Amazon Unveils New Robotic Hybrid Drone-Plane

| Mike O'Brien

You just knew Amazon wasn’t going to get shut out of a DOT sanctioned drone delivery pilot program a year ago that let in Google, a FedEx/General Electric/Intel team and Uber, and take it lying down. The ecommerce giant unveiled a bold new delivery system that’s part drone, part aircraft and part robot that uses sensors, AI and ML.

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.