Why the Trade Wars May Lead to Excess Inventory (and what to do about it)

The ongoing trade war with China and the threat of increased tariffs coming down the pike has many retailers buying increased amounts of inventory now to avoid higher pricing later. While at first blush this sounds like a good strategy—buy…

Jul 23 2019 · 3 min read

Canadian Retail Sales Growth Data

Quick Facts: Q1 Canadian retail sales were up 2.8% year-over-year – highest gain in 6 months Retail sales in most major retail sectors increased Canadian e-commerce sales were up 18% year-over-year for the 3 months ending April 2019 Canadian retail…

Jul 11 2019 · 3 min read

Nine of the Top 10 Retailers Liquidate with B-Stock. Here’s Why.

With online sales rapidly increasing year over year, so are returns: around 30% of all online sales are sent back. This combined with excess inventory woes—faced by many of today’s brick and mortar retailers—is creating a backlog of inventory piling…

Jun 24 2019 · 4 min read

2019 Update on Overstocked Home Furnishings

Quick Facts on Home Improvement Stores: Generated $188.0 billion in revenue in 2018 Annual growth rate averaging 1.9% for the five years to 2019 Growth of 0.9% projected for the next five years (data provided by IBISWorld) The Home Furnishings…

Jun 21 2019 · 3 min read

French Retailers Must Seek Alternative to Destroying Unsold Goods

The French government recently passed a law that will require retailers and manufacturers to donate, reuse, or recycle unsold goods. This new law, which goes into effect 2023, will have a deep impact on the current practice of destroying unsold…

Jun 18 2019 · 2 min read

B-Stock’s Network Effect Drives Exponential Sales

“Build it, and he will come,” says Kevin Costner in the movie Field of Dreams. And what goes for corn fields and baseball goes for online marketplaces and returned and excess inventory. Case in point: it started with one major…

May 24 2019 · 2 min read

Omnichannel Done Right: How Apparel Brands Stack Up

This article summarizes a recent research report on the state of retail omnichannel experiences. At the most basic level, when a retailer provides an omnichannel experience for customers, it means the customer should expect the same inventory, pricing, and returns…

May 15 2019 · 6 min read

2019 CPG Consumer Confidence Report

A February 2019 consumer confidence report published by IRi summarizes research findings for e-commerce retail sales. This post will focus on the grocery and CPG portions of the report. Download the PDF: Consumer Confidence Reflected in E-commerce Growth. Quick Facts:…

Apr 26 2019 · 3 min read

Updating Returns Policies to Account for Serial Returners

Fraudulent Return Facts: Returns from online fashion purchases will have an impact of £6.6 billion for UK retailers U.S. loss from annual merchandise return fraud is estimated at $17.6 billion 55% of UK fashion and clothing brands would consider ‘banning…

Apr 24 2019 · 5 min read

E-commerce and Customer Service Expectations

A recent survey report shows how online retailers can replace personalized in-store experiences with a great online shopping experience. With e-commerce now representing 14.5% of total retail sales in the fourth quarter of 2018 with 15% yoy growth, all signs…

Apr 17 2019 · 3 min read