Category Archives: E-Commerce

Amazon Clashes With Affiliate Publishers — DigiDay

Amazon is clashing with affiliate publishers over the retailer’s push for websites to feature listings for Amazon’s private label fashion items: “But multiple publishers, who spoke on condition of anonymity to avoid upsetting an important partner, said Amazon’s private-label products in its fashion lines convert poorly when the publishers have promoted them on their own sites, which make the high commission rates irrelevant.” Supplier Takeaway: Maintaining Good Affiliate Relations It’s understandable that Amazon would want to push its fashion initiatives. However, publishers have...

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Albertson’s Teams Up with Instacart — Supermarket News

Another major grocery is teaming up with the third-party delivery service: “Instacart’s third-party delivery service will enable Albertsons’ customers to receive grocery orders in as little as an hour and is slated to be available at all participating stores by mid-2018. Albertsons will continue to offer its current, in-house delivery programs as well, which also includes same-day service. Store pickup is also an option for Albertsons shoppers.”  Resources for Walmart Suppliers Courses for Walmart Suppliers 8th & Walton Blog: The...

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Digital For the Win Over Black Friday — FoodDive

Digital commerce was the key to Black Friday/Cyber Monday success: “Initial sales totals for the weekend at this stage of the game are rough, and in-store sales haven’t yet been tallied — but on the whole it seems retailers benefited by shorter in-store Thanksgiving hours and beefed up digital deals and experiences.” Resources for Walmart Suppliers Courses for Walmart Suppliers 8th & Walton Blog: The Importance of Safety in Your Holiday Planning Conference Call Podcast: 8th and Walton Supports You in...

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Cyber Monday Breaks Records — USA Today

Analysts believe that Cyber Monday broke online sales records: “The strongest surge in purchases was forecast between 8PM and 11PM in every time zone, when deliberating shoppers finally commit to what they’ve been loading into their online shopping carts all day and over the “Turkey 5″ — the five shopping days starting on Thanksgiving and continuing through Cyber Monday. That surge rolls across the country as each U.S. region hits the witching hour for buying.” Resources for Walmart Suppliers Courses for Walmart Suppliers 8th & Walton...

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Mobile Makes Black Friday Strides — TechCrunch

Mobile shopping is on the increase, as evidenced by Black Friday numbers: “The bigger shift is in how we are shopping. Purchases made on mobile devices have so far totalled a record 36.9 percent of all sales, and 54.3 percent of all site visits. This works out to just under $2 billion in sales. Smartphones accounted for 44.6% of visits and 26.0% of revenue.” Supplier Takeaway: Mobile Marketing is Key Mobile sales continue to grow. Do you have a plan for...

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Walmart Places Pickup Towers in 500 Stores — Business Insider

    Walmart is expanding its pickup tower program: “Think of this as an ATM for parcel pickup,” JP Suarez, Walmart’s vice president of real estate, said at a recent conference, according to Bisnow Houston. “We’re putting 500 of these towers in our stores, we love them.” Resources for Walmart Suppliers Courses for Walmart Suppliers 8th & Walton Blog: The Importance of Safety in Your Holiday Planning Conference Call Podcast: What’s Walmart’s Next Move with Private Label? Focus on Suppliers Transcript:...

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Walmart and Amazon Want a Share of Your Closet — BusinessInsider.com

    Amazon and Walmart are now competing in the difficult arena of online apparel sales: “Selling clothing is traditionally one of the most difficult things to do online, and clothing sales have moved online at a slower rate than other merchandise proportionally. Prime Wardrobe and Walmart’s new Mobile Returns are designed to make clothes easier to return if they don’t look in person what they appeared to be online.” Supplier Takeaway: Can Walmart Crack the Fashion Code? Walmart hasn’t...

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Walmart’s Successes Mean New Challenges — Fool.com

  An analysis of Walmart’s new challenges: “The next step in Wal-Mart’s transformation into an e-commerce powerhouse is showing that the online business can produce decent margin. Amazon’s online business doesn’t even come close — the company’s operating margin in North America through the first nine months of the year was just 1.66%. Even if Wal-Mart catches up to Amazon in terms of sales, the e-commerce business may never be as profitable as the stores.” Supplier Takeaway: Time for a...

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Amazon Inks Deal with Calvin Klein — New York Post

Amazon announced its partnership with Calvin Klein: “Jeff Bezos’ online behemoth is getting the first crack at Calvin Klein’s latest underwear designs in a deal that snubs old-line department stores like Macy’s, Bloomingdales and Saks Fifth Avenue — stores that have long been the designer’s primary retail outlets.“   Supplier Takeaway: Another Strike in the Retail Wars? Calvin Klein is allying itself with Amazon. Do you think Walmart will have an announcement soon about a similar partnership with a well-known...

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Security Fears Keeping Some Holiday Shoppers Offline — RetailDive

Some consumers won’t shop online this holiday due to fears about cybersecurity: “About 30% of consumers surveyed by cybersecurity firm Sitelock say they do not plan to shop online this holiday season due to concerns about how well-protected online shopping sites are from security threats, according to a study emailed to Retail Dive.” Supplier Takeaway: Is Fear a Boon for In-Store Sales? Many consumers are still concerned about data breaches and identity theft and may well feel safer shopping in...

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