Industry notes for the week of Nov. 28

Retail news

Delays, surcharges and returns: Holiday shipping headaches have just begun

RetailDive provided tips and advice for the service providers relying on the USPS, FedEx and other carriers, in anticipation on record holiday-shopping volume. “Carriers, to accommodate for the demand surges, have also made clear cutoff dates for when orders need to be placed to be received in time for the holidays.
“The U.S. Postal Service set a Dec. 15 deadline for its Retail Ground Service and a Dec. 18 deadline for its First-Class Mail Service for packages to arrive in the contiguous United States before Dec. 25. UPS similarly said orders needed to be placed by Dec. 15 for its Ground service and Dec. 21 for its 3 Day Select service for parcels to arrive by the holidays. And FedEx set Dec. 15 deadlines for its Home Delivery and Ground services, and Dec. 22 for its 2 Day service for orders to arrive by Dec. 25.”

14 Small Business Saturday Marketing Ideas For Retailers

The Retail Doc, Bob Phibbs, shared 14 low-cost promotional ideas for small retailers, in honor of Small Business Saturday.

Pro Photography

“I DON”T WANT THIS” printed instead of name on child’s school photo

CBS Local 2 Chicago reports a Chicago mom put “I DON”T WANT THIS” in an instruction box on her six-year-old son’s school photo instructions, so that’s what was printed instead of his name. The report said Lifetouch is reprinting the photos.


Taopix Webinar: Why are only 30% of photobook projects completed?

Taopix is hosting a webinar on Dec. 1, 10:00 AM in London. Topics include a new smart design assistant for Taopix Online, the new Quickbook journey with multiple pictures per page, an enhanced text engine and more.