FedEx and UPS Jolt Ecommerce with Dimensional Weight Pricing

Ecommerce may mean a loss of sales for some brick and mortar stores, but for businesses that rely on shipping products door to door, such as FedEx and UPS, ecommerce is a boon.  However, FedEx’s previous method of charging by size alone has caused the company to restructure their pricing strategy.  Now, FedEx and UPS have announced that they will be charging by the dimensions of the package, in addition to the weight of the contents.

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Bring Your Ecommerce Store to Life with a Pop-Up Shop

While ecommerce is growing quickly, that doesn’t mean that brick and mortar stores are going away anytime soon.  In fact, there is a new medium in which the online and offline world collide in the form of pop-up shops.  Pop-up stores create a buzz about a brand and also increase consumer loyalty to a brand because it makes them feel “in the know.”  This powerful retail trend isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.

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Fraudulent Returns: Inside a Customer’s Bag of Tricks

Customers are filling their bags with more than products, and it’s not stopping at brick-and-mortar stores.  Customers are manipulating loose return policies in order to trick the system.  Customers are returning worn clothes, using deals and coupons to get free stuff, and getting cash for gift cards. Fraudulent returns are becoming more of a problem for brick-and-mortar stores, and now it’s affecting ecommerce retailers.

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Could 2014 be the Year of Online Sales Tax?

While online retailers were taking in orders as fast as they could on the busiest online shopping day of the year, the Supreme Court and Congress turned away appeals from Amazon and Overstock to fight internet taxation.  On Cyber Monday, the Court announced that it would not hear the case. Joseph Henchman of the Washington Tax Foundation said that Monday’s court action means “it might be the last Cyber Monday without sales tax.”

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