By Corinne Clements

Hey everyone, and welcome to this week’s installment of TraQing News! Sorry we missed you last week due to the holiday. We’ve rounded up some content for you as you wind down your work week. From the beginnings of a ‘returns tsunami’ to the CTA taking a stand against tech tariffs, here are some of our favorite articles from this week:

Eye on Retail: Try-before-you-buy is causing ‘returns tsunami’ | Deena M. Amata-McCoy: One of the unintended side-effects of the shift to online shopping? There are a lot of returns. Some companies have made an effort to turn this into a “feature” rather than a “bug”, with Try-Before-You-Buy policies. These policies may not be ideal for smaller retailers, though, as increased customer expectations and the costs of processing returns.

Oppo ‘gradually’ winds down its Blu-ray player and audio business | Richard Lawler: Oppo, which  makes high end consumer electronics, is shifting away from making Blu-ray players and audio systems. As consumers choose more and more to stream media, there may be less demand for hardware dedicated to physical media.

Consumer tech lobbyist calls China tariffs a ‘poison pill’ | Jon Fingas: The CEO of the Consumer Technology Association has recently issued a statement against the government’s proposed tariffs on Chinese imports. And rather than just speaking against the proposed tariffs, they also included other options that would stymie foreign manufacturers and businesses without potentially triggering a trade war. The CTA rarely takes a direct stance like this, making it explicit that this is an issue they are standing firm on.

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