Retail and Ecommerce Distribution Center Roundup

| Mike O'Brien

Amazon, Wayfair, Best Buy, Ulta Beauty and IKEA are among the major retailers announcing new distribution center or fulfillment center activity to meet consumer demand, in Multichannel Merchant’s periodic roundup of facilities news.

Instacart Acquires Unata for $65 Million

| Daniela Forte

Instacart announced that it has joined forces with Toronto-based Unata, a digital solution platform that will provide Instacart the ecommerce tools it needs to evolve in online grocery shopping. See how Instacart plans to go up against Amazon with this acquisition.

U.S. Supreme Court to Hear Case on Ecommerce Taxation

| Mike O'Brien

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to take up a South Dakota case this term that could reset the balance between online and physical store sellers by requiring taxation of goods sold by out-of-state merchants. However the high court rules, it will have a dramatic effect on retail and ecommerce taxation for years to come.

New Year’s Resolution for Suppliers: Get in Charge of Chargebacks

| Chris Caouette

Feeling Amazon’s pinch, retailers are under intense pressure to get shipments right every time. To get the level of performance they need from suppliers, they turn to chargebacks. But for suppliers, they’re a margin killer and drag on your business. Here are 7 steps to help you limit their impact.

President Trump Takes Aim at USPS, Amazon in Tweet

| Mike O'Brien

President Trump has taken a break from favorite targets like Little Rocket Man to turn his Twitter fire and ire on the U.S. Postal Service, blasting the agency for not charging enough on parcel delivery, in particular singling out major client Amazon, as the USPS continues to hemorrhage cash.

Amazon Expands Free Same-Day, Next-Day for Prime Members

| Mike O'Brien

Continuing in perpetual motion mode, Amazon has expanded the number of cities and towns offering free same-day and next-day delivery for Prime members from 5,000 to 8,000, while also leveraging its Best Buy acquisition and new bookstores in an all-out holiday season assault.