Retailers Need to Face Same-day Delivery Dilemma

| Tim Parry

You can order a pizza from Dominos.com and get it delivered in about an hour, but you can’t order a pizza stone online from a brick and mortar retailer and have it delivered in time to make dinner? Here’s why brick and mortar retailers need to seriously look at same-day delivery.

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Google Express Seeing Holiday Gains in Battle with Amazon

| 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%.

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An eBay Local Pilot Grows in Brooklyn

| 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.

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Banana Republic Offering Free Same-Day Shipping for Holidays

| 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.

Amazon is Looking for a Few Good Drone Pilots

| Tim Parry

Can you pilot a drone? Then Amazon Prime Air wants you! Amazon is looking for flight operations and certification personnel for flight testing its UAS technologies. Here’s a look into Amazon’s next step toward making same-day delivery by drone a reality.