Optimizing Omnichannel Order Picking and Fulfillment Operations

| Ed Romaine

Omnichannel is a studied approach to meet all of these customer expectations. In order to do so successfully, retailers must reevaluate their logistics business model by putting the focus on fulfilling more orders, faster throughput and lower costs. The first step in that process is understanding the trends that define the omnichannel marketplace.

These Merchants Have the Best Return Policies

| Tim Parry

No matter how much thought goes into a gift, however, sometimes shoppers miss the target — which is why something as dry as a store’s return policy can be the redeeming factor when it comes to unwanted gifts.

INFOGRAPHIC: Retailers Need to Step Up Their Shipping Game this Holiday

| Erin Lynch

With nearly 50% of Americans abandoning their shopping carts due to high shipping costs, it’s imperative for merchants to focus on managing delivery fees in order to ensure a happy customer this holiday season. In this infographic from Pitney Bowes, you will walk away with a few quick tips that can help you keep a happy customer and a secured sale during the most competitive time of the year.

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UPS Talks About Shopping and Returns

| Daniela Forte

Omnichannel is all the buzz right now among consumers. In a recent one-on-one interview with Multichannel Merchant, Melanie Alavi, retail manager for UPS, explains why it is important more than ever for merchants to embrace the anytime, anywhere shopper.

It’s Time to Plan your Post-holiday Returns Process

| Jane Bergos

While most pre-holiday planning involves striking the perfect balance among inventory, increased traffic in-store and online, and competitive promotions, a few easy steps in advance of the holiday madness can help ensure post-holiday preparedness as well. Evaluate your returns process from both within and outside the organization. Examine the customer experience to identify possible pain points. Process refunds and store credits as quickly as possible.

How to Streamline the Holiday Returns Process

| MCM staff

The returns process can have a tremendous impact on the overall customer experience in retail that can lead to repeat business when done properly. Making it easier and less expensive for customers to return products allows companies to build loyalty and gain a key advantage over competitors. Here are three quick tips that can be implemented now to help retailers create a streamlined and convenient returns process.