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Do you agree? the world's top 10 most innovative companies in retail

Do you agree? the world's top 10 most innovative companies in retail | Ecommerce logistics and start-ups | Scoop.it
Fast Company The World's Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Retail Fast Company This inspired other e-commerce startups to explain themselves as “the Warby Parker of [fill in the blank]”—from Cory Vines (gym clothes) to True&Co (bras)—either as an...
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Amazon is Building a New Distribution Network - Quickly and Quietly

Amazon is Building a New Distribution Network - Quickly and Quietly | Ecommerce logistics and start-ups | Scoop.it
New Strategy is Primarily about is Taking Control over Its Primary Weakness - Outbound Transportation
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PayPal enrolls 'tens of thousands' customers in Nigeria

PayPal enrolls 'tens of thousands' customers in Nigeria | Ecommerce logistics and start-ups | Scoop.it
Times of India PayPal enrolls 'tens of thousands' customers in Nigeria Times of India LAGOS: PayPal has signed up "tens of thousand" of Nigerians in its first week of operating in Africa's biggest economy, with consumers already purchasing items...
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Tackling Food Safety And Supply Chain Issues ICix Raises $25 Million

Tackling Food Safety And Supply Chain Issues ICix Raises $25 Million | Ecommerce logistics and start-ups | Scoop.it
VentureBeat Tackling Food Safety And Supply Chain Issues ICix Raises $25 Million TechCrunch For years, companies promised to manage and monitor the process of provisioning for global retailers with tools that would make consumer goods safer and the...
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Why Amazon’s $8Trillion B2B Bet is Flying Under the Radar Screen

Why Amazon’s $8Trillion B2B Bet is Flying Under the Radar Screen | Ecommerce logistics and start-ups | Scoop.it
AmazonSupply.com launched quietly in April 2012 with 500,000 items for sale. Two years later, with the site still officially in beta, that list of products has grown to more than 2.2 million.
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Alibaba set to push back IPO until September

Alibaba set to push back IPO until September | Ecommerce logistics and start-ups | Scoop.it
Alibaba set to push back IPO until September
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China's Ministry of Commerce official says Alibaba's national network wrong direction for company

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Amazon Prime offers Two-Day Delivery service within EU

Amazon Prime offers Two-Day Delivery service within EU | Ecommerce logistics and start-ups | Scoop.it
Along with a host of other benefits, Amazon Prime customers can now take advantage of a Two-Day Delivery service for products stored outside the UK – at no extra charge
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Foreign companies manufacturing in India can sell directly to online customers

Foreign companies manufacturing in India can sell directly to online customers | Ecommerce logistics and start-ups | Scoop.it
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Logistics challenges could stifle Singapore’s e-commerce boom

