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the shipping process and enhance the overall experience. For example, in October 2011, the company launched UPS My Choice, which provides residential package recipients delivery alerts, specific delivery time frames, reroute options, visibility tools and electronic signature release, all by accessing ups.com through a computer or smartphone. “UPS My Choice is really unprecedented in the industry because it’s the first product targeted at the consumer and not the shipper,” explains Gershenhorn. He adds that the product offers significant benefits to e-tailers as well. E-tailers can promote the service on their websites as an added incentive for customers to purchase product from them online. To date, more than 1 million consumers have enrolled in the program. Shipping options are another benefit to both customers and e-tailers, especially “free shipping.” According to

Gershenhorn, free shipping is a marketing technique that can potentially give e-tailers a competitive edge over others that sell the same product. In many cases, the shipper will go to a standard or basic service level to help drive down costs when offering free shipping. The customer, of course, can choose to accept free shipping or pay for

overnight, two-day or three-day delivery service to expedite the process.

A Closer Look at Online Shoppers
Online shopping has grown exponentially over the past several years. In fact, comScore reports U.S. online shopping reached $37.6 billion in

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Electronic Retailer - June 2012

Calendar of Events
Your Association,Your Bottom Line
Industry Reports
FTC Forum
eMarketer Research
IMS Retail Rankings
Jordan Whitney's Top Categories
Ask the Expert
From the Executive's Desk
Thinking Outside the Box
DRTV's New Best Practices
It's Time to Think Differently About Payment Processing
Guest Viewpoint
Guest Viewpoint
DRTV
U.S. Hispanic
Member Spotlight
Advertiser Spotlight
Advertiser Index
Bulletin Board
Classifieds
Rick Petry
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Electronic Retailer - June 2012 - Calendar of Events
Electronic Retailer - June 2012 - Your Association,Your Bottom Line
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Electronic Retailer - June 2012 - Industry Reports
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Electronic Retailer - June 2012 - FTC Forum
Electronic Retailer - June 2012 - eMarketer Research
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Electronic Retailer - June 2012 - IMS Retail Rankings
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Electronic Retailer - June 2012 - Jordan Whitney's Top Categories
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Electronic Retailer - June 2012 - Ask the Expert
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Electronic Retailer - June 2012 - From the Executive's Desk
Electronic Retailer - June 2012 - Thinking Outside the Box
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Electronic Retailer - June 2012 - DRTV's New Best Practices
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Electronic Retailer - June 2012 - It's Time to Think Differently About Payment Processing
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Electronic Retailer - June 2012 - Guest Viewpoint
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Electronic Retailer - June 2012 - DRTV
Electronic Retailer - June 2012 - U.S. Hispanic
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Electronic Retailer - June 2012 - Member Spotlight
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Electronic Retailer - June 2012 - Advertiser Spotlight
Electronic Retailer - June 2012 - Bulletin Board
Electronic Retailer - June 2012 - Classifieds
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Electronic Retailer - June 2012 - Rick Petry
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