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Warehouse Republic: From Amazon 3P Seller to 3PL

| Mike O'Brien

Racking up long-term storage fees on FBA led to the creation of 3PL startup, Warehouse Republic. With a natural focus on Amazon 3P sellers, the company now operates facilities in Ontario, CA and Reedsville, NC, and is eyeing the Dallas-Fort Worth area next. Learn about founder Mark Taylor’s opportunistic journey from 3P seller to 3PL.

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Cross-Border Ecommerce: Facing Logistical Challenges, Seizing Opportunities

| Mike O'Brien

With worldwide cross-border ecommerce sales reaching as high as $2 trillion by 2030, the opportunity is hard to ignore, but there are logistical hurdles to overcome. The good news: provider networks have made it easier than ever for even SMBs to jump in. This MCM report taps cross-border experts to explore both the risks and rewards of cross-border ecommerce in 2022 and beyond.

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Can Selfies Help Reduce Apparel Returns?

| Mike O'Brien

Can selfies help solve the nagging problem of apparel returns? That’s the assertion of Nosto, provider of what it calls a commerce experience platform. Of consumers surveyed in the U.S. and UK, 61% said if brands posted photos and videos online of actual shoppers wearing their products, it would cut down on the number of returns.

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Consumers Willing to Wait, But Not Pay for Shipping

| Mike O'Brien

While consumers may be understanding of delays caused by – yup – supply chain issues, they are less forgiving when it comes to being charged for shipping. Over half of respondents to a survey from Dotcom Distribution said they get the delays, but just 25% of those respondents said it made them more tolerant of shipping costs.

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Ecommerce Returns Donation: Do Well By Doing Good

| Gary C. Smith

Rather than trashing merchandise or selling it to a liquidator, where you can’t control brand identity, consider donating your ecommerce returns. The resulting tax break may be quite handsome, and it may even be more financially beneficial than reselling the merchandise at a cut-rate price.

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Dealing With Home Improvement Returns Season

| Scott Huddle

Home improvement shopping season is in full swing. Unfortunately, spring is also a sign that retailers are entering one of the most logistically challenging and costly returns seasons of the year. Here is a review of major returns issues following home improvement season, and what retailers can do to mitigate the fallout.

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FloorFound Raises $10.5M to Expand Recommerce Model

| Mike O'Brien

FloorFound, an Austin-based startup that provides the means for retailers to resell large, bulky returns, has raised $10.5 million in a new funding round to help drive its expansion both geographically and in terms of the categories it handles as it rides the recommerce wave.

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Using a 3PL to Save on Operational Costs

| Brian Barry

Using a 3PL isn’t for everyone. But escalating labor costs, requirements for a new facility, starting a new business or channel and avoiding capital costs are reasons we see companies comparing internal fulfillment to 3PL. Here are six major ways businesses have traditionally saved money and reduced capital using 3PLs in their supply chain.

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Boox Launches Reusable Bags Alongside Boxes

| Mike O'Brien

Boox, a company providing returns service with reusable boxes being trialed by companies like Sephora, Revolve and lululemon, is rolling out a line of reusable bags as it expands into apparel and other categories and looks to grow its footprint beyond the U.S. and the UK. The Boox Baag, as it’s called, is made from recycled polyester.

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Happy Returns Free for PayPal Checkout Merchants

| Mike O'Brien

PayPal is extending returns services through its Happy Returns unit for free to all PayPal Checkout merchant customers, while also naming Ulta Beauty as an in-store returns bar partner, adding 1,300 locations and bringing the total to more than 5k in the U.S. The returns portal is also localized to 8 languages for EU and Canada.