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Best Buy Keeps an Eye on Store Count as Ecommerce Growth Booms  May 25, 2016 3:56 PM By Mike O'Brien

Best Buy reported flat comps but 24% growth in ecommerce during the first quarter, as domestic revenue was down due to store closures and pricing pressure. Midway through its $400 million cost reduction effort, the company is keeping an eye on store count while playing up the importance of physical locations in its overall omnichannel customer experience.

Home Depot Blows Out Online Sales, Expands Home Delivery to All Stores  May 25, 2016 12:23 PM By Mike O'Brien

Home Depot delivered a solid Q1, including a 21.% increase in online sales and success on a variety of supply chain and omnichannel fronts. See what else the “improving home improvement” company is doing right these days.

Alpha Industries Sees Growth of its Cross-Border Ecommerce Sales  May 24, 2016 4:58 PM By Mike O'Brien

Alpha Industries has seen gains in cross-border ecommerce sales and customer satisfaction after partnering with UPS iParcel on international fulfillment. See what issues Alpha was facing, and how they were solved through outsourcing the handling of its international transactions.

DSTLD Sees Benefits of Outsourcing Its Fulfillment Operations  May 19, 2016 5:45 PM By Mike O'Brien

Ecommerce-only luxury denim seller DSTLD has seen the benefits of outsourcing its operations, including returns, allowing it to focus on growing its brand. See how the company transitioned from operating its own facility, saving on shipping and giving its customers hassle-free returns.

Sears Launches Pilot Appliance Store in Colorado  May 13, 2016 12:15 PM By Mike O'Brien

Looking to play to a core category strength, Sears Holdings announced plans to open a pilot standalone appliance store in Fort Collins, CO on May 19. If the concept is a success, it would quickly be rolled out in other markets.

eBay Sellers Can Now Drop Off Items at FedEx Office Locations  May 12, 2016 3:57 PM By Mike O'Brien

Looking to increase traffic on its marketplace, eBay is making it easier for members to sell their stuff by dropping it off at 1,600 FedEx stores through a new partnership with the carrier. Learn more about this arrangement and what it means for sellers and eBay.

Walmart to Offer Free Two-Day Shipping With Subscription Plan  May 12, 2016 3:28 PM By Mike O'Brien

Again taking square aim at Amazon Prime, Walmart plans to offer free two-day shipping as part of its $50 a year ShippingPass program. See what else the retail giant has in the works as it looks to gain ground against its online rival.

Judge Denies Staples-Office Depot Merger  May 11, 2016 11:47 AM By Mike O'Brien

A federal court judge has ruled in favor of the Federal Trade Commission’s decision to block the proposed Staples-Office Depot merger, upholding the FTC’s December lawsuit which claimed the resulting monopolistic company would harm consumers by adversely affecting office supply prices.

U.S. Postal Service Again Posts Parcel Gains, But Overall Loss  May 10, 2016 10:19 AM By Mike O'Brien

The U.S. Postal Service reported operating revenue of $17.7 billion in Q2, up $788 million or 4.7% from 2015. The increase was primarily due to an 11.4% gain in shipping and package volume and pricing changes. While the USPS keeps posting double-digit parcel gains, it continues to drown in pension-driven red ink, with a $2 billion quarterly net loss, up from $1.5 billion a year ago.

J.C. Penney Expanding Appliance Sales to 500 Stores  May 10, 2016 9:40 AM By Mike O'Brien

After a successful pilot in three markets started in January, J.C. Penney plans to expand appliance sales to 500 stores this year, going head to head with Best Buy, Sears, Home Depot and Lowe’s. See what other moves the retail chain is making.

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