Month: January 2018

Why a Low Start Price Auction Strategy Works

Liquidation is the rule in retail. Traditional liquidation methods like selling distressed inventory to one or two liquidators will always leave money on the table. Over time, this can add up to millions of dollars lost. The ability to recoup value from every aspect of the business is crucial; this includes liquidation, especially in today’s …

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B-Stock heads to NRF 2018: Jan 14-16 in NYC

No better way to kick off the New Year than by heading out to New York City for NRF 2018: Retail’s Big Show. This time of year also happens to be retail returns season. And, while the holiday season was a success for most retailers, it’s likely there will be higher-than-normal customer returns to sort …

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Meet B-Stock’s Apparel Expert: Lisa Penn

Let us introduce you to Lisa Penn, B-Stock’s in-house apparel expert whose passion for fashion was sparked by her seamstress grandmother. Growing up, Lisa remembers neighbors and friends bringing clothes to her grandmother for alterations. Lisa loved watching her grandmother work and enjoyed seeing the transformation in the clothing. In high school, her love for …

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Universal Conditioning Codes for the Mobile Secondary Market

The mobile secondary market is in the early stages of development. New rules are currently being written and it’s important to stay current with the latest information. What is decided today will have an impact on how business is conducted tomorrow. Two of the trending topics in the mobile secondary market are R2 certification and …

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Product Returns: The Hangover Headache of E-Commerce

All of the headlines leading up to Christmas were about how retailers and parcel carriers were struggling to keep up with the record amount of online orders and deliveries for the holidays (see WSJ article UPS, Overwhelmed by Online Orders, Warns of Delivery Delays and Reuters article Surging online orders slow Wal-Mart delivery network). But there’s an equally …

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These were the most returned gifts of the holidays

While total retail sales this past Christmas were surprisingly strong, not every present unwrapped on the holiday was met with unbridled joy. In fact, some gifts were spectacular only because of how fast they piled up at return counters across the country. The top returned Christmas gifts this year were pricey battery-powered ride-ons, like the …

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Retailers Rally for Reduced Returns  

Between the spike in ecommerce – online retail sales will top one trillion dollars by 2027 – and increasingly relaxed return polices like in-store returns in 30 seconds; it’s no wonder return rates are spiking. Around $400 billion in merchandise was returned in 2017; up 70% from two years ago. According to UPS, these returns are …

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Viable Remarketing Options for Specialty Apparel Retailers

It’s a question many consumers don’t think about, but it’s a concern for all apparel brands and retailers: what to do with returned clothes? For most  retailers, returned clothes means a loss to the bottom line for a few reasons. First, fashion trends are no longer seasonal or yearly. Changes in fashion happen weekly, just …

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