Zara to begin charging for online returns

Zara has started charging customers to return products they have purchased online.

Since the beginning of May, Zara customers have been charged £1.95 to return items, with the fee deducted from their total refund, according to The Industry.Fashion.

However, items bought in-store can still be returned free of charge, to shops in the same region.

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The move will undoubtedly be watched by other fashion retailers amid surging return rates.

The news comes as Boohoo revealed last week that spiking return rates had impacted its full-year profits and customers were returning items at a higher rate than before the pandemic.

The increase in returns is likely a result of consumers buying more trend-led items.

According to returns specialist ReBound, one in three fashion items bought online are sent back. This figure is around double the rate for shop-bought goods.

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