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How will traditional holiday sales days fare this year?

Nov 29, 2021
Consumers appear to be spreading their holiday spending across more days, heeding advice to get their orders in early.
New data shows that in-store sales on this year's Black Friday were down compared with pre-pandemic levels. Above, the festive Galleria mall in Houston on Black Friday.
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What happens to a local job market when Amazon comes to town?

Nov 8, 2021
In Cathedral City, California, a new Amazon facility may attract workers from traditional tourism-economy jobs.
The site of a future Amazon facility in Cathedral City, California. The giant retailer has nearly doubled the size of its fulfillment network since the start of the pandemic.
Amanda Peacher

Netflix, Walmart team up to sell merch from "Squid Game" and other shows

Oct 11, 2021
A dedicated e-commerce hub will sell merchandise for Netflix's most popular shows, including a "Stranger Things" cassette player.
Walmart will be pairing with Netflix to launch a merchandise e-commerce hub.
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Pioneering direct-to-consumer brand Warby Parker goes public

Sep 29, 2021
The company's business model was prepared it for the online sales boom of the pandemic. Now half its revenue comes from in-person sales.
People walk by the New York Stock Exchange as Warby Parker makes its debut on the stock market on Sept. 29.
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How on-demand warehousing creates space for entrepreneurs

Aug 25, 2021
“Our goal is to democratize logistics,” said Ben Euchus, co-founder and CEO of on-demand warehouse company, Flowspace.
Karlton Frazier, co-founder and CEO of The Manifest Company in his fulfillment center in Los Angeles. On-demand warehousing enabled Frazier to outsource storage and order fulfillment of his company’s yoga mats.
Maria Hollenhorst

The economy might be recovering, but burnout can linger

Jul 6, 2021
An online retailer shares her experience with pandemic burnout and how it's changed the way she thinks about her business.
"I'm not my business," says Patty Delgado, founder of Hija de tu Madre in Los Angeles. "I'm still a good person even if I have a bad sales day."
Courtesy Patty Delgado

Warehouse space in high demand as companies shift to e-commerce

Jun 23, 2021
The U.S. may need an additional 330 million square feet of distribution space by 2025 to handle the expected expansion of online sales.
Companies large and small are expanding their warehouse space and leaving "just in time" inventory management behind.
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How COVID-19 might change packaging for good

May 10, 2021
“I think you've had a lot of pent-up innovation,” says Matt Reynolds, editor of Packaging World.
Cardboard overflowing recycling bins. With home delivery a big part of the lockdown experience, Matt Reynolds says consumers are "asking brands to be more aware" of container sustainability.
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Direct-to-consumer models key to post-pandemic future for many British businesses

Apr 21, 2021
Across Europe, e-grocery is booming. Companies that successfully pivoted want to hold onto this new slice of business.
Smith and Brock quickly pivoted its wholesale produce business to supply individual consumers during the UK's first lockdown in 2020. Now, it's a booming part of the business and one the company is looking to expand further in 2021. (Photo by Mark Case/Getty Images)

Higher U.S. postage rates send vendors in China scrambling

Mar 9, 2021
The U.S. set higher postage rates last year. E-commerce sellers in China are still scrambling to deal with the change.
A seemingly small change like the U.S. raising postage rates for mail from abroad jolted Chinese firms that sell to Americans.
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