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Why delays in online shopping orders are turning your customers away for good



New data from Körber’s 2023 ‘State of Shipping and Returns’ report has revealed that 90 per cent of consumers are less likely to buy from a brand again after a poor online shopping experience.

The research also showed 70 per cent of consumers are having experienced a delayed online order in the last six months.

To address how to tackle supply chain complexity to help remedy these issues and meet consumer expectations – and drive future business success – more than 200 industry leaders from Australia, New Zealand, India, China and the United States met at Körber’s annual flagship conference Elevate APAC 2023 in Melbourne last week (2-3 May).  

Anthony Beavis, Managing Director, ANZ. Image: Körber

The ‘State of Shipping and Returns’ survey announced at Elevate APAC 2023 gathered insights from 2,200 consumer across eight global regions (Australia, UK, Germany, France, US, Canada, Mexico and Brazil) on their post-purchase experience between the moment they click the ‘buy’ button and when the product reaches their doorstep.

Additional findings showed that over a third (35%) of respondents who experienced delays were not provided with a reason.

With speed and convenience driving online purchase decisions, the impact of these delays on customer satisfaction and subsequent brand loyalty is significant.

 How can businesses best adapt to the post-pandemic supply chain world?

Körber leadership team, customers and other industry thought leaders, including McKinsey and Company, Accenture, Super Retail Group and Zebra gathered under the event theme of ‘Find Your Rhythm’ to tackle this very question.

Körber’s annual flagship conference Elevate APAC 2023 in Melbourne. Image: Körber

Darren O’Connor, Körber’s Director of Solution Delivery says it all starts with the consumer and ensuring satisfaction across the online shopping experience is critical.

“Ensuring satisfaction across the online shopping experience is critical. The findings from our latest State of Shipping and Returns survey highlight these online consumer expectations and how necessary it is for organisations to build resilient and efficient supply chains – powered by technology and digitisation – to help meet these standards, allowing them to retain customers and scale their businesses.”

Darren O’Connor, Körber’s Director of Solution Delivery

A key insight discussed at the conference was new thinking and tools focused on gamification as a way to transform a disengaged warehouse operation workforce to an engaged workflow, positively impacting businesses.

Innovations include the launch of Körber’s ‘Robotics-as-a-Service (Raas) for e-fulfilment offering for APAC customers, providing simple access to a global network of robotics service partners for every business size and industry as well as Körber’s new warehouse Unified Control System (UCS). The UCS will orchestrate AMR, people-driven workflows and classic automation systems to boost throughput and productivity, and its Order Management System (OMS), enabling order visibility across channels and actionable data.

Körber’s annual flagship conference Elevate APAC 2023 in Melbourne. Image: Körber

Actionable steps

A vital keynote from John Laing, Senior Expert from McKinsey and Company on the role of Industry 4.0, and how actionable steps – including how prepositioning inventory close to the consumer to reduce delivery times, end-to-end supply chain transparency and advanced analytics to improve forecast accuracy through the supply chain – can help safeguard against economic challenges and future-proof supply chains.

Anthony Beavis, Managing Director, ANZ from Körber says the company were delighted to be able to come together in-person with customers and other industry leaders to learn from each other and “shine a light on some of the new solutions we can offer our customers”.

“As the first in-person flagship conference for Körber down under, the conference demonstrated how the APAC region will be a major focus for our future, and the investment we are making here to support that.”

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Workers rush back to their desks over job fears



Workers across Australia are rushing back to their desks, driving office utilisation rates to their highest levels since February 2020.

Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays emerge as the busiest in-office days, contrasting with the continued reluctance to return on Fridays.

This insight, drawn from XY Sense data based on 18 enterprise customers in Australia employing approximately 68,000 individuals across 127 buildings, reflects a significant shift in workplace dynamics.

The surge in office attendance coincides with a resurgence in workplace attendance mandates and policies linking physical presence to bonuses and performance reviews.

However, co-founder of XY Sense, Alex Birch, suggests that rising job insecurity, rather than these policies, primarily drives this behavioral shift.

“The pendulum has moved towards the employer, and therefore people feel more obliged to go back into work,” commented Mr. Birch.

Job market

Danielle Wood, chairwoman of the Productivity Commission, anticipates this trend to persist as the job market softens.

She notes a disparity between employer and worker perceptions regarding the productivity benefits of hybrid work arrangements, hinting at potential shifts in the employment landscape.

Meanwhile, economists at the e61 Institute observe a partial reversal of the pandemic-induced “escape to the country” trend.

Rent differentials between regional and capital city dwellings, which narrowed during the pandemic, are now widening again.

This trend suggests a diminishing appeal of remote work options and a return to urban commuting.

Aaron Wong, senior research economist at e61, said the emergence of a “new normal,” characterised by a hybrid lifestyle that blends access to office spaces with proximity to lifestyle amenities such as natural landscapes.

While regional rents decline, rents for homes on the urban fringe surge, reflecting evolving preferences shaped by remote work opportunities.

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Why resilient economy is fuelling demand for Australian property



Despite inflationary pressures, Australian house prices have surged to a record high for the fifth month in a row, as indicated by CoreLogic data.

Australian house prices have not only weathered inflation but have also soared to unprecedented levels, marking the fifth consecutive month of record highs, according to data from CoreLogic.

This resilience reflects the enduring demand for property in the country, showcasing the sustained interest of buyers despite challenging economic conditions.

VentureCrowd’s Head of Property, David Whitting, talks how investors can access alternative ways of property investing.

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Three reasons why you don’t need to panic about inflation



Inflation in the US has exceeded expectations for the third consecutive month, driven by increases in essential commodities such as oil, electricity, takeaway food, and medical costs.

  1. Despite a 3.8% year-on-year rise in CPI, it’s notable that this figure has decreased from its previous 9% high.
  2. The robust CPI and economic growth numbers suggest a positive outlook for US corporate earnings.
  3. The S&P500 has seen five 1% drops this year, all of which were met with investors buying the dip.

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