UPS recently announced it was adding Saturday pickup and delivery for its ground division, initially in 15 markets and expanding to 4,700 U.S. cities and towns by the busy holiday season, and to 5,800 locations next year. Multichannel Merchant talks with Jerome Roberts, vice president of marketing for UPS, about the rationale for the expanded service and its implications.
Unified commerce, unlike omnichannel, provides retailers with global reach in any market; a single version of the truth for scenarios like sourcing and returns; and control over hidden costs like shipping enablement that have crippled margins and ceded far too much ground to the likes of Amazon. See how unified commerce delivers on the promise of omnichannel.
Online retail is expected to grow 8-12% this year (3x higher than the wider industry growth) with sales predicted to be between $427 and $443 billion, according to the National Retail Federation. This means that online retailers need to be on their A game now more than ever, especially focusing on seamless branding, efficient automation and stellar customer service. Here are four strategies to keep in mind when examining the marketing and shipping aspects of your business.