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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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John Lewis Launches B2B Marketplace: John Lewis Trade Auctions

We’re often asked the question “Where can I buy stock from”, so today we may be able to answer that question as John Lewis has partnered with B-Stock to launch John Lewis Trade Auctions. This business-to-business marketplace offers EU-based resellers stocklots of customer-returned and new-condition/overstock merchandise including: toys, appliances, computer accessories, lighting, clocks, textiles, home furnishings, …

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Reports of Mobile Phone Death Greatly Exaggerated

This recent article in Inc. predicted the death of the mobile phone. The author states that, “…by 2025, voicebots will become so prevalent, so powerful, and so useful in all areas of business and our personal lives that we won’t need smartphones anymore.” An eye-catching statement for sure; that said, it’s still highly debatable whether …

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B2B Sales Channel for Returned Appliances Drives Efficiency for Fortune 500 Home Improvement Retailer

Challenge A Fortune 500 home improvement retailer was experiencing an increase in customer-returned appliances. The items, which consisted of name-brand washers, dryers, ranges and refrigerators, among other products, were currently being put back on the floor and sold directly to consumers at deeply discounted prices. As more products came back opened and with visible damage, …

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Dealing with Holiday Returns

The holiday season is right around the corner and will mark a huge boost in revenue for most retailers: holiday sales can account for as much as 30% of total annual revenue. But on the heels of the biggest shopping season of the year, comes a barrage of returned merchandise that will end up significantly …

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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

Holiday returns are on the horizon, learn how to better tackle them by watching our webinar. 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 …

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Posted in: Liquidation, Our Blog

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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