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5 Criteria for Selecting Warehouse Devices and Gaining Efficiency  Jan 26, 2015 6:43 PM By Mark Holleran

Five criteria for helping you select warehouse devices that can add efficiency and productivity gains.

O+F Advisor Distribution Center Roundup, Jan. 26, 2015  Jan 26, 2015 5:49 PM By Mike O'Brien

A listing of some recently announced distribution center expansions and additions in retail and direct-to-consumer operations.

Start Planning Now for Fall and Holiday 2015 Peak Season Operations  Jan 20, 2015 11:01 AM By Curt Barry

You’ve barely put a bow on your peak shipping, but it’s time to assess your performance and start planning for peak season operations in 2015. What are your objectives for improvements? Here are eight steps to help you prioritize which changes happen this year, and which can be pushed into 2016 and beyond.

Macy’s Inc. Restructuring with Omnichannel in Mind  Jan 08, 2015 4:54 PM By Tim Parry

Actions include a restructuring of merchandising and marketing functions at Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s consistent with the company’s omnichannel approach to retailing, as well as a series of adjustments to its field and store operations to increase productivity and efficiency.

UPS Said to Handle 4 Million Returns By First Week of January, Up 15% from 2013  Jan 08, 2015 9:27 AM By Mike O'Brien

With many consumers large and small finding that not everything Santa brought was exactly what they wanted, UPS said it expects to handle 4 million returns packages by the end of the first week in January, up 15% from 3.5 million in 2013. The company estimated this deluge of reverse logistics hit a peak of 800,000 packages on Jan. 6.

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%.

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.

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.

Banana Republic Offering Free Same-Day Shipping for Holidays  Dec 16, 2014 5:08 PM By Mike O'Brien

In the never-ending battle for holiday shopping dollars, clothing retailer Banana Republic is offering free same-day shipping from Wednesday, Dec. 17 through Tuesday, Dec. 23 as part of its “Procrastinators Event” promotional program, the company said in a press release.

Through crowdsourced same-day shipping provider Deliv, customers who use Banana Republic’s reserve in store option on its website can opt for free same-day delivery in eight cities: San Francisco, Palo Alto, Los Angeles, Chicago, New Jersey, Washington D.C., Houston and Seattle.






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