Tag Archives: customer expectations

The “New” Retailing Transforms Logistics

Logistics is a key factor in determining a company’s success, since it impacts on delivery times, inventory levels, sales levels, and customer satisfaction. As a definition, logistics encompasses the activities concerned with efficiently delivering raw materials, parts, semi-finished items, and … Continue reading

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How Review Sites Operate: The Case of TripAdvisor

People often look at online customer reviews when deciding on their travel plans. And many travelers are active users of TripAdvisor, which: “is the world’s largest travel site, enabling travelers to unleash the potential of every trip. TripAdvisor offers advice from … Continue reading

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Another Record Mother’s Day Expected for Retailers

Finally, there is some good news for retailers. Mother’s Day 2017 is expected to generate about 10 percent more in retail revenues than in 2016. As reported by Ana Serafin Smith for the National Retail Federation: “Consumers say they will spend … Continue reading

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Amazon Dives into Custom Clothing

Yes, you read the title of this post correctly. Not only is Amazon getting more involved in apparel retailing, it is also patenting a unique custom-clothing process. As Nick Wingfield reports for the New York Times: “This year, Amazon will … Continue reading

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In-Store Pickup Playing a Bigger Role

Bricks-and-clicks retailers are finding that many shoppers like the convenience of ordering online and picking up merchandise in the store rather than waiting for shipping. According to Kibo (formerly Shopatron): “When it comes to satisfying consumer fulfillment expectations, the ability … Continue reading

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Retail Not Bubbling As Much Today

As we have noted several times before (for example, see 1, 2, 3), these are tough times for many retailers around the globe, not just from the United States. The new Wall Street Journal chart (below) sums things up nicely … Continue reading

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More Bad PR for United: You Can’t Make This Stuff Up!!

After its recent public relations nightmare, when it forcibly removed a passenger from a seat due to overbooking (overloading)  and dragged him from his seat, you would think that United Airlines would have learned its lesson. Social media and TV … Continue reading

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