Category Archives: E-Commerce

Walmart Acquires Parcel — Walmart.com

  In the past, Walmart News Now has reported on efforts by retailers to coordinate deliveries to consumers who might not be so easy to reach. There has been a lot of experimentation ranging from in-home deliveries to in-store pickups from “towers” to coded lockers in apartment buildings and third-party retailers. For now, it is The Wild West as retailers scramble to find the best solutions for their business. Now Walmart has hopped into the game by acquiring Parcel, a...

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IKEA Acquires TaskRabbit — RetailWire.com

Furniture retailer IKEA has acquired TaskRabbit, a matchmaking service for people who need help with everyday tasks, such as assembling furniture: “TaskRabbit, based in San Francisco, matches customers with ‘taskers’ who can complete tasks such as housecleaning, plumbing, home repairs, errands, moving — and perhaps lending a hand with hard-to-assemble furniture manufactured by a certain Swedish retailer. Workers list their hourly rates for their services and TaskRabbit uses an algorithm to suggest candidates for each ‘gig.’ It has 60 full-time...

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Shipping Challenges in Rural Areas — Racked.com

While omnichannel logistics has made it easier for people to get quick delivery of many items, getting packages to rural customers remains a challenge: “As seamless as the process can sometimes seem — three clicks and (ta-da!) your order is here — e-commerce presents a different set of challenges depending on where you live: In the city, your Madewell box may get dumped in the lobby of your apartment building and mysteriously disappear by the time you get home; in...

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Jet.com Continues to Reinvent Itself — RetailWire.com

Jet.com is taking off, now with its own premium private label: “Jet is also introducing a new premium grocery private label called Uniquely J intended to appeal to the “metro millennial consumer,” according to a Mashable report. The line, which will emphasize product quality, will become available on the site over the next two months and will include roughly 60 food and household items. Jet plans to extend the line to baby, beauty and pet products in the future.” Supplier...

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Suppliers, Investors Souring on Whole Foods – Amazon Merger

Not everyone is happy about Amazon’s takeover of Whole Foods: “Under Amazon’s management, brand representatives will no longer be able to promote their products in-store at Whole Foods — a potential blow to upstart brands that use in-store reps to educate customers on new products. One supplier who works with brokers tasked with visiting local stores tells CNBC that it may move away from some broker relationships. The supplier wished to remain unnamed because it hadn’t yet spoken to its...

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Walmart and Google Team Up Against Amazon – Fortune.com

An analysis of how Walmart and Google are working together to fend off Amazon: “Both get Es for effort. Under Lore, Walmart has become the whirling dervish of offline/online shopping. It has set up a Silicon Valley incubator, Store No. 8. It is partnering with startups Deliv and August to allow deliverypeople to unlock your door, enter your home and stock your fridge. If experimenting were the entire battle, Walmart would have won already.” Supplier Takeaway: The Walmart Vs. Amazon...

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Marc Lore Discusses Walmart’s Innovation Strategy — NRF.com

  Marc Lore recently offered some insight into Walmart’s tech innovation efforts: “Technology is driving a lot of change in retail, although Lore cautioned against “chasing the tech,” since the technology itself will soon become commoditized. Instead, he said, consider the merchandising impact.” Supplier Takeaway: Walmart’s Approach to Technology is Goal Oriented As Marc Lore says, retailers need to consider the merchandising possibilities of new technologies. New technologies are pretty, shiny baubles, and may be tempting, but your priority should be...

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Walmart Appoints E-Commerce Fashion SVP — RetailDive.com

Walmart has appointed an SVP of online fashion for Walmart U.S.’s e-commerce division: “Walmart has tapped Denise Incandela to be SVP of fashion within its Walmart U.S. e-commerce division, according to a note to employees from Scott Hilton, formerly Jet chief revenue officer and now chief revenue officer of Walmart U.S. e-commerce. She begins work Oct. 2 out of the company’s Hoboken, NJ office.” Supplier Takeaway: Walmart is Serious About Fashion Historically, Walmart has been a store where consumers could...

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Food Supplier Connects with Consumers Via Blogging — The Packer

Ocean Mist, an artichoke supplier, is connecting with consumers via its blog: “Publishing new content once a week, From the Heart features seasonal recipes, company updates, community involvement news and highlights from the field, according to a news release.” Supplier Takeaway: Does a Consumer Blog Make Sense for Your Brand? Making connections is important, even if you don’t sell directly to consumers. If you don’t reach out to consumers via a blog or social media right now, ask yourself “Why...

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Trix Reverts to Original Colors, Flavors — StarTribune.com

It turns out that Trix cereal lovers prefer artificial colors and flavors: “More than two years after General Mills removed artificial colors and flavors from Trix, the company is bringing back the original formula of the fruity, sugary cereal for people who prefer its ‘vibrant colors.’” Supplier Takeaway: Do Consumers Really Want “Clean Labels”? General Mills opted to swap “natural” flavorings and colors for the artificial ones they’d been using for years. The company did this in response to what...

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