What Are the Premium Shipping Options Available on Amazon?
Nov07

What Are the Premium Shipping Options Available on Amazon?

Over the years, the retail culture of immediacy has increased to such degree that big players like Amazon – and most recently, Walmart and Target – have made it possible for customers to have their products shipped in a blink of an eye. We all seem to be getting influenced by social immediacy, and the effect that this has on consumer engagement behaviors is staggering. It is well known that Amazon enjoys breaking its own...

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How to Offer Black Friday Discounts and Still be Profitable
Nov01

How to Offer Black Friday Discounts and Still be Profitable

Black Friday is a big deal for e-commerce companies since it’s one of the most profitable sales days in retail. Black Friday saw a year-over-year growth of 23.6 percent, with online sales raking in $6.2 billion in 2018. Moreover, Cyber Monday online sales grew by 14 percent in 2018, earning $7.75 billion. Discounting is now inherent, and a part of the buying culture as research shows that price was the largest determinant for...

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How to Prevent “Retail Apocalypse” from Happening to You
Oct29

How to Prevent “Retail Apocalypse” from Happening to You

When retail stores begin to shut down in droves, it creates a phenomenon known as a “retail apocalypse.” The famed “retail apocalypse” started back in 2010 with mass store closures that took place as a result of a 50 percent decline in mall traffic. But the evolution of the retail apocalypse further evolved in 2016 with 2,056 retail store closures and a record 8,139 store closures in 2017. Yet, the...

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2019 US Holiday Shipping Deadlines
Oct24

2019 US Holiday Shipping Deadlines

The Holidays are fast approaching bringing with them the challenge of ensuring that packages arrive to your customers in time for the celebrations.  To add to the challenge, as many as 40% of all shoppers do their shopping within the last 10 days of the season. Offering last-minute shoppers an option for express services can help ensure that packages arrive on time. To help, we’ve put together a list of deadlines for USPS, UPS, and...

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What’s More Important – Free Shipping or Fast Shipping?
Oct17

What’s More Important – Free Shipping or Fast Shipping?

Thanks to retailers like Zappos and events like the Amazon Effect, today’s consumers are expecting the conveniences of free and fast shipping. Zappos set the stage by implementing free shipping and free returns in 2003 and free overnight shipping in 2007. Yet, the Amazon Effect propelled this phenomenon by offering free two-day shipping with the introduction of Amazon Prime membership in 2005—a bump up from Amazon’s free...

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Holiday shipping delays: What you can do about it 
Oct08

Holiday shipping delays: What you can do about it 

Guest Author: Brian Gibbs of Refund Retriever It is a known fact that shipping is expensive, and many eCommerce companies today deal with late packages that hurt their bottom line. Most shippers are aware of the UPS and FedEx delivery guarantee. Each package has a guarantee to arrive on time or it’s free. However, shippers can expect the money-back guarantee to change during the peak holiday season. Customers are more demanding and...

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