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While big data might seem like it generally falls into the silo of the marketing department, more and more merchants are finding out that not only is it just as beneficial in the contact center, but it could also give you an edge against your competitors.
In the weeks after the holidays, many retailers simply resign themselves to sluggish traffic and anemic sales totals. The good news is that it doesn’t have to be that way. Although you may not be able to replicate the fever pitch of the holiday shopping season, with the right strategy in customization, fulfillment, customer service, and discounts, you can stimulate retail activity and avoid the post-holiday blues.
In an effort to get ship more orders to more customers throughout the central and southern regions in the U.S., Macy’s announced plans to build a new $170 million direct-to-consumer fulfillment center in Tulsa County, OK.
Microsoft Dynamics introduces advanced end-to-end capabilities for omni-channel retailing and supply-chain management; announces alliances with industry leaders Vantiv, Sitecore and an expanded relationship with IBM.
It was a record setting year for the sellers on Amazon who use the Fulfillment by Amazon service. According to a release from the marketplace, the number of sellers using the fulfillment service grew more than 65% in 2013 compared to 2012. Also, Fulfillment by Amazon shipped more units worldwide during the fourth quarter of 2013 than the total number of FBA units combined in all of 2009 and 2010.
But despite the best efforts of retailers, if Mother Nature throws a wrench in shipping plans there is little that can be done to control the last mile of the online shopping experience. Here are seven tips for customer service teams that need to communicate a delay in shipping to customers.
Consumers who are waiting for cold-weather gear they ordered online to stay warm during the polar vortex may not get these products shipped to them right away because of, well, the polar vortex.
QVC had the highest score in contact center customer satisfaction with a score of 88. QVC beat out Amazon, Costco, O’Reilly Auto Parts and PetSmart which each saw a score of 85, according to the recent ForeSee Experience Index: 2014 U.S. Retail Edition.
In response to the ever changing and digitally connected customer, Canada Post had decided to phase out its door-to-door delivery service and replace it with community mailboxes within the next five years. Not surprisingly, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., supports the measure to “modernize” mail delivery.
The U.S. Postal Service has been relatively quiet about its holiday 2013 performance. But last week, the USPS broke its silence, and said it exceeded holiday volume expectations with a higher than projected package volume increase.