Ditch the Department Store: How DTC Brands Are Taking Back Control

| Zach Thomann

The one thing brands can control is their online sales channel. From checkout to last mile delivery, DTC brands can ensure a seamless ecommerce experience. With the majority of Q4 and holiday shopping expected to shift online, brands must have their entire ecommerce channel prepared for an optimal customer experience.

Amazon Competition, Data Privacy Top 2020 Ecommerce Priorities

| Douglas P. Clement

Competing with Amazon, addressing privacy issues linked to collection of data by third-party technologies and improving site speed to boost sales are top priorities identified in a new study from ecommerce platform provider Yottaa. The report suggests Prime-style free same-day shipping will become widespread among brands in 2020.

Spate of Four Acquisitions in Operations and Fulfillment

| Mike O'Brien

This was a busy M&A week among operations and fulfillment vendors. FOG Software Group acquired shipping software firm ProShip from Quadient; Hy Tek Material Handling acquired Johnson Stevens Consulting; Dematic acquired Digital Applications International Ltd; and Aptean acquired TMS firm Paragon Software Systems.

Amazon Again Tops Brand Loyalty List

| Daniela Forte

Amazon once again hit the number-one spot in terms of brand loyalty as it did in 2018, according to Brand Key’s annual Loyalty Leaders survey, beating out major players like Google, Samsung and Apple atop the list. Here are other retailers that made the loyalty list.

Dick’s Sporting Goods Sees Success with Ecommerce Software Insourcing

| Mike O'Brien

Dick’s Sporting Goods continues pushing to insource its ecommerce software, following a trail blazed by its CIO during his time at Home Depot, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal. The company has also centralized its ecommerce fulfillment and revamped its supply chain to speed up ecommerce deliveries.

Dick’s Sporting Goods Supply Chain Moves Include Testing Lockers

| Mike O'Brien

Dick’s Sporting Goods is moving from centralized ecommerce fulfillment to regional east and west coast operations as it revamps its supply chain to speed up deliveries while also testing pickup lockers, the company’s CEO told analysts on a Q1 call. See what other changes have contributed to the company’s growth.