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Tackling the Logistics of 'Mail-Back Monday'

January 4 2016 was coined by the Royal Mail as ‘Mail-back Monday’, officially the busiest day for online Christmas gift postal returns. How can retailers can best manage the influx of returns following the festive period, particularly regarding stock which can’t be returned to the shelf? In an increasingly consumer-driven marketplace, many retailers have continued …

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The Cure for Retailers’ Holiday Returns Hangover

When Uncle Morty gives you yet another tie for Christmas this year, he knows perfectly well what you’re going to do with it: Return it and buy something you really want. But what actually happens to all those unwanted ties—and the shoes, purses, and HDTVs that didn’t fit, didn’t look right or didn’t work as …

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Turn Retail Returns into a Money-Making Opportunity

‘Tis the season of returns. For retailers, this is the stuff post-holiday nightmares are made of. For resourceful resellers, however, this can be a profitable time. B-Stock Solutions CEO, Howard Rosenberg, recently participated in a Q&A with Ecommerce Bytes and offered advice on How to Use Product Returns as an Ecommerce Opportunity. First, he strongly …

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The true cost of returns

A few articles last week explored the dirty secret around retail returns: Most don’t make it back to the selling floor. Instead, many find their way after a lengthy process to pawnshops, dollar stores, flea markets and, sometimes, landfills. Some aren’t returned to the selling floor because they’re unsellable in their returned condition. Fixing or …

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How to Use Product Returns as an Ecommerce Opportunity

For retailers and online merchants, product returns can haunt them in the weeks and months after the Christmas holiday. A percentage of holiday gifts so lovingly wrapped transform into Problems for the recipients – it doesn’t fit, it’s the wrong color, or “what were they thinking?!” But there is a positive side to post-holiday returns, …

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Where Your Unwanted Christmas Gifts Get a Second Life

The underbelly of e-commerce is a booming business in which little-known companies collect, process and often resell piles of unwanted gifts, flawed merchandise and other items that shoppers simply regretted buying. This holiday season, goods with an original retail value of $19.4 billion—nearly one-quarter of e-commerce sales—are expected to be returned, according to Shorr Packaging, …

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Thanks, But No Thanks: The Fine Art of Returning a Gift

Here’s a real holiday surprise – about $63 billion worth of gifts will be returned shortly after Christmas, according to Howard Rosenberg, CEO of B-Stock Solutions, which helps track, process and re-sell returns from top six U.S. retailers like Walmart and Home Depot. B-Stock reports gift returns comprise 10% of all holiday sales, and 20% of …

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A growing holiday pastime: returning those unwanted gifts

After all the carols are sung and eggnog consumed, Americans this weekend will be indulging in a more modern — and growing — holiday pastime: returning unwanted gifts. Many shoppers, if they give it any thought, assume those ill-fitting sweaters and unloved blenders will go right back onto store shelves. But returns, an increasing headache for …

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Our Latest European B2B Marketplace: A2Z Liquidation Auctions

Returned and overstock merchandise from the world’s largest e-retailer has hit the B-Stock Sourcing Network and is available via our newest European-based marketplace: A2Z Liquidation Auctions. This B2B marketplace will give qualified business buyers in the EU unprecedented access to bulk quantities of inventory across dozens of product categories including: books, movies, music and games, …

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Your Business-to-Business eBay Solution

Depending on what retailers do with holiday returns and overstock inventory—to the degree that they touch it, sort it, triage it, refurbish it, recycle it, resell it—the associated costs of the reverse supply chain can add up quickly. “It’s expected that roughly 10 percent of purchases will end up being returned, so the estimates that …

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