3 Tips for SMBs to Turn COVID-19 Customers into Long-Term Loyalists

| Krish Iyer

Not only have small businesses been able to rise to customers’ heightened expectations during the pandemic shutdown as they pivoted to ecommerce, they stepped up and filled major supply gaps. SMBs now have a window of opportunity to convert one-time customers into long-term loyalists, and here’s how they can do so.

Return to Sender? The Ins and Outs of Subscription Box Returns

| Nicole Lee

While subscription box businesses may not experience the 20% to 30% return rates of ecommerce, they still wrestle with their share, and how they handle them can significantly impact subscriber retention. It is critical to provide efficient, hassle-free service and prompt refunds where necessary. Here are key factors to consider.

6 Ways Fashion Retailers Can Connect with Customers with Stores on Pause

| Jake Chatt

For fashion retailers, the COVID-19 situation presents an assortment of challenges as not only have people’s priorities and needs changed but, for many, shopping for clothing is an inherently in-person activity. Here are 6 ways fashion retailers can connect with customers online while physical shopping is on pause to drive sales.

Experts Provide Answers on Increased Order Returns, Warehouse Safety

| Mike O'Brien

We all can use some extra help sometimes, reaching out to our “bench” with tough questions, situations or challenges. In the latest edition of Multichannel Merchant’s “Ask the Experts,” we address reader questions about increased order returns and ways to maintain warehouse safety for workers during the COVID-19 crisis.

New Industry Group Seeks to Tackle Growing Issue of Product Returns

| Mike O'Brien

To combat the growing problem of returns, which continue to eat away at profit margins, the Retail Value Chain Federation and returns prevention software provider Newmine have created the Product Returns Council to work on solutions. Both will take part in a returns workshop at Ecommerce Operations Summit, April 14-16 in Orlando.

FedEx Adds Returns Service at Walgreens Stores Nationwide

| Mike O'Brien

With returns such a huge piece of the ecommerce experience, FedEx is making it easier by adding return services at thousands of Walgreens stores nationwide next month in a partnership expansion. FedEx’s returns technology, launched in 2018, allows returned items to be dropped off, inspected, packed and in some cases processed.

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.

6 Shipping and Mailing Tricks to Save You Money

| Mike O'Brien

Small merchants can transform their shipping and mailing operations into an asset rather than a nuisance and cost center. A focus on quick wins that add up over time can fatten your profit margins while delivering increasingly better customer experiences. Learn how refining your strategy can lead to business improvement.

Reducing Reverse Logistics Costs with Reusable Transport Packaging

| Mike Hachtman

A growing trend in reusable transport packaging has created an opportunity to add value through reverse logistics of returnable and reusable assets. Once considered a necessary cost center, this aspect of reverse logistics can actually increase efficiency while decreasing costs if handled well, a win-win for your business.

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.