Author Archives: Marcel Weiß

An Explosion in Online Shopping in Iceland

No one gets away. The Iceland Review: Iceland Post can barely keep up with delivering mail orders arriving from abroad. When Icelanders discovered the Chinese online store AliExpress in 2013 and, subsequently, other similar ones, there was an explosion in the number of online orders, according to Vésteinn Viðarsson, parcel manager at Iceland Post, Umræðan […]

The Wave of Retail Disruption, as Seen at Shoptalk 2017

Vishal Gurbuxani published a great overview of Shoptalk 2017 on Medium, with a lot of notes and screenshots of slides from the conference: Machine Learning & Artificial Intelligence is critical for success -Every company needs to hire a data science team and start collecting data now -You can’t just throw machine learning without data. You […]

Diapers.com

Being Marc Lore: Walmart Wanted to Buy Diapers.com as Well, Now Amazon Kills It

Well, that is remarkable. Bloomberg: Amazon.com Inc. is shutting down its Quidsi division, which it acquired for about $545 million in 2011, saying it has been unable to make the owner of Diapers.com and Soap.com websites profitable. More than 260 employees at Quidsi’s Jersey City, New Jersey, headquarters and customer service operation will lose their […]

Target

Target and Walmart Tackle the E-Commerce World Quite Differently

The Star Tribune contrasts how Target and Walmart presented themselves at last week’s Shoptalk conference: Target Chief Executive Brian Cornell told the audience he is doubling down on stores, envisioning them as “shoppable distribution centers” where people can come in and browse core products such as apparel and accessories or grab an online order and […]

How China Post’s Ule Is Building the World’s Largest Retail Network

“Ule“, which translated roughly as “happy post”, is an e-commerce joint venture by, mainly, the China Post. Ule is many things: It shows how China needs online retail to bring rural and urban regions together. (And to let the rural regions prosper too.) It shows what postal services can build. It may, at first, look […]

Building a Real-Time Layer to Tie All of Logistics Together: Turvo Gets $25 Million

Now, there’s an interesting logistics startup. Turvo is building a platform for collaboration across every level of logistics: Turvo is the only real-time collaborative logistics platform that connects anyone, anywhere to move things. Turvo creates a smarter way for shippers, brokers, and carriers to seamlessly work together to get things done faster. Turvo just raised […]

Private Labels and More From Stitch Fix at Shoptalk 2017

Let’s talk about the world’s most famous questionaire startup. I’m kidding. (Maybe.) At the regular Shoptalk panel last week with Walmart Labs and Rent the Runway, Stitch Fix‘ ‘algorithm’ boss Eric Colson didn’t get to talk much about what they are up to at the moment. At the parallel Code Commerce conference -Recode to the […]