East Granby, CT, May 06, 2015 –(PR.com)– Tom Barone, Supply and Demand Chain Executive contributor reported that there is an increasing pressure on retailers to offer fast and/or free shipping as seen through promotions from Target, L.L. Bean, and Nordstrom this past holiday season. However, last year, Amazon spent approximately $6.64 billion on shipping while only receiving about $3.1 billion in payments for shipping, which raised concerns over how offering free or cheap shipping can become a significant cost.
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In a recent issue Barone’s comments included the fact that retailers must examine the costs vs. the gains of offering free shipping. Nothing is free, and at some point, profit margins need to be evaluated. The good news is that studies reveal that consumers will take action for free shipping. For example, shoppers will add more items to the cart to qualify for free shipping. In this case, the cost of free shipping becomes offset by higher average order values. Cost isn’t the only challenge, though. Speed plays a critical role, too.
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