5 Tips for Coaching Front-Line Workers

You’ve noticed them while you’re shopping and even in your own company—associates who are uncertain and therefore work slowly and make errors. They get flustered and skip steps. Their confidence crumbles. Bad actors also see it, and they will target the...

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Meet BORIS & BOPIS, Your Consumer’s New Best Friends

  In the long and winding history of ecommerce – from CompuServe’s founding in 1969 to Amazon selling its first book online (remember that?) in 1995 to Apple Pay’s introduction in 2014 – nothing made as instant of an impact as COVID-19 in 2020.While ecommerce....

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How to Inspire Shopper Loyalty During the Returns Process

Think ahead to January. While the holiday decorations are still decking your store aisles, the post-holiday return scene at retail stores of all sizes can be even busier than the pre-holiday weeks. And the atmosphere is different as consumers are hyper....

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Reducing the Financial Impact of Holiday Returns on Profitability

From a financial perspective, every holiday season has its own twist – but two things are a given: retail yearly profits depend on solid holiday season sales, and consumers will be returning items after the holidays.

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Simplifying Holiday Ecommerce Returns

Ecommerce shoppers developed new habits over the last year – from curbside pickup, increased online shopping, virtual fitting rooms, in-store returns, and more. It is reasonable to expect consumers to employ these skills when gift shopping this holiday....

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Empowering Information: 2021 Appriss Retail User Conference

There were virtual high-fives all around when the last widow closed on the Appriss Retail User Conference 2021. High energy presentations and attendee enthusiasm made the five-and-a-half-hour event speed by. In all there were 17 sessions including four....

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A Day in the Life of the Return Counter

The Return Counter is often the keystone to a consumer’s experience with your retail locations. It’s the proverbial fork in the road along the shopping journey, where one path leads to satisfaction and the other to frustration. It’s also where smart retailers....

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Foiling Holiday Cash-Back Scams

How can a candy bar purchase cost a retailer hundreds? It could be happening in your stores right now if you offer cash back with a debit card purchase. A particular cash-back scam crops up this time of year as the holiday shopping frenzy kicks into high....

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How to Turn Returns into a Rewarding Consumer Experience

The bond between retailers and their “best” consumers has been put to the test over the past few years. As the COVID-19 pandemic shifted shopping online and shuffled behaviors, it brought forth new demands on retailers to maintain existing relationships,....

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How to Handle the Pressure of Today’s Omnichannel Retail Landscape

2020 changed everything, and 2021 continues to bring us new learning. The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the retail industry in ways still to be determined, but one thing we know for sure is that the way retailers do business – and how consumers shop – has....

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Why Rising Returns Can Be Good for Your Business

For decades, returns have been considered a cost of doing business. As a retailer you sell a product. Consumers buy that product and some of them return it. And your business absorbs the cost. Over time, and across thousands of shoppers, those costs add up....

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