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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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Amazon Launches Prime Now, One-Hour Delivery in NYC

| Mike O'Brien

Continuing on its juggernaut of instant fulfillment of all kinds of stuff from “the anything store,” Amazon today announced Prime Now, a service that will allow Prime members in New York to receive household items like paper towels and laundry soap in as little as an hour via a mobile app.

The app, which is available in iOs and Android versions, give Prime members in select New York neighborhoods free two-hour delivery; the one-hour version costs $7.99 per order. The company’s much-touted facility on West 34th St. in Manhattan will serve as the fulfillment hub.

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Five Top Logistical Factors for Pop-up Store Success

| Adelina Peltea

Just as ecommerce once disrupted the time-honored tradition of brick and mortar retail, pop-up stores are seemingly the new, trendy must-haves for ecommerce retailers themselves.

From Amazon to Kate Spade, retailers globally have hopped on the pop-up store hype train.

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Amazon Unveils its 8th Generation Fulfillment Center

| MCM Staff

On Cyber Monday, the biggest online shopping day of the year, Amazon revealed its newest generation fulfillment center using robotics, vision systems and high-end technology to speed up order delivery times for customers. Take a look at the Kiva Robots in action.

What New Omnichannel Trends Really Mean for Customers

| Jeannie Walters

We do live in an omnichannel world, but it can still be surprising to learn how many online retailers are experimenting with brick and mortar. Here are 5 ways these online to offline innovators are offering the next wave of the omnichannel experience.

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.