Amazon announced late last week during its fourth quarter conference call to investors that it was planning on raising its Amazon Prime annual subscription of $79 to potentially $99 or even $119. Even though the increase may seem steep, many experts are saying the move will not hurt business.
If Holiday 2013 demonstrated anything to ecommerce merchants, it was that we need better ways to meet customer expectations and deliver products. So what did we as an industry learn during this challenging holiday season? Here are key observations by ecommerce and catalog operations experts.
In its Jan. 30 earnings call, UPS COO David Abney shared four key areas that UPS must address before holiday 2014.
With the launch of its new ecommerce site, Canadian home décor and housewares retailer, Bouclair Home, has announced a new omnichannel initiative including buy online, pickup in-store, and buy online and return in-store.
DHL announced plans to resume foreign package delivery in Russia after reaching an agreement with custom officials. Russian express delivery shipments from DHL and FedEx to individual Russian customers had been suspended on Jan. 23 because of stricter customs regulations and procedures.
At-home try-on merchants such as Warby Parker mitigate many of the uncertainties and anxieties around purchasing online, but pose significant logistic and fulfillment challenges for retailers. Before offering try-before-you-buy, it’s important to understand the logistic and fulfillment implications associated with these types of policies. Here are three key tips you need to master in order to be a successful free, at-home try-on policy.
A new study by Innotrac has found that the most popular types of promotions offered by merchants over the 2013 holiday season were shipping offers. In fact, 34% of all promotions offered in holiday 2013 were shipping related and the single most offered promotion during the holidays was free shipping.
Innotrac has released the findings of its SmartHub Holiday Promotions study which tracked the entire ecommerce experience from ordering, to shipping, packaging, customer service, and returns through the eyes of the customer.
Amazon has announced that it will now offer Sunday deliveries to a number of customers in cities across the United Kingdom, and Amazon Prime members in the UK can now receive their packages on Sundays at no additional charge.
Nordstrom has announced plans to open its third fulfillment center Elizabethtown, Pa. Construction for the 672,000-square-foot building began on Jan. 20 and is scheduled to open in summer 2015.