Value of Holiday Returns Estimated to Hit $90 Billion

| Mike O'Brien

What goes out must often come back, and this year is expected to set another record for returned goods after the holiday season, according to Optoro, a firm that specializes in reverse logistics. The company estimates $90 billion worth of holiday gifts will be returned.

New Year’s Resolution for Suppliers: Get in Charge of Chargebacks

| Chris Caouette

Feeling Amazon’s pinch, retailers are under intense pressure to get shipments right every time. To get the level of performance they need from suppliers, they turn to chargebacks. But for suppliers, they’re a margin killer and drag on your business. Here are 7 steps to help you limit their impact.

Happy Returns Takes a New Approach to Ecommerce Returns

| Mike O'Brien

A startup company is looking to ease a chronic ecommerce pain point – returns – by enabling customers to bring unwanted items to a nearby mall for fast processing and credit, even if the seller doesn’t have its own stores. See what Happy Returns has been up to and what its plans are for the future.

UPS Launches Returns Processing Tool for SMBs

| Mike O'Brien

Looking to simplify operations for small- to medium-sized merchants and drive new business for itself, UPS this week launched Returns Manager, a tool that allows shippers without their own returns infrastructure to make the process smoother and easier for their customers.

Don’t Run an Anti-Customer Service Strategy in Ecommerce

| Fang Cheng

Making it harder for customers to make returns or get in touch with you is a poor customer service strategy. So is slavish devotion to KPIs and this quarter’s results, while missing the bigger picture of the customer experience you’re creating. See what pitfalls this approach creates for your business, and how to avoid them.

L.L. Bean Looks to Update Free Shipping, Returns Policies

| Mike O'Brien

In an effort to remain competitive and cut costs, iconic brand L.L. Bean is considering changes to its famous free shipping and returns. This follows policy changes instituted last year by Nordstrom, another brand famous for its generous returns policy.

UPS Releases Holiday Returns and Expected Volumes

| Brian Kelly

UPS is projecting its holiday returns volume as millions of packages make their way back to retailers and manufacturers. See how the major carriers handled the shipping crush, and what FedEx in particular did to keep its seasonal shipping spike low.