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USPS Inspector General Says Sunday Delivery Inefficient  Dec 23, 2014 4:43 PM By Mike O'Brien

The USPS OIG said the USPS has been inefficient in handling Sunday deliveries for major customer Amazon, leading to over $350,000 in additional costs.

Google Express Seeing Holiday Gains in Battle with Amazon  Dec 23, 2014 1:48 PM By Mike O'Brien

Google is seeing gains in its Google Express same-day delivery service this holiday season, as it looks to claw back ecommerce search traffic lost to Amazon.com because more consumers are going there for product research.

According to Google, as cited in an article by Bloomberg, Google Express handled 50% more toys in the two weeks after the Thanksgiving holiday, while sales of books rose more than 30%.

Paula Schneider In, Dov Charney Out, at American Apparel  Dec 23, 2014 8:22 AM By Tim Parry

Dov Charney has been terminated as President and Chief Executive Officer of American Apparel, the company he founded in 1989. Paula Schneider will become Chief Executive Officer, effective Jan. 5.

An eBay Local Pilot Grows in Brooklyn  Dec 22, 2014 4:33 PM By Mike O'Brien

eBay said 83 businesses – including online merchants as well as retailers with physical stores – have joined its eBay Local pilot program in Brooklyn, NY., offering a range of delivery options, including $5 same-day and in-store pickup, to consumers through eBay’s website and mobile apps.

The Brooklyn trial is taking place as the company shifts the focus of Amazon Local more toward its core marketplace sellers, with less emphasis on major retailers.

Down to the Wire for Seasonal Shipping Peak 2014  Dec 22, 2014 2:45 PM By Mike O'Brien

As the 2014 retail seasonal shipping peak roars to a close, the major carriers are seeing their numerous upgrades and investments put to the test.

Staples is the Latest Merchant With a Data Security Breach  Dec 22, 2014 9:43 AM By MCM Staff

Staples says malware was deployed to some point-of-sale systems at 115 of its more than 1,400 U.S. retail stores in September. Here’s what transaction data was accessed at affected stores.

Holiday Return Fraud Will Cost Retailers $3.8 Billion  Dec 19, 2014 1:43 PM By MCM Staff

More than three-quarters of those polled by the National Retail Federation cite organized retail crime as impacting return fraud rates.

CommerceHub to Acquire Mercent  Dec 18, 2014 4:04 PM By MCM Staff

CommerceHub and Mercent unite to enable an end-to-end offering from demand to doorstep. The deal is expected to be finalized in January.

Mobile Commerce is Booming in China  Dec 18, 2014 9:55 AM By Tim Parry

With ongoing advances in mobile Internet technology, ecommerce in China continues to shift from desktop computers to smartphones and other mobile devices. For the country as a whole, the percentage of mobile transactions to total transactions was 54% this year, up from 22% last year.

Amazon Launches Prime Now, One-Hour Delivery in NYC  Dec 18, 2014 9:44 AM By Mike O'Brien

Continuing on its juggernaut of instant fulfillment of all kinds of stuff from “the anything store,” Amazon today announced Prime Now, a service that will allow Prime members in New York to receive household items like paper towels and laundry soap in as little as an hour via a mobile app.

The app, which is available in iOs and Android versions, give Prime members in select New York neighborhoods free two-hour delivery; the one-hour version costs $7.99 per order. The company’s much-touted facility on West 34th St. in Manhattan will serve as the fulfillment hub.






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