Order Fulfillment

Retailers Must Get Delivery Right, or Risk Losing Customers
January 3, 2018 at 1:19 pm

Today’s sophisticated cyber shoppers continue to transform the retail landscape. Demanding innovation and excellence in every channel, they expect to take control of their online retail experience — and that includes where, when and how delivery happens. In fact, according to MetaPack's 2017 State of eCommerce Delivery Consumer Research Report, which collates the views of…

Target Buying Delivery Platform Shipt for $550M
December 13, 2017 at 1:44 pm

Target announced today it has agreed to acquire Shipt, Inc., an online same-day delivery platform, for $550 million in cash. The retail chain said it will use its network of stores and Shipt’s proprietary technology platform and network of more than 20,000 members to bring same-day delivery to customers across the country. Shipt differs from other…

How a Shipping Makeover Can Increase Your Bottom Line
December 1, 2017 at 11:20 am

Most online retailers start their businesses with lots of passion, little (if any) shipping knowledge and a small space to work out of (usually an extra bedroom or living room). When you first start to build out your shipping process, it’s easy to just stick to the first system in order to get the shipments…

Best Buy's Distribution Centers Work 24/7 to Meet Holiday Rush
November 22, 2017 at 11:32 am

Best Buy has sent out special delivery trucks of nothing but TVs — hundreds of thousands of TVs — to its stores in recent days to be ready for Black Friday crowds. At the same time, its distribution centers are packed full of thousands more TVs stacked high, ready for the crush of online orders expected…

Alibaba, Retailers Gearing Up for Successful Singles Day
November 10, 2017 at 10:34 am

This Saturday, Nov. 11, the Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba will hold its annual Singles Day event, which last year grossed $17.8 billion (USD) in sales, up from $14.3 billion in 2015, according to a report from Fung Global Retail & Technology (FGRT). The 24-hour phenomenon has quickly become the world's largest shopping day, consistently surpassing…

A Chat With Mike Halula, Retail Analytics Practice Lead for the Americas, Teradata
November 1, 2017 at 2:11 pm

In an interview at the Teradata Partners Conference in Anaheim, Calif., last week, Mike Halula, retail analytics practice lead for the Americas, Teradata, touched on a variety of topics regarding the current and future state of the retail industry: On Marketing to Millennials "Marketers are trying to figure out how customers want to be connected…

Preparing for the Future of Retail
October 27, 2017 at 11:50 am

Today’s sophisticated cyber shoppers continue to transform the retail landscape. Demanding innovation and excellence in every channel, they expect to take control of their online retail experience — and that includes where, when and how delivery happens. In fact, according to MetaPack’s 2017 State of eCommerce Delivery Consumer Research Report, which collates the views of […]

2017 Consumer Holiday Shopping Expectations
October 27, 2017 at 11:49 am

Today’s sophisticated cyber shoppers continue to transform the retail landscape. Demanding innovation and excellence in every channel, they expect to take control of their online retail experience — and that includes where, when and how delivery happens. In fact, according to MetaPack’s 2017 State of eCommerce Delivery Consumer Research Report, which collates the views of […]

Amazon Launches In-Home Delivery Service
October 25, 2017 at 10:21 am

Amazon.com has launched Amazon Key, an in-home delivery service exclusively for Amazon Prime members. The service relies on Amazon’s new Cloud Cam and compatible smart lock. The Verge reports the camera is the hub, connected to the internet via home Wi-Fi. Then, the camera talks to the lock over Zigbee, a wireless protocol used by…

Costco Launches Same-Day Grocery Delivery
October 9, 2017 at 11:53 am

Costco announced last week that it's offering customers same-day grocery delivery. On Thursday, the company announced two new delivery options: two-day delivery for dry goods, and same-day delivery for orders that include fresh foods. The same-day service will be powered by grocery delivery company Instacart. The same-day delivery option, available in “most metropolitan areas,” lets…