Logistics challenges could stifle Singapore’s e-commerce boom | Ecommerce logistics and start-ups | Scoop.it
SINGAPORE — As e-commerce continues to takes off in a bigger way than before, e-retailers and delivery firms alike are scrambling to put together a variety of solutions to beat a way through the logistics jungle that could put a dampener on the potential boom.
Here and internationally, e-commerce players are confronted by a slew of logistics-related challenges that some say present the only stumbling block to growth, as customers increasingly demand shorter lead times and complain about unreliable or inexperienced third-party logistics providers, especially in this region.
“The lines are blurring between logistics and e-commerce,” said Mr Roger Egan, co-founder and chief executive officer of local online grocery store RedMart. “There is a misconception that e-commerce is all about the front end — website design and mobile applications. But those who can control the entire supply chain and logistics will win.”
Some players in the field are thus seeking to beat the game by creating their own supply and logistics chain, including having their own fleet of delivery vehicles and customised delivery times, and partnering brick-and-mortar firms to provide pick-up points.
“Much of the e-commerce business really is about the last mile end of the entire process: Delivery. Unfortunately in Asia, there aren’t very many well-developed third-party logistics companies that are used to business-to-consumer (B2C) deliveries,” he said.
To cater to an increasing volume of online shopping packages, SingPost — which recently agreed to sell a 10.35 per cent stake to Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba for S$312.5 million — will be reinstating Saturday deliveries from today. The postal service provider had ceased collections and deliveries in 2010, citing low mail volume. But reflecting the growing trend in online shopping, local delivery of mail packages jumped more than 50 per cent between FY2007/08 and FY 2013/14, SingPost said.
By year-end, SingPost will also double the number of POPStations — a network of 24-hour automated kiosks across Singapore where consumers can pick up their e-commerce parcels from — to 100 from the current 47.
A S$45 million investment to upgrade its mail sorting infrastructure will see the processing rate of packages improve from 85 to 90 per cent, said a spokesperson.
The deal with Alibaba — which also involves discussing a possible international e-commerce logistics venture —will allow SingPost to leverage off the Chinese juggernaut’s customer base and scale up its regional e-commerce logistics operations, analysts said.
To ease their delivery load and shorten lead time for their customers, online retailers such as apparel e-store Zalora have taken to dropping off packages at pick-up points. Last year, Zalora struck up a partnership with 7-Eleven to allow its customers to pick up their online orders at 18 convenience stores. That figure has now grown to 72 outlets. Ms Rostin Javadi, managing director of operations, said between 12 and 14 per cent of its customers opt for such a delivery method.
“We understand that for shoppers, getting their items quickly is important. As such, we set our target high for the warehouse, ensuring that we process up to 99 per cent of the orders on the same day that they come in, so long as they are placed before our evening cut-off,” said Ms Javadi.
Online luxury goods store Reebonz said it, too, is seeking collaborations with partners to create pick-up points, as well as even drop-off points for its reseller programme.
Even brick-and-mortar retailers are getting in on the action. Electronics chain Courts, for instance, has created pick-up points at all its outlets for its online customers in response to burgeoning online sales volume.
Mr Tim Luce, country CEO of Courts Singapore, said its online sales has increased 89 per cent from 2012 to last year. “Half of our online customers choose to collect. We have a massive fleet of vehicles on the road, we are moving our warehouse operations towards a 24-hour one, and we deliver at night and over the next day.”
Elsewhere, e-commerce giant Amazon is experimenting with neighbourhood grocery stores and petrol stations as delivery points.
At the same time, online providers are also beefing up their in-house logistics operations. Stated Mr Egan of RedMart, which has 25 delivery vehicles: “Consumers here have become more and more demanding. They want two-hour delivery and they don’t wish to wait all day.”
Ms Javadi said Zalora is growing its own fleet of vehicles rapidly.
It has also developed a “modular approach” to warehousing and logistics, which means it would be “easy and fast” to scale up operations. In warehousing, it has doubled its capacity by building new inbound and outbound stations.
“We have a very gifted team of analysts and statisticians in the group, building reliable forecasts, allowing us to anticipate the volumes and plan accordingly, always staying one step ahead of the order growth,” said Ms Javadi.
As e-commerce continues to grow, other challenges, such as cross-border compliance, are bound to crop up.
Forecasts from market research firm Euromonitor International show Singapore consumers will spend more than S$1 billion online this year, up 9 per cent from last year.
A White Paper published this year by payment solutions provider Payvision found that Singapore and Malaysia make up the largest e-commerce markets in South-east Asia, generating almost half of total online retail sales in this region. These two markets are expected to show double-digit growth in the next few years.
It also found that an estimated 55 per cent of all e-commerce transactions in Singapore are cross-border, much higher than in Japan, South Korea and even China.
Said Mr Shingo Okamoto, head of Singapore e-commerce business at Japanese e-commerce giant Rakuten, which recently set up a presence here: “Cross-border e-commerce logistics — more specifically cross-border shipping — may become a challenge as it often involves compliance with each country’s different set of rules and regulations.”
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Port of Savannah pilot program looks at better shelf life for citrus, grapes, blueberries

Port of Savannah pilot program looks at better shelf life for citrus, grapes, blueberries | Ecommerce logistics and start-ups | Scoop.it
SAVANNAH, Ga.--thanks to the Georgia Ports Authority is participating in a USDA pilot program to deliver South American citrus, grapes and blueberries sooner and lasting longer for consumers in the Southeastern U.S.
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Sears®, Kmart® Team to Expand Free Store Pickup to More Than 2,000 Locations

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill., July 8, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Sears®, Kmart® Team to Expand Free Store Pickup to More Than 2,000 Locations. Cross store pickup options for Shop Your Way members shopping sears.com or kmart.com creates added convenience.
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USPS white paper on 3D printing and effects on postal service. Supported by @Transportintell research.

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How Can ecommerce Startups Increase their Sales Exponentially?

