Amazon Expands Hub Pickup Lockers in Apartment Buildings

| Mike O'Brien

A year after a quiet introduction, Amazon is expanding Hub by Amazon, secure keypad-access lockers in high-rise and garden apartments that allow shoppers to grab packages at their convenience. Interestingly, the service is available to other shippers as well as Amazon itself.

Study Finds Young Shoppers Still Love Stores, Will Wait for Packages

| Mike O'Brien

A new study of shoppers ages 14-24 by Fluent Commerce found that young shoppers weren’t as eager for fulfillment immediacy as you’d think in the age of Amazon Prime and guaranteed two-day delivery, with most digital natives still good with hitting the stores. See what else matters to the next wave of consumers.

Same-Day Delivery App Curbside Acquired by Rakuten

| Mike O'Brien

Tokyo-based marketplace and logistics supplier Rakuten has acquired Curbside, a startup with $50 million in funding that powers same-day store and restaurant pickup of online orders, for an undisclosed amount. See what this deal means for the retail and restaurant customers of Curbside.

Walmart’s Jetblack Marries Personalized Shopping, Same-Day Speed

| Mike O'Brien

Jetblack, Walmart’s new invite-only, personalized shopping service aimed at busy moms in Manhattan and Brooklyn, allows members to get same-day orders fulfilled by texting them in, at $50 a month. It’s the latest example of the beast of Bentonville seeking to go upmarket and out-innovate main rival Amazon.

UPS Looking to Enter Fast-Growing White Glove Delivery Market

| Mike O'Brien

UPS is considering a move into the fast-growth white glove delivery market through a trucking partnership, which would enable it to handle larger, bulky items like furniture, appliances and home entertainment that often require special handling and some in-home installation.

How the Grocery Industry Is Going Digital

| Daniela Forte

Consumers are turning to app-based shopping for meal delivery ordering. A study by Toluna found that while a younger demographic tend to use app-based shopping, 50% of shoppers age 55 and older are considering using apps for grocery shopping. This infographic by Toluna highlights the findings of how customers are using apps to get meals delivered to their homes.