Category Logistics

Alibaba’s Most Important Logistics Partner Will Go Public Next Week

Best Inc, which has a market share of 8.6 percent in the Chinese market, is going public on the 20th of September. Reuters: Best Inc, a Chinese logistics company backed by Alibaba Group (BABA.N), is launching a U.S. IPO that is seeking about $930 million to fund an expansion of its supply chain network, develop […]

JD.com Shows Off First Fully Automated Warehouse

Thanks to its large logistics operation, JD.com is at the forefront when it comes to automation, wether it be drones or robotic warehouses. JD.com simply has a lot to gain, cost and efficiency wise. Now, JD.com, which is suffering high logistics costs, is presenting the first fully automated warehouse. Tech in Asia: The brand-new facility, […]

Target to Acquire Same-Day Delivery Company Grand Junction

Target is buying the San Francisco-based logistics startup Grand Junction. Retail Dive: Target on Monday said it will acquire Grand Junction, a San Francisco-based transportation technology company, for an undisclosed amount, to improve and expand delivery capabilities. The acquisition will accelerate Target’s investments and ongoing efforts to transform its supply chain, the company said in […]

How Free Same-Day Delivery Increases Conversion Rate, Order Volume & Basket Size

Deliv CEO Daphne Carmeli wrote an extensive article at the CB Insights blog about why free same-day delivery and its effects on online retail businesses. The direction this is going is obvious as the author is the CEO of a same-day delivery solution “focused on last mile logistics and same-day delivery for thousands of businesses […]

New Zealand Post Tests Its Own Amazon Prime-like Service

Fascinating experiment by the New Zealand Post here. Stuff.co.nz: New Zealand Post is launching a new delivery service offering shoppers two months of unlimited shipping in a trial with The Warehouse. Shipmate will offer online shoppers in the North Island unlimited delivery of purchases for a one off $12 fee. The service will be trailed […]

What the Amazon Hub Locker Means for the Industry in the Medium-Term and Long-Term

Amazon has revealed a new locker system for private spaces like apartment blocks, called The Hub. This is a more ambitious project additionally to the already existing Amazon Locker, a locker system for public spaces. Amazon Locker boosts „2,000 locations across 50+ cities”. The Verge: When someone is ready to retrieve their parcel, they enter […]

What Zalando Is Doing in Logistics From Fulfillment to Local Services

Zalando provided a detailed logistics update (PDF) in the run up to this year’s capital markets day. For Zalando, returns are integrated into the process as the “customer try on”: It’s not news that for online, returns are what fitting rooms are for brick-and-mortar retail. As has been true from the start, Zalando is making […]