This Week in Retail – Episode 26

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Same day delivery is becoming more of a standard in online retail. Macy’s recently announced it was partnering up with Deliv, a delivery service, to offer same day delivery in 17 different markets.The partnership is seen as a means to go head to head against everyone’s favorite eCommerce giant: Amazon. It will use delivery drivers in an Uber-type service that will pick items up directly from the store and deliver it to the customer. Macy’s tested same day delivery in…

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FBA vs FBM: The Full Comparison

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Amazon has proven to be one of the most complex and competitive marketplaces in the world. Sellers navigating the marketplace have to find ways to not only compete against millions of other retailers, but also to find ways to manage their fulfillment processes. Amazon offers two different vessels for this: Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA) and Fulfillment by Merchant (FBM). The decision between the two can make a significant impact on a seller’s business operations, and we’re here to break down…

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This Week in Retail – Episode 20

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eBay is hoping to sell off its unit named eBay Enterprise by the time it splits up with PayPal in the coming months. The unit was designed to help retailers around the globe run ecommerce sites. It provides software, customer service, warehouses, and delivery to retailers around the globe, and is valued between $1-$1.5 billion. eBay purchased the unit back in 2011 for $2 billion, so they’re looking at a small loss on their behalf. The estimated date for the…

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This Week in Retail – Episode 15

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Big news coming out from Wal-Mart this week. The retail giant is introducing an unlimited free shipping service this Summer to quickly deliver online goods to customers, and they plan on having it cost half as much as one of their main competitors, Amazon Prime. At $50/year, Wal-Mart promises to deliver its goods within three days or less. In other news, Alibaba’s new CEO Daniel Zhang told employees that Alibaba will plan on expanding globally. He said that globalization is…

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This Week in Retail – Episode 7

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Some of the retail industry’s biggest players had big announcements this week. First, many sellers using Amazon’s ecommerce platform service received news that Amazon would be shutting down its webstore platform for medium to smaller sized sellers. Amazon has not made a statement on the shut down, and they are still accepting thirty day trials for the service. In other news, Target announced it would roll out a year-long return policy on 70,000 items across multiple product categories.  Target hopes the new…

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