13 Ways to Get Ready Now for Peak Holiday Season Fulfillment

| Brian Barry

By now you should have your peak holiday season planning for this year well underway. If you’re behind schedule, there’s still time to implement improvements but you need to be prudent and not over commit. To help you be prepared, here are 13 critical considerations for improving peak holiday season operations and fulfillment processes this year:

Amazon’s One-Day Shipping: The Real Story for Retailers

| Guy Bloch

If Amazon owns nearly half of the U.S. ecommerce market, why the need to offer one-day delivery? The reason: Its singular obsession with customer centricity. Insights abound for those able to get past the headlines. Here are three of the most important takeaways that were either overlooked or under-covered in the media frenzy.

Ecommerce Fraud Cooks Up Trouble in Food Delivery

| Eyal Raab

While retailers pursue same-day delivery, grocers often complete and ship orders in an hour, while restaurants get even less time. Merchants in food delivery thus have to make instant decisions about the legitimacy of a purchase or risk upsetting their customers. The trick is implementing fraud prevention without ruining the experience.

Direct-to-Consumer Omnichannel Personalization Without the Creep Factor

| Mark Smith

For most companies, customer experience is the new battlefield and the so-called “creep factor” is a concerning issue. In 2018, 24% of customers believed that ads they were shown were relevant, and three-fourths of those believed they were “creepy.” As companies move their personalized targeting to all channels, not just ads, it is even more important to ensure they don’t cross the creepy line.

Optimizing Omnichannel Returns to Reduce Inventory Levels

| Curtis Greve

As online sales grow at double-digit rates, ecommerce returns are growing even faster, typically three to four times greater than for stores, and carry a high level of value. The opportunity is to get online returns from the store back to fulfillment centers quickly in order to maximize their value. Here’s how to make it happen.

Do New Mastercard Dispute Rules Go Far Enough?

| Monica Eaton-Cardone

The gulf between industry policy and the practical realities of the market creates vulnerabilities and opens the door for new threats like friendly fraud and cyber shoplifting. Visa and Mastercard are stepping up to take this challenge seriously. But is it enough? What’s really needed is a consistent process across card brands.

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