Once viewed as an extra customer incentive, “free” shipping has quickly becoming the norm for retailers when selling online. With online retail giants like Amazon upping the ante, it seems like there is no other option for retailers but to keep up and take the hit to the bottom line.
But omnichannel retailers are starting to realize they don’t always have resort to margin-eroding “free” shipping to compete.
It’s been a busy summer at Amazon: The ecommerce juggernaut added same-day delivery in 6 cities, said they’d open 15 new sortation centers, and introduced a smartphone that may or may not be an Amazon sales-driver. In this video, Multichannel Merchant’s Tim Parry and Mike O’Brien break down what you need to know.