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Will Amazon Key Reduce Porch Piracy over the Holidays?

Package theft is particularly problematic around the holidays. But will that make consumers more open to delivery people entering their homes with Amazon Key?

Nearly 11 million U.S. homeowners had a delivered package stolen within the past year. This unfortunate side effect of the e-retail boom has many consumers searching for secure measures to keep their packages safe. Amazon, the company who is responsible for more e-retail than anyone else in this country, thinks they may have the solution in Amazon Key.

Topics: e-commerce porch piracy Amazon managed pick-up centers holiday package theft last-mile challenge solution

Top Posts about Last-Mile Challenges for Direct Sales and E-Commerce (6-10)

We intend this blog to be a resource for direct selling and e-commerce businesses trying to overcome last-mile delivery and shipping challenges. We want to keep you informed about the latest news and trends in your industries, particularly when it comes to last-mile challenges and customer pick-up centers. This is the second part of a two-part series recounting our most popular blog posts covering these topics. See part one here. 

Topics: customer service direct sellers last-mile delivery solutions e-commerce click-and-collect

Top Posts about Last-Mile Challenges for Direct Sales and E-Commerce (1-5)

It’s important to us that we keep you informed about the latest trends in your industry, specifically last-mile challenges and customer pick-up centers. In case you missed them the first time around, here is a summary of our most popular posts thus far.

Topics: customer convenience center direct sales last-mile delivery solutions Fulfillment by Amazon e-commerce business growth customer pick-up center local sales centers

4 Pain Points Customer Pick-Up Centers Solve for Direct Sellers

Within any industry, there are issues that arise from time to time, and some issues that may arise more frequently. Direct sellers are not immune to these sorts of problems.

But like any successful enterprise, they look for ways to adapt. So, what are some common pain points direct selling organizations and their distributors face, and how can they overcome them?

Topics: customer service direct sales direct sellers cross-channel shopping last-mile delivery solutions e-commerce customer pick-up center free shipping local sales centers distribution strategy

How to Reduce the Bite of Shipping Rate Hikes

Shipping: it’s the blessing and the curse of every e-commerce business. E-commerce is the fastest growing segment of the retail economy, and direct shipping to customers is the grease that keeps it moving. But that “last mile” of delivery — from a distribution point to your customers’ hands — can be especially challenging.

Topics: last-mile delivery void customer convenience center e-commerce

5 Alternative Solutions to Offering Free Shipping

Fast and free shipping: every e-commerce customer wants it. Unfortunately, this sort of service isn’t always feasible. Trying to keep up with the Amazons of the world can put a dent in a business’ bottom line — and sometimes it can even cause a business to fold.

Topics: customer demands Same Day Delivery e-commerce e-commerce shopping omnichannel business customer pick-up center free shipping

Pick-Up Centers Can Mitigate the Cost Of Fast, Free Shipping

For better or worse Amazon has changed the way individuals shop and how they expect their purchases shipped — fast and inexpensive, if not free. But when companies can’t afford to absorb the costs associated with fast, free shipping, how can they stay competitive in the e-commerce market? Customer pick-up centers are cost-effective alternatives to traditional shipping methods.

Topics: Same Day Delivery e-commerce customer pick-up center free shipping

Behind the Customer Pick-Up Center: What We Do at Cura


E-commerce product delivery has evolved to the point that customers don’t just expect their purchase to arrive quickly; they expect it to arrive for free. So how can your online retail business keep up with competitors who offer free two-day shipping? Managed customer pick-up centers could be the solution.

Topics: direct sales e-commerce customer pick-up center free shipping

Customer Pick-Up Centers Offer E-Retailers a Piece of the Omnichannel Pie

It’s evident: The traditional retail industry must adapt or end up like the dinosaur. The retail-store bubble has burst, and — as store space has become more burdensome — businesses are looking for omnichannel strategies to keep up with consumers’ evolving shopping habits.

Topics: cross-channel shopping customer demands e-commerce omnichannel business customer pick-up center

Signs It’s Time to Expand Your E-Commerce Business

At this point, your business is out of the weeds. You recognize what you need to do in order to be successful — and certainly the things you need to avoid. But even for a business that is seemingly doing all the right things, you still may question if expanding is the right move.

The prospect of expanding your business can be both exciting and nerve wracking. But, if the signs are present, then this may be the right time to grow your business.

Topics: direct sales e-commerce business growth