What Shipping Features Shoppers Really Want

For all the advancements the Internet has made over the years, is appears some ecommerce stores are lagging behind. According to a survey of 2,000 consumers and 60 retailers conducted by OrderDynamics and Opinion Matters, most online retailers are disconnected from the shipping feature consumers want and expect. More...

Determining the Shipping Costs for Your Customers

It can be difficult enough to nail down what your shipping expenses will be as an ecommerce company. Deciding what to charge your customers for shipping can be even more difficult. Ideally, you could just charge your customers the same shipping costs that you pay – but that poses lots of potential problems. For one, there are many variables that determine your shipping costs as an ecommerce company. There are various surcharges that may apply depending on package size and delivery location. Plus, if you outsource your order fulfillment and/or have negotiated shipping discounts, you won’t really be able to give customers an accurate shipping quote until the very end of the checkout process – which can lead to cart abandonment. More...

Is a “Try-Before-You-Buy” Program Right for You?

More ecommerce retailers are launching try-before-you-buy programs that work like no-hassle, free of charge returns. When implemented correctly, try-before-you-buy programs have many benefits. They close the gap between ecommerce and brick-and-mortar retail by removing shipping costs and the risk that comes with buying an item sight unseen over the Internet. In other words, they make for a very attractive incentive to shop at your site. However, they are also a source of some extreme challenges in terms of logistics and fulfillment. Is your business able to address the challenges of such a program? In this post, we’ll look at some criteria you should meet before implementing a try-before-you-buy program. More...

Incorporating Self-Service Support on Your Ecommerce Website

The sayings “The customer is always right” and “If you want it done right, do it yourself” come together to play an important role in the ecommerce space. Self-service support – where customers use FAQs, user forums, site content, or other means to solve a problem or answer a question without the assistance of customer service staff – is rapidly gaining popularity in the ecommerce industry. More...