Failing to fulfill customers’ orders in a timely fashion can spell disaster for retailers of any size. Delivering products late can kill sales, batter your reputation and destroy customer loyalty. It can also squander all of the time, money and resources you spent acquiring new customers. Which is exactly why merchants need to remember that the customer experience journey doesn’t end with a sale.
Sean Conlon, the co-founder and CEO of PetBox, got candid with Multichannel Merchant and opened up about his preferences for free shipping, same-day delivery, which merchant is mastering the fulfillment space, and his dreams of playing in the NFL.
While the fourth quarter showed a 1.6% decline in sales, Karen M. Hoguet, chief financial officer at Macy’s, said moving forward the retailer plans on making strides in its omnichannel fulfillment initiatives including buy online, pick up in-store, and same-day delivery.
Wall Street wasn’t wowed when Walmart announced its consolidated net sales for fiscal year 2014. But the retailer was able to hang its hat on its global ecommerce sales, which grew 30% and surpassed $10 billion.
Consumers want more flexibility in shipping and fulfillment, including the ability to select delivery dates and times, and to reroute packages based on personal preferences. With consumers placing a heavy emphasis on shipping in retail decision-making, it’s critical for retailers to explore new ways to leverage logistics strategy as a driver of omnichannel success.
The Home Depot has opened the first of three new same-day shipping focused direct fulfillment centers in the U.S., adding more than three million square feet to its supply chain.
Mike Schwarz, founder of RibbedTee.com, took the time to get candid with Multichannel Merchant about his own personal shopping habits, his shipping preferences, and what merchant he admires right now, and some other things you may not know about him.
Life isn’t a piece of cake for small merchants, even if they sell something as sweet as brownies. David Kravetz talks about some of the ways Fairytale Brownies tackles the operational challenges they face as they compete in the marketplace.
Online retailers are sprinting towards the day when they can offer consumers products anytime, anywhere and as quickly and affordable as possible. In the next few months we will see many big ecommerce players continue to pour funding into delivery projects that will bring instant gratification to the consumer. Here is a look at just some of those projects and tops trends we can expect to see for package shipping in 2014.
Walmart Canada announced that it will invest close to $500 million over the next 12 months in an effort to expand its network and its distribution and ecommerce operations.