Retention

4 Top Strategies for Combating Customer Returns

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Unfortunately for online merchants, eCommerce returns have reached staggering heights. In 2017 alone, American consumers returned $351 billion in online and offline purchases (NRF).

Though returns are particularly prevalent in the fashion industry, where nearly nine out of 10 US shoppers have admitted to having returned items purchased online in the last year, the issue ranges across industries, from Health & Beauty, to Electronics, Home & Garden, and beyond.
What’s at the root of the returns epidemic?
In a survey we recently conducted, fit and quality issues (78.7%) emerged as the top reason for returning purchases, while nearly half of the respondents polled (48.6%) said they have sent back items because they looked different in person than they did online.
The good news
With the right strategy in place, your brand has the ability to tackle these issues head-on. By presenting shoppers with a combinatination of highly specific product descriptions, plus social proof l …

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About the author

Steve Hutt

Steve has entrepreneurship in his DNA. In the early days of online commerce, he achieved Power Seller status at eBay, which then propelled him to become a founding partner of VisionPros.com, a contact lens, and eyewear retailer. After a successful exit from his startup, he embarked on his next journey into agency work in e-commerce and digital strategy.

Currently, Steve is part of the Merchant Success Team at Shopify Plus, where he is a Strategic Advisor helping brands continue to grow and scale with the Shopify Commerce Platform.

To maintain a competitive edge and life of learning mantra, Steve also hosts and produces a top-rated weekly podcast show, eCommerce Fastlane, where he interviews Shopify partners and subject matter experts who share the latest marketing strategy, tactics, platforms, and must-have apps, to help Shopify brands build and scale lifetime customer loyalty.