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4 Ways to Take Advantage of the Booming Ecommerce Market

| Nathan Jones

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.

Operations Summit 2017 Once Again a Jam-Packed Affair

| Mike O'Brien

Next week the team at Multichannel Merchant is eager to join 800+ professionals from across the spectrum of direct-to-customer and ecommerce operations and fulfillment at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, PA for our fifth annual event. Looking forward to seeing you all there!

Ecommerce Returns Help Shape the Customer Experience

| MCM Staff

Ecommerce returns are increasing, and merchants need to find new ways to deal with the constant influx. Learn how some top brands are getting ahead of the situation, including making the reverse logistics process more efficient, increasing the speed of customer credit and using friction-free returns as a way to increase customer lifetime value.

L.L. Bean Looks to Update Free Shipping, Returns Policies

| Mike O'Brien

In an effort to remain competitive and cut costs, iconic brand L.L. Bean is considering changes to its famous free shipping and returns. This follows policy changes instituted last year by Nordstrom, another brand famous for its generous returns policy.

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UPS Explains Rationale of New Optoro Partnership

| MCM Staff

Multichannel Merchant recently caught up with Steve Brill, vice president for retail and global B2C for UPS, to dig a bit deeper into the rationale behind the agreement. See what each side brings to the table, and the benefits created by the combined solution.

Tips for Converting Your Holiday Returns Into Sales

| Maria Haggerty

While the holiday returns can be a headache, ecommerce brands have an opportunity to use them to generate long-term loyalty and drive additional sales. Here are a few useful tips to help your ecommerce brand turn a traditionally stressful time of year into an opportunity to drive loyalty and first-quarter sales.

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8 Ways to Lessen the Profit Impact of Ecommerce Returns

| Curt Barry

Ecommerce returns are a fact of life for multichannel merchants, but there are a number of creative ways to reduce their frequency – and the expense hit that goes straight to the bottom line. Here are 8 tips to help you do exactly that.

UPS Releases Holiday Returns and Expected Volumes

| Brian Kelly

UPS is projecting its holiday returns volume as millions of packages make their way back to retailers and manufacturers. See how the major carriers handled the shipping crush, and what FedEx in particular did to keep its seasonal shipping spike low.

5 Holiday Tips for Consistent Omnichannel Customer Service

| Kevon Hills

This holiday season, retailers that can deliver a consistent service experience across every channel will not only strengthen customer loyalty but also ensure their business is realizing every opportunity to increase sales. Implementing these 6 tips will help ensure you can achieve these goals.