MULTICHANNEL MERCHANT » HOLIDAY 2013
UPS and FedEx both announced this week that delays in their delivery services would result in Christmas presents not being under their customer’s tree. In this video, Joe Bobko, managing director of The Bobko Group, talks with Multichannel Merchant senior content manager Tim Parry about these issues that affect the shippers, the merchants and the consumers.
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.
Consumers are lashing out on Facebook at UPS and FedEx because Christmas gifts that were guaranteed to be under the tree did 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. […]
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With Christmas right around the corner, shoppers are making a mad dash to ensure all their holiday shopping is complete and shipped before next week. And while ecommerce merchants are pulling out all the stops to try to grab shopper’s attention and dollars, many, if not all, are finding it tough to compete with Amazon.
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.
Online retailers have a reason to celebrate this holiday season. This was a record-breaking season for many, according to this infographic from Monetate. Between Thanksgiving and Cyber Monday, ecommerce sales were $5.2 billion, an increase of 16.5% over 2012. Black Friday saw $1.5 billion in online sales, while Cyber Monday saw $2 billion in online sales.
With six less shopping days between Thanksgiving and Christmas this year, 87% of shoppers said in a recent PriceGrabber survey that they will conduct most of their holiday shopping in December. Why? According to the survey, because that is when consumers believe they will find the best deals and discounts.