October 22, 2015

Alibaba Unveils Omnichannel Retailing Plans for Singles Day 2015

Alibaba Group has revealed its omnichannel retailing plans for the 2015 11.11 Global Shopping Festival, also known as Singles Day.

This year, more than 1,000 retail brands, with 180,000 stores in 330 cities across China, will participate in this year’s 11.11 Global Shopping Festival. In …


In Global, Marketplaces


July 5, 2016

Honeywell to Acquire Automation Provider Intelligrated for $1.5B

Cincinnati — Intelligrated® (www.intelligrated.com), a leading North American-based automated material handling solutions provider, announces it has entered an agreement to be acquired by Honeywell  in a transaction valued at $1.5 billion.

Intelligrated’s 2016 sales are estimated to be approximately $900 million …


In Automation, Fulfillment


July 5, 2016

Same-Day Delivery Could Cause a Huge Prime Day Headache

Amazon’s second-annual Prime Day could be a game-changer for same-day delivery. That’s because Amazon’s Prime Now service has more than doubled from seven metropolitan areas to more than 40 since the first selling holiday was held last year.

And that could …


In Must Reads, Operations & Fulfillment

NRF, National Retail Federation

October 14, 2015

New Report Identifies Omnichannel Fulfillment Leaders, Highlights Gaps

Given growing customer expectations of shopping anywhere, anytime and from any device, it’s not surprising that almost half of retailers surveyed for a new report from the National Retail Federation and FitForCommerce said omnichannel initiatives and investments were among …


In Fulfillment, fulfillment


July 1, 2016

UPS Expanding Pickup Lockers to 300 U.S. Locations By Year’s End

Following a pilot program at nine locations in Chicago begun last fall, UPS has  begun expanding its self-serve pickup lockers to 300 locations in five states by the end of the year, with lockers to be added at locations in eight …


In customer experience, News

UPS, UPS ground, UPS air

June 30, 2016

Drones, Robotics, 3D Printing Part of Major Technology Focus at UPS

UPS executives said they will continue to place a $1 billion bet on new technology each year, including major investments in facility automation, robotics and even drones to conduct tasks such as aircraft inspections and inventory counts.

During media day at …


In Automation, News


June 29, 2016

Canada Post Strike Would Hit SMB Ecommerce Shippers

Primarily smaller merchants doing business in Canada are scrambling to get product out the door and set up contingency plans as workers for Canada Post may be on strike as of July 8, according to various media reports.

Canada Post has …


In News, Operations & Fulfillment


June 29, 2016

Forever 21 Shipping Firm Abandons Retailer

Forever 21 may need to start looking for a new shipping company, as its current shipping company EZ Worldwide Express has abandoned them. The shipping firm sighted slow business as the reason so much that the work isn’t profitable.

The …


In News, Operations & Fulfillment


June 28, 2016

Amazon Dash Adds 50 New Buttons, Expands Categories

Amazon announced another expansion of its Amazon Dash Button program, adding more than 50 new brands and increasing the total to more than 150. With the program, Amazon is bringing a growing assortment of popular consumer packaged goods sold at its marketplace …


In customer experience, Ecommerce

Omnichannel, omnichannel operations, omnichannel retail, retail inventory management, inventory management, reverse logistics, buy online pickup in store

October 5, 2015

Inventory Systems, Availability Key to Serving Omnichannel Shoppers

For national retail chains that are growing ecommerce as omnichannel businesses, there are three elephants in the room. The first is of course the behemoth of Amazon, with its far-reaching tentacles and effects on customer shopping behavior. Next is the …


In Blog, Fulfillment

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