Porch Piracy: A Year-Long Struggle for Customers

| Mike O'Brien

While many people associate porch piracy with the holiday season, new data shows that it’s an issue all year long.
To better understand how package theft is impacting ecommerce shoppers, Shorr Packaging developed this infographic, based on a survey of 1,000 U.S. consumers.

CVS Offering Same-Day Delivery in Major Markets

| Mike O'Brien

Fearing possible encroachment from Amazon into prescription delivery, CVS will begin offering next-day delivery of both prescriptions and other retail items in major cities in 2018, and same-day service in Manhattan beginning Dec. 4.

Amazon Key Allows In-Home Deliveries When You’re Out

| Mike O'Brien

Right on the heels of Walmart’s September announcement of an in-home grocery delivery service being tested in New York City, Amazon has come out with its own offering allowing drivers to enter homes and drop off items under the watchful eye of a new Amazon smart connected camera – all tied to Alexa.

Northwest Research Inc. Acquired by FedEx

| Mike O'Brien

FedEx announced it has acquired inventory management provider Northwest Research, adding technology to help with its ecommerce fulfillment capabilities. The companies said Northwest will provide “new approaches to inventory management issues, including specialized research to maximize successful outcomes for challenging shipments.”

SpaceX Says, Same-Day Delivery Is So Last Week

| Mike O'Brien

Jeff Bezos and the innovation teams at Amazon seem to have cornered the market on far-out ideas that push the envelope for ecommerce distribution, from delivery drones to blimp warehouses to even an undersea DC. That is, until Elon Musk and his hardy band of rocketeers at SpaceX came along and shot the moon – or Mars.

Radial Assets Seen As Complementary to bpost

| Mike O'Brien

An executive with bpost cross-border unit Landmark Global said it will be able to help customers of new sister company Radial expand into markets in Europe and Asia, while Radial can provide a range of value-added ecommerce and omnichannel services for bpost’s customers in those same markets.