Search Results for "FedEx": 23 results
August 3, 2022
An East Village Artist’s Death Prompts a Reflection on the State of Indie Retailers Today
While thumbing through the Times, I noticed a smiling young woman’s picture in the obituaries. In the black and white photograph, she's standing on a fire escape with a historic building and a bridge in the distance. I was initially attracted to Ronni Solbert’s 1959 picture, yet I was even more drawn in by what I noticed next to her photo: a children&...
February 21, 2022
A new trend in retail is vacant shops in urban neighborhoods being converted to small warehouses. In the East Village on 10th Street, we see on the left the new warehouse model; on the right we see a traditional retailer. For the ‘store’ on the left, the customer orders via their mobile phone and then does a pickup or gets a delivery.
I’m seeing more of these ‘zombie stores’ around the city. Just in the East Village, I’ve seen four: ...
December 30, 2021
Last February e-commerce company Shopify Inc. replaced the “Ottawa, Canada” dateline that began its press releases and earnings reports with a strange new one: “Internet, Everywhere.” The geographical shift came at the insistence of Shopify’s founder and chief executive officer, Tobi Lütke, who tends to view such matters through the prism of cold, hard logic. In May 2020, only a few months into the pandemic, he’d made the early, seemingly rash decision to...
February 27, 2021
This graphic, from Scott Galloway's book Post Corona, shows how Amazon treats its delivery people worse than FedEx.
A recent experience I had may be related to this topic. On Valentine's Day this year, while I was carrying flowers to meet a friend, an Amazon delivery person intentionally tried to push me out of his way while he was pushing a cart full of Amazon products. Then, when I glared at him for doing so, he verbally assaulted me and taunted me to physically engage in a fight, ...
December 13, 2020
FedEx bought a ShopRunner, and online shipping platform that had already received $115 in venture-capital backing and an investment from UPS last year, shares RetailDive.
One doesn't shop on ShopRunner, rather one shops on other stores and looks for the ShopRunner logo when checking out. (Learn more about how it works here: https://www.shoprunner.com/how-it-works .)
A missing component for FedEx and UPS remains an e-commerce platform, such as Shopify, Big Cartel, ...
September 19, 2020
While waiting for breakfast, I noticed this ‘Boycott Amazon’ sticker. I think that getting customers to stop something—or start something—is a tough practice. There are fields of science (psychology) and marketing (branding) dedicated to this. Is it easier to get someone to start or stop (boycott) something?
I think that offering a solution (start something) is easier.
I recommend that stores encourage customers to choose them over Amazon because the ...
December 22, 2019
In the ‘age of Amazon,’ is your store a liability or asset? Walmart is banking on stores being the physical nexus points of the web.
Did your e-commerce business lose money last year, and you fret over this? Most indie store owners do, but losing money on e-commence is the name of the game as catching up to Amazon’s 25-year head start will take years and lots of losses. Proof: Walmart’s e-commerce operations lost $2b last year, shares the WSJ. Most indie stores will not be able to pursue this ...
August 8, 2019
I read the New York Times and want to ask: Are we sharpening our executioner's sword? That is what FedEx wondered as it helped Amazon grow by delivering its packages. Finally, FedEx woke up and decided it's better to make less money tomorrow than help usher in its death in the near future. As the Times reports, FedEx is terminating its ground delivery agreement with Amazon at the end of August, thereby passing on the delivery of millions of packages.
Amazon has historically partnered with ...
July 24, 2019
UPS and FedEx now both offer Sunday delivery, in an effort to stay competitive with Amazon. And if you’re not sure this is about Amazon, UPS just launched a new drone delivery service like Amazon. These business choices are likely near-term money losers but that is the spot in which Amazon has placed delivery companies: invest, bleed money, and try to hold your breath until profitability at the end of the pool. Or, it may be ocean. It’s possible that the time to recoup investments will be too ...
June 8, 2019
E-commerce is going to double in the next seven years, predicts FedEx. When that happens, how prepared will your business be? How will you prepare your website, your staff, your shipping procedures, your pricing, and your sales expectations?
When e-commerce grows that much, who will control the market? How will customers shop? Via their mobile? Via Alexa? If e-commerce is the dominant form of shipping, how will your online product selection and prices be kept up to date online? If online ...
June 7, 2019
Smaller margins are here for many businesses in many industries—not just tableware. Recently, a sales rep balked when I suggested its stores take a haircut on margins. Yet, I believe big money tech players are forcing these cuts and upending traditional profits—leaving stores with little other option. From media (see today’s AT&T article) to advertising (Facebook, goggle) to transportation (Uber, Lyft, Tesla) to gift registries (Amazon, MyRegistry, Zola), big money-backed tech companies are the...
May 31, 2019
FedEx will start to deliver on Sundays in order to keep up with e-commence orders and Amazon, shares today’s WSJ.
April 18, 2019
Imagine helping your brands sell direct and bypass you? That’s what Nordstrom is faced with doing as it gets beat up by Amazon and online sellers. As the Nordstrom CEO, think about the dire straits you’d have to be in to approve this. But since most retailers didn’t plan 20 years ago for the internet tsunami, they’re stuck playing package boy for Wall St. darling Amazon.
I agree that it’s great to get customers in the store—I just wish it wasn’t under these terms. It’s like saying you enjoy ...
January 24, 2019
Amazon is launching its own delivery network, putting it in competition with FedEx and UPS.
Fast and free shipping are increasingly expected from shoppers—they’re part of the reasons why Amazon beats up on indie stores. Can you think of an indie store that owns its own delivery network? Besides a florist who may have a van, most likely not. This delivery service will further put indie stores at a disadvantage.
Whether you’re a store, sales rep, or indie brand, Amazon’s aspirations are most ...
December 24, 2018
Today’s WSJ shares:
+ Online purchases are up 18% over the last 6 weeks compared with last year.
+ 1/3 of online purchases will be returned.
+ Amazon will soon have 60 freighter aircraft. These help it undercut UPS and FedEx.
Notably, Sears and most major retailers lease no airfreight carriers. While times are good, retailers should be taking pages form Amazon’s playbook to avoid Sears’ fate.
June 28, 2018
Good morning. The Galloway book mentions this Amazon cutting out UPS and FedEx. If it can own its own shipping, it can underprice stores anytime/all the time regardless of taxes or other variables.
To quote Jaws, “I think we’re gonna need a bigger boat” :)
May 3, 2018
FedEx hit the cable. No sign of AT&T repairman for third day because the new cable has to come from North Georgia!! No phone service at Brown's. PLEASE CALL
(912) 245-1722 if you need assistance or would like to place an order. (Might add a prayer for Sandra not to hurt anyone today!)
January 1, 2015
Fedex and UPS prices are increasing in 2015. The new pricing model takes into account the size of the box shipped instead of just the weight. For example, to ship a women's shoulder bag may cost 40% more to ship.
How does this affect retailers? One may wish to reduce package sizes and consider using USPS instead. This may also help slow Amazon's encroachment on Main Street, mom & pop stores. However, some people think it will giv Amazon an additional advantage.
Please find the Reuters article ...
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