Top 10 Tips on Holiday Peak Season Planning

| Mike O'Brien

In case you missed Multichannel Merchant’s virtual event, Peak Season Summit 2017: Optimizing Black Friday through Cyber Monday and Beyond – or even if you did join us but would like a quick refresher – here are our top 10 takeaway tips from the experts in merchant operations for peak season planning.

UPS to Charge for Peak Season Volume Shortfalls

| Mike O'Brien

In a move designed to capture network costs associated with retailers who fail to meet peak volume commitments, UPS plans to charge them for shortfalls this year. The charges would cover costs such as extra workers and surplus space on trucks or in distribution hubs based on retailers’ projections and volume commitments.

What Shoppers Thought of the 2016 Holiday Delivery Experience

| MCM Staff

How did shoppers react to their holiday delivery experience in 2016, and what were the weak and strong spots for retailers? What kind of complaints did they have, and what areas do retailers need to shore up to improve their performance in 2017? This infographic from Convey provides some insights and tips on how to improve the experience in 2017.

How to Stop Undeliverable Orders from Ruining Peak Holiday Season

| Chris Harle

Delivering a quality experience means customers are more likely to become advocates, telling their friends and coming back to buy more. But undeliverable shipments will move things in the opposite direction fast this peak holiday season. Here are some tips to help you avoid that worst-case outcome.

Peak Season Shipping Cutoffs for FedEx, UPS, USPS

| Mike O'Brien

Once again, the folks at ShipStation have provided a useful infographic that provides the shipping cutoff dates for the various services provided by FedEx, UPS and the U.S. Postal Service. See what the latest dates are that packages can be picked up by major carriers in order to get to their destinations by Christmas Day.

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Amazon Increases Peak Season Hiring 20% from 2015

| Mike O'Brien

Amazon announced plans to hire more than 120,000 workers in 27 states to handle peak season demand at its 90+ distribution and fulfillment centers in the U.S., up 20% from 100,000 in 2015. This comes as major retailers and carriers are holding the line on holiday hiring.

Retailers Get Creative in Peak Season Hiring in Tight Market

| Mike O'Brien

Heading into the thick of the temp hiring period for peak season, companies find themselves challenged by a tight labor market and competition for workers. See what Ascena Retail Group, American Eagle Outfitters and The Golf Warehouse are doing to address the issue.