12 Ways to Prepare for Peak Holiday Season Ecommerce Returns

| Brian Barry

Your planning for this year’s peak holiday season is well underway. One area that often gets less attention is ecommerce returns processing. If it’s inefficient it will hurt both profitability and the customer experience. Here are 12 ways to get your returns operations ready for the upcoming peak period in November and December.

Getting Out from Under All Those Ecommerce Returns

| Eric Moriarty

While shoppers love free ecommmerce returns, they can be a logistical and financial nightmare for retailers, forcing them to rethink processes to offset pre- and post-return losses. This is causing more companies to seek technology solutions for reverse logistics as well as auction marketplaces for disposition of goods.

L.L. Bean Makes Changes to Longstanding Returns Policy

| Mike O'Brien

Nearly a year after signaling changes, iconic outdoor clothing manufacturer L.L. Bean is now limiting its returns window to a year after purchase and requiring proof of purchase. See why the company made the move, and how some customers are reacting.

Value of Holiday Returns Estimated to Hit $90 Billion

| Mike O'Brien

What goes out must often come back, and this year is expected to set another record for returned goods after the holiday season, according to Optoro, a firm that specializes in reverse logistics. The company estimates $90 billion worth of holiday gifts will be returned.

New Year’s Resolution for Suppliers: Get in Charge of Chargebacks

| Chris Caouette

Feeling Amazon’s pinch, retailers are under intense pressure to get shipments right every time. To get the level of performance they need from suppliers, they turn to chargebacks. But for suppliers, they’re a margin killer and drag on your business. Here are 7 steps to help you limit their impact.

Happy Returns Takes a New Approach to Ecommerce Returns

| Mike O'Brien

A startup company is looking to ease a chronic ecommerce pain point – returns – by enabling customers to bring unwanted items to a nearby mall for fast processing and credit, even if the seller doesn’t have its own stores. See what Happy Returns has been up to and what its plans are for the future.

UPS Launches Returns Processing Tool for SMBs

| Mike O'Brien

Looking to simplify operations for small- to medium-sized merchants and drive new business for itself, UPS this week launched Returns Manager, a tool that allows shippers without their own returns infrastructure to make the process smoother and easier for their customers.