Merchants Have Fallen Behind in Payment Innovation, Study Reveals

| Daniela Forte

Merchant companies have fallen behind the retail banking and fintech industries in terms of payments innovation. A new report from ACI Worldwide and Ovum details regional differences in terms of progression along the innovation maturity curve, as well as the characteristics of organizations that are ahead of the pack.

Ecommerce Returns Are the New Customer Experience Battlefield

| Justin Irvine

What happens when your ecommerce returns are cross border? How do you manage and view all orders globally and domestically? How close are you to returns data? How nimble are you at meeting local customer expectations in terms of carriers and time to credit? Here are some things to think about as you step up your returns game.

Insourcing vs. Outsourcing Customer Care: The Pros and Cons

| MCM staff

To outsource or not to outsource customer care, that is the question. And unfortunately, the answer is a resounding, “it depends.” Colin Taylor, CEO at Taylor Research Group, and William Pocock, senior operations manager for Dick’s Sporting Goods, suggested 8 steps to help merchants frame up the decision.

UPS Says Easy Returns Process Essential for Ecommerce Success

| Mike O'Brien

Shoppers love nothing more than convenience – well ok, maybe price trumps it – but convenience definitely sells. And when retailers offer a seamless ecommerce returns process, it plays a pivotal role in consumer’s purchasing decisions, according to an annual report from UPS.

Ecommerce Operations Summit Call for Speakers Closing Soon

| Mike O'Brien

It’s coming down to the wire for our Ecommerce Operations Summit 2020 call for speakers, which closes next Friday, Aug. 16. Our 9th annual event will be held April 14-16, 2020 at the Marriott Orlando World Center in Orlando, FL – a nice change of venue, don’t you think? Get your submission in now and elevate the conversation!

New Study Reveals Brands Aren’t Meeting Customer Expectations

| Daniela Forte

Consumers are giving brands a huge thumbs down when it comes to the overall shopping experience. According to a new study from Oracle and Customer Bliss, an overwhelming 82% of respondents said they had a disappointing or upsetting shopping experience, and 78% said they had been dissatisfied with a customer service experience.

10 Tips for Balancing Self-Service, Hands-On Customer Care Support

| MCM staff

Consumers are getting better at navigating ecommerce on their own. But not every feature of customer care can or should be automated, leaving merchants to figure out where to lend hands-on support, and what to make self-service. An expert panel at Ecommerce Operations Summit 2019 provided 10 tips to help you navigate this issue.

Most Shoppers Say Poor Shipping Options Derail Ecommerce Orders

| Mike O'Brien

While the relationship between shipping options and cart conversion or abandonment is well established, the extent of the impact is shown in stark detail in a new report from ecommerce platform provider BigCommerce. More than two-thirds of consumers said they’ve abandoned a purchase based on poor shipping options.

Optimizing Ecommerce Fulfillment for Social Commerce

| Perry Belcastro

About 70% of U.S. adults use one or more social media sites, according to Pew research, with many making direct purchases there, and savvy merchants are tapping into this trend. But they must be at the top of their order fulfillment game to succeed. Here are some best practices top brands are using in social commerce fulfillment.

Getting the Culture Right Unlocks a Great Customer Experience

| Antonia Hock

Putting the customer first is what you typically hear from retailers. That isn’t wrong, but it’s also not the full picture. A customer-centric culture will not be sustainable without the commitment and conviction of those who design, build, implement and serve every day. Here’s how you can make it happen.