FedEx Office Opening Branches in 500 Walmart Stores

| Mike O'Brien

Walmart will open FedEx Office branches in 500 U.S. stores that let customers pick up and drop off packages for shipment and access printing services, while boosting foot traffic for the retailer. This follows the opening of 7,500 FedEx branches at Walgreens stores last year and is another Walmart weapon against Amazon.

Marc Lore Says Walmart Q4 Ecommerce Sales Drop Was Planned

| Daniela Forte

Marc Lore, Walmart’s CEO of U.S. Ecommerce, pushed back on critics at ShopTalk by saying the company’s Q4 ecommerce sales falloff was planned, that Walmart doesn’t give quarterly online sales guidance and that the company was taking the opportunity to “create a healthier business.”

DHL eCommerce Launches Same-Day Service in the U.S.

| Mike O'Brien

Going head-to-head with UPS and FedEx, which have owned the domestic space, DHL eCommerce, an arm of German logistics giant DHL, is launching a same-day delivery service in eight U.S. cities that some believe will have Amazon as a major client.

Walmart Whistleblower Claims Ecommerce Results Overstated

| Mike O'Brien

A former director of business development for Walmart claims in a lawsuit the company skirted rules and published misleading results that helped to inflate its ecommerce numbers, according to Bloomberg. Walmart denies the claims and said it will vigorously defend itself.

Merchants Differentiating in the Last Mile, Returns, Outsourcing

| Mike O'Brien

As merchants search for ways to contend with the behemoth of Amazon – which accounted for about half of ecommerce sales in 2017 – many are focusing on the last mile, returns and outsourcing to battle back. This MCM Outlook report, based on our annual survey of Multichannel Merchant readers, looks at trends and stats in all three areas.