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Retail is Dead, Long Live Retail

What is the future of retail? A recent Business of Fashion article made the observation that, “everyone is talking about the need for disruption, innovation and change, yet most stop well short of actually doing anything about it” and that “retailers…lack the will or sense of urgency to effect significant and radical change.” Considering 8,642 …

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Webinar: Tackling Holiday Returns

Return rates typically double around the holidays: one in three holiday purchases are returned, equaling $70 billion in merchandise that must be sorted out behind the scenes. Relaxed return policies, gift-recipient dislike, and buyer’s remorse all play a large role – as does the spike in ecommerce, which boasts a 30% return rate. No matter …

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Many Happy Returns

Holiday returns are a lot like the Grinch – out to steal your Christmas cheer. As I alerted TWICE readers in a similar column two years ago, CE returns are particularly inevitable after December 25, when typically 20 percent of tech purchases come back. But with return rates likely to rise even higher due to the increase in …

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Global eCommerce Company Doubles Pricing on Returned and Overstock Inventory

Challenge The European division of a worldwide ecommerce marketplace was selling all of its returned, overstock and other liquidation inventory to a single buyer at an extremely low pre-negotiated price. As pricing dropped to below 10% of retail in key categories it became clear the e-retailer needed a better solution for its excess goods. The …

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In-Store Returns in 30 Seconds

Retailers are continuing to step up their game when it comes to the ease of returning items. Walmart is the latest to announce a bold new initiative (which will no doubt have an impact on reverse logistics). Starting in November, Walmart.com shoppers will be able to start the returns process on their phones, using Walmart’s …

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The Next Place For Tech To Tackle: Reverse Logistics

Technology will continue to affect historically offline industries. From fashion to food to how we book a hotel or hail a cab, disruption is inevitable and life-changing — both for the consumer and for the techie who created the technology. Obviously, some industries are easier to bring online: sexy, fun consumer-facing products are typically a …

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Crain’s: If I Knew Then

The Mistake: It came within our startup company’s first year of operation, [when we were] trying to establish ourselves. We would do pretty much anything to land new business, particularly because our clients are typically the top retailers and manufacturers in the country. We work with retailers and manufacturers to bring them a solution designed to …

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Increase recovery without sacrificing velocity

The primary objectives of most liquidation programs should include: maximizing recovery, hitting velocity requirements and protecting the brand. While traditional methods, like selling to a liquidator, may score well on the velocity goal, remarketing to a liquidator will always leave money on the table. What’s more, it can mean a lack of control over who …

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A Guide to Buying Returned and Excess Merchandise

Around $440 billion worth of merchandise is returned each year – a lot of which can’t go back on the shelves. But one retailer’s headache is another’s opportunity, and for online sellers, independent retailers and resellers, there has never been a better time to source returned and excess merchandise on the secondary market. So, how …

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Rise of the Mobile Secondary Market

The mobile secondary market is booming: last year it was estimated at $17 billion and that number is expected to grow substantially in 2017. Manufacturers annually upgrading their phones and the exponential growth of trade-in programs have played the biggest role in that growth. In 2014, we successfully launched our first mobile device marketplace for …

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