Who reigns supreme in reliability, delivery times, and cost in the world of American shipping? Well, according to a recent report, it all depends on your exact shipping needs.
S&S Worldwide Director of Distribution Mark Desrosiers talks with Multichannel Merchant about initiatives that most help the company’s operational efficiencies, what global marketplaces he sees as hot economies to sell in, and the effect Amazon Supply has on his business.
Sometimes an item doesn’t fit, it doesn’t match and sometimes customers simply just change their minds. Whatever the reason, returns are business critical and can affect the customer experience. Here are a few tips to help you “up” your returns game.
FedEx is in the midst of planning a “massive distribution center” located in Palm Springs, CA which would sort thousands of packages a day and employ approximately 300 workers. The facility would function as a regional distribution center serving the Coachella Valley.
When Amazon Prime was introduced in 2005, analysts and consumers alike thought it was a risky, expensive venture, however, Amazon Prime members now comprise nearly 10% of Amazon’s purchases, and spend twice as much as non-Prime members. While Amazon has certainly been giving retailers a lot of heartburn recently, there is a way to fight back and all comes down to same-day delivery.
FedEx announced this week that its subsidiary, FedEx Freight, will increase its shipping rates by 3.9%, effective March 31.
Failing to fulfill customers’ orders in a timely fashion can spell disaster for retailers of any size. Delivering products late can kill sales, batter your reputation and destroy customer loyalty. It can also squander all of the time, money and resources you spent acquiring new customers. Which is exactly why merchants need to remember that the customer experience journey doesn’t end with a sale.
Sean Conlon, the co-founder and CEO of PetBox, got candid with Multichannel Merchant and opened up about his preferences for free shipping, same-day delivery, which merchant is mastering the fulfillment space, and his dreams of playing in the NFL.
While the fourth quarter showed a 1.6% decline in sales, Karen M. Hoguet, chief financial officer at Macy’s, said moving forward the retailer plans on making strides in its omnichannel fulfillment initiatives including buy online, pick up in-store, and same-day delivery.
It turns out Amazon is not the only online merchant looking to get into drone fulfillment capabilities. Netflix, taking jabs at its streaming video competitor, has announced its own delivery service, “Drone 2 Home,” in a recent video mocking the futuristic service.