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Chain Links: What we’re reading this week

By Mark Solomon | 12/09/2015 | 8:09 AM

We need Amazon’s drones (really?). Target taps company for same-day grocery delivery. And retailer stock-outs continue to be a common problem.

Amazon’s drones may be a marketing stunt, but we kinda need them

There’s no doubt that Amazon’s Cyber-Monday Eve update on “Prime Air,” its plan to deliver packages in 30 minutes or less via drones (eventually), is a carefully timed marketing ploy to drum up publicity on the biggest day of Amazon’s year. And Amazon hasn’t said when Prime Air will launch. But the sooner it does, the better for all of us.

Source: Wired.com

UPS delivery partner invests to tackle Christmas gifts stuck at 'customs sheds'

Last Christmas, failure to pay correct duties on parcels sent beyond the European Union to the U.S. and other countries caused an average delay of over 11 days at customs clearance points. This season, more than 10% of such deliveries could miss arriving for Christmas day. International courier operator ParcelHero, which partners with DHL and UPS, is making a big push to help consumers avoid common pitfall

Source: Forbes.com

Retailers are losing $1.75 trillion over this

Shipping costs aren't the only thing dragging down retailers' digital profits this holiday season. As operations become more complex for companies doing business both online and in store, out-of-stocks, overstocks, and returns are costing retailers $1.75 trillion a year — a number that's only moving higher.

Source: CNBC.com

Target taps Instacart for same-day grocery delivery in Chicago

Hungry shoppers can now order same-day grocery delivery from Target Corp. in Chicago as well as Minneapolis and San Francisco, following the online retailer’s move to enlist mobile grocery shopping app Instacart to cover the city. Buyers who use the app can choose to have food delivered to their home within an hour, two hours or up to seven days in advance.

Source: Internet Retailer

Small businesses have logistics advantage

With their nimble business moves, small and medium businesses (SMBs) have an advantage over large, lumbering corporations in leveraging logistics and supply chain maneuvers. The smaller firms overcome their deficit in resources with a greater use of innovation and personal touch in keeping customers happy.

Source: The Telegraph (U.K.)

E-Commerce in Canada dominated by U.S. retailers

U.S.-based retailers dominate the business-to-consumer e-commerce market in Canada, according to a report from a German market research firm.

Source: yStats.com

 

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