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.

Dick’s Sporting Goods Launches Price Match Guarantee

| Daniela Forte

In the never-ending battle with Amazon and other retailers, Dick’s Sporting Goods has created a price matching program designed to attract more cost-conscious shoppers. See what criteria the sporting goods retailer has laid out for customers to be eligible.

JC Penney Getting Back Into the Toy Business

| Mike O'Brien

Looking for another avenue to boost flat store sales, JC Penney is opening 500-square-foot toy shops in all of its brick-and-mortar locations, the company announced, pitting it against the likes of Toys R Us and Amazon as well as discount retailers like Walmart and Target in the $20 billion market.

Target Sees 22% Growth in Ecommerce in Q1

| Mike O'Brien

Target’s continued investment and focus on ecommerce is paying off as the company reported a robust 22% increase in online sales for the first quarter, ahead of the industry average, even as revenue decreased 1.1% to $16 billion and store foot traffic and comp sales were also down.

The True Cost of Cybercrime in Ecommerce

| Daniela Forte

Cybercrime in ecommerce is not a joke today. Data breaches are on the rise since 2013 and it is important that retailers are aware as we go into 2017 full-steam ahead. This infographic by BigCommerce and Symantec provides a deep dive look at how cybercrimes will impact retailers in 2017.