By 24/7 Staff / www.supplychain247.com / January, 6th, 2015
After Cyber Monday and Christmas deliveries, delivery firms now face another surge today, January 6, 2015, which UPS has dubbed National Returns Day.
After all the packages being sent out by retailers comes a tsunami of returns.
UPS expects that today, Tuesday 6 January, 2015, consumers will send back more than 800,000 packages to retailers and merchants.
By the end of this week, UPS expects to have handled four million return packages across the U.S.
According to UPS, more than half (58%) of consumers will mail returned gifts back to where they came from while 44% will return them to a physical store.
“As e-Commerce continues to grow, simple returns services have become an essential part of the overall consumer shopping experience,” said Alan Gershenhorn, EVP and Chief Commercial Officer at UPS. “Our research shows online shoppers care about returns convenience, with 66% reviewing a retailer’s return policy before making a purchase, and 68% said they would complete an online purchase if the retailer simply offered a free return shipping label.”
UPS Wraps Up The Holidays With Returns
With a record number of consumers shopping online for the holidays, post-holiday returns and exchanges will keep UPS busy right through the new year. UPS National Returns Day is Jan. 6, 2015, when the company expects consumers will ship more than 800,000 packages back to retailers and merchants. By the end of the first full week in January, UPS anticipates transporting 4 million return packages in the United States.
“We have successfully completed two of three phases of the Peak holiday delivery season. Our Cyber Weekend and pre-Christmas performance helped retailers take advantage of holiday demand. We are now preparing for a surge in volume driven by Returns Week beginning next Monday,” said Alan Gershenhorn, UPS executive vice president and chief commercial officer.
“As e-commerce continues to grow, simple returns services have become an essential part of the overall consumer shopping experience. Our research shows online shoppers care about returns convenience with 66% reviewing a retailer’s return policy before making a purchase, and 68% said they would complete an online purchase if the retailer simply offered a free return shipping label,” he said.
According to the 2014 UPS Pulse of the Online Shopper Study, returns are on the rise with 62% of consumers stating they returned an item bought online in 2014, compared to 51% in 2012.
UPS is improving its locator tool available on ups.com or the UPS App for iPhone and Android smartphones to help consumers find the most convenient location to drop off returns.
To help retailers provide a simple returns experience for consumers, unwanted holiday items can be dropped off at any of the 4,400 The UPS Store locations where employees can assist with packing and shipping. Shoppers can also place their pre-paid ground or air returns into any of the 38,000 UPS Drop Boxes.