Retailers Flip on the Switch with Early Holiday Promotions

| Daniela Forte

The Halloween candy is probably still sitting in children’s bags and jack-o-lanterns are still aglow on people’s front porches, but the holiday shopping season has arrived. Here is a sample of what some of the major retailers are doing to push holiday season deals.

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.

Nordstrom, Costco, UPS Join Last-Mile Delivery Study in Seattle

| Mike O'Brien

Nordstrom, Costco and UPS have joined with a team from the University of Washington in Seattle to study solutions to last-mile delivery issues in urban areas. See what the group is charged with doing, and learn more on this topic in a session at Operations Summit 2017, March 27-29 in Pittsburgh, PA.

6 U.S. Brands That Nailed It on Singles Day 2015

| Tim Parry

Singles Day in China – November 11 – was an eye-opener for the naysayers. Alibaba announced that USD $14.3 billion of gross merchandise volume, and JD.com saw its number of orders increase by 130%, and an increase in GMV of more than 140%. Here’s a look at 6 U.S.-based merchants who took advantage of Singles Day 2015 in China, and totally nailed it.

Week in Review: eBay Now Same-Day Service Grounded

| MCM Staff

eBay has pulled the plug on its eBay Now same-day delivery pilot programs, but is still exploring solutions that fit better with its 25 million sellers. Here’s a look at this weeks’ news, commentary and events that shaped the direct-to-customer world… and more.

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Costco Enters China Through Tmall

| Daniela Forte

The online store launch will extend Costco’s product offering to consumers in mainland China for the first time. Costco’s online store will initially provide a range of products including food and healthcare product listings, as well as Costco’s private label Kirkland Signature products.