FedEx Expands Same-Day Delivery to 30 U.S. Markets

| Mike O'Brien

Ahead of the holiday season, FedEx has expanded same-day delivery service to 1,800 cities in 30 regional markets through its FedEx Office division. The deliveries are made by uniformed FedEx drivers in branded vehicles, and the service includes a mobile app to track delivery status including alerts on estimated arrival time.

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.

Walmart Passes on Holiday Hiring, Target Boosts Minimum Wage

| Mike O'Brien

As the peak holiday season hiring frenzy kicks into gear, Walmart has decided to set itself apart by announcing it will once again offer extra shift hours instead of hiring thousands of seasonal staff as many other major retailers do. Target meanwhile plans to raise its minimum wage to $10 per hour and then to $11. See what holiday hiring plans are in the works for other retailers and service providers to meet the seasonal crush.

Deliv Expands Across U.S., Takes Macy’s, Best Buy, Others Along

| Mike O'Brien

In a move that it says puts it on equal footing with Prime Now’s domestic coverage, crowdsourced same-day delivery provider Deliv has expanded to 1,400 U.S. cities in 33 markets, up from 19 markets previously, allowing retail customers like Macy’s and Best Buy to greatly increase the range of their services.

Dick’s Sporting Goods Launches Price Match Guarantee

| Daniela Forte

In the never-ending battle with Amazon and other retailers, Dick’s Sporting Goods has created a price matching program designed to attract more cost-conscious shoppers. See what criteria the sporting goods retailer has laid out for customers to be eligible.

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.

Retailers Shouldn’t Miss Their Netflix Moment

| Tige Savage

Are retailers poised to take advantage of their “Blockbuster-Netflix” moment? Now is a good time for them to learn from Blockbuster’s mistake – not buying Netflix –
and aggressively acquire small, well-positioned ecommerce firms.

Macy’s Closing 100 Stores, Investing in Ecommerce

| Tim Parry

Macy’s Inc. said Thursday that it will close approximately 100 Macy’s full-line stores and will invest in improvements in ongoing stores and digital vehicles. Stores will remain critical customer touchpoints for Macy’s, along with online shopping and mobile apps, as omnichannel retailing continues to evolve, Macy’s Inc. said in a press release.