Category Archives: E-Commerce

Are Suppliers “Bullied” By Amazon? — Digiday

Many suppliers have found success selling on Amazon, but recent changes in its wholesale and third-party programs have reportedly left some suppliers feeling bullied: “’For a smaller, niche brand like ours, this is a worse deal,’ said a brand founder who used to be a third-party seller on Amazon, and asked to speak on background. ‘It feels like Amazon is bullying its brands by saying, ‘The only way is our way, and we get to choose what’s better for us,...

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CEO of Walmart’s Parcel Steps Down — Progressive Grocer

Last year, Walmart acquired Parcel, a last-mile delivery service in New York. Jesse Kaplan, the company’s CEO, recently announced his departure: “Jesse Kaplan, CEO of Parcel, which launched in 2013 and Walmart bought in September 2017, decided “this was a natural point” to step down, the news outlet reported, citing a spokesperson for Walmart ecommerce arm Jet. Replacing him is Parcel COO Jackson Fratesi, who will report to Hany Elkordy, Walmart’s VP of logistics and last-mile delivery, who recently joined...

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Walmart’s ELOQUII Opens Holiday Pop-Up Store in SoHo — RetailDive.com

Walmart’s recent e-commerce fashion acquisition, ELOQUII,  has opened a pop-up store in SoHo: “The brand first announced a brick-and-mortar strategy last year and is likely benefiting from the wealth of new parent Walmart to further it. Its first store, in an empty The Limited location following that retailer’s bankruptcy and closure, was opened amid the buzz of a “retail apocalypse” that has mostly died down as retail sales have rebounded.” P.S.  Are you keeping up with Walmart’s ventures into fashion...

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Walmart China Tests Same-Day Delivery — MultiChannelMerchant.com

Walmart China is testing same-day fresh grocery delivery in one of its stores: “According to TechCrunch, WeChat customers can choose from 8,000 SKUs and receive orders in as little as one hour. Items available on the service include fresh produce, condiments, snacks, baby, personal care and home care items, products from Walmart’s Great Value brand and imported products sourced from around the world.” P.S. Grocery delivery and an expansion of its Chinese operations are two priorities for Walmart right now....

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Black Friday: Record Online Sales — Yahoo! Finance

Black Friday in the U.S. set records for online sales, indicating that retailer efforts to streamline online and mobile sales are critical to ongoing success: “Black Friday pulled in $6.22 billion in online sales, up 23.6 percent from a year ago and setting a new high, according to Adobe Analytics, which tracks transactions for 80 of the top 100 internet retailers in the U.S. like Walmart and Amazon AMZN . Those figures arrived as many retailers have pushed big digital...

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Walmart May Overtake Apple in E-Commerce — RetailDive.com

Walmart is on schedule to beat Apple for its place as the third largest online retailer: “By the end of the year, Walmart will grab 4% of all online retail spending in the U.S., totaling $20.91 billion, up from the research firm’s 3.7% forecast from July, according to the study, which was emailed to Retail Dive. Apple’s share will remain at 3.9%, while Amazon will blow them both away with its 48% share of U.S. e-commerce, and nearly 5% of...

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UPS Drivers May Strike — Fortune.com

UPS drivers may begin a strike on Monday, November 12th, possibly throwing supply chains and e-commerce deliveries into disarray right before the holidays: “UPS posted a warning on its website and confirmed to Fortune in a statement that the company has already taken precautions against shipping delays by ceasing to accept new pickups and emptying its network of freight by Friday, Nov. 9. UPS Freight picked up new heavy shipments until yesterday, Nov. 7, and only guaranteed delivery of ground...

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Fresh Produce in Demand by Online Grocery Shoppers — ProduceRetailer.com

Online grocery shoppers are increasingly in the market for fresh produce: “RFG surveyed 760 people — individuals who had shopped online for groceries in the previous 30 days — and 42% of respondents said they purchase produce online.” P.S. Online grocery sales are on the increase. Is your supplier business getting in on the action? Our Walmart experts can help. Book a consultation today!  

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Analysts Predict Strong Holiday Shopping Season — Yahoo! Finance

A recent report indicates that consumers will increase their online spending this holiday season: “According to a research report from Adobe Analytics, online shopping will hit new highs in November and December. Adobe is forecasting that U.S. shoppers will spend $124.1 billion online during those two months, up from $108.2 billion, or an increase of about 14.8% year-over-year. That works out to be more than $1 out of every $6 spent during the holidays overall.” P.S. Do you plan for...

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Another Look at Walmart’s Online Strategy — CNN.com

CNN examines Walmart’s online strategy, noting that the company is fighting back against Amazon with strategic online apparel acquisitions as well as increased grocery alternatives. This one-two punch allows Walmart to cater to the needs of working families while attracting a more sophisticated demographic: “Walmart (WMT) is marching forward with a two-track strategy designed for different customer segments: It’s offering cheaper and more convenient ways to buy groceries for its low-and-middle income base, while acquiring high-end brands— including Bonobos and Modcloth— to...

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