Product Returns

With E-Commerce Growth Slowing, Retailers Need AI to Make it Profitable and Permanent
May 4, 2021 at 2:40 pm

During the pandemic-induced online shopping boom, retailers invested in e-commerce capabilities out of necessity. As consumers shifted to retailers with online ordering, merchants were scrambling to provide new digital order and delivery options. These investments helped capture more market share, but now that stores are reopening and there's little market share remaining to capture, retailers…

E-Commerce Returns Experience is Falling Short
April 26, 2021 at 10:05 pm

In February, Doddle undertook its latest survey of more than 1,200 U.S. consumers, conducted by YouGov, to understand how important the e-commerce returns experience is to shoppers. What it found should raise some red flags for retailers. When comparing Doddle’s February survey to its initial research conducted in May 2020, a couple of months after…

4 Tips for Efficient Reverse Logistics in E-Commerce
April 15, 2021 at 5:21 pm

Demand sparked by the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in 45 percent growth for e-commerce in Q2 of 2020, accounting for over 16 percent of total retail sales. For years, e-commerce sales hovered around just 10 percent of overall retail sales, while in-store shopping remained consumers' primary shopping method. As the world was stuck at home and…

Rethinking Your Reverse Logistics
March 11, 2021 at 10:12 pm

Soon after the holidays are over we shift from the season of giving to the period of returns. The 2021 returns period post-holidays was different from others; extended return deadlines caused a massive backlog with regards to shipping and processing. In addition to the extended deadlines, retail companies such as Walmart made it easier for…

Kohl's Adds 2 Million New Customers in 2020 Thanks to In-Store Amazon Returns
March 2, 2021 at 4:34 pm

At least 2 million new customers visited Kohl’s stores last year thanks to an Amazon.com returns service that the department store chain offers nationwide, reports CNBC. According to Kohl’s, a third of these new visitors were millennials. Kohl’s began accepting Amazon returns at 10 of its stores in the spring of 2017. By the summer…

The State of Sizing in Fashion Apparel
February 18, 2021 at 12:59 pm

If you asked your favorite clothing brand if it knew the body measurements of its customers, the answer would likely be no. In fact, not many apparel brands or retailers do, and this lack of insight results in poor-fitting clothes, increased returns, and far too much wasted product. Amidst a global pandemic that has wreaked…

How to Drive Customer Loyalty Through Returns Management
February 2, 2021 at 7:09 pm

Returns cost retailers hundreds of billions of dollars each year. Return rates continue to rise each year as a result of online shopping, customer-centric return policies and, now, COVID-19. Since the onset of the pandemic, consumers are avoiding stores and shopping online even more than before. In fact, eMarketer predicted online sales to grow by…

Key Strategies to Manage the Post-Holiday Product Returns Boom
January 14, 2021 at 7:03 pm

In this episode of Retail Right Now, Total Retail's Melissa Campanelli and Kristina Stidham discuss an article recently published on Total Retail titled, “Bracing for the Returns Avalanche,” authored by Andrew Hogenson of Infosys Consulting. Hogenson discusses the influx of product returns that retailers are currently dealing with following the 2020 holiday season, especially considering…

Bracing for the Returns Avalanche
January 4, 2021 at 11:14 am

The retail industry is on the tipping point of a catastrophic returns tsunami following this holiday season. With the fast-growing e-commerce market and steady consumer migration to digital shopping platforms over the last few years, returns have been quite unsurprisingly on the rise. In 2019, retailers were overwhelmed with a staggering $41 billion value of…

Walmart Launches Product Return Service With FedEx
December 21, 2020 at 6:46 pm

Walmart has launched a service that enables customers to schedule a return for a product bought online, in-store or from a third-party vendor. The new free service, called Carrier Pickup by FedEx, allows customers to initiate their return process on Walmart's website or app, schedule a date for pickup, and print a label. Then it will…