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Amazon Raising the Cost of Prime Up to 43% in Europe

| Mike O'Brien

Nearly six months after doing so in the U.S., Amazon is increasing the cost of Prime in the UK and Western Europe by up to 43%, as it too battles inflationary pressures and higher operating costs. German Prime members will see a 30% increase, with a 20% bump in the UK; Spain, Italy and France will see annual increases between 39%-43%.

Subscription Programs: From Transactions to Relationships

| Greg Alvo

One strategy to build effective customer relationships is to integrate subscription programs into an ecommerce offering. Providing clear, consistent communication and establishing demonstrates you truly know your customer. And personalization, convenience and cost savings creates an affinity for your brand and authentic connections.

4 Ways to Control Subscription Fulfillment Costs

| Nicole Lee

Ecommerce subscription enrollment is on the rise, up 41% across verticals, according to data from Ordergroove. As companies rush to fill greater order volume, many are experiencing a corresponding rise in subscription fulfillment costs. Here are four strategies that have proven effective for leading subscription companies.

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Subscription Ecommerce Payment: 7 Key Considerations

| Krish Subramanian

Subscription ecommerce is complicated, and brands that jump in unaware may find themselves taken aback by a number of challenges, with payment at the top of the list. Yet building a successful subscription ecommerce business is worth the effort. Here are 7 thing to consider in order to help your program be a winner.

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7 Tips for Successful Holiday Gift Subscriptions

| Nicole Lee

Recognizing the potential for growth, smart subscription companies are promoting gift-giving, this season and throughout the year. Whether you already offer gift subscriptions or are thinking about adding them, it’s helpful to understand some common best practices. Following are seven tips to get you started.

Building the Best Subscription Box for Your Customers

| Nicole Lee

Subscription boxes have grown in popularity, largely by offering a curated collection of items designed to delight recipients. With multiple components, however, order fulfillment can often be a complex, labor-intensive process. To ensure optimal efficiency and control costs, it is important to approach the kitting process strategically.

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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.

7 Strategies to Help You Reduce Subscription Box Shipping Costs

| Nicole Lee

Parcels are small, but have a big bottom-line impact for subscription box businesses. Whether you’re sending curated boxes, doing replenishment or ecommerce orders, shipping puts pressure on limited transportation budgets. If cost are getting proportionately higher, it’s time to reevaluate your parcel management approach.

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8 Ways the Retail Landscape May Change After Coronavirus

| Greg Zakowicz

The world is a different place than it was just a month ago. As companies try to maintain their business and stay afloat, many are wondering about the long-term impact of coronavirus on the retail and ecommerce industry. Here are some ways the dynamics of retail and services may be impacted in near term and in the years to come.

How Can Subscription Box Businesses Adapt to the Coronavirus Climate?

| Nicole Lee

The effects of the novel coronavirus known as COVID-19 are being felt globally. Given the widespread impact, most subscription-based businesses are sure to feel the repercussions long term. Given the many challenges it presents, planning now to ensure that your business can adapt as this new reality unfolds is your best move.