Supply Chain

Could Blockchain Be the Key to Unleashing a New Era of Consumer Relevance at Scale?
July 24, 2019 at 9:14 am

Blockchain is a game changer for supply chain traceability. And that opens up a huge range of new possibilities for consumer goods brands to drive growth — delivering hyper-relevant customer experiences, engendering deeper customer relationships, and offering something that’s “just right” in the moment. Central to this is transparency. Today’s consumers are more concerned than…

Amazon Workers Plan Prime Day Strike at Minnesota Warehouse
July 9, 2019 at 9:50 am

Amazon.com warehouse workers in Minnesota plan to strike during the online retailer’s summer sales extravaganza, a sign that labor unrest persists even after the company committed to paying all employees at least $15 an hour last year. Workers at a Shakopee, Minnesota, fulfillment center plan a six-hour work stoppage on July 15, the first day…

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…

Cracking the 'Last Mile' Supply Chain Challenge
June 21, 2019 at 9:38 am

As Amazon.com rewrites the rules of retail, retailers are struggling to adapt and stay relevant. And it’s only getting harder to compete as the online retail giant continues to up the ante — most recently introducing one-day free shipping to Amazon Prime customers. Instead of forging new and uncharted paths, retailers can succeed by taking a…

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…

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…

Amazon to End US Restaurant Delivery Service
June 12, 2019 at 12:41 pm

Amazon.com will end its U.S. food delivery service, Amazon Restaurants, at the end of June, reports Business Insider. Amazon Restaurants launched in Seattle in 2015, and expanded to over 20 markets globally, yet failed to become a top player in the American food delivery space. The service was available only to Amazon Prime members and…