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Marketplace Tech

What Blackstone's purchase of $18 billion worth of warehouse space tells us about e-commerce.

by Amy Scott Jun 3, 2019
For online retailers, urban warehouses are the key to same-day delivery.
Packages are prepared for delivery at a warehouse in 2014.
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Walmart reports a great holiday quarter

by Erika Beras Feb 19, 2019
Booming e-commerce, robust toy sales, and grocery pick-up and delivery powered the retailer to one of its strongest quarters in years.
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Divided Decade: How the financial crisis changed retail

by Tommy Andres Dec 20, 2018
A decade later, everything is still on sale.
American consumers have gotten used to deep discounts that started during the Great Recession.
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In this Texas Hill Country town, "tradio" is vital for commerce

by Andy Uhler Dec 13, 2018
It's entertainment, gossip and a window into rural American life.
KNEL 95.3 FM is a local radio station in Brady, Texas.
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Free, fast shipping during the holidays can pressure small businesses

by Justin Ho Nov 29, 2018
How some stores have been dealing with buyer expectations.
A worker sorts packages at a UPS facility in 2010 in Hodgkins, Illinois.
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Amazon's HQ2 may be “the best thing that didn't happen”

by Erika Beras Nov 13, 2018
What cities learn from competing can be a win.
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Amazon hopes to grow in India with a Hindi website

by Jed Kim Sep 5, 2018
The company, which just reached $1 trillion in market value, is trying to tap into a market of 1.3 billion people.
An Indian security guard walks inside Amazon's largest Fulfillment Centre (FC) in India, on the outskirts of Hyderabad on September 7, 2017.
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What happens if online retailers have to charge sales tax?

by Molly Wood and Shaheen Ainpour Apr 26, 2018
"This is a very big deal ... for all small entrepreneurs everywhere," Etsy's CEO says.
FedEx worker sort through a pile of boxes at the FedEx sort facility at the Oakland International Airport in December 2006 in California.
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For online retailers, packaging is all about economics

by Kristin Schwab Mar 6, 2018
Online retailers are trying to cut down on package waste. But designing a new box for everything a company ships takes a lot of time.
Anton Cotaj at ANAMA Package and Container Testing tests boxes on a machine that simulates road conditions.
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Amazon will pilot package carrier service in Los Angeles

by Aaron Schrank Feb 9, 2018
As Amazon expands its logistics operations, it’s inching closer to developing a service that competes with FedEx and UPS. Shares of both package carriers fell today after news of Amazon’s new Shipping with Amazon service was reported in the Wall…

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