Category Archives: E-Commerce

Why Amazon and Walmart Can’t Crack the Luxury Brand Barrier — Digiday

Amazon and Walmart have both stepped up their game when it comes to offering mid-range brands. Yet the luxury market remains out of reach: “’Nothing about the way they do business and nothing about the way their business is set up is appropriate for a luxury brand,’ said Charlie Cole, vice president at Tumi. ‘When you think about their completely egalitarian and no-barriers-to-entry model for their marketplaces — which is what’s served them so well as far, as expansion goes —...

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Fleiss Looks Forward to New Role at Walmart — Inc.

Jennifer Fleiss, head of Code 8, a part of Walmart’s new tech incubator, discussed her decision to join Walmart in a recent interview: “‘I’m happiest and my best self in the early stages, when you’re wearing lots of different hats,’ Fleiss tells Inc. of her decision to join the incubator. She adds that a fresh set of eyes are often helpful when disrupting an existing industry. ‘At the Rent the Runway, we didn’t have fashion or technology backgrounds, and now...

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What Would Walmart’s Acquisition of Bonobos Mean? — The Guardian

Walmart’s possible acquisition of Bonobos has serious implications for the retail industry: “Bonobos offers an alternative. It operates a small number of stores that act as fitting rooms but do not to fulfill orders on site, only from distribution centers. Their locations carry no inventory – customers try on its slim-fitting, fashion-conscious clothes – ranging from T-shirts and jeans to business suits and black-tie – for fit and style, and then have their acquisitions shipped to their home from a...

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What Walmart Needs in E-Commerce — Forbes.com

Walmart is upping its e-commerce game with acquisitions. What is it still lacking? “Product storytelling is much more than just a product description. It’s basically the sum total of the content that a retailer can put together about an item, told in an engaging way.“ Supplier Takeaway What can you do as a supplier to provide Walmart with the engaging content it needs to sell your products online? Resources for Walmart Suppliers How to Increase Sales With Online Content Courses...

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Walmart’s New E-Commerce Strategy — Bloomberg

Bloomberg offers an analysis of Walmart’s new e-commerce strategy: “But hipper brands were willing to sell stuff through Jet.com, which didn’t have the same brand-busting reputation as Walmart. Moosejaw, Modcloth and other recent acquisitions will also help Walmart offer sought-after goods to shoppers without them ever knowing their dollars will end up in Walmart’s coffers. These deals also bring in employees that are experts in managing key online categories such as activewear and shoes, talent Walmart has lacked.“ Supplier Takeaway Walmart’s acquisition...

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Amazon May Enter Fuel Cell Forklift Industry — Quartz

Amazon isn’t just looking to improve its supply chain efficiency, it may end up an owner of a forklift supplier: “A peerless logistics operation is crucial as customers go online to do ever more of their retail shopping. Amazon’s bid on Plug Power appears to be a way to lower costs and speed up operations in warehouses where as much as 25% of the electricity bill can go to powering forklifts. Amazon plans to use fuel-cell forklifts at 11 of...

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Walmart Apps Getting Feedback in Real Time — Forbes.com

Walmart is taking a new approach to gathering and making use of consumer data and feedback: “Gospodinov stated that Walmart is now consistently interacting with and incorporating end user feedback while they build their applications and tech products. Rather than waiting six months while a prototype is built to get any sense of how customers will receive it, Walmart uses what he calls a ‘lean startup mentality’ during development. ‘From the start, we actively allow the end user to interact...

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Walmart U.S. Appoints New SVP for E-Commerce Customer Care — NJBiz.com

Rahul Joshi has been appointed new U.S. eCommerce senior vice president, customer care for Walmart: “In this new role, he will lead customer care teams for both Walmart.com and Jet.com and oversee the returns experience and fraud teams. He will report directly to [Marc] Lore.” Supplier Takeaway Do you sell products on the Walmart.com platform? Paying attention to executive changes is important to growing your business. Resources for Walmart Suppliers How to Increase Sales With Online Content Courses for Walmart...

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Report: Amazon Interested in BJ’s Wholesale Club — Fortune.com

Is Amazon interested in acquiring a wholesale club chain? Some reports say yes, though right now the story is unconfirmed and may be mostly speculation: “BJ’s would likely be Amazon’s largest acquisition to date. The company paid $775 million for robotics company Kiva Systems in 2012 and shelled out $1.2 billion for e-commerce company Zappos in 2009.“ Supplier Takeaway If Amazon is interested in taking over BJ’s, this could represent another shot fired in the battle between Walmart and Amazon,...

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Report: Walmart in Talks to Acquire Bonobos — RetailDive

The media reports that Walmart may be in talks to acquire Bonobos, a men’s clothing retailer: “Bonobos is just the latest e-commerce startup in Wal-Mart’s sights after the acquisitions of Modcloth, Shoebuy and Moosejaw. Unlike many e-commerce startups, 10-year-old Bonobos is reportedly profitable and has been using its latest investments to push further into brick and mortar.“ Supplier Takeaway It is looking like Walmart is on an e-commerce shopping spree. While it is too soon yet to tell how Walmart plans to...

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