Shipping

Retail Delivery and Fulfillment: Pain Points and Opportunities Ahead
April 8, 2021 at 5:16 pm

The retail world was rocked this past year with pandemic-led surges in demand for e-commerce and at-home delivery. While many retailers were successful in making the pivot or ramping up their delivery cycles to meet capacity, it certainly didn't come without its challenges. The interesting aspect to the surge in e-commerce we experienced this past…

How Last-Mile Delivery is Evolving and How Retailers Are Adapting
March 16, 2021 at 4:43 pm

The spread of the pandemic has dramatically changed the way shoppers purchase goods. While there was already an increase in online shopping prior to the pandemic, that has jumped to record numbers amid shutdowns. Customers have grown accustomed to the convenience of receiving their products straight to their door. An Oracle survey reported that not…

Walmart Drops $35 Minimum Order on its Express Delivery Service
March 1, 2021 at 6:51 pm

Walmart is lifting the $35 minimum order required to use its Express Delivery service, which brings items to customers in less than two hours. Express Delivery allows customers to order items from Walmart’s food, consumables and general merchandise assortment such as produce, pantry staples, everyday essentials, toys and electronics, and is currently offered in 3,000 Walmart stores. Express orders are…

Dark Stores Solve for the Fragility of Supply Chains. But Are They Possible for All Retailers?
February 23, 2021 at 6:38 pm

With COVID-19 restrictions driving a shift to online shopping, shipping and logistics were a nightmare this past holiday shopping season. However, for some retailers, “dark stores” have proven to be a key tactic for combatting the madness. Dark stores are physical store locations that have been turned into fulfillment centers, taking pressure off the supply…

How to Adapt to Amazon’s Latest Push for 1-Day Delivery, Part 2
February 17, 2021 at 8:51 pm

Amazon.com's new Seller Fulfilled Prime (SFP) requirements went into effect on Feb. 1, 2021. Third-party SFP sellers must now show a nationwide one calendar-day or two calendar-day delivery promise on their Amazon product detail pages. Also, they must meet the strict delivery speed metrics on all such orders. For more details on the new SFP…

Cyber Season is Here to Stay: How Shipping Agility Needs to Adapt
February 15, 2021 at 7:16 pm

Holiday shopping 2020 looked very different than prior years. COVID-19 turned Cyber Monday into Cyber Week and beyond, as we continue to deal with an extended e-commerce boom. The “Cyber Season” that COVID has created is here to stay, even with an expected return to normalcy in 2021. With an overwhelming reliance on online shopping…

How to Adapt to Amazon’s Latest Push for 1-Day Delivery, Part 1
February 10, 2021 at 3:06 pm

In part one of this three-part series, I will decode Amazon.com's latest and most radical changes to its Seller Fulfilled Prime (SFP) program. I will share what merchants can do to adapt and thrive in the new one-day e-commerce delivery world. On August 20, 2020, in a post titled Important Updates to Seller Fulfilled Prime…

Shipt and GNC Announce Same-Day Delivery Partnership
February 9, 2021 at 7:34 pm

GNC and Shipt announced a new partnership that will for the first time bring same-day delivery of GNC health and wellness products to consumers across the country, according to a company press release. Shipt customers can select GNC in the user-friendly app and on Shipt.com to add any products to their order, including vitamins and supplements,…

When Delivery Becomes the Store’s Business
February 7, 2021 at 8:45 am

The COVID-19 pandemic created a major spike in outsourced delivery services as restaurants, grocery stores and retailers rushed to adapt to an overnight shift in consumer behavior. Months later it has become clear that the home delivery shift is here to stay, and the high fees and unpredictability of outsourced services are no longer tenable.…

Amazon Eases Third-Party Seller Delivery Requirements
January 6, 2021 at 7:20 pm

Amazon.com is easing third-party seller delivery requirements, CNBC reported. This is due to ongoing constraints on major shipping carriers as a result of the coronavirus. The e-commerce giant announced in August that starting in February 2021, members of Amazon's Seller Fulfilled Prime (SFP) program would be required to make deliveries on Saturdays, and meet one- and…