5 most frequently returned Christmas gifts

Candles, lotion and gift cards are all last minute go-to gifts when you can’t think of anything else to give. While you’re struggling to think of something original, you should avoid certain items. B-stock, a company that deals in liquidating excess inventory for retailers, says these were the five most frequently returned gifts last year. Graphic T-shirts …

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Preparing for Christmas returns

Even in the height of summer, major retailers still have Christmas in mind. For example, in June Argos released its top toy predictions for Christmas 2017, highlighting the toys and games it believed would be the big winners come December. Considering holiday sales can account for as much as 30% of annual revenue, it’s no wonder …

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Retail returns: A $440B headache that technology and data analytics can solve

By the end of 2017 the value of retail returns will be the equivalent to total online sales: around $440 billion. These skyrocketing return rates are due primarily to the growth of ecommerce and buyer expectations of no-hassle, cross-channel return policies. What’s more, the majority of the merchandise doesn’t go back on store or virtual …

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The Green Scene: SDCE 2017 Green Supply Chain Awards

Many of the recipients of Supply & Demand Chain Executive’s Green Supply Chain Award have been on the scene for some time, though a few new faces stand out on the annual list. No matter their track record, however, each of the companies recognized this year is making a positive impact not only on our environment, but their own bottom line. Those who …

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Don’t Buy the 5 Most Frequently Returned Gifts

When it comes to the holidays, there’s nothing more stressful than gift shopping (with the possible exception of meeting Christmas delivery deadlines). There’s always the risk that whatever you picked out will end up being returned or exchanged. Whether you’re looking for the perfect gift for someone special or just shopping for your office Secret …

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Handling the Black Friday Backlash

America’s ‘Black Friday’ concept has now well and truly infiltrated the UK marketplace. After years of creeping across the Atlantic, Black Friday and its little brother Cyber Monday are now major events for shoppers with retailers with more emphasis now put on the day than ever before, creating an international gift-buying frenzy. Just last year …

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Black Friday survival guide: Store and mall hours, top deals, money-saving tips and more

Retailers began touting Black Friday bargains before the leaves began to fall, and while the pinnacle shoppers holiday has evolved into an enduring string of sales, the time-honored tradition of dashing for doorbusters on the final Friday of November is as customary as turkey on Thanksgiving Day. Speaking of turkey, most major retailers will once …

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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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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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