Target Offers Voice Shopping, Two-Day Delivery with Google Express

| Mike O'Brien

Target is significantly expanding its partnership with Google, offering customers voice-directed ordering through a Google Home device or an Android TV – and two-day delivery nationwide via Google Express. The company will also soon offer voice ordering through Android phones and iPhones.

FedEx Expands Same-Day Delivery to 30 U.S. Markets

| Mike O'Brien

Ahead of the holiday season, FedEx has expanded same-day delivery service to 1,800 cities in 30 regional markets through its FedEx Office division. The deliveries are made by uniformed FedEx drivers in branded vehicles, and the service includes a mobile app to track delivery status including alerts on estimated arrival time.

Amazon Reportedly Testing Local Delivery from Merchant DCs

| Mike O'Brien

Once again raising the specter of cutting out more business to UPS and FedEx, Amazon is reportedly testing a program that involves making local deliveries from the warehouses of retailers selling on its marketplace. See what the move entails, and what else Amazon has been doing to beef up its logistics and delivery capabilities.

8 Ways to Improve First-Time Success in Last-Mile Delivery

| William Salter

According to online retail association IMRG the cost of goods from failed ecommerce deliveries is over $1 billion annually in the U.S. alone. So how can you improve first-time delivery success? Here are 8 ways you can help ensure that customers get their order on time the first time and consistently thereafter.

Walmart Tests New In-Home Grocery Delivery

| Daniela Forte

Marc Lore, Walmart’s head of ecommerce for the U.S., talked about the company’s testing of in-home grocery delivery during a keynote presentation at Shop.org, the latest in a string of disruptive moves by the big-box giant as it battles head-to-head with Amazon. See what Lore had to say about the new offering and how he views its potential for expansion.

Deliv Expands Across U.S., Takes Macy’s, Best Buy, Others Along

| Mike O'Brien

In a move that it says puts it on equal footing with Prime Now’s domestic coverage, crowdsourced same-day delivery provider Deliv has expanded to 1,400 U.S. cities in 33 markets, up from 19 markets previously, allowing retail customers like Macy’s and Best Buy to greatly increase the range of their services.

Amazon Reportedly Expanding Prime Now to Canada

| Mike O'Brien

Amazon Prime members in Vancouver and Toronto will soon be able to receive orders in one to two hours, according to several media reports, creating a strong incentive sure to drive growth of the lucrative subscription program north of the border.

Target Acquires Grand Junction to Boost Same-Day Delivery

| Mike O'Brien

In a move that will help it counter Amazon’s growing Prime Now footprint, Target announced plans to acquire transportation management software firm Grand Junction to expand its same-day delivery capabilities. And a former Amazon supply chain executive is helping Target get there.