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E-Tailers Hope Wearable Measurement Suit Will Cut Costly Returns

With e-commerce purchases increasing, the costs of returns are enough to strangle profits.

According to a report by CNBC, the average return costs an internet retailer 30% of the itemโ€™s purchase price.

With e-commerce sales higher than ever, many e-tailers are desperate for ways to reduce this costly component of the business model.

Enter the Zozosuit, a 3D-printed, wearable measuring tool developed by Softbank-backed Zozo Inc.

The company has unveiled a modified version of its original body-measuring garment after the first iteration drew complaints.

Using 20,000 data points โ€“ up from 400 in the original version โ€“ Zozosuit takes measurements of the body and allows the user to upload the data.

The idea is that clothing, especially custom-made items, can be produced with much more accurate results and far fewer returns.

Zozo hopes the suit will be available within the next year and says itโ€™s able to produce it cheaply and quickly via a printing process.

The company currently offers โ€œZozomat,โ€ a foot-measuring device thatโ€™s reportedly cut shoe returns by 30%.

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