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U.S. e-commerce retailers are a confident, enthusiastic group. The most driven of the five countries we surveyed, they’re excited about the potential of new strategies and technologies like dynamic pricing, one-click payment options, and equipping in-store sales associates with tablets for real-time product information. One area where U.S. retailers could be missing an opportunity: 51 percent lack a dedicated mobile strategy, despite 95 percent claiming that mobile commerce is either critical or important to the future of their brand. U.S. retailers should continue to reach past the boundaries of innovation, but remember to keep the consumer experience top of mind.

It’s 2017 holiday shopping forecast time, and as frightening as that sounds before all the pumpkins have been carved, it's a fact that consumers are starting their holiday shopping earlier than ever before. And with e-commerce sales rising 17.8 percent during the 2016 holiday season and 2017 projections showing a 15.8 percent increase, finalizing a solid strategy a bit earlier this year is a wise move. Consumers can now find the best deals as soon as they become available and holiday shoppers no longer have to travel from store to store — they simply swipe from site to site on their smartphones. Savvy retailers that prepare sooner, understand the consumer mind-set and know the deal breakers will be the ones that unwrap the greatest gift of Q4 — sales growth. Read on to learn how you too can profit, according to a recent study by Pepperjam.

Trustpilot, a leading online consumer review destination with 35 million reviews of nearly 190,000 businesses, recently released its Consumer Behavior and Expectations: The 2017 Holiday Season report, with in-depth analysis on consumer behavior, sentiment and customer review patterns. While thousands of consumers indicated pricing was one of the most important considerations for the 2017 shopping season, language analysis of more than 1 million consumer reviews suggested otherwise. Consumer sentiment favored brands offering superior customer service and timely fulfillment over other popular holiday initiatives, such as discount pricing and flexible return policies. The report helps retailers capitalize on key expectations and behaviors by identifying specific consumer trends, biases and preferences.

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