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Amazon Triples Items Eligible for Free Shipping  Jan 28, 2015 2:07 PM By Mike O'Brien

By lifting a restriction that required all items in an order to come from the same seller to qualify for free shipping, Amazon has more than tripled the number of items that qualify for the benefit.

USPS Asks to Keep Priority Mail Rates the Same But Raise Parcel Select Rates  Jan 27, 2015 1:08 PM By Mike O'Brien

As it continues to battle UPS, FedEx and DHL for a larger slice of the ecommerce shipping pie, the USPS has asked the PRC to keep its competitive Priority Mail rates unchanged for domestic delivery while raising Parcel Select – the primary last-mile option of the major carriers – by 8%.

Winter Storm Juno Shuts Down Deliveries in Northeast  Jan 27, 2015 10:56 AM By Mike O'Brien

While not packing the wallop that forecasters had been predicting, winter storm Juno nonetheless was bad enough to put a serious crimp in the shipping operations of major carriers in the Northeast.

UPS Hints At Higher Peak Season Pricing in 2015  Jan 27, 2015 10:34 AM By Mike O'Brien

As it lowered guidance on its earnings for Q4 and fiscal 2015, UPS also talked about possible adjustments to its peak season pricing later this year.

Complexity of Returns Grows as Ecommerce Does  Jan 27, 2015 8:52 AM By Mike O'Brien

While overall return rates are not increasing dramatically, they are on the rise, forcing ecommerce merchants to optimize their supply chain squeeze as much value as they can out of returned merchandise.

O+F Advisor Distribution Center Roundup, Jan. 26, 2015  Jan 26, 2015 5:49 PM By Mike O'Brien

A listing of some recently announced distribution center expansions and additions in retail and direct-to-consumer operations.

Retailers Focus on Returns Excellence as Processing Time Shrinks  Jan 26, 2015 5:08 PM By Mike O'Brien

StellaService finds returns processing times are shrinking, especially during the holidays, as more retailers make it a focus of the customer experience.

Brand Loyalty, Trust Keys to Canadian Consumers  Jan 21, 2015 9:49 AM By Mike O'Brien

Canadian consumers are more brand loyal than their U.S. counterparts, but connecting with them involves more relationship-building and trust.

UPS Adds New Logistics Facilities in Germany, Netherlands  Jan 19, 2015 3:21 PM By Mike O'Brien

UPS has added nearly 220,000 square feet to its European logistics operations, driven by growing demand from retail and high-tech customers.

Mobile Huge in Omnichannel Engagement, Retailers Report at NRF  Jan 15, 2015 3:00 PM By Mike O'Brien

Executives from Macy’s, Lowe’s and The Limited said the impact of mobile on omnichannel engagement has been huge and has progressed faster than expected.

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