How Online Merchants Profit from Seasonal Selling, Year-Round

by Rakuten Super Logistics | eCommerce Strategy, Holiday Fulfillment

A seasonal business can be very profitable in Q4, but you can extend your profitability year-round by selling the right products at the right time. Sellers can increase their bottom line by taking advantage of selling opportunities present in Q1, Q2, and Q3 rather than solely relying on increased holiday sales in Q4. Think about the factors that affect sales and demand throughout the year like seasonal changes, holidays, and events. Don’t wait till Q4 holidays to start selling again.

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5 Ways Outsourcing Your Order Fulfillment Creates a Competitive Holiday Advantage

by Rakuten Super Logistics | eCommerce, eCommerce Fulfillment, Holiday Fulfillment

While you’re busy trying to stay afloat handling your shipping and returns in-house, do you ever stop and wonder how the “other guys” manage to have time to promote their products at events, engage their customers on social media, AND continue to constantly release new, innovative products? The answer to your curiosity may be quite simple–your  competition has a competitive advantage over you.

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3 Things Every Online Retailer Must Keep in Mind This Holiday Season

by Rakuten Super Logistics | Holiday Fulfillment

The air outside is cooler, department stores are filling up with artificial firs and wreaths, and the smell of cinnamon and clove is everywhere you go, which means… the 2018 holiday retail season is here! Whether you are ready or not (if you’re not, you can catch up here), you should be looking forward to another record-breaking year for online sales! This year’s holiday retail sales are projected to reach $691.9 billion, nearly 4.0% increase over last year’s total.

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2018 Holiday Shipping Calendar

by Rakuten Super Logistics | 2-Day-Shipping, Holiday Fulfillment

Keep these recommended dates in mind when you’re shipping during the holidays. Download a PDF version here.

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3 Measurements to Improve Your 2018 Holiday Fulfillment

by Rakuten Super Logistics | Customer Satisfaction, eCommerce Fulfillment, Holiday Fulfillment

Ecommerce is a growth industry that has been breaking records year after year. Last holiday season was no exception. According to Adobe Digital Insights, online sales for the November through December period totaled a record $108.15 billion, a 14.7% increase over 2016! And 2018 is predicted to be a 13% increase over 2017. Yet, with rapid growth comes great challenges. In 2017, holiday fulfillment was once again challenged by an unexpected surge in holiday orders that overwhelmed carriers.

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Focus on Fulfillment Now to Boost Holiday Sales

by Carolina Cano-Espinoza | eCommerce Strategy, Holiday Fulfillment, Outsourced Fulfillment

It’s no secret that the holiday season is a critically important time for online sales. In fact, many ecommerce companies can attain as much as 30 percent of their annual sales during the holiday season! And while increased sales are great, a spike in sales also bring with them increased demands to deliver holiday orders in the most timely and cost-effective manners.

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Fulfilling Holiday Expectations During Peak Season

by Carolina Cano-Espinoza | Holiday Fulfillment, Outsourced Fulfillment, Partnerships

We know that this time of the year can be stressful – holiday events, year-end reviews, and shopping for the perfect gifts.  As an ecommerce retailer, you have additional holiday stress…  Do you have enough inventory for the busy season? Will you end the year in the black? Will your order fulfillment provider keep up with your customers’ demand? There is a lot of pressure to deliver during the holidays.

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Get Ready for Free Shipping in Time for the Holidays [Infographic]

by Sarah Smith | Free Shipping, Holiday Fulfillment, Infographic

Are you prepared to fill the demands of fast and free shipping for the holiday season? Here are four steps you should be taking to get ready for free holiday shipping……

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3 Reasons to Plan Holiday Order Fulfillment Now

by Carolina Cano-Espinoza | Customer Satisfaction, eCommerce Strategy, Holiday Fulfillment

Are you experiencing a summer slowdown? Chances are, your online product sales see a bit of a dip between the months of June and October. But then the holiday shopping season comes along and the demand for holiday order fulfillment hits you like a ton of bricks! Take the extra time now to focus on improving the holiday shopping experience for your customers by updating your holiday eCommerce strategy.

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How to Boost Sales on Valentine’s Day in 3 Easy Steps

by Carolina Cano-Espinoza | eCommerce Strategy, Holiday Fulfillment

Valentine’s holiday spending reached a record high of nearly 20 billion dollars in 2016 according to National Retail Federation’s Valentine’s Day Consumer Spending Survey. After a brief dip in 2014, retail spending related to Valentine’s Day rebounded in 2015 with continued growth projected for 2017.

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