Category Archives: E-Commerce

Measuring Retail Immunity Against Amazon — Quartz

Some retail industries are still flourishing in spite of Amazon’s dominance: “Last month, Morgan Stanley Research surveyed investors at its “Amazon Disruption Symposium,” asking which consumer sectors the survey-takers thought would take the longest for Amazon to “materially disrupt.” The most popular choice was dollar stores.” Supplier Takeaway: Pockets of Opportunity Keep an eye on those industries that Amazon hasn’t been able to dominate. There may be untapped potential for your company in these markets. Resources for Walmart Suppliers Fashion...

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Report: Amazon Wants to Enter the Athletic Wear Market — Bloomberg.

  Bloomberg reports that Amazon is looking to establish its own athletic wear line: “Amazon has previously ventured into private-label fashion, offering office clothing, jackets and dresses under names like Goodthreads and Paris Sunday. But pushing into activewear would bring fresh competition to some of the world’s biggest athletic brands.” Supplier Takeaway: Athletic Wear and Athleisure is Hot Just as consumers are concerned about transparent labels and healthier foods, they also want to “dress the part” by wearing attractive, functional...

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High Praise for Walmart’s Online Innovation —

Walmart is earning kudos for catching-up on e-commerce: “Take, for example, its decision earlier this year to offer discounts on certain online purchases if you pick up the order at the store instead of have it delivered to your doorstep. That’s a valuable experiment in trying to incentivize a more-profitable form of e-commerce.” Supplier Takeaway: Things are Looking Up for Walmart Last year analysts weren’t so sure about Walmart’s efforts to compete in an omnichannel marketplace. Now the company is...

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Analyst: Jet.com Acquisition Boosted Walmart’s Fortunes — CNBC

Walmart’s confidence in its e-commerce prospects can be attributed to its purchase of Jet.com: “Big-box retailer Wal-Mart can attribute its performance in part to the $3 billion acquisition of Jet.com, says money manager and popular blogger Josh Brown.” Supplier Takeaway: E-Commerce is Taking Off While some analysts looked askance at Walmart’s decision to acquire Jet.com, it appears as though the decision was a good one. It has updated Walmart’s omnichannel efforts and added new blood to the company. How are...

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Walmart Projects 40 Percent Increase in E-Commerce Sales — Reuters

Walmart is planning on a huge increase in e-commerce sales next year: “The retailing behemoth reiterated its focus on its e-commerce business at its annual investor meeting in Bentonville, Arkansas. It has started offering free two-day shipping and plans to roughly double the locations for shipping online grocery orders and slash the number of physical stores.“   Supplier Takeaway: Walmart Mainstreams Omnichannel E-commerce is no longer a sideline for Walmart. Instead, Walmart is branding itself as a truly omnichannel retailer....

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Costco Expands Delivery Options — Business Insider

  Costco is expanding its delivery options in response to challenges from competitors: “The new delivery options come at a time when e-commerce is exploding in the grocery industry, with retailers like Walmart and Kroger making major investments in their online businesses. Amazon is seen as a growing threat, especially with the e-commerce giant’s acquisition of Whole Foods in August.” Supplier Takeaway: The Importance of Delivery Options is Increasing. A lot of retail news these days focuses on new delivery options. How...

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Target Gives Curbside Pickup a Second Chance — RetailDive.com

Target is expanding its curbside pickup pilot: “It’s the second try for Target, which had previously worked with startup Curbside at some stores in 2014. That effort came to a halt last year as Chief Technology Officer Mike McNamara scaled back a number of projects.” Supplier Takeaway: Is the Second Time the Charm? Target is working to get curbside pickup right. Do you think they’ll succeed? Resources for Walmart Suppliers How to Deal with OTIF Grief Courses for Walmart Suppliers Podcast: Is...

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Retailers Reducing Prices to Combat Online Competition — Chain Store Age

  Retailers continue to cut prices in hopes of competing with e-commerce sites: “In response to price pressure from online-only rivals, 44% of respondents have cut prices, and 12% plan to do so in the coming years. Among the retailers who have closed stores but successfully recouped revenue, almost three-quarters (72%) implemented price cuts.“ Supplier Takeaway: What are Retailer Cuts Doing to Your Profits? As retailers lower their pricing, suppliers face added pressure. How are you coping with this ongoing...

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Couple Convicted of E-Commerce Fraud — Fortune.com

Amazon recently prosecuted a couple that took advantage of its liberal return policy to scam the company out of over a million dollars in electronics and other products: “For Amazon, it’s often cheaper to replace items when these claims are filed than to investigate. But after using hundreds of fake online identities to grift the online retail giant, the husband and wife team face up to 20 years behind bars for fraud and money laundering.“ Supplier Takeaway: Consumer Fraud Costs...

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Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. to Webcast 2017 Meeting for the Investment Community — Walmart.com

You can tune into Walmart’s meeting for investors on October 10th: “BENTONVILLE, Ark., Oct. 3, 2017 — Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) will webcast its 2017 Meeting for the Investment Community on Tuesday, Oct. 10 from approximately 8 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. CDT. A live video webcast of the presentations will be available through the link provided on the events portion of the company’s corporate website at http://news.walmart.com/events/. In addition, and consistent with last year, the company will issue a...

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