With the gig economy on the rise, the way corporations do business is changing forever. As more companies look to reduce their workforce, outsourcing firms are “vacuuming up” these workers as traditional employers are handing over more of their tasks to nonemployees. Today, the breadth of services outsourcing firms offer is staggering. This piece from… Read More on WSJ: Some of the World’s Largest Employers No Longer Sell Things, They Rent Workers
Holiday shopping season can overwhelm retailers with brick-and-mortar locations. In-store support teams are already swamped with pricing, display, receiving and same-day placement of new goods on the floor and daily replacement and recovery, so further distracting teams with filling online orders to be picked up in stores can hurt the in-store business and cause significant… Read More on Don’t let Buy-Online-Pick Up In Store Side Track Omnichannel Strategies!
As the world moves into an increasingly digital space, retailers like Walmart are deploying technology and other resources to win shoppers during the holiday season. With the holiday shopping season in full swing, item-by-item price competition between Walmart and Amazon has the potential to be a race to the bottom, with big and small retailers,… Read More on Amazon-Walmart Price War
21st-century consumers are largely shaping the world of retail in 2018. While the basics of the retail industry remain the same, its responsibilities are rapidly transforming. Today’s consumers are demanding difference — in terms of product, experience and location. These shifting expectations will trigger surprising shifts, and risks, in 2018. This Forbes article asks industry… Read More on 10 Retail Predictions For 2018 That Should Be On Your Radar
I am sure that everyone has heard the saying, “The customer is king.” Omni-channel is key to this as it is the process of streamlining all aspects of a retailer’s customer experience including in-store, website, social media, mobile and more. In retail, omni-channel (or omnichannel, as you’ll sometimes see it written) encompasses an experience that… Read More on The Rise of Omni-Channel in Major Department Stores
What’s in that little blue box? You know it’s from Tiffany & Co. And that gold-and-brown patterned package? That’s got to be Louis Vuitton. These brands have achieved instant recognition solely from their packaging. Tiffany and Louis Vuitton are among a handful of retailers who take every aspect of their brand into consideration, from the… Read More on Iconic Packaging: Creating and Maintaining Customer-Brand Relationships
Retail Holiday Shipping: Wrap & Send Services Announces Professional, Affordable and Fast Packing and Shipping for Luxury Retailers
In-store and warehouse services available for the 2014 holiday season During the holidays, in an effort to compete with online retail giants like Amazon, many brick-and-mortar stores pull their associates from the sales floor to pack and ship website or ship-to-home orders. To allow these retailers to maintain its sales staff and meet increased shipping… Read More on Retail Holiday Shipping: Wrap & Send Services Announces Professional, Affordable and Fast Packing and Shipping for Luxury Retailers
It’s easy to know luxury packaging when you receive it in the mail — perfectly branded tissue paper, clothing that isn’t wrinkled and cosmetics that don’t shift in shipping — but not many understand the process behind it. A brand’s identity hits a customer right when they walk into a store or visits a website… Read More on 3 Cues to Luxury Packaging
Changes to Affect Online Shopping Items FedEx Corp. has announced changes in the way it charges to ship larger packages and plans for “dimensional weight pricing” on all ground shipments effective January 1, 2015. The changes will increase shipping prices on items such as shoes, suits, large paper goods like toilet paper, and other bulky… Read More on New FedEx Pricing
Earlier this month, the Wall Street Journal published an article titled “Retailers Turn Store Clerks into Web Shippers,” which discusses the steps that brick-and-mortar based brands are taking to compete with online retail giants like Amazon. The article highlights several national brands such as Sears, Macy’s, Wal-Mart and Office Depot and the strategies they have… Read More on Retailers Turning Store Clerks into Web Shippers: Are they Qualified?