The holiday sales season is the make or break period for many merchants. When so much is riding on a short period of time, focusing on the immediate instead of the future is understandable. But if processes are put in place prior to the rush, short and long term benefits can be gained. Here are five tips for keeping the 2011 holiday sales spirit going in the 2012.
Reducing fulfillment costs becomes the driving force in many companies. Unfortunately, this creates a dichotomy. On one side, costs are reduced, increasing short-term profitability. The other side is a reduction of service that alienates customers. It reduces growth and long-term profitability. The challenge is to find a balance between service and expense.