Free shipping for ecommerce orders is an increasingly high priority for U.S. consumers, who are also embracing buy online pickup in store, according to a new Consumer View report from the National Retail Federation. The report found that 75% of consumers expect free delivery even on orders under $50, up from 68% last year.
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Retailers lowered the bar for Christmas season fulfillment, then easily cleared it, according to Kurt Salmon. Ninety-three percent of retailers tracked were able to process and deliver customer orders by the last guaranteed delivery date. But 33% of them ditched their last order promise date as Christmas approached.
Given all the attention paid to buy online pickup in store including its popularity with shoppers, only 28% of U.S. retailers currently offer the service, compared to 64% of British retailers providing its cousin, click and collect, according to a report from OrderDynamics. Retailers here were also found lagging in other categories.
A new study of shoppers ages 14-24 by Fluent Commerce found that young shoppers weren’t as eager for fulfillment immediacy as you’d think in the age of Amazon Prime and guaranteed two-day delivery, with most digital natives still good with hitting the stores. See what else matters to the next wave of consumers.
Although the demand for omnichannel services like buy online pickup in store (BOPIS) is rising, many retailers lack the processes and technology to effectively (and profitably) execute on it. Creating real-time connections between store associates and enterprise systems like OMS and inventory management is one solution.
Reserve online, pickup in store (ROPIS) is a huge missed opportunity, especially for retailers who are selling oversized items, products that require a certain fit or other high-end, expensive goods. More retailers need to be exploring ROPIS as an option to drive omnichannel sales. Here are several benefits.