How Omnichannel Can Beat Back Amazon and Attract Loyal Customers

| Charles Dimov

Though Amazon’s dominance of ecommerce may bring about feelings of doom or gloom, many retailers do not realize the influence they have to capture buyers before they default to Amazon. The key to achieving success is through providing omnichannel options that the ecommerce behemoth can’t match.

rue21 Rolling Out BOPIS in All 700+ U.S. Stores

| Mike O'Brien

Joining a growing group of retailers eager to match the heightened expectations of today’s shoppers and save on delivery costs, youth apparel seller rue21 has partnered with Mastek to offer buy online pickup in store (BOPIS) at its 700+ store locations. The rollout began in January and is expected to be completed by the end of March.

NRF Study Finds 75% of U.S. Consumers Expect Free Shipping

| Mike O'Brien

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.

Most Retailers Delivered on Time This Christmas, Clearing a Lowered Bar

| Mike O'Brien

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.

Report Finds U.S. Retailers Underperforming in Key Omnichannel Categories

| Mike O'Brien

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.

Study Finds Young Shoppers Still Love Stores, Will Wait for Packages

| Mike O'Brien

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.

How to Supercharge Your BOPIS Operations

| Adam Silverman

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.