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Omnichannel Crystal Ball: What’s Ahead in 2014?  Dec 10, 2013 2:39 PM By Jonathan Levitt

What will retail look like in 2014? Contributing writer Jonathan Levitt sees two major emerging trends occurring in the New Year: the rise of the ubiquitous shopper and wide-scale retail automation.

Consumers Open Up About Holiday Shipping Preferences  Nov 22, 2013 12:55 PM By Erin Lynch

Which is more important in the eyes of the consumer this holiday: free shipping, delivery tracking, shipping options, or overall shipping costs? The answer, well, all depends on which demographic you are trying to secure but simply a wide variety of shipping options could be the key to offering the best shopping experience to consumers this holiday season.

Retailers Need to Step Up Their Shipping Game this Holiday  Nov 21, 2013 11:13 AM By 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.

Can Social Login Really Make a Difference?  Jul 02, 2013 3:17 PM By Erin Lynch

Logging on a retail site should be fast, easy, and stress-free but it can be more of a juggling act for consumers who can’t remember their passwords and ultimately leaving a site. In fact, according to a recent survey, of those users who do not remember their information, 70% will leave. But retailers and shoppers found a new and faster way to stay engaged: the social login.

How to Reach the Constantly Connected Digital Shopper  Jul 02, 2013 10:10 AM By Erin Lynch

The modern day consumer is constantly connected no matter where they shop. It could be by using their smartphone to showroom in store, reading an email on a mobile device, or by interacting with a brand on Facebook. Even though a consumer is always connected to the digital world, it doesn’t necessarily mean they are connecting with your brand the way you’d like.

Is Free Shipping Now Essential for Retailers?  Jun 24, 2013 11:17 AM By Erin Lynch

Free shipping was once the goldmine for online retailers and what set you apart from your competitors. But as more and more retailers offer the service, is it now just something the shopper expects?

The Contact Center of the Future  Jun 11, 2013 11:09 AM By Erin Lynch

Smartphones, tablets, and social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter not only have transformed the way consumers shop but they have also changed the face of the contact center. It’s no longer a world of customer representatives but now a world of universal agents.

7 Ways to Reduce Cart Abandonment  Jun 03, 2013 3:27 PM By Erin Lynch

When it comes to making sure your site visitor finalizes the purchase, retailers should always remember that the basic aim should be to make the checkout process as simple as possible. Here are 7 tips from Econsultancy on how to reduce cart abandonment.

Leveraging the Power of Social Proof  Mar 27, 2013 9:02 PM By Ross Kramer

Research shows that 77% of online shoppers use ratings and reviews when making purchase decisions, and 70% of online users trust consumer opinions posted online.

China Consumer’s Go Mobile  Mar 18, 2013 3:05 PM By Erin Lynch

If you are thinking about bringing your brand to China in the near future, the most effective way to engage Chinese shoppers is through mobile, according to an infographic from the Alibaba Group. The use of mobile is so high that while sales in China are predicted to hit $15.7 billion in 2013, by 2015 it will skyrocket to nearly $42 billion.






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