Manish Chowdhary

Manish Chowdhary

Manish Chowdhary is the founder and CEO of Cahoot, a peer-to-peer order fulfillment network where merchants collaborate to increase their sales and margins by offering profitable one-day and two-day free shipping to customers nationwide without spending a penny more than the economical ground shipping.

Manish is an innovator, thought leader, and a highly sought after speaker for all facets of e-commerce. Manish has founded multiple industry-leading companies starting from his dorm room at the University of Bridgeport, CT. Manish’s specialties include e-commerce strategy, business methods innovation, supply chain and logistics optimization, and he holds 10 U.S. patents. He has been featured in The New York Times, Internet Retailer, and many other leading publications. Manish’s mission in life is to positively impact millions of lives through technology and leave the planet in a better state than when he arrived.

Manish is a 40 Under 40 Competition Winner and holds an Honorary Doctorate, the highest honor from his alma mater, University of Bridgeport, CT.

How to Beat the Amazon FBA Shipping Restrictions

Less than two weeks ago, Amazon.com's Fulfillment By Amazon (FBA) community was shaken by the online retailer's decision to restrict the kinds of inventory it’s receiving until April 5, 2020. Shipments of inventory turned away, and many FBA sellers left to fend for themselves during the COVID-19 crisis. Many sellers that still have FBA inventory…

How to Make Free Shipping Profitable (Even With COVID-19), Part 7

There are hidden costs in order fulfillment that can be minimized or eliminated by streamlining your supply chain. Options such as buy online, pick up in-store (BOPIS) and ship-from-store are increasingly popular among merchants as lower-cost fulfillment, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. Any cost reduction within the supply chain can ease the burden of offering…

How to Make Free Shipping Profitable, Part 6

The global e-commerce market is booming, and it’s growing faster than the more-saturated U.S. market. Global e-commerce sales increased 20.7 percent last year, surpassing the 14.9 percent growth in the U.S. With such incredible growth numbers, perhaps it’s time to assess how domestic merchants can expand further and tap into international customers. In the past,…

How to Make Free Shipping Profitable, Part 5

Online shoppers weren’t really asking for free two-day delivery until Amazon.com made it available as part of its Prime membership in February 2005. That moment changed the e-commerce world forever. Amazon is at it again, now getting its customers addicted to free one-day delivery. Living up to this free and fast shipping expectation through your…

How to Make Free Shipping Profitable, Part 4

Whether you’re a brand or a retailer, the internet is a crowded place to sell things. You're constantly fighting for coveted shopper attention in your emails, ads and paid Instagram posts. Once you have a visitor’s attention, it’s about nailing that conversion to a paid customer. Free shipping could be just the thing to bring…

How to Make Free Shipping Profitable, Part 3

You might not be familiar with or using all the services that your carrier offers in determining how best to ship your orders. By picking the best service for each type of order, you can cut down on your shipping spend and make free shipping less of a burden. In the third part of this…

How to Make Free Shipping Profitable, Part 2

The internet has made price comparisons very easy for consumers. This has compelled many merchants to compete aggressively on price. Often the lowest price wins the Buy Box on marketplaces such as Amazon.com and comparison shopping sites like Google Shopping and PriceGrabber. This puts immense pressure on sellers to set a “just right” price that's…

How to Make Free Shipping Profitable, Part 1

Free and fast shipping is the name of the game now. It has become a table stakes to satisfy your online customers. While shipping may be free for the customer, merchants have to absorb the costs. But the question remains: How can you do it profitably? We've put together the ultimate collection of strategies and…

Who is Really Winning in the New Fulfillment Game?

Seeing the success of Fulfillment By Amazon (FBA), many marketplaces and e-commerce platforms are racing to build their own fulfillment networks. No doubt, it’s great to have free and fast shipping in all channels, but at what cost? Do these marketplaces have their sellers’ best interests at heart? When third-party sellers began selling online, the…

Why Retailers Must Offer Date-Certain Shipping This Holiday Season

FedEx, UPS and the U.S. Postal Service provide their customers with real-time shipment updates. They also give merchants access to many shipping service types — e.g., next-day, two-day, three-day, ground, and more. Similarly, online retailers can and should offer shipping choices to their customers. For example, Amazon.com, the king of e-commerce fulfillment, gives customers multiple…

Online Retailers’ New Best Prospect? The Post-Purchase Customer

Most retailers put a lot of time and effort into attracting new customers. It makes sense: you need customers to buy your products and sustain your business. However, generating more sales from existing customers is a more efficient, less expensive way to grow. The probability of selling to an existing customer is 60 percent to…

8 Ways for Online Retailers to Make More Money This Holiday Season

Leading analysts like Forrester and Deloitte predict that online retail sales in both November and December will increase double-digits year-over-year. This might come at a steep price for smaller retailers however because of increased competition among merchants in the form of aggressive discounting, free shipping and other promotional offers. With holiday sales accounting for as much as 30 percent of total annual revenue for some businesses, it's time for e-commerce merchants to up their game.