Transforming the Supply Chain for Shifting Channel & Product Demands

How has COVID-19 Impacted eCommerce, Logistics & Manufacturing?     Join a panel of logistics and retail experts for a discussion about pandemic-driven shifts in supply and demand. Find out what changes are happening now and how industries may be impacted in the coming months/years. The conversation will include the eCommerce multiplier, acceleration of technology[…]

Sam’s Club Tests Retail Space at eCommerce Fulfillment Center

Sam’s Club last week reintroduced retail space to a former store in Tampa, Florida that the company had converted to an eCommerce fulfillment site, according to local reports. The store shuttered last January as part of the company’s sweeping closures and began filling online orders several months later. The retail space, located in what was[…]

Jacksonville ranks #1 for large cities

Axios recently published an article ranking the top 5 Counties for attracting job talent based on population. Duval County, Florida (Jacksonville) ranked number 1! The article notes that Jacksonville’s job growth has been bolstered by the introduction of Amazon and Wayfair distribution centers. Read the full article here! 

Walmart Tests Shipping Goods from Third-Party Vendors, The Better to Take on Amazon

Retail giant Walmart Inc. is testing a service that will store and ship products for third-party vendors, something that mega-retailer Amazon has done for over a decade. Currently Walmart only uses its vast logistics infrastructure to supply its own stores. The move by Walmart would not only allow it to compete for online sales against[…]

UPS: Millennial Procurement Professionals More Likely to Buy Direct from Manufacturer

Millennial procurement professionals are more likely than older generations to handle industrial purchases through the manufacturer, with 38% of millennials doing so in the UPS Industrial Buying Dynamics survey released this week. This is compared to 33% of Gen Xers and 29% of Boomers. When researching new suppliers, millennials, Gen Xers and Boomers all use[…]

Sam’s Club Details Latest eCommerce Conversion

Sam’s Club is preparing to reopen a shuttered warehouse club store as a fulfillment center for online orders in Worcester, Massachusetts. The 139,000-square-foot location closed last January when parent company Walmart announced plans to close 63 Sam’s Club stores and convert some locations to online order fulfillment centers. Converted centers have opened in Memphis, Tennessee;[…]

Amazon’s New Packing Robots to Replace Workers

Amazon is introducing packing robots in some of its facilities that will replace human employees, according to a report from Reuters, citing two unnamed sources. The “CartonWrap” system from Italian firm CMC can reportedly pack 600-700 packages per hour — four to five times the average rate of human packers. The robotic packing system would[…]

Walmart Blows Amazon Out of The Water with Its Own Free, Next-Day Delivery

Walmart is undercutting Amazon’s newest Prime-member perk and launching free, next-day shipping on hundreds of thousands of products. Walmart’s next-day service, which applies to orders costing at least $35, is rolling out Tuesday in Phoenix and Las Vegas, Walmart said. It will be available to 75% of US shoppers by the end of the year[…]

Industrial Strokes for Opportunity Zones Spotlight

Cushman & Wakefield’s In the Opportunity Zone: Don’t Miss the $100 Billion CRE Event details the mechanics of opportunity zones and remaining uncertainties, estimates the program’s ultimate impact, and outlines recommendations for investors on fund formation and investment strategy. For industrial property types, there is indeed untapped “opportunity” in these zones—with the right strategy at[…]

Clicks-to-Bricks: Holiday Shopping is Full Speed Ahead

With Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday rapidly approaching, Cushman & Wakefield’s resident experts on bricks-and-mortar retail and newCommerce, Garrick Brown and Ben Conwell, are providing their take on the looming holiday shopping season. They will cover everything from the “Christmas Creep” and labor shortages, to who will win the Toy War.  Read more.

A decade in review: E‑commerce sales vs. retail sales for 2007‑2017

Online retail sales to consumers in the U.S. crossed $453 billion in 2017 by the U.S. Commerce Department’s measure, a 16.0% jump compared with 2016. That’s the biggest jump since 2010, and far eclipses the growth in retail sales in physical stores, which reached 3.6% last year. It means that e-commerce now accounts for 13% of total retail[…]

Prime Day Promises to Bring Pain – But Also Opportunity – to Grocers

Amazon Prime Day sales are expected to grow at least 40% this year to $3.4 billion globally, according to Coresight Research. The day-and-a-half sales event includes discounts on hundreds of products, and for the first time will include offers at Whole Foods. For supermarkets, the worry is that not only will deals divert traffic away[…]

U.S. Ecommerce Logistics Spend Hits $117.2 Billion, Still Soaring

Spending on ecommerce logistics in the U.S. reached $117.2 billion in 2017, representing 6.9% of all domestic logistics costs, up from 5.2% in 2016, according to a new report from third-party logistics research group Armstrong & Associates, as online buying continues experiences 14% annual growth. The report estimates that ecommerce logistics costs will reach $196.2[…]

Kohl’s is using Stores as Fulfillment Centers

Over the past couple years, retailers have begun to close brick-and-mortar stores to focus on growing eCommerce distribution. Kohl’s is taking a different approach. In the current consumer climate, eCommerce and operations strategy requires smart inventory management, distribution and demand planning. For retailers, the key challenge is getting the right product, in the right place,[…]

Whole Food’s Brand, Amazon’s Most Powerful New Weapon

Amazon saw an overall grocery sales bump when it integrated Whole Food’s brand in 2017.  Whole Food’s 365 Everyday Value brand is now the number two best-selling private label brand on Amazon, just behind AmazonBasics. The food brand raked in $11 million in the few months it was available in 2017 on the website. This[…]