Shipping

Highlights From Total Retail's Free Shipping Report
September 3, 2020 at 5:19 pm

In this special episode of Total Retail Talks, Editor-in-Chief Joe Keenan and Digital Content Manager Kristina Stidham discuss Total Retail’s latest research report, “How to Make Free Shipping Profitable.” The report is the compilation of a 10-part article series that Total Retail published on the topic earlier this year. The article series, which was published…

How Retailers Can Compete in a Free Shipping World
August 27, 2020 at 7:33 pm

In this episode of Retail Right Now, Total Retail's Joe Keenan and Kristina Stidham discuss Total Retail’s latest research report, How to Make Free Shipping Profitable. The report is the compilation of a 10-part article series that Total Retail published on the topic earlier this year. The report is intended to educate retailers on how…

Best Buy to Adjust Store Strategy to Adapt to E-Commerce Surge
August 26, 2020 at 3:14 pm

The dramatic shift toward e-commerce has sparked experimentation at Best Buy stores and inspired a new strategy that will turn some of them into hubs for online fulfillment, CNBC reported. Corie Barry, Best Buy CEO, said the retailer will start testing a ship-from-store pilot program. Although all Best Buy stores ship online orders, this program…

How to Make Free Shipping Profitable
August 19, 2020 at 11:52 am

With the COVID-19 pandemic forcing the temporary closure of nonessential retail stores, as well as the permanent shuttering of a number of other stores in the wake of a record number of retail bankruptcies, the gradual trend of consumers opting to shop online has been accelerated. Consider that total U.S. online sales reached $73.2 billion…

U.S. Postal Service Announces Holiday Rate Increase
August 17, 2020 at 8:50 am

Last Friday, the U.S. Postal Service announced temporary price increases effective Oct. 18, 2020 through Dec. 27, 2020. Increases are quite significant, as follows: Parcel Select (DDU entry): Up to 7.5 percent Parcel Select (DSCF entry): Up to 9.1 percent Parcel Select (DNDC entry): Up to 6.7 percent Parcel Return Service: Up to 7.9 percent…

Walmart and Instacart Partner for Same-Day U.S. Delivery
August 11, 2020 at 3:59 pm

Walmart is partnering with Instacart to offer same-day grocery delivery starting in a few U.S. markets, making it the latest major retail chain to team up with the grocery delivery service in the fight against Amazon.com and Whole Foods. The partnership between Walmart and Instacart is currently in a pilot phase in three California markets — Los…

Report: Amazon to Turn Mall Department Stores Into Fulfillment Centers
August 10, 2020 at 5:27 pm

Amazon.com is in discussions with mall owner Simon Property Group about using some closed J.C. Penney and Sears stores in its malls for fulfillment centers, The Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday. The talks have been ongoing for months, the sources said. “For Amazon, more fulfillment centers near residential areas would speed up the crucial last mile of delivery,”…

U.S. Postal Service Announces its First Loyalty Program
July 28, 2020 at 3:08 pm

The U.S. Postal Service announced a loyalty program designed to help smaller businesses, according to a press release obtained by Total Retail. Registered business users of USPS Click-N-Ship will earn credits by purchasing postal products they're already using for their shipping needs. Priority Mail and Priority Mail Express postage purchased online through Click-N-Ship will generate…

Keys to Understanding Flat-Rate Shipping Options
July 9, 2020 at 5:33 pm

As of November 2019, all three major carriers — USPS, FedEx, and UPS — now offer flat-rate shipping options. This begs two questions: One, should you be using flat-rate shipping? And if so, which carrier’s flat-rate shipping options should you choose and when? Below are some of the pros and cons of using flat-rates shipping,…