Category Archives: E-Commerce

Amazon Is Buying Whole Foods for $13.7 Billion in Cash — CNN.com

8th & Walton CEO, Jeff Clapper, comments on the big news of the day and what it might mean for Walmart and its suppliers. Listen to the podcast above (5 minutes)! Amazon is buying the embattled Whole Foods: “The deal shows Amazon’s interest in moving into the business of operating traditional brick-and-mortar stores, even as many retailers that have been crippled by Amazon’s growth have announced a series of store closings.“ Supplier Takeaway Amazon’s purchase of Whole Foods gives it...

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Sears Online Head Stepping Down — Chain Store Age

Sears’ head of online is stepping down from his role: “In other news, Stephan Zoll, president of online, Sears Holdings, is stepping down from the company, effective June 15, Sears said Tuesday in a separate 8-K filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Stephan joined Sears in June 2016, coming from eBay Germany where he had served most recently served as VP of eBay Marketplaces.“ Supplier Takeaway Things aren’t looking good for Sears. What opportunities or challenges might your supplier...

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Jet Discontinues Costo Product Sales — Bloomberg.com

Jet.com is phasing out Kirkland products, a private label brand owned by Sam’s Club competitor Costco: “That’s about to change. Jet is phasing out Kirkland products, spokeswoman Meredith Klein said by email, although some Kirkland products fulfilled by third-party sellers will remain. The move comes as Wal-Mart’s Sam’s Club chain works to boost sales by focusing on its own main store brand, Member’s Mark, consolidating about 20 different labels under that banner and adding 300 new products like sea salt caramels...

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The Walmart Grocery Pickup Experience — The Packer

One consumer’s experience with Walmart grocery pickup: “When I showed up to the wrong store for pickup, they were very friendly and said it’s happened periodically. The store I’d imagined myself picking up at was newer and fancier than the store they chose for me.“ Supplier Takeaway Getting the consumer’s perspective on new programs and innovations is always interesting. Can you spot opportunity for your business in the writer’s story? Resources for Walmart Suppliers How to Conquer the Challenge of...

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Publix Expanding Instacart Delivery Partnership — Supermarket News

  Publix is expanding its delivery partnership with Instacart: “Instacart, based in San Francisco, has been expanding rapidly this year as retailers seek cost-effective means to meet consumer demand for more convenient grocery shopping. The company now serves 60 U.S. markets — about twice the number it did at the end of last year — with plans to expand by 100 U.S. markets by year-end.“ Supplier Takeaway Retailers are doing what they can to deliver products quickly to consumers, even...

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Will IKEA Start Selling on Third-Party Websites? — RetailWire

Major furniture retailer may start selling its products on third-party e-commerce sites: “It will be interesting to see if IKEA will choose Amazon’s marketplace to test the sale of its products on another company’s site. The Wall Street Journal reported last month that Amazon was building “four massive warehouses” designed to handle large items such as furniture. Veenu Taneja, furniture general manager at Amazon, told the paper that the category is among the fastest growing for the e-tailer.“ Supplier Takeaway...

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Another Angle on Amazon’s Low-Income Prime Membership — ReCode.net

Some analysts think that Amazon’s decision to offer low-income consumers a discount on Prime memberships has a lot to do with market saturation: “Households that made more than $112,000 per year, on the other hand, are nearing saturation, with 82 percent in possession of Amazon Prime memberships, according to a survey of 5,500 U.S. teens about whether their families had Prime memberships. The insight comes from a ongoing Jaffray survey on what brands teens consume and what trends teens follow....

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Amazon Offers Lower Prime Rate for Low-Income Shoppers — ReCode.net

Amazon is offering discounted Prime memberships to low-income consumers: “On Tuesday, Amazon announced that it is offering a 45 percent discount on Prime memberships — $5.99 a month instead of $10.99 month — to U.S. residents receiving government assistance. Shoppers with an Electronic Benefits Transfer card — used for benefits like the Women, Infants, and Children Nutrition Program — are eligible for the lower price but they also have to re-qualify every year for up to four years.“ Supplier Takeaway...

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McMillon Commits to Progress at Shareholder Meeting — Progressive Grocer

Walmart CEO Doug McMillon has committed to keeping Walmart on the cutting edge of retail: “Regarding the company’s vision for the future, McMillon said Walmart was ‘making every day easier for busy families and we’re using new ways of working to do it,’ among them a program being tested in which store associates deliver items to customers, digital endless-aisle shopping in stores, automated pickup towers in stores for online orders, pickup stations in store parking lots, robotics and image analytics...

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Walmart Places “Pickup” Machines in More Stores — DallasNews.com

Walmart is expanding its testing of a machine that automates e-commerce in-store pickup orders: “The 16-foot tall tower, which was nicknamed Rapunzel while in development, is a vending machine for online purchases. A customer scans her order bar code sent to her on her smartphone and a door slides open. An arm inside the machine goes to the correct tray holding her package and sends the tray down to the door.“ Supplier Takeaway What do you think about this innovation...

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