As more people head online to shop for everything from groceries to gadgets to clothing, consumer demand for fast shipping is rising. Fully 80 percent of shoppers want same-day shipping, whereas 61 percent want to receive their products within one to three hours of ordering, according to "The State of Shipping in Commerce 2016," released by shipping software firm Temando.

Even customers who aren't so demanding don't want to wait more than a few days. Work with your third-party logistics (3PL) provider on the following strategies to shorten your delivery times and meet consumer demand.

Posted: 11/16/2016 3:09:01 PM by Global Administrator | with 0 comments

Free shipping, once a coveted find, has become a standard feature in the minds of today's shoppers. Retail behemoths like Amazon make it seem easy, but free shipping is never really free. This perk comes with a price tag, and small retailers need to get creative in order to afford it.

The Real Cost of Free Shipping

Purportedly "free" shipping is only free to the consumer, and even then shoppers are often paying a premium for the perk. Amazon customers who pledge their loyalty to its free shipping program are often receiving the discount through Amazon Prime, which costs them around $100 a year, helping to defray shipping expenses for the retailer.

Posted: 11/9/2016 12:03:57 PM by Global Administrator | with 0 comments

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