Product Returns

Top Omnichannel Retailers Are Embracing Cross-Channel Returns
May 31, 2019 at 11:31 am

One of the downfalls that has come with the growth in e-commerce sales is the corresponding increase in product returns, particularly in certain categories such as apparel and footwear. It makes sense. Without the ability to touch, feel and try on a product before making a purchase like in-store shoppers have, one would expect return…

Returns is All in the Data … But Do We Have Enough?
May 24, 2019 at 8:43 am

It’s amazing how seemingly crazy ideas come to you when you least expect it. This happened to me recently while reacting to a tweet from retail analyst Andrew Busby. Andrew had commented on the news that ASOS, one of the largest U.K. online fashion retailers, had changed its returns policy. ASOS was effectively reserving the…

Product Returns: A New Moment of Truth
May 14, 2019 at 11:01 am

Despite seeing record sales revenue recently, there’s a concerning trend in online retail that could seriously impact future growth and success for merchants. Last year, nearly two-thirds of global consumers (61 percent) felt let down by their online shopping experience, up from 47 percent in 2017. This is an enormous percentage of unhappy customers that…

Kohl's to Accept Amazon Returns in All its Stores
April 24, 2019 at 10:53 am

Kohl's announced Tuesday that it will accept Amazon.com returns in all of its store locations beginning in July, reports CNBC. Kohl's currently sells select Amazon products and accepts the e-commerce giant's returns in roughly 100 stores. The expansion of their partnership will push out Amazon returns capabilities to all Kohl's locations, amounting to more than…

How to Ensure an Earn vs. a Return
April 22, 2019 at 10:20 am

Between rapid technology evolution’s effect on sales and smaller businesses stuck hiding behind the shadows of e-commerce giants, retailers are grappling with a great deal of uncertainty. Even in the best of retail sales and revenue growth, product returns are expected to have accounted for 30 percent of the 2018 retail economy — an estimated $37 billion. So,…

Returns Rise, Lead to Sales Opportunities
March 15, 2019 at 10:31 am

A survey by the National Retail Federation in 2018 showed that retailers reported a median return rate of 10 percent. This equates to $369 billion in sales that were made and then lost. Legitimate returns are expensive for retailers — labor, overhead, and opportunity costs all impact performance. Added to these necessary returns, return fraud…

2018 Consumer Returns in the Retail Industry
January 14, 2019 at 3:12 pm

In 2018, nearly $369 billion in retail sales were lost to returns. In addition, return fraud and return abuse has increased. Nationwide, return fraud costs U.S. retailers $18.4 billion, and when return abuse (e.g., wardrobing/renting) is factored in, the value rises to $24 billion. To put that in perspective, return fraud and abuse costs retailers $5 to $6.50 for every $100 returned. Appriss Retail's 2018 Consumer Returns in the Retail Industry report expands on the information and can be downloaded free.

Busiest Holiday Returns Day Will Be Pre-Christmas, Says UPS
December 19, 2018 at 2:19 pm

UPS predicts an early spike in product returns this holiday season. The parcel carrier expects 1.5 million packages to be returned today (Dec. 19), ahead of the Christmas holiday, reports CNBC. In previous years, returns have spiked at the beginning of the new year, with Jan. 3 usually the busiest day for returns. UPS credits…

How to Prevent Serial Return Abusers From Cutting Into Holiday Sales
December 6, 2018 at 9:40 am

Online sales spiked during the 2017 holiday season, and according to projections from Deloitte, holiday e-commerce spend in 2018 will rise 17 percent to 22 percent, breaking records once again. However, as sales continue to grow, so does a troubling new threat — the serial returner. Flexible return policies are no longer the exception, they're…