Amazon’s shipping ambitions wreak havoc on Q3 results

by Daphne Howland, Staff Writer, Retail Dive  /  Dive Brief  / Amazon reported third quarter net sales of $32.7 billion on Thursday, up 29% from $25.4 billion in the year-ago quarter, buoyed by the runaway success of its annual Prime Day shopping event as well as strong back-to-school shopping activity. Amazon posted third-quarter earnings per… Read More

The X-Border Payments Superhighway

By PYMNTS  /  The internet has changed almost every facet of daily life, and that’s especially true for international trade. The web has connected buyers and sellers looking to do business around the globe, giving companies the tools and abilities to process most of these transactions. Shannon Scott, director of risk and payments at uShip,… Read More

Can trucking prosper in a free shipping-minded world?

by Sean Kilcarr in Trucks at Work, Fleet Owner Magazine  / The demand for free shipping, especially for e-commerce goods, seems to be placing greater and greater stress on last-mile delivery networks. That was one of the major findings from the 27th annual State of Logistics report, released last month: that “gaps” in infrastructure and “accelerating… Read More

Key Factors Driving Changes in “Last Mile” Deliveries

SCDigest Editorial Staff  /  Industry Veteran and uShip Executive Metzler Shares His Perspective with Stifel’s John Larkin  /  So called “last mile” deliveries are of course at the heart of the eFulfillment challenge.  / SCDigest notes that just recently, UPS announced it was greatly expanding it locker program, adding 300 new locations across the US,… Read More

Will On-Demand Delivery Soon Run Out Of Gas?

by PYMNTS  /  With some in the industry predicting that on-demand delivery is unsustainable for many retailers, companies might still be assuming that they can neither afford to keep pace with the likes of Amazon nor stop trying. But a look into why, exactly, on-demand delivery might crumble under its own weight shows that the… Read More

On-demand may not be future of online delivery

by Dan Berthiaume, Chain Store Age  /  An increasing number of retailers and third-party providers are offering delivery of online orders same-day or even within an hour. However, not every shipping expert sees this model as where online delivery is headed. Two executives from Austin, Texas-based virtual shipping marketplace uShip – Matt Chasen, CEO and Dick… Read More

The Looming Limits of On-Demand Delivery

By Daphne Howland, Contributing Editor, Retail Dive  /  Amazon and a slew of startups have taught consumers that they can get their online orders delivered in minutes. But are consumers willing to pay for what that really costs?  /   Last month, fresh-out-of-bankruptcy American Apparel announced that it’s partnering with on-demand delivery service Postmates for… Read More