Alexa, Order Me Browserless Commerce

| Greg Zakowicz

Voice assistants appear to be poised to be the next big thing. After all, outside of emojis, speech is the most natural way to communicate. See what voice ordering means when it comes to browsing for items today.

Amazon Offers Instant Pickup in Five Cities

| Mike O'Brien

Not to be outdone by Target’s attention-getting news of its pending Grand Junction acquisition to bolster its same-day delivery efforts, Amazon announced a new Instant Pickup program that lets customers grab “essential” items at locker facilities in five cities in two minutes or less.

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.

Office Depot Launches Same-Day Delivery

| Mike O'Brien

As Amazon continues to encroach on the office supply market and offers speedy service in a growing number of urban markets, Office Depot is launching same-day delivery on Aug. 28 in Atlanta and Los Angeles, followed by Miami/Fort Lauderdale on Sept. 6. It has some catching up to do with rival and would-be merger partner Staples.

Boxed.com Will Send You Detergent When You Need It

| Mike O'Brien

Boxed.com, an ecommerce seller of bulk items at discount – think an online Costco – has created one AI-based tool that alerts customers when items are running low so they can reorder, and another that automatically sends them when it senses they’re nearly depleted.

Ecommerce Distribution Center Roundup

| Mike O'Brien

Amazon has been busy with distribution center and fulfillment center development in Michigan and California. See what other development is taking place as companies like Home Depot, Dollar Tree, Walmart and Dick’s Sporting Goods expand their fulfillment networks.

How to Level the Playing Field as Amazon Eats the World

| Dr. Amir Konigsberg

Headlines proclaiming that “Amazon is Eating the World” and that Amazon’s market-altering dominance – AKA the “Amazon Effect” – is causing immense concern for the retail industry as the playing field appears to be growing frighteningly imbalanced. Here is how you can level the playing field in an Amazon world.

5 Ecommerce Logistics Predictions for 2017

| Jake Rheude

Major breakthroughs in technology are allowing for the possibility of expedited delivery, higher efficiency, greater accuracy and – most importantly for supply chain logistics – lower costs than ever before. See some predictions for ecommerce logistics in 2017.