Category Archives: E-Commerce

Inmar: Poor Outlook for Traditional Grocers — Supermarket News

Traditional grocery stores may have a hard time of it over the next years: “Inmar defines “traditional supermarkets” as those with at least $2 million in annual sales and up to 15% of their sales in general merchandise and health and beauty. That channel is already in rapid decline, Inmar said, losing 2 points of dollar share and 5.9% of its sales in 2016 as compared to 2015. Inmar projected sales in this channel would not keep pace with projected...

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Hear from a Walmart Computer Scientist — Walmart.com

Walmart’s investments in tech are on the increase. Here’s a report from one of its computer scientists: “Tech is constantly evolving, which makes innovation essential for retailers. We have to continually adapt our business to our shoppers’ lifestyles. There’s a lot of coding, engineering and algorithm testing that goes into building something that works better than what people are used to. It’s challenging, but that’s why I’m lucky to work with such talented people.” Supplier Takeaway Are you keeping track...

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Walmart and Its E-Commerce Acquisitions — Digiday

  Walmart is on an e-commerce spending spree. Here’s an analysis of the retailer’s strategy: “Under the leadership of Marc Lore, head of e-commerce for Walmart and former CEO of Jet.com, the retail giant has made bold moves in snapping up e-commerce startups across footwear, men’s fashion and potentially subscription boxes. Jim Cusson, president of retail branding agency Theory House, said that through those acquisitions, Walmart is buying a new consumer base — upper-middle-class people who normally wouldn’t shop at Walmart...

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Amazon Considers MREs as a Meal Delivery Option — Reuters

    Amazon is considering working with a meals-ready-to-eat (MRE) startup as a way to offer fresh meal delivery without having to worry about temperature control or shelf stability: “The world’s biggest online retailer has discussed selling ready-to-eat dishes such as beef stew and a vegetable frittata as soon as next year, officials at the startup firm marketing the technology told Reuters. The dishes would be easy to stockpile and ship because they do not require refrigeration and could be...

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Report: Birchbox in Talks with Walmart — Fortune.com

  There are reports that cosmetics subscription box company, Birchbox, is in talks with Walmart and other retailers regarding a possible sale: “Birchbox, which has a subscription-based model, has raised more than $80 million from investors since it was founded in 2010, in addition to previously undisclosed venture debt that the startup secured in 2015, Recode reported.” Supplier Takeaway The sample box concept is a hot one right now. If Walmart does purchase this company, suppliers may have increased access...

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Amazon Stealth Debuts Private Labels — Quartz

  Amazon has debuted several “stealth” private labels: “Only one of the brands makes clear that it’s an Amazon product: Pinzon, a bedsheets and towel brand. The rest appear to consumers like any other company’s products on Amazon. The only indication that any of these other brands might have an affiliation with Amazon is the fact that their company pages—like this one from Arabella—say that their products are “exclusively for Prime members.” It’s not clear that they’re exclusive because they...

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Walmart to Debut VR Cube — XConomy.com

VR has had some difficulty entering the consumer market, but one supplier remains undaunted and is debuting its product in Walmart stores: “But a deal announced earlier this week indicates that the world’s largest company by revenue still believes in it. San Antonio-based VR equipment maker Merge says Walmart will sell its newest device, a foam square it calls the Merge Cube that works with augmented reality games. Walmart and other retailers have ordered more than 1 million of the...

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Analyst: Retail Isn’t Dead — CNBC

  Retail isn’t dead, it’s just in a time of transition according to a Goldman analyst: “‘The U.S. retail sector is overstored and out of step in an era of e-commerce,’ Goldman analyst Matthew Fassler wrote in a note to clients. ‘But retail is not dead; it is changing. How brick-and-mortar stores employ new technologies and new models may determine how they survive the relentless shift online.’” Supplier Takeaway If retail in the U.S. is “overstored,” this could mean further...

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Amazon Changes Return Rules for Third-Party Sellers — RetailWire

Some third-party sellers are upset at Amazon’s decision to require all sellers to honor returns: “One seller, 4Thought Products, posting on an Amazon forum wrote, ‘This policy is stupid and costly to Amazon for FBA (Fulfillment by Amazon), and now they want to expand it further so more buyers can fraudulently ‘game the system’ on third-party sellers as well. … This is nothing short of BS and another way to shift the cost of creating ‘great customer buying experience’ into...

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Americans’ Favorite Snacks Revealed — Food Dive

  A recent survey shows that snack preferences are definitely regional: “Americans’ favorite snacks vary widely from coast to coast, according to a study from General Mills and Box Tops for Education. In the Northeast, granola and protein bars are the most popular (24%). Chips, popcorn, crackers and pretzels are the favorite snack of Southern consumers (30%). In the Midwest and West, veggies and fruits reign supreme (27%).”   Supplier Takeaway How can you use this data to improve your...

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