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MetaPack Acquires ABOL Software Inc.  Sep 26, 2014 4:11 PM By Mike O'Brien

Among other things, the acquisition of ABOL will allow MetaPack to provide its customers with improved visibility into global shipments across carriers and countries. It also offers enhanced delivery intelligence and reporting to better understand delivery challenges like potential delays, so retailers can make adjustments in their supply chain to alleviate issues.

Parcels – Including Groceries – The Future of USPS  Sep 26, 2014 2:54 PM By Mike O'Brien

“We have a very structured plan around all we’re trying to do to grow our package business,” said Cliff Rucker, vice president of sales for the USPS. “When you think about it, over one-third of our volume is gone since 2006 on the letter side, so that’s why we see packaging as a growth area.”

Competing with Free Shipping the Smart Way  Sep 26, 2014 12:03 PM By Gregg Aamoth

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.

O+F Advisor Distribution Center Roundup  Sep 25, 2014 5:31 PM By Mike O'Brien

News that Amazon will begin collecting sales tax in Minnesota starting next week has led to speculation that the company may open a warehouse, data center or some other operation in the state or buy an existing firm, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Online-only retailers don’t need to charge sales tax in a state unless they have physical presence or affiliated business there.

How to Make Your Small Business Perform Like an Omnichannel Powerhouse  Sep 24, 2014 9:04 AM By Amine Khechfe

Your small business can perform like an omnichannel powerhouse if you simply adhere to the following tips and tools.

Getting Logistics and Fulfillment Right to Enter the Canadian Market  Sep 23, 2014 12:01 PM By Steven Page

For marketers, Canada represents a new and lucrative opportunity. However, for companies unfamiliar with the intricacies of Canadian regulation, the transition can seem confusing and costly.

Assets On Hand Among Criteria for Entering New Markets  Sep 23, 2014 11:01 AM By Mike O'Brien

Retailers considering whether to enter a new market via cross border with third-party logistics partners or with an in-country presence should consider factors like their cost of capital and inventory carrying policy, as well as what existing assets can be leveraged in that country, two experts told Multichannel Merchant.

Building an Effective Strategy for International Returns  Sep 23, 2014 10:51 AM By Michael Lamia

Retailers face many unique challenges when selling online to international markets. For example, U.S. merchants need to know what imports are prohibited; when to apply import duties, taxes and tariffs; and how to comply with country-specific forms, country-specific product coding, and local shipping rules.

How Retailers Can Ensure Winning Customer Care This Holiday Season  Sep 21, 2014 12:38 PM By Kevon Hills

This year, customers will be more likely to send an email than place a phone call. Unfortunately, email has the lowest rate of issue resolution of all channels. Here’s a few key learnings from StellaService to ensure retailers are ready for this year’s holiday season.

Your 5-point Checklist for Going Omnichannel  Sep 21, 2014 8:04 AM By Brandi Slaughter

With the right omnichannel strategy in place, retailers can enhance engagement between the customer and store associate, better leverage inventory positions and maximize the store footprint. To prepare to go omnichannel, retailers’ checklist should focus on the following five points






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