11 Key Indicators to Help Keep 3PL Service High

| Brian Barry

When problems with your 3PL partner are severe, the first course of action is to resolve the issues before deciding to leave. Watch these 11 key indicators to ensure your 3PL is performing up to the level expected in your agreement with them.

Trump Pushed Postmaster to Double Amazon USPS Rates: Report

| Mike O'Brien

With his well-tweeted animosity toward Amazon and Jeff Bezos as a backdrop, President Trump has twice pushed Postmaster General Megan Brennan to double the rate the U.S. Postal Service charges the ecommerce giant and other major shippers, the Washington Post has reported.

A Snapshot of How Merchants Are Doing in Post-Purchase

| Mike O'Brien

In the latest MCM CommerceChat podcast, Manish Chowdhary, CEO of Pulse Commerce, discusses the company’s recent study that tracked live orders of leading merchants and analyzed 50,000+ purchase path data points. Learn what these results mean in terms of addressing the post-purchase performance gap.

How the Grocery Industry Is Going Digital

| Daniela Forte

Consumers are turning to app-based shopping for meal delivery ordering. A study by Toluna found that while a younger demographic tend to use app-based shopping, 50% of shoppers age 55 and older are considering using apps for grocery shopping. This infographic by Toluna highlights the findings of how customers are using apps to get meals delivered to their homes.

The Ever-Evolving State of Ecommerce

| Daniela Forte

As a retailer with an ecommerce site, it can be difficult to keep up with the ever-evolving changes of consumer expectations. Retailers are expected to pay attention to the latest trends to be successful, including where to shop, reasons for cart abandonment, actions taken to qualify for free shipping and return preferences. Here is what retailers need to know about how ecommerce is changing at a rapid pace.

eBay Leverages AR to Help Ecommerce Shippers Select Boxes

| Mike O'Brien

eBay is leveraging augmented reality (AR) technology that lets small shippers determine the most economical flat-rate box from the U.S. Postal Service. The new Android feature uses motion tracking and environmental understanding to let shippers place an item inside different sized virtual boxes.

FedEx Office Opening Branches in 500 Walmart Stores

| Mike O'Brien

Walmart will open FedEx Office branches in 500 U.S. stores that let customers pick up and drop off packages for shipment and access printing services, while boosting foot traffic for the retailer. This follows the opening of 7,500 FedEx branches at Walgreens stores last year and is another Walmart weapon against Amazon.

UPS Sues European Union Antitrust Agency over TNT Express Denial

| Mike O'Brien

UPS has filed a lawsuit against the European Union’s antitrust agency, seeking $2.15 billion (1.74 billion Euros) for its 2013 decision which scuttled the carrier’s planned acquisition of Netherlands-based TNT Express. See what preceded the action and how UPS views its commitment to the EU market.