Ship-to-store gives the consumer options. It makes life easier for those who don’t want to pay shipping and handling charges and is a big part of the ominchannel world consumers are taking part in when they are shopping.
International leader in ecommerce order fulfillment Webgistix announced this week the unveiling of SmartShip for ecommerce retailers. SmartShip will help make strategic approaches to inventory placement by leveraging Webgistix’s nationwide network of fulfillment centers to offer consumers faster and more economical shipping, according to a press release.
International e-commerce presents many challenges, and selling across borders requires careful consideration of cultural differences, government regulations and operational infrastructure. This article outlines the various marketplaces and fulfillment tools that are available to help retailers tackle this growing International opportunity.
Ebay’s CEO John Donahoe said during the Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet Conference that he believes the ecommerce company can provide same-day delivery at scale. Donahoe said it can be done in a similar to the way the on-demand private driver company Uber conducts its business where private driving companies attempt to outbid each other for fares.
Under the new United States Post Office plan announced on February 6, catalogs and other forms of mail will no longer be delivered on Saturdays. Direct-to-customer merchants who mail catalogs told Multichannel Merchant they are fine with the United States Postal Service’s 5-day delivery plan, which is scheduled to go into effect the week of Aug. 5.
With 57% of adults shopping with retailers that offer free shipping, and 27% add unplanned items to their cart in order to meet free shipping thresholds, according to Forrester, it clear that free shipping is a major trend in the industry and will probably only get bigger.
Shipping charges, concerns about security and a lengthy purchasing are the three factors most likely to make consumers abandon online purchases, according to a new study by ecommerce software and services specialist Postcode Anywhere. But rest easy, there is a simple fix.
By revamping shipping options for his customers and technology within the checkout process, CEO and founder of RibbedTee.com, Mike Schwarz, said the t-shirt company saw a jump in sales and conversion rates, including a 31% growth in revenue.
In marketing, emphasis is often placed on the initial efforts to get a customer interested in a product or service. This is a natural part of the sales cycle, of course, but it tends to overshadow the very important aspect of repeat business and the contribution it makes to overall success. Here’s why giving your customers the tools to easily return and purchase additional units of what your business offers is actually just as important as the advertising that brought them to you in the first place.
Direct-to-customer merchandise sales are skyrocketing. Whether you sell to consumers or businesses, your direct-to-customer sales will be a crucial part of future growth and strategy. Which is why we are inviting you to attend the only conference exclusively about ecommerce and catalog operations & fulfillment: the 2013 Operations Summit.