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Concerning Alibaba’s global aspirations, the company has struck deals in 2014 with the French and Italian governments aimed at fostering ecommerce growth for merchants from those countries selling on Tmall, including providing them with enrollment support, online marketing and customer service support.
Consumer behavior is shaping the future of online retail in ways we never imagined a few years ago. Mobile computing devices, such as smartphones and tablets, have dramatically changed shoppers’ preferences and are driving the need for rapid change. Here are three technology predictions that will be common place by the year 2020 — if not before.
To take advantage of the new return/exchange service, customers can visit sears.com, click on the customer service link, choose “returns and exchanges” and follow the prompts to identify the item. For an exchange, they select a new item and get an email confirmation when the replacement is ready for pickup.
Once at the store, they park in a designated In-Vehicle Pickup spot, and notify the store of their arrival via the app. A timer will start on the phone, and a Sears associate will arrive within five minutes and complete the return or exchange.
Among other things, the acquisition of ABOL will allow MetaPack to provide its customers with improved visibility into global shipments across carriers and countries. It also offers enhanced delivery intelligence and reporting to better understand delivery challenges like potential delays, so retailers can make adjustments in their supply chain to alleviate issues.
In a first in the athletic footwear and apparel space, Foot Locker has started a trial of same-day/next-day delivery at five stores in California, with plans to roll it out at its 1,300 locations across the U.S. and Canada
In essence, a positive user experience in the era of tablets and smartphones requires the same core components that have always factored into the formula for customer satisfaction. Here are three steps to perfecting the ecommerce user experience.
Office and school supply ecommerce retailer Chalkfly saw a 33% increase in its average order value when it launched a re-designed fully responsive website. At the same time, Chalkfly leveraged SLI System’s search technology.
To prepare for the modern customer journey, ecommerce retailers need to localize the website, customer communications and the mobile experience.
Jayson Humphrey, strategic partnership manager for ChannelAdvisor, offers key insights on how to create a winning strategy for online marketplaces.
With the drumbeat of bad news about online credit card breaches continuing, retailers can use tokenization to protect against consumer data theft.
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