Is Free Shipping Dead?

Everyone knows shipping is costly. Return shipping can be even costlier. In an effort to give consumers what they want, when they want it (aka good consumer service), retailers are running up costs for labor and packaging by shipping one item at a time. This....

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Huge Growth in Returns Affects Everyone, Not Just Retailers

As a retailer, you know that the cost of returns is much more than the loss of a sale. Returns and return fraud have a cascading effect on your business’ revenue and profit. The National Retail Federation has compiled returns data for 2021 in a comprehensive....

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Retail Returns: Your Problem Isn’t Logistics

Overview “Sell to your consumers wherever they want to shop” was the philosophy behind much of the current expansion in retail. Store and ecommerce channels were designed to make buying easy. Receiving and processing returned merchandise, however, was a....

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Insights from 2021 US Retail Returns Analysis

The rapid shift toward more omnichannel transactions continued in 2021, and the value of retail returns hit $761 billion—an unimaginable figure five years ago.

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The Results Are In: 2021 Holiday Sales and Returns Were Like No Other

The 2021 holiday shopping season was like no other, and it surprised us all. Retail sales from November 1st to December 31st grew 14.1% over the 2020 sales numbers, despite the challenges facing shoppers and retailers. And this rise in sales (especially....

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What Does It Take to Be a Leader in Omnichannel Returns?

Many businesses have ecommerce capabilities, but most need to improve the consumer experience surrounding return transactions. This may be expected following the rapid growth of online sales and omnichannel returns during 2020 and 2021. Retailers often treat....

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Are Your Omnichannel Return Capabilities Falling Behind the Curve?

The past few years delivered unprecedented growth in online shopping and a corresponding explosion in return rates. Ecommerce returns are now two to three times greater than returns for brick-and-mortar purchases. In 2021, one out of five of online purchases....

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5 Ways Siloed Shopper Data Complicates Your Sales and Return Transactions

Shoppers typically think of a retailer’s ecommerce site and brick-and-mortar location as extensions of the same store. They may shop through a single channel or buy-online-pickup-in-store (BOPIS) or buy-online-return-in-store (BORIS). Regardless, they expect....

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Insights from the Journey of a Returned Package

Retailers and consumers often think of the return process as straightforward. However, many unexpected roadblocks (both literal and figurative) can arise that affect both the retailer and the shopper. And research shows the financial impact of these....

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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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