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The Future for Marketplace Aggregators

| Ben Eachus

While marketplaces have made it easier than ever to launch a digital-first brand, the process of getting products to a customer’s door has never been more complex, and marketplace aggregators will face challenges and frustrations handling the supply chain complications.

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Turning Ecommerce Returns Into a Net Positive

| TJ Waldorf

While not ideal, ecommerce returns are an inevitable part of business. But your job is to see them as an opportunity to turn problems into positive brand experiences. And the gains from retaining a customer for life far outweigh the cost of a single refund. See them as not just an expense, but as opportunities for positive customer experiences.

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Luxury Brands: Maximize Your Product Inventory Lifecycle

| Larry Birnbaum

Historically, the scarcity model of luxury brands has driven many to destroy surplus merchandise to maintain a certain image. Now, an image of sustainability has become the key priority, which means finding a purpose for excess inventory. Expanding your product inventory lifecycle in this way actually brings several core benefits.

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Mitigating Supply Chain Disruption for SMBs

| Shalabh Singhal

A lot has changed since the onset of the pandemic but supply chain disruptions continue to evolve. While the degree and nature of disruptions differed for every company, almost all discovered many hidden supply chain imbalances. Here are a few ways SMBs can make the best of these turbulent times and keep things humming.

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CMO: 3 Ways to Win Budget From Your CFO in a Downturn

| Travis Adlman

In setting your 2023 marketing budget, know your CFO understands the power of leveraging digitization to create business value. In fact, “driving value through tech-based innovation” ranks among CFOs’ top areas of focus, says Deloitte. A CFO shares three things he expects from his CMO partner and needs to make decisions.

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5 Basic SEO Principles to Increase Your Website Traffic

| Mary Whitman

Search engine optimization (SEO) is the cornerstone of the modern business. If you are an ecommerce seller, you cannot grow your base of loyal customers if you’re stuck on page 6 in search results. Here are basic SEO principles that will help you increase website traffic going forward.

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How Black Friday Became Bot Friday

| Kerry Coppinger

With Black Friday and Cyber Monday quickly approaching, retailers are gearing up, stocking inventory, hiring seasonal staff and even upping their cybersecurity. In this day and age, shoppers must be extremely careful when making purchases online, as bots are more sophisticated and damaging than ever before.

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Using Customer Delivery Personas as a Growth Tool

| Chris Jones

How do you create a positive delivery experience that offers consumers the choice they crave, translating your last mile delivery process into repeat purchases and brand loyalty? Retailers in the know are focusing on delivery segmentation to differentiate themselves, crafting customer delivery personas to inform their last mile deliveries.

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DTC Brands: Optimize Packaging to Step Up CX

| Natalia Carr-Balogh

Consumers continue to embrace the ease and convenience of ecommerce, with sales expected to grow 9.4% and cross the $1 trillion mark in 2022, according to Insider Intelligence — and getting packaging right is a major delight factor for them. Here are four ways to make sure your packaging checks all the boxes.

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Open Ecommerce Platforms: Opportunity for Brands

| Ben Eachus

The anytime/anywhere/anyhow expectations of consumers today is increasingly upending the traditional sales funnel for brands, forcing them to think outside the box to best serve their customers. Brands and their shoppers need open systems, ecommerce platforms and services that support these omnichannel demands.