Walmart Adds Google Voice Capability for Online Grocery

| Mike O'Brien

Two months after dropping out of the Google Shopping Actions platform and the Google Express same-day delivery service after a year-long test, Walmart is adding Google’s voice ordering capability for online groceries as it continues to wage war with Amazon.

FedEx to Test Delivery Robots This Summer

| Mike O'Brien

FedEx is planning to test delivery robots this summer for customers including Walmart and Pizza Hut, while Target and AutoZone are looking at the capability, according to Reuters. The 10 mph robots would have to be approved by the city of Memphis. This is one innovative way companies are looking to cut last mile costs.

Ryder Introduces Ecommerce Fulfillment Service

| Mike O'Brien

Transportation and supply chain provider Ryder System has unveiled a new ecommerce fulfillment service offering designed to compete with full-service platforms such as Amazon and Google as well as major carriers by providing a soup-to-nuts system for shipping directly to customers.

Over 70% of U.S. Consumers Favor National Data Privacy Law

| MCM Staff

Nearly three-quarters of U.S. consumers favor a national data privacy law that applies to all 50 states equally, according to a new survey. Adults are most comfortable handing over their email address and birth date, and least comfortable handing giving up their address and phone number, the survey found.

Best Buy, Sephora and Nike Join Google Shopping Actions

| Daniela Forte

Best Buy, Nike and Sephora have partnered with Google Shopping Actions, which allows consumers to order products across all of its platforms including voice assistant, YouTube, Google Maps and Gmail. See what other major retailers are part of Google Shopping Actions.

How to Sell on Google Shopping

| Eric Keating

The ecommerce behemoth’s vast product range, easy shipping options, convenience and speed mean that it has a stronghold on the ecommerce market. But you can compete and set yourself apart by offering a better customer experience and embracing opportunities offered by other channels. Here is why you should be selling on Google Shopping.

Israeli Drone Firm Taking Part in North Carolina Pilot Program

| Mike O'Brien

Flytrex, an Israeli company that developed a control system for automatic drone flight, may soon be helping deliver food to residents of a North Carolina town as one of 10 FAA-sanctioned test projects. As the first company to launch commercial drone delivery in Iceland, Flytrex is looking to expand the service to other countries.

Google to Invest $550 Million in JD.com

| Daniela Forte

Google plans to invest $550 million in Chinese ecommerce marketplace JD.com in an effort to expand its presence in Asia and help JD.com better compete with main rival and regional leader Alibaba. See why this could be a win-win move for Google and JD.com

Google, Facebook, Instagram, Whatsapp Face GDPR Related Lawsuits

| Mike O'Brien

The ink was barely dry on the European Union’s new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) when a European privacy advocate sued Google, Facebook and Facebook-owned Instagram and Whatsapp, claiming they violated the regulation by using “forced consent” practices to obtain consumer data.