How Can ecommerce Startups Increase their Sales Exponentially? | Ecommerce logistics and start-ups | Scoop.it
The online world is full of opportunities and there are startups that have made millions of dollars in just a couple of years simply by creating an e-store with a large number of shoppers. With millions of ecommerce startups popping up on the World Wide Web, getting buyers on a startup e-commerce website can be a challenge
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Amazon veteran's Hointer brings digital shopping into the store

Amazon veteran's Hointer brings digital shopping into the store | Ecommerce logistics and start-ups | Scoop.it
BRW Amazon veteran's Hointer brings digital shopping into the store BRW After almost nine years running supply chain, fulfilment and inventory buying at Amazon, Ms Shouraboura started developing a suite of retail technologies that promise to...
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South Africa slow to adopt online shopping, with logistics a problem

South Africa slow to adopt online shopping, with logistics a problem | Ecommerce logistics and start-ups | Scoop.it
SA slow to adopt online shopping, with logistics a problem
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IN South Africa, buying food and beverages as well as clothes online continues to lag behind global norms, an EY survey revealed on Tuesday.
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Amazon Considers Peer Fulfillment Option for 3P Merchants

Amazon Considers Peer Fulfillment Option for 3P Merchants | Ecommerce logistics and start-ups | Scoop.it
Amazon Considers Peer Fulfillment Option for 3P Merchants
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Amazon is apparently considering a peer-to-peer fulfillment option for when sellers are out-of-stock or otherwise unable to fulfill an order themselves.
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Alibaba reaches partnership agreement with Brazil's postal service

Alibaba reaches partnership agreement with Brazil's postal service | Ecommerce logistics and start-ups | Scoop.it
Alibaba reaches partnership agreement with Brazil's postal service
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Alibaba aims to help Brazilian small businesses sell their products to Chinese buyers through its B2B business site and its online payment system.
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Amazon launches Sunday delivery from Kent warehouse - The Seattle Times

Amazon launches Sunday delivery from Kent warehouse - The Seattle Times | Ecommerce logistics and start-ups | Scoop.it
Amazon launches Sunday delivery from Kent warehouse
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By controlling the delivery process right up to the last mile, Amazon can get packages to customers on Sunday, a service it announced with the U.S.
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By controlling the delivery process right up to the last mile, Amazon can get packages to customers on Sunday, a service it announced with the U.S. Postal Service last November.

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SEO and redirections - get your pages properly indexed

SEO and redirections - get your pages properly indexed | Ecommerce logistics and start-ups | Scoop.it
Websites are no longer static. Content is created and pages move around. Here is how to keep your website up in the rankings.
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Amazon Sunday delivery: Key facts to know as USPS rolls out service nationally

Amazon Sunday delivery: Key facts to know as USPS rolls out service nationally | Ecommerce logistics and start-ups | Scoop.it
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Amazon Sunday delivery: Key facts to know as USPS rolls out service nationally
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In November 2013, Amazon.com announced it was working with the U.S.
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Amazon snubs French free delivery ban with one-euro charge

Amazon snubs French free delivery ban with one-euro charge | Ecommerce logistics and start-ups | Scoop.it
Newsweek Amazon snubs French free delivery ban with one-cent charge FRANCE 24 International online book seller Amazon has snubbed a French law banning it from offering free deliveries in France – by charging customers a paltry one euro cent for...
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Amazon asks FAA to let it ramp up drone development

Amazon asks FAA to let it ramp up drone development | Ecommerce logistics and start-ups | Scoop.it
The company says its drones can now fly up to 50 miles per hour, and it wants to test them outside the federal government's current restrictions.
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Google Shopping for Suppliers Shuts Down

Google Shopping for Suppliers Shuts Down | Ecommerce logistics and start-ups | Scoop.it
Google Shopping for Suppliers Shuts Down
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Google Shopping for Suppliers was previously lumped together with AmazonSupply as another formidable distribution competitor.
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20% percent of Walmart stores are now online fulfillment centers

20% percent of Walmart stores are now online fulfillment centers | Ecommerce logistics and start-ups | Scoop.it
The retail giant says the distinction between online and brick-and-mortar inventory may one day disappear completely.
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Amazon quietly rolls out Sunday delivery in Seattle and Portland

Amazon quietly rolls out Sunday delivery in Seattle and Portland | Ecommerce logistics and start-ups | Scoop.it
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Amazon quietly rolls out Sunday delivery in Seattle and Portland; Coming soon ...
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After starting in selected cities around the country, Amazon and the U.S.
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