Shipping

NRF: Delta Variant Pushed Consumer Spending Toward Merchandise in September
October 18, 2021 at 8:16 pm

Retail sales increased in September as worries about the COVID-19 delta variant pushed consumer spending toward merchandise rather than services like dining, entertainment or travel — despite supply chain disruptions and inflation, the National Retail Federation (NRF)said last week. NRF’s calculation of retail sales — which is based on U.S. Census Bureau monthly retail data but excludes automobile dealers, gasoline stations and restaurants…

Shipping Strategies for Greater Order Fulfillment Agility This Holiday Season
October 7, 2021 at 10:08 pm

In this episode of Retail Right Now, Total Retail's Kristina Stidham and Marie Albiges discuss an article recently published by Total Retail, “Creating Fulfillment Independence to Reduce Shipping Challenges,” authored by Aimee Tierney, vice president of sales at Logistyx Technologies. Shipping challenges are top-of-mind for retailers preparing for holiday season demand with a COVID-impacted supply…

Walmart to Start Delivering Products for The Home Depot
October 6, 2021 at 6:11 pm

The Home Depot on Wednesday became the first retailer to announce it was using Walmart's new delivery business, GoLocal, and would engage Walmart's drivers to deliver home improvement products purchased online to customers' doors in the coming weeks. In a press release Wednesday, Stephanie Smith, senior vice president of supply chain for The Home Depot,…

FedEx Announces Largest General Rate Increase in Nearly a Decade
September 28, 2021 at 7:01 pm

Fedex recently announced the largest general rate increase in nearly a decade. Effective Jan. 3, 2022, shipping rates will increase by an average of 5.9 percent for Express, Ground, Economy, Home Delivery and Freight. The changes are complex. Many companies will be hurt with increases greater than 5.9 percent as this is an "average" increase for all weights, zones,…

Costco to Rent Own Container Ships to Bypass Shipping Issues
September 27, 2021 at 7:11 pm

Costco is renting its own container ships to prevent delays and keep costs down as the global shipping crisis continues, according to Business Insider. In a call with analysts Thursday, Costco CFO Richard Galanti said the retailer has chartered three ships to import products from Asia to the U.S. and Canada to help Costco avoid spending six times the normal price…

Creating Fulfillment Independence to Reduce Shipping Challenges
September 21, 2021 at 10:47 pm

Shipping challenges and carrier capacity issues driven by the rapid growth in e-commerce over the last year demonstrated to retailers the need to begin planning for peak season as early as January. For many retailers, it’s already too late to adequately prepare for peak holiday shipping season 2021. During the 2021 holiday season, delivery demand…

Parcel Shipping Expectations for Retail's Peak Season
September 15, 2021 at 10:37 pm

On the heels of COVID-19, we sit in the most complex environment for parcel rates and service that we’ve seen in our lifetime. A confluence of factors have come together to bring sometimes fast-moving volatility to the market, which make parcel planning for large retailers incredibly challenging — both for peak and nonpeak.

Kroger, Instacart Partnering to Offer 30-Minute 'Delivery Now' Service
September 15, 2021 at 4:51 pm

Kroger, the country's largest grocery retailer, announced Tuesday it's partnering with online platform Instacart to offer customers 30-minute delivery service. Called Kroger Delivery Now, the service will include 25,000 items, including food and household essentials, from Kroger and its banner stores for customers to order and receive at their homes. Kroger and Instacart have been partners…

Amazon Begins Shipping Cargo From Outside Customers
September 8, 2021 at 7:18 pm

In an effort to compete with commercial shippers like FedEx and UPS, Amazon.com has started shipping non-Amazon packages, according to a new report by CNBC. The e-commerce giant spent 80 percent more in the first quarter on capital expenditures than the same time last year, mostly to grow its in-house logistics network, which includes a…