Are Online Marketplaces Preying on Your Business?

| Curt Barry

The lure of online marketplaces and the exposure to tens of millions of their customers can lead to significant sales growth, but at what cost? Here’s some things to keep in mind before jumping in and hanging out your virtual shingle.

USPS, U.S. Postal Service, ecommerce, ecommerce returns, returns, shipping strategy, omnichannel, omnichannel best practices, free shipping, Amazon, Amazon Prime, Priority Mail, free two-day shipping, return labels, return shipping labels

4 Ways to Take Advantage of the Booming Ecommerce Market

| Nathan Jones

Online retail is expected to grow 8-12% this year (3x higher than the wider industry growth) with sales predicted to be between $427 and $443 billion, according to the National Retail Federation. This means that online retailers need to be on their A game now more than ever, especially focusing on seamless branding, efficient automation and stellar customer service. Here are four strategies to keep in mind when examining the marketing and shipping aspects of your business.

FedEx, UPS, FedEx Ground, FedEx Express, FedEx Smartpost, FedEx Freight, ecommerce fulfillment

FedEx Express Expands Overnight to 4,400 New Zip Codes

| MCM staff

FedEx has expanded its FedEx First Overnight service to more than 4,400 zip codes across the U.S. With this expansion, the service now reaches more than 32,000 zip codes for next-business day delivery, representing 92% of the business population in the U.S.

Ecommerce Returns Help Shape the Customer Experience

| MCM staff

Ecommerce returns are increasing, and merchants need to find new ways to deal with the constant influx. Learn how some top brands are getting ahead of the situation, including making the reverse logistics process more efficient, increasing the speed of customer credit and using friction-free returns as a way to increase customer lifetime value.

UPS Acquires UK Truck Brokerage Firm Freightex

| Mike O'Brien

UPS has acquired British firm Freightex to gain entry into the European truck brokerage market. This comes eight months after FedEx closed its acquisition of Netherlands-based TNT Express. See what a UPS unit executive had to say about the rationale behind the move, how it will be integrated with Coyote Logistics and how it’s positioned in the European market.