Shipping

Here’s How to Get the Most From 2019’s Holiday Shopping Season
July 19, 2019 at 11:38 am

In the weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas in 2018, U.S. consumers spent a record $850 billion. While Thanksgiving 2019 is still four months away, the competition for holiday dollars is already under way. Discerning retailers are looking to win back some of the holiday dollars going to Amazon.com every year. Amazon had more traffic on…

Survey: Dropshipping Drives the Future of Omnichannel
July 3, 2019 at 9:41 am

As the competition between retail behemoths Amazon.com and Walmart heats up, other retailers are paying close attention to the factors driving demand for home delivery. At DiCentral, we have front-row seats to the evolving online retail landscape and recently partnered with the Center for Supply Chain Research at Lehigh University to investigate the motivations and expectations…

Amazon Launches Pickup Option, Counter
June 27, 2019 at 12:57 pm

Amazon.com launched a new pickup option, Counter, in the U.S. today. Counter is a network of staffed package pickup points that enables customers to collect their Amazon packages from Counter locations at third-party retail outlets, department stores, and local neighborhood stores. Counter went live today in more than a hundred Rite Aid stores across the U.S. By…

How Shippers Can Fight Back Against Budget-Breaking Carrier Rates
June 21, 2019 at 9:16 am

In my last article, I detailed the need to consider add-on or accessorial carrier fees, not just base rates, to control shipping costs without sacrificing service. Still, downplaying the importance of keeping regular tabs on those base rates can wreak havoc on a shipper’s costs; they remain an incredibly important part of the equation. As…

Amazon's One-Day Shipping: A Day Late and a Dollar Short?
June 19, 2019 at 11:13 am

The demands of consumerism have "upped" everyone's game, and it seems our battle cry for instant gratification has been heard. While retailers struggle to match Amazon.com's pricing and selection, Amazon tries to close the gap on the "availability" offered by brick-and-mortar retailers. One-day shipping certainly gets Amazon closer to the core promise made by retailers,…

FedEx, Dollar General Partner on In-Store Parcel Service
June 18, 2019 at 2:52 pm

FedEx will offer pickup and drop-off services inside Dollar General stores, expanding the shipping company’s reach in rural America. Memphis-based FedEx on Monday announced the alliance with fellow Tennessee company Dollar General Corp. The companies plan to begin adding FedEx services in more than 1,500 Dollar General stores by late summer and expand to more than 8,000…

Overcoming the One-Day Delivery Blues
June 17, 2019 at 10:36 am

Amazon.com shocked the retail industry during its fourth-quarter earnings call when CFO Brian Olsavsky announced: “So, we’re currently working on evolving our Prime free two-day shipping program to be a free one-day shipping program.” Since Amazon’s announcement, hundreds of e-tailers and their distribution partners have been working hard to figure out how to match the…

Controlling Shipping Costs Means More Than Just Comparing Base Rates, Part 1
June 14, 2019 at 11:23 am

With the sole purpose of buying the most expensive Starbucks drink ever served, William E. Lewis Jr. requested the coffee chain add 170 extra shots of espresso to his Venti Flat White order. As a result, the credit repair and identity theft consultant managed to jack up the price…

Target Expands Same-Day Shipping as Delivery Wars Heat Up
June 13, 2019 at 11:16 am

Target is bringing its same-day delivery option to the masses — the latest move in an ongoing delivery war involving the big-box retailer, Walmart and Amazon.com. Target announced today that customers in 47 states will now be able to get items delivered same day by paying a flat fee of $9.99 per order. It’s using Shipt, a membership-based, same-day…