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.

Old Navy Adds Same-Day Holiday Delivery to Compete with the Big 3

| Douglas P. Clement

Old Navy is partnering with Postmates to provide same-day delivery in 4,000 U.S. markets as it competes with Amazon, Walmart and Target for the holiday retail joy of robust sales driven by aggressive delivery fulfillment.
Delivery will be free from Dec. 21-23 as an incentive for last-minute consumers to buy its casual clothing.

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.

Gap and Old Navy Are Headed for Splitsville

| Daniela Forte

Gap Inc. announced it will split off the more successful Old Navy as a new publicly traded entity which will be financially independent of the other brands in the stable not doing as well: Gap, Athleta, Banana Republic, Intermix and Hill City.

Retailers Flip on the Switch with Early Holiday Promotions

| Daniela Forte

The Halloween candy is probably still sitting in children’s bags and jack-o-lanterns are still aglow on people’s front porches, but the holiday shopping season has arrived. Here is a sample of what some of the major retailers are doing to push holiday season deals.

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.