The Week of March 26th: 10 things eft's been reading

Surprisingly, Walmart came up a lot this week! To be fair, still the world’s biggest retailer – and by some ways.

1. Walmart is going full automation. ