FedEx Rate Changes to Hit Ecommerce Shippers Hard

| Mike O'Brien

The recently announced rate changes from FedEx reflect both the continual cat-and-mouse game with main rival UPS, as well as a bigger hit on ecommerce shippers as carriers look to recover the higher cost of moving more and more online orders. See what analysts and experts have to say about the impact of the new rates.

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Hanjin Ocean Freight Failure Disrupting Retail Supply Chains

| Mike O'Brien

The financial woes of South Korean concern Hanjin Shipping Co Ltd, the world’s seventh-largest ocean freight line, is causing a ripple effect that is disrupting supply chains across retail entering the busy fall and holiday season. See what efforts are underway to address the logjam.

The USPS Ups Its Ecommerce Parcel Game

| Mike O'Brien

Quick question: Which of the Big 3 U.S. parcel carriers delivers the most ecommerce packages? Surprise: It’s the United States Postal Service. So why are ecommerce merchants shifting their shipments to the USPS? Multichannel Merchant dove into this topic, and got some answers from some small- and medium-size merchants.

5 Things You Need to Know to Ensure Drop Shipping Success

| Jett McCandless

Drop shipping can be an extremely beneficial tactic for retailers when done right because it offloads inventory risks. But it can create additional layers of complexity and challenges associated with quality and speed, among others. Here are some tips to help you make it a winner for your business.

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Nordstrom Takes Minority Stake in Drop Shipping Firm Dsco

| MCM Staff

Nordstrom has invested an undisclosed sum in drop shipping firm Dsco, formerly Dropship Commerce, in order to grow its ecommerce business. See how this will enable Nordstrom to reduce its inventory levels and shift holding costs to its suppliers.

Forever 21 Shipping Firm Abandons Retailer

| Daniela Forte

Forever 21 may need to start looking for a new shipping company, as its current shipping company EZ Worldwide Express has abandoned them. Read what caused the company to abandon Forever 21 and what plans the brand has in place.

Get Operations, Drop Ship Vendors Ready Now for Holiday Peak Prep

| Peter Zaballos

With the spring season underway, you are likely already executing on your 2016 ecommerce initiatives. For most retailers, the goal is to be ready by back-to-school season so you can test your advancements prior to the holiday season. So spring is perfect timing to assess holiday peak prep and readiness.