Download | Improving the Delivery Experience with Transparent Customer Communication

| Tim Parry

With customer expectations rising, merchants are turning to personalized customer delivery for their next competitive advantage. Personalizing the delivery experience requires knowledge of the order and customer history to map to the best method of delivery. Download this report on improving your customer’s delivery experience and learn how to manage customer expectations and increase loyalty, why consumers want to be kept in the loop regarding shipping and delivery dates, how you can own the last-mile delivery experience this holiday season, and more.

Peak Season Impact of Hanjin Shutdown Remains Unclear

| Mike O'Brien

A little over a month after major Korean freighter line Hanjin shut down due to financial issues, the effects are still being felt by retailers in terms of shipment delays from Asia. But it remains unclear what impact it will have on the peak holiday season starting on Cyber Weekend. See how the crisis affected shipments by Ascena Retail Group.

FedEx Rate Changes to Hit Ecommerce Shippers Hard

| Mike O'Brien

The recently announced rate changes from FedEx reflect both the continual cat-and-mouse game with main rival UPS, as well as a bigger hit on ecommerce shippers as carriers look to recover the higher cost of moving more and more online orders. See what analysts and experts have to say about the impact of the new rates.

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Hanjin Ocean Freight Failure Disrupting Retail Supply Chains

| Mike O'Brien

The financial woes of South Korean concern Hanjin Shipping Co Ltd, the world’s seventh-largest ocean freight line, is causing a ripple effect that is disrupting supply chains across retail entering the busy fall and holiday season. See what efforts are underway to address the logjam.

The USPS Ups Its Ecommerce Parcel Game

| Mike O'Brien

Quick question: Which of the Big 3 U.S. parcel carriers delivers the most ecommerce packages? Surprise: It’s the United States Postal Service. So why are ecommerce merchants shifting their shipments to the USPS? Multichannel Merchant dove into this topic, and got some answers from some small- and medium-size merchants.

5 Things You Need to Know to Ensure Drop Shipping Success

| Jett McCandless

Drop shipping can be an extremely beneficial tactic for retailers when done right because it offloads inventory risks. But it can create additional layers of complexity and challenges associated with quality and speed, among others. Here are some tips to help you make it a winner for your business.

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Nordstrom Takes Minority Stake in Drop Shipping Firm Dsco

| MCM Staff

Nordstrom has invested an undisclosed sum in drop shipping firm Dsco, formerly Dropship Commerce, in order to grow its ecommerce business. See how this will enable Nordstrom to reduce its inventory levels and shift holding costs to its suppliers.