Amazon, Home Depot Leasing Space in Three-Story Warehouse in Seattle

| Mike O'Brien

Amazon and Home Depot will become tenants of a new state-of-the-art, three-story warehouse and fulfillment center in Seattle from logistics giant Prologis, part of the huge push to fulfill ecommerce within a day in major urban markets, according to the Wall Street Journal. Three other such buildings are going up in New York City.

Blockchain Needs Open Source Standards to Succeed: FedEx Exec

| Mike O'Brien

In order for blockchain to succeed on a global scale in the transportation of goods, an open source standard will be required, according to a FedEx executive who heads up a blockchain alliance working toward that goal. The first standard of the Blockchain in Transport Alliance, on shipment location tracking, was published in March.

Why Aren’t More Retailers Talking About ROPIS?

| Nick Mclean

Reserve online, pickup in store (ROPIS) is a huge missed opportunity, especially for retailers who are selling oversized items, products that require a certain fit or other high-end, expensive goods. More retailers need to be exploring ROPIS as an option to drive omnichannel sales. Here are several benefits.

Omnichannel Investments Pay Off for Brick-and-Mortar Retailers

| Erik Morton

While things look dire in physical retail, investments in omnichannel are paying off for some traditional retailers. There are similarities in the playbook across a diverse group of companies, including aligning physical stores with the ecommerce channel, investing in private brands, and aggressively expanding product assortment. See how some of the leaders are staying ahead of the curve.

Ecommerce Distribution Center Roundup

| Mike O'Brien

Amazon has been busy with distribution center and fulfillment center development in Michigan and California. See what other development is taking place as companies like Home Depot, Dollar Tree, Walmart and Dick’s Sporting Goods expand their fulfillment networks.

Retailers Didn’t Let Amazon Have All of the Fun on Prime Day

| Daniela Forte

Several retailers wouldn’t let Amazon have all the fun on Prime Day. Whether they were offering free shipping or major discounts on several products, these retailers aimed to steal Amazon’s thunder. Here is a list of what other major retailers did on Prime Day and days after.

Descartes Acquires ShipRush for $14 Million

| Mike O'Brien

Descartes Systems Group, a provider of Software-as-a-Service for logistics in B2B and B2C companies, has acquired parcel shipping software firm ShipRush for $14 million, expanding its services as it goes after midmarket ecommerce shippers. See what the business combination means for their joint customers.