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The retail transformation is fueled by advancements in technology, shifts in consumer expectations and attitudes and the continued rise of digital commerce. This could considered the perfect storm of retail transformation for retailers and consumers.
During a meeting at Shop.org, Borderfree chief strategy officer Kris Green told Multichannel Merchant that retailers need to make sure that consumers have the same experience whether they buy in store or online.
As multichannel retailers develop strategies for the upcoming holiday rush, they must address a critical blind spot by improving visibility into consumer behavior in physical stores. Fortunately, new technology solutions can help organizations close the “insight gap” between online and in-store consumer behavior.
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.
With the growing popularity of cross-border ecommerce, do you need to expand your contact center strategy? Depending on which countries you ship to should determine if you need additional contact center needs, or the need to outsource services. Here’s how Brooks Brothers works with its global customers.
In our omnichannel world, creating loyal customers will come down to being relevant to each shopper – whenever and however they choose to interact with you, whether that’s in-store, online, via email or on a mobile device.
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.
Technology-enabled marketing has changed the game for marketing leaders. CMOs are increasingly held accountable for their portion of executive responsibilities, and that means more activities tied to reporting and analytics.
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.
Your small business can perform like an omnichannel powerhouse if you simply adhere to the following tips and tools.
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