Category Archives: E-Commerce

Amazon Prime: Nowhere to Grow? — New York Post

Amazon Prime isn’t attracting new members like it used to: “The report, from Morgan Stanley, showed that 40 percent of individuals questioned in a survey said they were Prime members — exactly the same percentage response as in a fourth quarter 2016 survey.” Supplier Takeaway: New Opportunities for Amazon Competitors If Prime memberships are hitting a wall, could this mean new opportunities for other retailers? Target is already talking about a same-day delivery service that could cost $99 per year....

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Sears and Amazon Sign DieHard Deal — ChicagoTribune.com

Sears and Amazon have inked a deal that allows Amazon to sell DieHard brand products: “The Hoffman Estates-based retailer will begin selling DieHard auto products through Amazon less than six months after it began selling its full line of Kenmore appliances through the e-commerce giant.” Supplier Takeaway:  A Stronger Sears/Amazon Alliance? What do you think this move will mean for the Sears – Amazon relationship? Resources for Walmart Suppliers Courses for Walmart Suppliers 8th & Walton Blog: How Important is Signage...

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Target Invests in Same-Day Delivery — RetailWire

Target has acquired Shipt, a same-day delivery company: “In the beginning, the retailer’s customers will be able to purchase groceries, electronics, home and other products with plans to expand into other products and categories over time. Target said it would offer same-day delivery on all major categories by the end of 2019. Customers who pay a $99 annual fee will receive free same-day shipping from Shipt in markets where the service is available.” Supplier Takeaway: Same-Day Delivery Competition Speeds Up...

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Walmart and IBM Launch Blockchain Safety Program in China — Forbes.com

Walmart and IBM are forming an alliance to improve food safety in China using blockchain: “By collaborating with one of China’s largest retailers, JD.com, a member of the NASDAQ-100 and a Fortune Global 500 company, and their suppliers, the latest effort is touted as helping to bring a safer food supply to China, and an extension of the work initiated by Walmart and IBM earlier this year in August in the US.” Resources for Walmart Suppliers Courses for Walmart Suppliers 8th & Walton...

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Is Green Monday U.S. Retail’s Best-Kept-Secret? — Business Insider

  Online retail has another “holiday” that you might not have heard of: “Green Monday has become the biggest online shopping day in December, and one of the biggest of the year. In 2016, online sales on Green Monday were their highest ever at $1.6 billion. That number now pales in comparison to the staggering $2.9 billion in online sales that were produced on Thanksgiving this year, but it’s significant nonetheless.” Resources for Walmart Suppliers Courses for Walmart Suppliers 8th...

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Meal Kits Land at Walmart.com — TheVerge.com

Walmart.com is selling meal kits, though fulfillment is left to suppliers: “Both Takeout Kit and Home Chef are responsible for fulfilling the orders and shipping them to customers’ doorsteps, while Walmart earns commission and a referral fee, people familiar with the matter told TheStreet. Some meal kits have reportedly already sold out, as originally over 30 meal kits were offered on Walmart.com beginning early this week. While each meal kit order from Walmart is a one-time purchase, both brands also...

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The Evolution of Product Packaging — The Atlantic

The Atlantic offers a fascinating piece on product packaging: “Today, as people buy more and more products online, product packaging is again changing, in a way that reflects the differences between digital and physical retail: Anything bought online needs to be able to withstand being shipped individually, often necessitating extra plastic coverings. And on the internet, it’s images of products themselves, not their packaging, that usually show up in search results, which makes the visual appeal of any box or...

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Walmart Partner’s with Buzzfeed’s “Tasty” — Walmart.com

  Walmart has partnered with “Tasty,” an online recipe channel: “Starting today, when you open the Tasty app to view any one of their 2,000+ recipe videos, the recipe will include direct links to the kitchen tools, bakeware, and appliances that you’ll need to create a dish – for instance, a slow cooker, a nonstick pan or measuring cups. And beginning next year, we’ll integrate groceries alongside services like Walmart’s online grocery pickup.” Supplier Takeaway: Another Retail War Shot Has...

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Store No. 8 Spearheads Walmart Innovation — Walmart.com

Walmart’s Store No. 8 team is working to bring cutting-edge technology to the retail experience: “We’re a standalone incubation arm within Walmart, which means we get to do things from a unique position: Not only do we have the benefit of Walmart’s vantage point into the heart of America, but by operating somewhat apart from the corporation, we have the freedom to develop new ideas that can thrive outside existing definitions of retail.” Supplier Takeaway: Do You Follow? Are you...

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Walmart China’s Grocery Delivery Success — Bloomberg

  Walmart and its Chinese e-commerce partner, JD.com, seem to have the magic formula for grocery delivery success: “At the heart of Wal-Mart’s operation are what it calls “dark stores,” or convenience-store-size areas in its main locations that stock 1,500 different products such as bananas, pork ribs, frozen dumplings, and fresh chicken feet. Workers grab printouts of the online orders, zip through the aisles placing items in a bag, and exit the other side, where they hit a button summoning...

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