It’s no secret that U.S. online sales continue to grow annually. A recent Wall Street Journal article reports that ecommerce retail sales in the first quarter of 2018 were $123.7 billion dollars – that’s about a 16% increase from last year.
The General Data Protection Regulation – more commonly called GDPR – is the European Union’s (EU) collection of privacy regulations, which take effect May 25th. The significant, broad-based legislation focuses on data security, privacy, accountability and rights for data subjects, among other things.
For most brands, the dust has finally settled on yet another busy peak holiday season.
Annual rate increases and changes are now in effect for most carriers including FedEx, UPS and USPS – and as eCommerce transactions continue to skyrocket, these carriers and others will undoubtedly continue to announce changes each year.
The evolution of consumer buying habits continues – as proven when Cyber Monday 2017 became the largest online shopping day in U.S. history. A record $6.59 billion in digital transactions were made; that’s nearly a 17% increase from 2016. And mobile sales also had a day for the history books – accounting for a record $2 billion of Cyber Monday sales.
By now, online retailers should be done with their holiday fulfillment planning and anxiously awaiting the surge of eCommerce activity that’s just around the corner. If you’re still trying to pull together some last-minute preparations, however, take a minute to read our earlier post, “7 Fulfillment Steps to Take Now for Q4 2017”.
Consumer promotions like rebates and sweepstakes have come a long way over the years. The digital age has completely changed the way brands execute these ‘old school’ promotional programs. But in today’s uber-competitive marketplace, rebates and sweepstakes are still a very effective way to generate brand awareness, build a bigger database and reward loyal customers.
It’s summertime, but brands are busy preparing for the onslaught of holiday sales that are headed their way in a few months. And based on last year’s numbers, they should get ready for more eCommerce transactions than ever before.
The first few months of 2017 have seen several major brands closing their retail stores or closing up shop entirely. JC Penney, Kmart, Payless Shoes, RadioShack and Staples are just a few of the brands that have fallen prey to consumer shopping habits that are shifting from brick-and-mortar to the Internet.
Amazon has become the unquestionable leader of ecommerce and has changed the way consumers shop online. Because of its market dominance, many brands use Amazon as a channel for their online sales. But what about order fulfillment – who should brands trust to get their orders into the hands of customers? Some choose Amazon’s fulfillment service, Fulfillment By Amazon (FBA). While FBA is certainly bigger than other third-party fulfillment providers, that doesn’t mean it’s better or more cost-effective.