January is a month where many consumers are looking for refunds from the holiday shopping season.
In a study of the refunds performance of 40 of the largest online retailers, StellaService found that the majority of retailers evaluated aren’t meeting consumer expectations.
For orders placed in Q4 2014, the average speed to receive a refund from the companies evaluated was 9.5 days.
To get a better understanding of shopper expectations during the 2014 holiday shopping season, StellaService conducted a survey of 500 respondents from August 8 to 15, 2014 using Google Consumer Surveys. The majority of consumers said they expect a refund in 7 days or less.
The good news is that retailers are moving closer to those expectations. The same group of retailers were about a day slower issuing refunds over the same time period last year.
“Returns and refunds can’t be overlooked,” said Kevon Hills, StellaService vice president of research. “An easy returns and refunds experience can …