Kroger Announces Deal With Ocado to Speed Up Grocery Delivery
May 18, 2018 at 11:48 am

Kroger announced a deal this week with British online grocer Ocado to help improve its grocery delivery services through the construction of robotically operated warehouses. A report by Reuters states the deal is Ocado's first in the United States and company’s fourth major agreement with retailers in six months. Kroger CEO Rodney McMullen called the…

Online Grocery is an Open Field … for Now
May 16, 2018 at 2:43 pm

The e-commerce market as a whole is maturing, but buying groceries online is still far from commonplace in the U.S. As the fight for category leadership in digital grocery heats up, research shows that Americans have yet to settle on a grocer of choice. With this opportunity at hand, grocery competitors must act fast to…

3 E-Commerce Tips for Apparel Retailers
May 14, 2018 at 11:25 am

While online and offline shopping journeys are becoming increasingly intertwined, in many cases due to the omnichannel nature of consumers, retailers are struggling to understand how this defines consumer segments and what influences the shopper journey online the most. The apparel industry, in particular, is straddling both sides of this omnichannel approach. For those focused…

Analyzing Mother's Day Retail Spending
May 11, 2018 at 1:40 pm

In this week's episode of Retail Right Now, Total Retail's Caitlin Sullivan and Joe Keenan discuss Mother's Day retail spending, including online vs. in-store shopping, and the product categories primed to see big sales.

Walmart Agrees to Buy Stake in Flipkart for $16B
May 10, 2018 at 2:35 pm

Walmart Inc. announced yesterday that it has signed a definitive agreement to become the largest shareholder in Flipkart Group, an e-commerce company headquartered in Bengaluru, India that's a leader in electronics, large appliances, mobile, and fashion and apparel. Walmart will buy an initial stake of roughly 77 percent in the company for $16 billion, while…

Sears Partners With Amazon on Tire Purchases, Installations
May 10, 2018 at 1:44 pm

Sears Auto Centers, a division of Sears Holdings Corp., announced yesterday that it's working with Amazon.com to provide tire installation and balancing for customers who purchase any brand of tires on Amazon, including its own DieHard brand. The rollout will begin in the coming weeks for eight metropolitan areas: Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Miami,…

BigCommerce Survey Identifies E-Commerce as a Growing Component of B-to-B Sales
May 9, 2018 at 6:51 pm

B-to-B e-commerce, much like the broader e-commerce industry, is on the rise and merchants feel especially optimistic about its upward trajectory, according this survey from e-commerce platform BigCommerce. Eighty-three percent of B-to-B merchants that don't yet have an online sales channel expect to add one within the next 24 months. Eighty percent of merchant respondents currently accept B-to-B orders online, and 78 percent of those have enabled e-commerce purchasing for at least two years.

Report: Amazon Scanning Body Images to Improve Online Shopping
May 7, 2018 at 2:38 pm

Amazon.com is reportedly inviting customers into a New York office to measure their body shapes and sizes over a 20-week period in an effort to improve the shopping experience for customers. According to The Wall Street Journal, twice a month volunteers (chosen from a survey) will visit the office in order to allow Amazon to…

Report: Amazon Offering Discounts to Retailers Using its Payment Service
May 3, 2018 at 4:55 pm

Amazon.com is reportedly offering discounted credit card fees to retailers that adopt Amazon Pay as an option for their customers, according to people with knowledge of the matter who spoke to Bloomberg. The Bloomberg report said that Amazon has offered the discounts to several smaller sellers with higher credit card fees than Amazon, which can negotiate…