Category Archives: E-Commerce

Third-Party Delivery Services and Retailers — RetailWire

  An analyst looks at how partnering with third-party delivery services affects grocers and their consumer relationships: “Instead, some large chains — perhaps Whole Foods most notably — allow branded third parties, such as Instacart, Shipt, Google Express and Amazon Prime Now, to enter their stores and pick-and-pack customer orders for delivery to the customer. That former grocery customer is now placing their order on a third-party site and having service provided by the third-party. They are effectively becoming that...

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Amazon Lowers Free Shipping Minimum — Engadget

  Amazon has lowered its free shipping minimum for non-Prime members, likely in response to Walmart’s decision to offer free shipping on all orders over $35: “Amazon likely raised the minimum last year in response to rapidly rising logistics costs. Simply put, it couldn’t afford to hand out gratis shipping as freely as it had in the past. Either Amazon got those costs in check, or it’s willing to take a financial hit to prevent Walmart from luring away customers....

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Moosejaw Negotiates With Brands Following Acquisition — OutsideOnline.com

Some Moosejaw suppliers are interested in having their brands appear on Walmart.com: “‘Discussions are taking place on a brand-by-brand basis,’ says Moosejaw CEO Eoin Comerford. ‘The premium brands will stay on the Moosejaw platform, but some of our vendors have expressed a surprising willingness to be considered for Walmart.com.’ Moosejaw carries dozens of the best-known brands in the industry, including Patagonia, CamelBak, and Yeti. (Unfortunately, Comerford wouldn’t mention which brands they were talking to or which brands they consider premium.)“ Resources for Walmart Suppliers...

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Walmart Continues Omnichannel Focus — Business Insider

  Business Insider offers analysis of Walmart’s ongoing omnichannel efforts: “Focusing on omnichannel could help Walmart remain a top competitor in the retail industry. Walmart has been pushing to grow its online presence — its third-party site, Walmart Marketplace, added 8 million inventory items in Q3 2016, bringing the company’s total online offerings to 19 million.“ Supplier Takeaway What is your team doing to keep up with Walmart’s march toward being a truly omnichannel company? Resources for Walmart Suppliers Walmart Fiscal...

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Walmart Announces the Acquisition of Moosejaw, a Leading Online Outdoor Retailer — Walmart.com

Feb. 15, 2017 – We’re excited to announce the acquisition of Moosejaw, a leading online outdoor retailer that will now join the Walmart U.S. eCommerce organization. Here are the key facts about the deal: What was announced today? Walmart has acquired Moosejaw for approximately $51 million. The acquisition closed on Feb. 13, 2017. Who is Moosejaw? Moosejaw is a leading online active outdoor retailer with a large web presence as well as 10 physical stores. Moosejaw carries more than 400...

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Amazon’s Intimates to Compete with Big Box Stores — Yahoo!

Amazon has entered the intimates market at a low price point, causing analysts to suspect that the online retailer wants to compete with Walmart and Target, not industry leader Victoria’s Secret: “The note points out Walmart and Target already sell low-price intimate apparel, and yet, Victoria’s Secret continues to own roughly 27% of the market. That means the people who shop at Victoria’s Secret are unlikely to be swayed by low prices, and find value in other things, like service...

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Consumer Review Management — Chain Store Age

  Online reviews from customers can be a tricky area of business for retailers and suppilers alike: “Enter the Federal Trade Commission, the nation’s primary consumer protection agency, which has warned companies that positive online reviews can be considered paid endorsements in certain situations and thus require appropriate disclosures. The agency’s Endorsement and Testimonial Guides attempt to clarify the line between the “regular unbiased” consumer and the compensated consumer. A foodie blogger who finds a new kale product at her...

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Pinterest

Pinterest Adds “Lens” to Help Users Shop for Items — NWAHomepage.com

Pinterest has introduced new features that make the site more interactive and that make it easier for users to engage with and purchase products: “On Wednesday, the company, one of tech’s “unicorns” valued at $11 billion, announced a new feature called Lens, which will enable people to snap a picture of an item inside the Pinterest app. The app will then suggest objects it thinks are related. Think Shazam but for objects, not music. Surfacing the products will make it...

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On-Shelf Remains an Omnichannel Challenge — RetailWire.com

Consumers get upset when their “in stock” item, isn’t. Retailers need to define what realistic expectations are when it comes to having items ordered online actually in-stock and in-store: “Omnichannel promises to customers seem to be wreaking havoc on retailers’ supply chains, sending inventory from stores all over the place with not enough regard for costs or for ensuring that inventory is sent to the right place for future demand.“ Supplier Takeaway In-stock issues remain a challenge for suppliers and...

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A Quick Comparison Between Walmart and Costco — Forbes.com

A recent Forbes.com article offers an analysis of Walmart and Costco: “While Walmart is taking several initiatives to boost its e commerce sales, Costco is lagging behind in its online initiatives. The above table shows that Walmart is inefficient compared to Costco in using its retail space and could benefit from a higher volume of online sales. Costco on the other hand targets individuals with higher disposable incomes and is able to generate much higher revenues per square foot of...

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