A 2021 Holiday Prep Checklist for Online Retailers


As the world found itself in the middle of a pandemic, it was no surprise that e-commerce sales showed tremendous growth during the holiday season of 2020 — an annual increase equal to two years’ worth of growth. In fact, e-commerce sales increased by 32% between 2019 and 2020, and there are no forecasts that show any slowing down for 2021 either.

In addition to the year-on-year growth as is illustrated above, e-commerce sales are also expected to increase even further — with 75% of the forecasted growth in holiday sales projected to be online sales. Evidently, shipping demands will be skyrocketing towards the end of the year, making it even more important for online retailers to have a well-thought-out game plan in place, and in good time.


Ticking All the Boxes

In Meili Robots’s latest guide, you receive free access to some of the most recent market insights of the online retail landscape while working your way through a comprehensive checklist for preparing online retail stores for the upcoming holiday season.

So, what can you expect from this guide? Although the guide itself is comprised of a detailed checklist, here is an overview of the five main areas that the checklist dives into:

  • Step 1: Plan Your Inventory
  • Step 2: Create a Holiday Calendar
  • Step 3: Prepare for Shipping
  • Step 4: Optimise Your Customer Experience
  • Step 5: Ticking the Final Boxes

Inventory management is without a doubt one of the biggest challenges for online retailers during the holiday season. In this guide, Meili Robots dives deeper into these operational processes and how technology, such as automation, can make preparations for the holiday season much easier — think about the ways in which technology can automate storing, packing, shipping, and so on.


To get access to the full guide, please visit Meili Robots and download the guide for free!