Walmart booked a 37% increase in online sales in the second quarter, compared to the same period last year, as it continued to invest in features like in-store fulfillment and next-day delivery to compete with Amazon. The retailer now offers next-day delivery from its stores in about three quarters of the US.
MRC Global's digital transformation has allowed the company to keep up with the evolving needs of its customers, says executive Robert Stein. The distributor's MRC Global Online allows a platform for customers to quickly and easily make purchases, track orders or consult with live support agents, he says.
Distributors will need to automate the ordering process to meet customers' needs for fast fulfillment in the future, while logistics optimization will be essential as distributors attempt to reduce shipping times while managing delivery costs, Bridget McCrea writes. Distributors should keep suppliers informed of demand forecasts and work to fill gaps in Amazon's business-to-business distribution services whenever possible.
Amazon can provide a simple purchasing experience and quick delivery, but it lacks inventory control solutions, Mark Hill writes. This leaves an opportunity for distributors that use vending to improve inventory visibility, revenue and customer loyalty.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison is on the move towards banning the export of recyclable waste, and he is committed to keeping waste out of the ocean by developing new approaches to recycling, writes Livia Albeck-Ripka. Strategies underway include making roads out of glass and plastic bags, building portable recycling factories, reusing street sweepings, turning disposable cups into other materials, and converting waste into energy.
Knowing consumers are unwilling to give up their water bottles, All Market Inc has launched Ever & Ever, which is an aluminum canned water bottle and easily recyclable. "Aluminum is a very exciting alternative material for the single use beverage industry, because it is endlessly recyclable, unlike plastics which breakdown with each new iteration," says journalist, Ariel Knoebel.
The United States Postal Service lost $69 billion dollars from 2007 to 2018 and for the first time in nine years, spring 2019 saw a decline in package volume. Consumers are ordering online products at a high rate, but FedEx and Amazon have taken delivery services out of the USPS network.
Reusable transport packaging has the potential to decrease costs while increasing efficiency and being a sustainable solution at the same time, says Mike Hachtman, president and CEO of Relogistics Services. He states, "Thankfully, transport packaging, including reusable containers, pallets and totes, functioning in a mindfully constructed closed loop, can produce efficiencies that transition away from the traditional cost center model."
After a documentary showed Amazon employees throwing out unsold items from independent sellers, the company announced it will donate the unwanted goods to charities such as Good360. Starting next month in the U.S. and the U.K., the discarded items will go to needy individuals.
Cannabis manufacturing is adding jobs to Humboldt County, Calif., with up to 600 jobs created in Eureka alone over the past two years.
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