores the emergence of marketplaces as next-generation platforms for growing international e-commerce sales. Lesesky will sit alongside top e-commerce retailers, including Crocs and, to discuss the key trends and opportunities framing international marketplaces.

This panel will discuss topics such as:
  • how international marketplaces provide cost-effective customer acquisition and engagement opportunities.
  • how feedback loops, machine learning and data signals (traffic flows, analytics, etc.) from international marketplaces are helping brands and retailers localize shopping preferences and identify key "tipping points" that frame regional and country growth strategies.
  • how emerging, hybrid order fulfillment models (e.g., drop-shipping directly from suppliers in China and SE Asia) empower marketplace sellers to increase conversions and reduce delivery times.
  • the growing importance of China-direct lanes to Europe, LATAM, etc. as new global sourcing and fulfillment hybrids evolve.
  • how cross-border trade can be leveraged to grow an international footprint with controlled overhead and an agile approach.

Lesesky, an e-commerce and marketplaces expert, has extensive knowledge in the e-commerce fashion space. With over 13 years in the e-commerce industry, Lesesky has held several senior leadership positions focused on revenue, marketing and business development at Assurant, RetailMeNot and Barnes & Noble. She also served as the vertical account lead in fashion for eBay, where she was responsible for driving fashion category growth among the largest brands, retailers and B2C sellers.

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About Charles & Colvard, Ltd.

Charles & Colvard, Ltd., based in the Research Triangle Park area of North Carolina, is the original creator and leading source of Forever One™, Forever Brilliant® and Forever Classic™ moissanite gemstones for fine jewelry. Moissanite is unique, available in three color grades (colorless, near-colorless and faint color) and produced from silicon carbide (SiC) crystals. Charles & Colvard Created Moissanite® is sold with a Limited Lifetime Warranty to wholesale distributors, manufacturers, retailers, TV shopping networks, and designers as loose stones or set in a wide variety of quality metal setting options. Charles & Colvard, Ltd. also sells direct to consumers through its wholly owned operating subsidiary,, LLC and through third-party marketplaces. Charles & Colvard, Ltd.'s common stock is listed on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol "CTHR." For more information, please visit

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