Category Archives: E-Commerce

Retail Defaults Slow Down — RetailDive.com

Many retailers have shut down, filed for bankruptcy, or suffered significant setbacks over the past few years. That trend seems to be slowing down, though there are still real concerns for some brands: “Over the last three years, retail has commanded one of the highest default rates among U.S. industries. While big names like Sears and Bon-Ton filed for bankruptcy last year, the spec-grade retail default forecast has fallen sharply from its peak of 19% in 2017 to 4.3% for a...

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Walmart Challenged by Online Sales Increases — SupplyChainDive.com

Walmart’s e-commerce business is on the upswing, creating logistical challenges that cut into profits: “E-commerce sales at Walmart were up 40% year-over-year at the end of 2018, but the company still has work to do on making those sales as profitable as the company, and analysts, would like, according to executives on the company’s fourth-quarter earnings call.” P.S. Walmart needs all-hands-on-deck in its effort to be successful at e-commerce. This includes suppliers. If you want to partner with Walmart online,...

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Jet.com to Offer Same Day Fresh Fish Delivery in NYC — GroceryDive.com

Walmart’s Jet.com is testing a new partnership that delivers fresh fish to consumers in New York City: “With this new partnership, Jet claims that it is the largest e-commerce platform to partner with Fulton Fish Market, and the only e-commerce platform providing same-day delivery of the market’s offerings in NYC, with Jet’s Bronx Fulfillment Center located a short 10-minute drive away from the seafood vendor. Customers must place their orders before noon in order to receive same-day delivery between 6...

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All Walmart.com Sellers Can Now Offer 2-Day Shipping — Business Insider

Third-party merchants are now able to offer 2-day delivery on Walmart.com: “Since 2018, Walmart has partnered with Deliverr on a program to help third-party merchants sell items with Walmart’s green two-day shipping tag. Starting this week, any merchant can opt in to Deliverr’s services and get that tag on the merchandise they sell on Walmart.com.” P.S. Are you selling on Walmart.com? Will you be taking advantage of the 2-day shipping option? Learn how to optimize your online sales when you...

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New Packaging Strategies for Online, Offline Sales — SupplyChainDive.com

Some suppliers are shifting their packaging strategies to address omnichannel needs: “Manufacturers like Tide are now developing two packaging designs for the same product: those destined for the retail shelf, and those sent directly to consumers.” P.S. Have you reviewed your packaging strategy lately? Our experts can help you address logistics while you focus on other essential business concerns. Schedule a consultation today.

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Jet.com Teams Up with Blue Apron — RetailDive.com

Jet.com has teamed up with Blue Apron to sell food kits via Jet.com’s City Grocery program: “In an effort to increase penetration with online and brick-and-mortar retailers, Blue Apron announced the launch of a new meal kit line that bundles sauces, grains, dairy, spices and step-by-step recipes that customers then pair with their choice of a retailer’s produce or protein. The new product, called Blue Apron Knick Knacks, will launch on Jet’s City Grocery platform starting tomorrow, Feb. 1. Suggested...

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Walmart Canada – Flipkart Collaboration — Walmart.com

Walmart Canada and Flipkart’s fashion platform, Myntra, have developed a program that serves Indian and South Asian consumers living in Canada: “Enter Walmart.ca and their new collaboration with Flipkart’s fashion focused platform, Myntra. By working together, they can connect Indian sellers with Indian and South Asian customers living in Canada. Plus, customers can take advantage of Myntra’s wide array of private branded housewares and clothing, such as the All About You line from Bollywood actress turned celebrity designer, Deepika Padukone.”...

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Report: FedEx to Offer Late-Night Shipping — Chain Store Age

Chain Store Age reports that FedEx is rolling out a new delivery service that helps retailers quickly ship to late-night customers: “The service, which has been tested in about 100 markets since late 2017, enables retailers to offer next-day local shipping and two-day national shipping for online purchases made as late as midnight. Drivers will pick up packages from stores as late as 2 a.m. for sorting.” P.S. This service is supposedly aimed at Amazon, which is increasingly handling its...

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Walmart.com Teams with Fanatics — Walmart.com

Fanatics, the company behind many online sports merchandise shops, has teamed up with Walmart.com: “Just in time for the Big Game, I’m excited to announce a new, long-term partnership with Fanatics – the powerhouse sports fan brand that makes your favorite team and player merchandise, and operates popular sites such as NFLShop.com, NBAStore.com and MLBShop.com – to launch a new specialty shop offering licensed fan gear on Walmart.com.“ P.S. Yet another expansion of Walmart’s online product assortment. Our experts can...

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Amazon Pushes Suppliers for Exclusive Brands — FoodDive.com

Amazon’s ability to develop new products on its own has proven expensive. Now the retailer is asking suppliers to create Amazon-exclusive private brands: “After finding that it was too expensive for Amazon to develop exclusive brands independently, the company started pushing established food and beverage manufacturers to take on the R&D work, a source told the Journal. Nutrition brand GNC was one of the first to launch products through the program Amazon started last year.” P.S. Amazon is riding the private...

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