The trend: Retailers are seeking to slow their rising return rates by shortening their refund and exchange windows and charging customers restocking fees.
The risk to that strategy: Shoppers expect to be able to return items with minimal friction.
Simplifying the returns process: Although many retailers have thrown up barriers to the returns process, others have taken the opposite approach.
The big takeaway: Rising return rates are a significant issue that retailers need to address to protect their bottom lines. But there are ways to do so that enhance the customer experience, and ways that hinder it.
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