Mike O'Brien

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Mike O’Brien has worked in journalism, marketing and public relations for … well, quite a while. At Multichannel Merchant he focuses on the world of direct-to-customer operations and fulfillment, editing MCM’s weekly O+F Advisor newsletter, and programs the annual Operations Summit conference. Previously Mike was a senior account executive for Marx Communications, a boutique public relations firm working with marketing and advertising services clients. Other past work includes stints as a media relations consultant for a concert promoter, a marketing communications specialist for a pharma software firm, a research analyst covering the corporate e-learning market and a daily newspaper reporter on every beat imaginable – except sports.

Your Input Counts: MCM Outlook Survey Helps Us Gauge the Market

| Mike O'Brien

Once again, the team at Multichannel Merchant is conducting the annual MCM Outlook survey to delve into key subjects and trends shaping the world of direct-to-customer commerce. Complete the survey and help drive our data! We’ll even throw in a $5 Starbucks card as our way of saying thanks!

President Trump Takes Aim at USPS, Amazon in Tweet

| Mike O'Brien

President Trump has taken a break from favorite targets like Little Rocket Man to turn his Twitter fire and ire on the U.S. Postal Service, blasting the agency for not charging enough on parcel delivery, in particular singling out major client Amazon, as the USPS continues to hemorrhage cash.

Holiday Retail Sales Grew 4.9% from 2016

| Mike O'Brien

Holiday retail sales increased 4.9% between Nov. 1 and Dec. 24, setting a new record for dollars spent, according to data from MasterCard SpendingPulse, the largest boost since 2011 and an indication of consumer confidence as the economy grows.

FedEx, UPS Say Holiday Shipments On Track

| Mike O'Brien

FedEx reported Tuesday it is on track in terms of holiday shipments, and UPS reported it has been able to keep up after a hiccup following a larger-than-expected volume surge after Cyber Week.

Amazon Expands Free Same-Day, Next-Day for Prime Members

| Mike O'Brien

Continuing in perpetual motion mode, Amazon has expanded the number of cities and towns offering free same-day and next-day delivery for Prime members from 5,000 to 8,000, while also leveraging its Best Buy acquisition and new bookstores in an all-out holiday season assault.

Target Buys Shipt, Expands Same-Day Delivery Capability

| Mike O'Brien

In the perpetual game of keep-up with Amazon and Walmart, Target announced plans to acquire delivery service provider Shipt for $550 million, expanding same-day delivery to half of its stores by early 2018 and all major markets by the next holiday season.