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What R2 Certification Means for the Mobile Secondary Market

The current mobile phone market is growing exponentially and the rules are quickly changing. This is especially true for the secondary market, which alone is worth $17 billion. Let this data soak in: there’s an estimated 4.6 billion cell phones in use throughout the world and when those devices are returned, they will need data …

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A Guide to Buying Customer Returns

Customer returns are at an all time high: it’s estimated that by the end of this year around $440 billion in merchandise will have been returned. The spike in ecommerce is playing a huge role (around 30% of online purchases are sent back), as are increasingly relaxed return policies. The point is, returns are running …

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Just Say No to Fixed-term Contracts

We get that signing a fixed-term contract with a major liquidator or handful of buyers can provide a certain sense of relief: a signed contract virtually guarantees a predictable removal time for all of your excess stock. However, fixed-term contracts with a limited amount of buyers can create challenges, not to mention dependencies. By working …

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Underwear of Uncertain Origin

The bidding opens at 25 cents. High above our heads, two television screens light up with images of the next batch of goods up for sale: women’s underwear. There are frilly slips and glossy satin negligees, brightly colored panties of different sizes and, um, styles. “Lot number 26. Lote número veintiséis,” says the auctioneer, a thickly built …

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Online Retail Sales to Top One Trillion Dollars by 2027

Do the math on what that means for returns…. While the retail apocalypse rages on for brick and mortar stores, research shows that online sales are booming: volume is expected to increase at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 9% over the next decade and, based on this rate, U.S. online retail sales are …

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Holiday Retail Season Kick Off

Goodbye jack o’lanterns and Halloween candy; hello holiday shopping season! November 1 marked the official start of the holidays: that special time of year when retailers hope to incentivize shoppers to spend, spend, spend. Though Thanksgiving weekend is when the bulk of shopping is done, decisions about where consumers will shop and what they’ll buy …

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A B-Stock Halloween Tale

It was a dark and stormy afternoon on October 31. B-Stock’s San Francisco office was wrapping up its work to prepare for that evening’s company Halloween party. Similar activities were taking place in the Boston, Salt Lake City and Florida offices. Everyone at B-Stock loved Halloween: the costumes; the candy; the ancient tradition of scaring …

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How Retailers Increase Recovery Rates for General Merchandise

As a leader in online marketplace strategy, B-Stock’s service offerings include a tailored approach for each client on how to increase their recovery rates on liquidation inventory. One of our proven auction strategies includes increasing the buyer base; another is lot optimization. Both ultimately increase the recovery rate. Here’s how: B-Stock’s 100,000+ buyer network consists …

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