Amazon Backs Out of New York City Headquarters

| Daniela Forte

Amazon announced that after much consideration it has decided to not build a second headquarters in New York City neighborhood of Long Island City after all. Amazon executives are still going ahead with plans for Arlington, VA and Nashville, TN sites.

Amazon Officially Calls Out Carriers as Competitors

| Mike O'Brien

Amazon’s moves into logistics and fulfillment over the past few years have been well-documented, with FedEx and UPS downplaying the threat and Amazon saying it just wants to address its capacity shortfalls. Until now, that is, when Amazon added “transportation and logistics services” to the long list of competitive sectors in its 2018 10k filing.

Amazon to Launch Marketplace in the Middle East

| Daniela Forte

Amazon is making a push for the Middle East, particularly Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. CNBC reported the ecommerce giant has been reaching out to large third-party sellers in North America about the opportunity to expand in the underserved, oil-rich region.

USPS Rate Hikes Send Shippers Scrambling for Savings

| Mike O'Brien

With the new U.S. Postal Service rates in effect, shippers are looking for creative ways to keep their parcel spend down as costs among the major carriers continue to rise. Find out what the increases mean and hear what some industry experts have to say about the impacts.

UPS Expanding Latch Partnership for In-Home Delivery to 10 More Cities

| Mike O'Brien

In another whack at porch piracy, UPS is expanding an in-home delivery service through smart lock partner Latch to 10 additional cities, after successful tests in New York and San Francisco. It will be available later this year in Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles, Houston, Dallas, Washington D.C., Philadelphia, Boston, Miami and Seattle.

More than Half of U.S. Brands Are Selling on Amazon

| Daniela Forte

Amazon has taken ownership of the U.S. ecommerce journey, with nearly nine out of 10 domestic shoppers visiting the marketplace during their purchase cycle and 50% of them beginning product searches there, according to data from Feedvisor.

Amazon Steps up Ocean Freight Shipping from China to the U.S.

| Mike O'Brien

Amazon has been quietly shipping ocean freight from China to West Coast ports, in another sign of its increasing logistics ambitions and an entire supply chain play, according to a report in USA Today. In the past year, Amazon Logistics has shipped 4.7 million cartons of consumer goods from China to Long Beach and Seattle.

How Retailers Can Best Meet Consumers’ Ecommerce Delivery Expectations

| Bruce Fair

The ecommerce delivery battleground is increasingly focused on who can best meet growing consumer expectations for experiences that are simple, fast, reliable and convenient. So how can you best satisfy their delivery wants? Here are 6 key insights from recent research to help you drive a positive delivery experience.