Bath & Body Works Wins Best Packaging Experience Award

| Mike O'Brien

For the second year in a row, Bath & Body Works won the award for best packaging in Multichannel Merchant’s Excellence in Customer Experience Awards. See how the company excels in this category, and learn some tips you can apply to your business.

UPS Expanding Pickup Lockers to 300 U.S. Locations By Year’s End

| Mike O'Brien

Following a pilot program at eight locations in Chicago begun last year, UPS is expanding its self-serve pickup lockers to 300 locations in five states by the end of the year, with lockers in eight additional states planned in 2017. UPS sees this as a way to increase consumer choice, provide value to retail customers and drive network optimization through increasing delivery density.

Jeff Gennette

Can Jeff Gennette Rescue an Embattled Macy’s?

| Tim Parry

Well, let’s just say it’s probably not possible that Jeff Gennette will sink Macy’s, Inc. like Ron Johnson did when he took over JCPenney. Gennette has been the president of the embattled department store for the past two years, and has served the company in some sort of executive capacity since 2006. Here’s what Gennette needs to think about if he’s going to get Macy’s, Inc’s not just to regain its leadership position, but keep its stores from the retail graveyard.

How to Deliver Experiences First and Transactions Second

| Anthony Nicalo

Blaming a lack of consumer spending on a recession is easy, but the data shows something more profound. People are still spending money, but instead of shelling out for new possessions, they’re now splurging on experiences. To that end, here are three steps to improve sales moving forward.

BBB and Korea Consumer Agency Sign Cross-Border Dispute Resolution Agreement

| Tim Parry

The Council of Better Business Bureaus and the Korea Consumer Agency have signed an agreement to offer cross-border dispute resolution for Korean consumers who purchase goods and services from companies in North America, and for consumers in the U.S., Canada and Mexico who purchase from companies in the Republic of Korea.

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Target Shutting Down Curbside Pickup Trial

| Mike O'Brien

After a 22-month trial, Target later this month will shut down a pilot program with Curbside that allows shoppers to grab their purchases in front of the store. The retailer said it wanted to devote more efforts and resources to its core omnichannel offerings like the Cartwheel app, in-store pickup and ship from store.

Omnichannel Retailers Attempt to Save the Sale Only 7% of the Time

| MCM Staff

A new report from Kibo, the e-tailing group and Multichannel Merchant shows how leading omnichannel retailers are performing with buy online, pickup in store. According to the study, retailers can no longer wait on the sidelines to adopt this functionality. See what other insights the report brings to light.

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10 Easy Steps to Reduce Shopping Cart Abandonment

| Jason Jaynes

While an online store might be driving solid revenue, there’s still a huge potential sales loss due to shopping cart abandonment. A major challenge for ecommerce stores, shopping cart abandonment is when a consumer adds to their cart but never makes it past the checkout line, occurring at a shocking average of more than 68 percent of all shopping sessions. Here are the top 10 tips for converting shopping cart bails into sales.