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Amazon Prime Air to test Drone Delivery in the UK  Jul 26, 2016 8:42 AM By Mike O'Brien

As it continues to hit roadblocks in the U.S., Amazon has announced a partnership with the UK government to experiment with drone delivery of small parcels through its Amazon Prime Air unit. Meantime 7-11 has beaten Amazon to the punch, delivering Slurpees and other essential items to a family in Reno, NV in the first U.S. commercial drone delivery.

Operations Summit 2017 Call for Speakers Now Open  Jul 25, 2016 2:59 PM By Mike O'Brien

Are you an industry professional with a great merchant story to tell that will educate and inform your peers? Come share your insights at Operations Summit 2017, March 27-29 in in Pittsburgh – the only conference exclusively about direct-to-customer and omnichannel operations. Send us your proposed session topic and speakers by Sept. 30 for consideration.

SMB Ecommerce Shippers Diversifying Carrier Services  Jul 14, 2016 10:50 AM By Mike O'Brien

SMB online retailers are using multiple carriers to get better pricing and eliminate the risk of keeping all their eggs in one basket, according to a new study from Accenture. See what carrier capabilities are most critical to them, and what they’re looking for in terms of cross-border services.

Weigh All Options Before Signing a National Carrier Bundling Agreement  Jul 11, 2016 12:20 PM By Patrick Allard

While bundled pricing from a major national carrier can seem like a good deal, there are a number of advantages to diversifying your overall shipping mix. Here are 6 concrete benefits e-retailers are seeing from unbundling and spreading out their shipping volume.

Canada Post Strike Would Hit SMB Ecommerce Shippers  Jun 29, 2016 12:15 PM By Mike O'Brien

Smaller merchants doing business in Canada are getting product out the door and setting up contingencies in anticipation of a possible Canada Post strike. See what options are available, and what impact the work stoppage could have.

Ecommerce Investments Pay Off for FedEx in Fiscal 2016  Jun 23, 2016 12:32 PM By Mike O'Brien

FedEx’s continued focus on ecommerce growth, reflected in its capital spending and recent spate of acquisitions, paid dividends in fiscal 2016, especially the 20% growth in ground revenue. Walmart’s recent addition of a subscription service in response to Amazon Prime, partially served by regional carriers, is not a concern, company executives said.

13 Questions to Consider When Weighing a New Distribution Center  Jun 01, 2016 11:17 AM By Curt Barry

To do battle with Amazon, many DTC companies are looking to expand their distribution center network. But how do you weight the variables in terms of location, facility costs, inventory, transportation and shipping time, local labor and more? Here are 13 key points to consider in your decision process.

Home Depot Blows Out Online Sales, Expands Home Delivery to All Stores  May 25, 2016 12:23 PM By Mike O'Brien

Home Depot delivered a solid Q1, including a 21.5% increase in online sales and success on a variety of supply chain and omnichannel fronts. See what else the “improving home improvement” company is doing right these days.

Walmart to Offer Free Two-Day Shipping With Subscription Plan  May 12, 2016 3:28 PM By Mike O'Brien

Again taking square aim at Amazon Prime, Walmart plans to offer free two-day shipping as part of its $50 a year ShippingPass program. See what else the retail giant has in the works as it looks to gain ground against its online rival.

U.S. Postal Service Again Posts Parcel Gains, But Overall Loss  May 10, 2016 10:19 AM By Mike O'Brien

The U.S. Postal Service reported operating revenue of $17.7 billion in Q2, up $788 million or 4.7% from 2015. The increase was primarily due to an 11.4% gain in shipping and package volume and pricing changes. While the USPS keeps posting double-digit parcel gains, it continues to drown in pension-driven red ink, with a $2 billion quarterly net loss, up from $1.5 billion a year ago.






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