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Fashion is a fickle business – but one trend that’s set to remain in style for the foreseeable future is shoppers’ penchant for buying apparel online. In 2018, clothing and footwear were the most commonly purchased online goods, while eCommerce transactions are expected to make up 36% of total fashion retail by 2022.

Of course, simply making goods available online won’t guarantee long-term revenue growth. To keep pace in the competitive world of online fashion, retailers must meet customers’ increasingly sophisticated demands. These expectations are largely being shaped by mega online marketplaces like Amazon, making it critical for independent retailers to maintain a good brand reputation. Ultimately, this comes down to their ability to offer an exceptional shopping experience across channels and borders by perfecting the path to check-out, through to delivery.

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In their attempts to compete with online-only merchants, many brick-and-mortar merchants focus on building their digital operations and offerings. They see it as the key to omnichannel success. While a robust online footprint is critical for competitiveness, it’s not a panacea. By concentrating solely on what they lack, these brick-and-mortar merchants are losing sight of one of the few real advantages they have over online-only competitors: their physical locations.

As a response to these customer demands, many merchants now offer buy online, pickup in store (BOPIS) offerings, also known as click-and-collect, or in-store pickup (ISPU). Merchants can catch two birds with BOPIS: improve their staff and inventory efficiencies while simultaneously generating additional in-store revenue, as customers make unplanned purchases during in-store pickup.

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Millennials — the first generation of digitally native consumers, or those born between 1980 and 2000 — are now the most populous group of consumers in the world. Their purchasing power is estimated to exceed $13 trillion worldwide by 2020, according to the Brookings Institute. US millennials are expected to spend the most on holiday shopping this year, spending as much as four times more than baby boomers.

As retailers overhaul their omnichannel offerings to appeal to these consumers’ needs, we have noticed a critical blind spot in their approach: imprecise and outdated fraud prevention strategies that fail to accommodate millennials’ unique lifestyle and shopping behavior, creating friction during checkout.

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Sneakers are a hot commodity, and an increasing preference for shopping online is fueling overall growth across this vertical. Industry leaders like Nike and Under Armour announced big gains in online sales last year, a big reason why the global athletic footwear market is projected to balloon to $220 billion by 2020. But this rapid growth presents new challenges to sneaker retailers, among them preventing Card Not Present (CNP) fraud.

When it comes to coping with the high rate of CNP fraud in sneakers, there’s no substitute for experience. Riskified provides fraud management services to several sneaker retailers, including Fortune 500 companies, and is familiar with the intricacies of safe and fraudulent online shopping patterns within the industry. We analyzed our data to compile a report for sneaker retailers, providing insights and best practices for detecting fraud while maximizing online revenue. In this post, I share some of the findings that appear in the full report.

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