Walmart Tests New In-Home Grocery Delivery

| Daniela Forte

Marc Lore, Walmart’s head of ecommerce for the U.S., talked about the company’s testing of in-home grocery delivery during a keynote presentation at Shop.org, the latest in a string of disruptive moves by the big-box giant as it battles head-to-head with Amazon. See what Lore had to say about the new offering and how he views its potential for expansion.

3 Things You Must Know About Ecommerce Order Fulfillment

| MCM Staff

To be successful as an ecommerce seller, you have to do a lot of things right, and one of them is order fulfillment. Find out how free trumps fast, how too many customer choices can cause issues, and how multi-unit shipments lead to efficiencies.

Amazon Lowers Free Shipping Threshold to $35

| Mike O'Brien

In a quick counter-salvo, Amazon recently lowered the free shipping threshold for non-Prime members from $49 to $35, a response to Walmart’s move earlier this month.
The speed with which Amazon changed its policy is an indication of just how seriously it is taking ecommerce competition from the world’s largest retailer.

L.L. Bean Looks to Update Free Shipping, Returns Policies

| Mike O'Brien

In an effort to remain competitive and cut costs, iconic brand L.L. Bean is considering changes to its famous free shipping and returns. This follows policy changes instituted last year by Nordstrom, another brand famous for its generous returns policy.

Walmart Goes After Amazon with Free Two-Day Shipping

| Mike O'Brien

Firing yet another salvo in its ongoing ecommerce war with Amazon, Walmart is eliminating its fee-based ShippingPass program that was designed as a counter to Amazon Prime, instead offering free two-day shipping on 2 million items at a $35 order threshold.

QVC Says Customers Prefer Free Shipping Over Same-Day Delivery

| Mike O'Brien

Reinforcing the view that it’s better to know what your audience wants than to jump on the same-day, next-day delivery bandwagon, an executive with QVC told attendees of Home Delivery World said offering customer choice – especially free shipping – and knowing their preferences is the most important thing.

Ask the Right Questions About Your Retail Freight Management Strategy

| Maria Haggerty

The thought process behind a retail freight management strategy has a direct impact on a brand’s customer experience. While customers may not see this firsthand, the intricacies involved in designing a box and its shipping procedures are many. For brands looking to improve their freight management practices and excite customers, here are two crucial questions to start with, and what you need to consider.

Free Trumps Speed for Holiday Shipping Policies

| MCM Staff

Free shipping is the top priority for shoppers when it comes to retail policies, with 72% of responding consumers planning to take full advantage, according to Deloitte’s 30th annual holiday survey of consumer spending intentions and trends.