13 Considerations for Peak Holiday Season Readiness Now

| Brian Barry

By now your peak holiday season planning is well underway. If you’re behind schedule, there’s still time to implement improvements but you need to be prudent and not over-commit. Here are 13 critical considerations for improving your peak operations and fulfillment processes.

Retail Transformation: Strategies to Make “Fulfill From Store” A Reality

| Brent Felker

It’s hard to escape the chatter claiming the death of the traditional retail store. And, when stores do go bankrupt, we hear the same explanation: Ecommerce and direct-to-home delivery has turned brick-and-mortar retail into an outdated model for serving customer needs and desires. Here are some key areas to think about when fulfilling from a retail store.

Another Great Ecommerce Operations Summit on Tap This Week

| Mike O'Brien

It’s hard to believe, but Ecommerce Operations Summit is upon us. Right after the 2018 NCAA men’s hoops champ is named (go Ramblers!), we have a great show in store for you. See what you’ll experience and how you’ll benefit at our seventh annual summit.

How to Effectively Tackle Cross-Channel Customer Centricity

| Daniela Forte

In our monthly MCM CommerceChat podcast, Angie Stocklin of One Click Ventures discusses how to provide a consistent customer experience across every touchpoint to foster true customer centricity. Angie will be speaking on this topic at the seventh annual Ecommerce Operations Summit 2018, April 3-5 in Columbus, OH, in a session entitled “It Should All Look the Same: Creating True Cross-Channel Customer Centricity.”

Merchants Differentiating in the Last Mile, Returns, Outsourcing

| Mike O'Brien

As merchants search for ways to contend with the behemoth of Amazon – which accounted for about half of ecommerce sales in 2017 – many are focusing on the last mile, returns and outsourcing to battle back. This MCM Outlook report, based on our annual survey of Multichannel Merchant readers, looks at trends and stats in all three areas.

Walmart Cites Operational Issues in Q4 Ecommerce Slowdown

| Daniela Forte

Due in large part to inventory management issues around the critical holiday period, Walmart reported a serious slowdown in its booming ecommerce growth during the fourth quarter, which increased 23% compared to a 50% gain a year earlier. See what these challenges were for Walmart and what it meant for sales in the fourth quarter.