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While many direct-to-customer merchants pushed last-minute Christmas delivery deadlines to the limit, eBags took a conservative approach that led to fewer holiday hangovers for its team and its customers.
Though Bare Necessities ships via FedEx and UPS and uses both shippers’ last mile services with the United States Postal Service, chief operating officer Bill Richardson told Multichannel Merchant the majority of packages it shipped that had not arrived on time were being carried by UPS.
Eight retailers (32%) failed to deliver by Christmas in at least one of the three regions. Of all 75 orders we placed, 12% missed the delivery estimate. And according to StellaService, all but one of these orders were shipped using UPS
Amazon put out a press release on Dec. 26 to announce a record-setting holiday season for Amazon Prime, the annual membership program offering unlimited free two-day shipping on millions of items. The problem is, Amazon’s announcement came two days after UPS announcements delays in deliveries that meant shipments scheduled to be under Christmas trees would not arrive on time.
comScore anticipated that consumers would spend heavily later into the season out of necessity to make up for the highly compressed holiday shopping calendar this year. But the final online shopping week saw considerably softer sales than anticipated, including zero billion dollar spending days.
Johnny wants a pair of skates, Suzy wants a sled… but if they’re supposed to arrive on-time via a UPS truck, they may be gettin’ nuttin’ for Christmas. UPS posted a service update today that alerted customers that a “vast majority” of packages scheduled to arrive on-time for Christmas will be delivered on Dec. 26. […]
Vermont Novelty Toaster Corp. says that Amazon has withheld half its sales over the last two weeks while Amazon “reviews” its account. The Jesus toaster was the 32nd-best-selling toaster on Amazon this Christmas.
In a continuing game of back-and-forth, Jos. A. Bank has rejected the acquisition proposal from Men’s Wearhouse, citing the billion dollar proposal was “significantly undervalued.”
This year the retail industry will see major shifts take place, whether it is the convergence of ecommerce with brick-and-mortar retail, the rise of digital currency like PayPal and Bitcoin at the checkout, or the integration of wearable data to help consumers make smarter choices at the checkout.
Procrastinators, take note—the last day to ship holiday packages via FedEx Express for delivery before Christmas in the United States is Monday, Dec. 23.