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Amazon Wins Patent for On-Demand Clothing Manufacturing System
April 19, 2017 at 9:10 am

Amazon.com was awarded a patent on Tuesday for an on-demand manufacturing system. The computerized system is designed to quickly produce clothing and other products only after a customer has placed an order. To increase efficiency, the goods would be manufactured in batches based on factors such a shipping addresses, the patent said. The inventors of…

UPS to Install Delivery Beacons to Improve Delivery
April 18, 2017 at 11:47 am

United Parcel Service, Inc. said yesterday that it will begin installing Bluetooth-enabled beacons on trucks to keep packages from being loaded onto the wrong vehicle. The company said the beacons will help cut down on delivery times, reduce human error and reduce misloads by 70 percent. The “Preload Smart Scan” system uses Bluetooth-enabled beacons that communicate…

True Logistics Visibility: Supporting E-Commerce
April 17, 2017 at 11:14 am

Almost every week it seems as though another retailer announces brick-and-mortar store closures, or there are new bankruptcy filings making headlines. With more and more people turning to technology in their everyday lives — often to the detriment of in-person shopping — capturing sales via e-commerce has never been more important for retailers. E-commerce transactions…

American Apparel Now Making Goods Outside of U.S.
April 11, 2017 at 11:07 am

For the first time in American Apparel’s 28-year history, its items are being made outside the U.S. The company, which prided itself on being the largest domestic apparel maker, is now producing shirts in Honduras and Nicaragua, a person familiar with the matter said. Gildan Activewear, which bought American Apparel out of Chapter 11 earlier this year,…

The Need for Multimodal Visibility in Retail Supply Chains
April 5, 2017 at 10:13 am

Retail supply chains infused with multimodal visibility have a competitive advantage. Ninety percent of retail executives believe mastering logistics is key to thriving in today’s on-demand economy. They’re right. Supply chain visibility can no longer be considered just a bonus — it's essential to effectively serve today’s connected consumer. Yet, supply chain visibility is still largely…

UPS to Offer Saturday Ground Delivery, Pickup Services
April 3, 2017 at 10:35 am

UPS announced that it will begin deploying a program later this month that offers Saturday ground delivery and pickup services. The carrier began testing the program in Atlanta, Philadelphia and Los Angeles in 2016, but further expansion is underway in these cities and broader deployment begins this month to 15 additional metropolitan areas including New…

eBay to Begin Offering Guaranteed, Free Delivery
March 22, 2017 at 11:52 am

This week, eBay announced that it will begin offering guaranteed three-day delivery in the U.S. on more than 20 million items this summer. Millions of those eligible items will also come with free shipping, and shoppers will be able to filter items by one- and two-day delivery. eBay said it hopes the summer launch of…

Data, Customer Love Drive Amazon Prime Now's Growth
March 20, 2017 at 12:40 pm

In an interview yesterday afternoon during the opening day of Shoptalk in Las Vegas, Stephenie Landry, vice president of Amazon Prime Now, the online retailer's service that offers household items and essentials consumers need with free two-hour delivery, discussed the growth of the business and what her focus will be to continue that upward trajectory.…

Meijer Adding Grocery Delivery Service
March 10, 2017 at 11:27 am

Meijer said Thursday that it's adding home delivery across its six-state footprint, starting with Grand Rapids, Mich.; Fort Wayne, Ind.; and Indianapolis, and will follow with its other major markets in Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky. Meijer is partnering with Shipt, an on-demand grocery delivery service. The Shipt delivery service is membership-based, with either annual or monthly options. For $99…

The Boost You Need to Grow Your Business Internationally
March 10, 2017 at 11:24 am

Every year, the percentage of e-commerce sales relative to overall retail sales is growing, which presents some great opportunities — particularly when it comes to selling globally. To gain some insight on this topic, Bronto commissioned a research report, “Beyond Borders: Identifying Global Sales in a Shrinking E-Commerce World." The consumer study, conducted by Ipsos…

Dick's Sporting Goods Dumps 20% of its Suppliers
March 9, 2017 at 11:40 am

Dick's Sporting Goods will dump about 20 percent of its vendors and stock more of its own brands as it looks to fortify itself against the market forces that killed its defunct rivals like The Sports Authority. The abandoned brands will be made up of minor labels rather than its 10 best-selling brands like Nike and…

Xcel Brands Thriving With Fast-Fashion Strategy
March 9, 2017 at 9:27 am

It seems as though every day there's another retailer closing stores, declaring bankruptcy or laying off employees. Most recently, J.C. Penney announced it will be closing 140 stores; HHGregg has filed for bankruptcy; and JackThreads laid off most of its staff. However, one company is flourishing at a time when others are failing. Xcel Brands,…

How Retailers Can Reduce the Burden of Returns
February 24, 2017 at 11:44 am

The holiday season is always an exciting time for retailers as they experience a boom in new customers and revenue. However, with the large spike in sales also comes the potential for a large amount of returns. So, what can retailers do to combat an increase in returns? As business problems vary and become more…

Amazon Quietly Lowers its Free Shipping Minimum to $35
February 20, 2017 at 11:25 am

Over the weekend, Amazon.com quietly reduced its free two-day shipping minimum rate for non-Prime subscribers to $35. Amazon confirmed the change on its shipping guidelines and options page. Amazon's free shipping rate has gone up and down over the years. The free shipping minimum has been as low as $25 in the past, and was…

Retail CEOs Head to Washington to Fight Proposed Border Tax
February 14, 2017 at 9:58 am

Chief executives of some of the country's largest retailers, including Target, Gap, Best Buy and Autozone, are headed to Washington, D.C. this week to make their case that a controversial tax on imports would raise consumer prices and hurt their businesses, according to people familiar with the plan. The group of eight retail bosses will meet on Wednesday with…

L.L.Bean Reconsidering Return, Shipping Policies to Cut Costs
February 10, 2017 at 11:00 am

L.L.Bean is reconsidering its generous shipping and return policies in a move to cut costs. L.L.Bean currently offers free shipping on everything, and its "satisfaction" guarantee is so liberal that it's led to abuse of the return policy. Company officials said they will have more to say later this year about shipping and efforts to…

Patagonia is Asking for Your Old Purchases
February 1, 2017 at 12:37 pm

Patagonia has announced that beginning this April, customers will be able to bring their used Patagonia merchandise to local stores and exchange it for credit to buy new items. The Huffington Post reports Patagonia will then clean, repair and sell the older donated items at discounted prices on its Worn Wear website. The website currently highlights…

Wal-Mart Ends ShippingPass, Launches Free Two-Day Shipping
January 31, 2017 at 11:44 am

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. announced today that it's ending its ShippingPass delivery subscription pilot and offering free two-day shipping on more than 2 million items without a membership program. The retailer is also lowering the minimum purchase required for free shipping to $35 from $50. Items shipped to stores have no minimum price threshold. Wal-Mart also offers same-day store…

Global Currencies to Respond to the Global Climate … Will You Be Ready?
January 30, 2017 at 9:19 am

The world is watching as Donald J. Trump officially takes the office of the President of the United States, wondering what’s in store for the next four years. If the recent cabinet confirmation hearings, last-minute actions from Obama and even tweets from Trump are any indication, it's going to be an unpredictable time. This is…