Buy Online – Return In Store

Buy Online – Return In Store2020-12-01T14:10:39-07:00

Many retailers offer “Return in Store” capabilities, but often this is rudementary, disconnected from a systems standpoint, and full of “friction” to the consumer.

The key to pulling off Buy Online – Return in Store,”BORIS” as it’s called by some, is to have fully integrated POS and OMS solutions centered on real-time view of the order and the original payment tendered at the point of initial sale.

The Benefits

Retailers who implement BORIS capability see:

  • Increased customer satisfaction.
  • More repeat customers.
  • Higher in-store sales (at the point of return, for an exchange)
  • Reduction in call-volume to call-center, due to clear policies on returns
  • Reduction in inventory shipped back to DCs and other nodes
  • Avoidance of returns shipping cost, if policy is for “Free-returns”
of shoppers never buy again after a poor returns experience
of shoppers likely to return after great returns experience

The In-Store Returns Process

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The Preparation

Each of the four sections below are preparation areas to consider before starting your project. Hover over each line item to get more details and validating questions.

Research & Requirements

  • Complete a Compeitive Analysis
  • Understanding Timing of the Project
  • Getting Organized for Requirements Sessions

System Design & Implementation

  • Confirming Picking / Pickup System
  • Validating Customer Interactions
  • How ‘Real-Time’ Does Integration Need to Be?

Project Planning

  • Building a foundation of good data
  • Understanding Project Dependencies

Change Management Considerations

  • Corporate Governance of the Solutions
  • Impacts to the Store Associates in the Field

The Challenges

Disconnected Systems


  • Store Associates lack ability to pull up ecommerce orders from POS/devices
  • e-Commerce and POS payment gateways, when disconnected don’t allow refund to original payment
  • Due to e-Comm Order not being able to be pulled up, the return is never tied back to original order status, causing visibility issues to other associates, namely CSRs


  • POS/OMS Integration
  • Device Management
  • Order Status Sync
  • Payment Tokenization

Cross-Channel Inventory


  • e-Comm only SKUs don’t have place on planogram, so typically go to the clearance section or are tagged “Return to Vendor”, adding cost
  • Inventory is not dispositioned at store upon return, so no knowledge to OMS to try to sell first


  • Returns Policy
  • Extended Marketplaces for Returned Items
  • Better Inventory Tracking

The “BORIS” Insights

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