Import volume at major retail container ports suggests a bright outlook for this year’s holiday season. August container shipments to the US could rise 2.2%, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released by the National Retail Federation and maritime consulting firm Hackett Associates. That would bring the measure to the highest level since the NRF began tracking imports in 2000.
For many consumers, the fear of package theft is enough to keep them from buying certain products online.
UPS said it would tack on surcharges to deal with surges of delivery demand during key holiday season shipping weeks, which could pressure retailers who are already squeezing margins hard.
The retailer is testing a service that has employees dropping off packages on their way home from work.
Retailers have an abundance of fulfillment options at their disposal: buy online, pick up in-store, buy in-store, ship to home—you name it. But same day deliver may pose challenges that many don’t feel the need to address.
Consumers already know what kinds of products they would want delivered via drones—take-out food, please! But they're already worrying about problems, too.
Shrugging off the financial burden of shipping costs, Amazon reduced the minimum order required for non-Prime members to receive free shipping to $25, the second time it has reduced the level this year.
More than three years after Amazon unveiled Amazon Prime Pantry, Target is getting in on the act, testing a service it calls Target Restock to allow its REDcard loyalty program members to buy household items to be delivered to shoppers the next day.
Order a snack from goPuff and it should arrive at your door in under 30 minutes. eMarketer's Tricia Carr spoke with goPuff's Daniel Folkman about how the company creates an environment where impulse buys happen online.
Amazon sees its Prime Now one- and two-hour delivery service as a ‘trip eliminator’ for customers, not merely a service for urgent situations.