Category Archives: E-Commerce

Walmart Cutting E-Commerce Jobs in California — MarketWatch.com

Walmart has announced 200 staff cuts at its California e-commerce office: “Marc Lore, the company’s new e-commerce chief, said the retail giant is “focused on adding the right talent to our team and making sure we’re investing in ways that directly improve our customer experience,” according to a memo to staff that was reviewed by the The Wall Street Journal.“ Supplier Takeaway Marc Lore, Walmart’s new head of e-commerce, is making his presence known within his division. Keep an eye...

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Amazon Introduces “Virtual” Dash Buttons — Recode.com

The latest update on Amazon’s Dash buttons: You no longer have to buy one. Instead, you can tap a virtual button on Amazon.com to automatically order household staples: “The new virtual Dash buttons started appearing on the Amazon.com homepage and the Amazon app home screen on Thursday night. The company is automatically creating ones for items you recently ordered or order often. An order is placed with one click or tap on the digital button.“ Supplier Takeaway It’s hard to...

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Brands Question Unproven Marketing Platforms — Ad Age

Many brands are skeptical of advertising on social media platforms that don’t have a good track record of delivering customers and sales: “Two-thirds of those surveyed said they are questioning their investment with Facebook, with 40% of those saying they plan to execute independent audits of the social media platform’s audience and ad delivery, according to the report. Even if they don’t all follow through, the finding seems to suggest that Facebook can’t take its momentum for granted.“ Supplier Takeaway...

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Why are Major Retailers Interested in Online Shoe Sellers? — Business In Vancouver

Analysts are paying close attention to Walmart’s decision to purchase ShoeBuy.com, noting that this decision, along with Amazon’s acquisition of Zappos.com in 2009, may have a significant impact on online footwear sellers: “’Walmart could crush almost any competitor if they wished to do so,’ said Retail Insider Media owner and retail analyst Craig Patterson. ‘If Walmart is serious about these e-commerce acquisitions, and you would think that they would be, then all online players should be concerned.’” Supplier Takeaway The...

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More Executive Changes at Walmart — Reuters

The executive changes continue at Walmart. We recently reported that Walmart replaced its CIO as well as the CEO of Sam’s Club. Now the company is integrating its IT teams for both its physical stores and its e-commerce sites. “Among the changes announced on Friday, Wal-Mart said Jeremy King, who was the chief technology officer of global e-commerce for Wal-Mart Stores, will oversee the technology teams for both its brick and mortar retail stores and its e-commerce business. Michael Bender,...

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FedEx Partners with Walgreens for Package Pick-Up –Fortune

Walmart and FedEx have announced a partnership that allows consumers to pick up their FedEx packages at a local Walgreens. Everyone benefits: Customers enjoy the convenience of not having to be home to receive a package and don’t have to worry about a parcel getting stolen from their doorstep. FedEx no longer has the headache of coordinating multiple delivery attempts. Walgreens benefits from increased in-store traffic and, hopefully, sales. E-Commerce’s Achilles Heel One of the main difficulties with e-commerce is...

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Alibaba CEO has Big Plans for Chinese Retail — Bloomberg

Alibaba’s Jack Ma has big plans for Chinese retail: “But by teaming up with retailers, billionaire founder Jack Ma hopes to develop a new model of online and offline retail. The idea is that Alibaba’s superior computing power, a decade of experience moving billions of dollars of goods and strong ties with government and big brands will help it succeed where others like Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and even Amazon.com Inc. have failed. If it works, the tie-up may open the door to...

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Online Snap Redemption Trial Begins in 2017

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), more commonly known as Food Stamps, has long been a topic of controversy. Still, many retailers and suppliers benefit from SNAP, which provides low-income individuals and families with funds for buying food. The Move to Online Sales In recent years, SNAP has tried out different programs in hopes of helping recipients get access to nutritious food. One such program allows farmer’s markets to accept SNAP. Some stores even provide a bonus to recipients who use their benefits to...

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Retail Technology Takes Center Stage

Sharon Goldman at CIO.com recently posted her retail tech predictions for 2017. Her forecast is comprehensive, spanning mobile payments, the Internet of Things, and tech-equipped store associates. Retail Technology = Omnichannel on Steroids What is clear from her post is that omnichannel selling and shopping is in full swing. There are plenty of tech firms and entrepreneurs working hard to develop the apps and systems that exploit every opportunity offered by this cultural shift. What this Means For Suppliers Retail technology...

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Testing Online Food Stamp Purchases — CNBC

Testing of online grocery ordering for food stamp users will begin this summer: “‘Online purchasing is a potential lifeline for SNAP participants living in urban neighborhoods and rural communities where access to healthy food choices can be limited,’ USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack said in a release. ‘We’re looking forward to being able to bring the benefits of the online market to low-income Americans participating in SNAP.’” Resources for Walmart Suppliers How to Increase Your Sales to Millennials Courses for Walmart Suppliers...

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