Order Fulfillment

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…

Wal-Mart Buys Logistics Company With Focus on Same-Day Delivery
October 3, 2017 at 11:31 am

Wal-Mart has acquired the same-day delivery service Parcel, as it continues to focus on getting orders to customers’ front doors more quickly. Brooklyn-based Parcel offers evening deliveries and can handle perishable and frozen foods. According to Wal-Mart, Parcel has partnerships with several meal-kit and grocery companies. This is the latest move in Wal-Mart's battle with Amazon.com over delivery. Last…

Analyzing the Retail Landscape With Industry Veteran Richard Last
September 25, 2017 at 9:37 am

In episode 111 of Total Retail Talks, Richard Last, chairman emeritus, board of directors, Shop.org; founding partner, Axcelora; senior director, Global Digital Retailing Research Center, University of North Texas, offers his insights into the state of the retail industry, including how legacy brick-and-mortar retailers must evolve in order to remain viable in today's digital environment,…

Retailers Increase Fulfillment Technology Spending to Keep Up With Amazon
August 17, 2017 at 9:41 am

Total Retail’s recent survey and subsequent report, The Amazon Effect: How Retailers Are Adapting Their Businesses to Better Compete With the Industry Leader, found that retailers believe that Amazon.com has changed consumers’ expectations when it comes to the cost and speed of delivery. Eighty-six percent of respondents said that shoppers are either "significantly" or "somewhat"…

Is Online Grocery Ordering a Fresh Idea That Will Grow Profits?
August 16, 2017 at 11:00 am

Online grocery shopping began heating up like a pot of boiling soup in late 2016. With the recent acquisition of Whole Foods by Amazon.com, it seems everyone has an opinion on the long-term viability of digital groceries. Is it a new concept? No, but it certainly seems its time has finally come. It’s hard to…

Amazon Forcing Retailers to Speed Up Their Deliveries
August 15, 2017 at 9:57 am

In Total Retail's recent survey and subsequent report, The Amazon Effect: How Retailers Are Adapting Their Businesses to Better Compete With the Industry Leader, nearly 90 percent of retail executives said they “strongly" or “somewhat" agree that Amazon.com has changed consumers’ expectations for order delivery. Specifically, consumers’ expectations for delivery of their online purchases have changed…

Consumers’ Delivery Expectations Have Changed Thanks to Amazon
August 8, 2017 at 11:59 am

Nearly 90 percent of respondents in a recent Total Retail and IBM survey said they “strongly" or “somewhat" agree that Amazon.com has changed consumers’ expectations for order delivery (see the chart below). The report, The Amazon Effect: How Retailers Are Adapting Their Businesses to Better Compete With the Industry Leader, analyzes the impact Amazon’s growing…

Lowe's Announces Job Cuts
August 8, 2017 at 10:28 am

Lowe's confirmed last week that it's laying off an undisclosed number of delivery workers nationwide as the company shifts to a third-party delivery service. In an email to The Charlotte Observer, the home improvement retailer said its decision is in response to “the growing demand for timely delivery,” including next-day delivery, in select markets. The latest layoff announcement…