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Amazon Launches Prime Now, One-Hour Delivery in NYC  Dec 18, 2014 9:44 AM By Mike O'Brien

Continuing on its juggernaut of instant fulfillment of all kinds of stuff from “the anything store,” Amazon today announced Prime Now, a service that will allow Prime members in New York to receive household items like paper towels and laundry soap in as little as an hour via a mobile app.

The app, which is available in iOs and Android versions, give Prime members in select New York neighborhoods free two-hour delivery; the one-hour version costs $7.99 per order. The company’s much-touted facility on West 34th St. in Manhattan will serve as the fulfillment hub.

ShipMatrix Talks On-Time Performance of the Major Carriers  Dec 17, 2014 5:15 PM By Mike O'Brien

ShipMatrix president Satish Jindel talks with Multichannel Merchant senior editor Mike O’Brien about his company’s latest on-time performance report for UPS and FedEx, and how major initiatives and investments from both have thus far enabled them to surpass their 2013 numbers. Subscribe to RSS headline updates from: Powered by FeedBurner

Banana Republic Offering Free Same-Day Shipping for Holidays  Dec 16, 2014 5:08 PM By Mike O'Brien

In the never-ending battle for holiday shopping dollars, clothing retailer Banana Republic is offering free same-day shipping from Wednesday, Dec. 17 through Tuesday, Dec. 23 as part of its “Procrastinators Event” promotional program, the company said in a press release.

Through crowdsourced same-day shipping provider Deliv, customers who use Banana Republic’s reserve in store option on its website can opt for free same-day delivery in eight cities: San Francisco, Palo Alto, Los Angeles, Chicago, New Jersey, Washington D.C., Houston and Seattle.

O+F Distribution Center Roundup, Dec. 15, 2014  Dec 15, 2014 4:38 PM By Mike O'Brien

O+F’s listing of recently announced expansions, additions and closures in retail distribution centers.

Dec. 15 Is Peak Holiday Shipping Volume Day for FedEx, USPS  Dec 15, 2014 1:21 PM By Mike O'Brien

Monday, Dec. 15 is expected to be the highest volume delivery day for both FedEx and the U.S. Postal Service, with UPS projecting the following Monday, Dec. 22, to be its largest shipping day this holiday season.

Alibaba Says It Has Addressed Online Security Vulnerability  Dec 11, 2014 11:49 AM By Mike O'Brien

Alibaba says it is doing all it can to keep on top of security issues that affect its ecommerce merchants, after a published report noted that an Israeli firm in late October found a security flaw in AliExpress, the company’s English language ecommerce site.

Shopatron Talks Holiday Ecommerce Trends  Dec 09, 2014 3:08 PM By Mike O'Brien

Multichannel Merchant senior editor Mike O’Brien talks with Shopatron founder and CEO Ed Stevens about holiday ecommerce trends in the 2014 shopping season.

Best Buy Announces Free Two-Day Shipping  Dec 09, 2014 1:32 PM By Mike O'Brien

In an effort to lure more holiday season shoppers, Best Buy announced it was offering free two-day shipping on thousands of online items.

Amazon Testing Bikes for Ultra-Fast Delivery in New York  Dec 09, 2014 12:12 PM By Mike O'Brien

Amazon is once again pushing the ecommerce envelope, testing out the use of bicycle couriers in New York as part of a service called Amazon Prime Now, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal.

The service will provide delivery of some items purchased on Amazon.com in an hour or two, the Journal said it had been told by an unnamed source.

Making It Right for Affected Customers Key for Harry London  Dec 01, 2014 5:52 PM By Mike O'Brien

In the wake of a Thanksgiving fire that destroyed a distribution center outside Cleveland, 1-800-Flowers.com is doing all it can to make customers happy.

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