In-Store Pickup

’Tis the Season to Be Shopping: 4 Tips for Maximizing Holiday Sales
December 13, 2018 at 12:35 pm

With only a few weeks left until the end of the holiday shopping season, retailers are looking forward to closing the season on a strong note. The National Retail Federation (NRF) is forecasting holiday sales to increase to $720.9 billion for November and December. Compared to recent years, 2018 brings a consumer set with more…

Old Navy Offers Free Rides With Lyft During the Holiday Rush
December 12, 2018 at 12:28 pm

Old Navy has partnered with ride share service app Lyft to offer customers free rides to stores, reports Nasdaq. The Gap Inc. retail brand is making it easier for shoppers to buy online and pick up in-store by offering free round-trip rides to stores on Sat., Dec. 15 and Sat., Dec. 22. Old Navy hopes…

Trends to Emerge From the Cyber 5 Weekend
November 30, 2018 at 9:44 am

In this episode of Retail Right Now, Total Retail's Caitlin Sullivan and Joe Keenan discuss themes to emerge from the recent holiday shopping weekend (Thanksgiving Day through Cyber Monday), including the extension of Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals into week-long events; the growth of mobile as a transaction channel; and the rise of buy…

Black Friday Online Spend Up a Record 23.6%
November 26, 2018 at 2:50 pm

A record $6.22 billion was spent online by the end of Black Friday, an increase of 23.6 percent year-over-year, according to data from Adobe Analytics. What's more, smaller retailers (less than $1 billion in annual e-commerce revenue) were 8.6 percent more effective at getting visitors to fill shopping carts. The holiday season to date (Nov. 1 – Nov. 24) shows $44.2…

Amazon Offering Free Shipping With No Purchase Minimum This Holiday Season
November 5, 2018 at 1:22 pm

Amazon.com said today it would offer free shipping with no purchase minimum this holiday season for the first time. The U.S.-only promotion, effective from Nov. 5, waives the $25 minimum that customers outside Amazon's loyalty club Prime must pay for free shipping for orders that will arrive in time for the Christmas holiday. Amazon cut…

Walmart Testing the Use of Robots for Online Grocery Pickup
August 6, 2018 at 2:21 pm

Walmart is testing the use of storage and retrieval robotics, called Alphabot, to increase the speed of online grocery order pickup, according to a company blog post. The technology, which was developed in collaboration with retail automation company Alert Innovation, is being installed in a section of a Salem, N.H. supercenter, which will also be a dedicated…

Walmart Reconfigures Employee Delivery Program
July 30, 2018 at 1:34 pm

A program Walmart announced last summer that lets store associates opt into delivering e-commerce ship-from-store orders quietly ended in January, according to company documents obtained by Reuters. The program was tested at three stores — two in New Jersey and one in Arkansas — and the idea was that store employees would bring online orders directly to…

FedEx to Open Small-Format Shops in 500 Walmart Stores
March 20, 2018 at 3:02 pm

FedEx Office, a subsidiary of FedEx Corp., and Walmart said yesterday that FedEx Office will bring its small-format stores for printing, packing and shipping into 500 of Walmart's stores nationwide in the next 24 months. The announcement comes after completion of a successful pilot program spanning 47 locations within Walmart stores across six states. Besides…

Wal-Mart to Fine Suppliers for Late Deliveries
January 31, 2018 at 1:27 pm

Wal-Mart will require suppliers to deliver more goods to warehouses exactly on time or face fines, another step in the retailer’s efforts to keep inventory low and shelves stocked as it battles with Amazon.com. More specifically, Wal-Mart executives plan to announce at an annual conference this week that large suppliers fulfill orders within a specified one- or two-day…