April 29, 2014

Amazon Prime Pantry Adds to Delivery Disruption

Is Amazon getting geared up to grapple with grocers? During its first-quarter earnings call, the ecommerce behemoth said it is seeing early success with a new “essentials” delivery service for its Prime members.

Available nationally, Prime customers can use Prime …


In Operations & Fulfillment, Shipping/Delivery


April 16, 2014

Retailers Committed to Protecting Consumer Data

The National Retail Federation today told a congressional panel that the retail industry is committed to safeguarding and protecting consumer data and information from highly-motivated and sophisticated cybercriminals and hackers.

“Retailers make significant investments every year in order to protect […


In Data & Analytics, Ecommerce


April 8, 2014

Is the Amazon Effect Overrated?

If Amazon is, indeed, taking over the ecommerce world, then operations and fulfillment professionals are the last to know. According to the results of MCM Outlook 2014, 28.8% of respondents have seen no effect from Amazon on their business.

However, 36% of respondents …


In Amazon, MCM Outlook 2014

distribution center, operations, Operations and Fulfillment, Warehouse/Distribution Center

April 3, 2014

8 Steps for Selecting a 3PF Partner

Over this past year we have seen a variety of different sized merchants choose to use third-party fulfillment (3PF) partners to handle their pick, pack and ship operations.

Each and every merchant has a different reason for using a 3PF …


In Operations & Fulfillment, Warehouse/Distribution Center


April 1, 2014

Prank You Very Much: How Retailers Celebrated April Fool’s Day

Chocolate flooring? Super hero dress codes? Online cigar sampling?

Oh, Schtick! Did we all fall for some funny retail pranks this April Fool’s Day!

Here’s a snapshot look at the the pranks retailers pulled off this for April Fool’s Day:



In Blog, Must Reads


March 30, 2014

IncStores.com Announces Launch of FlooringInc.com

IncStores.com recently launched their newest general flooring website, FlooringInc.com. The new site offers virtually every flooring type imaginable including wood, laminate, vinyl, carpet tiles, and many other specialty flooring options.

“FlooringInc.com has been in the works for …


In Ecommerce, News


March 17, 2014

Will Marketplaces Devour Ecommerce?

At Channel Advisor’s Catalyst 2014 event last week, Channel Advisor’s CEO Scot Wingo asked, intriguingly, “Will marketplaces eat ecommerce?”

Wingo was referring to the growing dominance of marketplaces, notably Amazon’s and eBay’s, and the fact that marketplaces …


In Amazon, Blog


March 17, 2014

Competition, Growth and Customer Experience from the Amazon Perspective

Sebastian Gunningham, Senior Vice President, Seller Services, Amazon Services, joined Scot Wingo, CEO of ChannelAdvisor for a “fireside chat” at Channel Advisor’s Catalyst 2014 event. Some highlights from the conversation follow:

On Competition:
Retailers have mixed feelings about Amazon – …


In Amazon, Marketing


March 13, 2014

Amazon Pushes Prime Price to $99

After about six weeks of speculation, Amazon has announced it will raise the annual membership fee for Prime to $99.

“We launched Prime in the U.S. nine years ago with free, unlimited two-day shipping on 1 million items in an annual …


In Amazon, News

March 12, 2014

New Zealand a Hot Market for U.S.-based Retailers

Jon MacDonald, CEO of New Zealand marketplace, Trade Me, is urging U.S. retailers to consider the move into cross-border trade in New Zealand, a move he says is the perfect test market, according to a press release.

“New Zealand …


In Global, Marketing

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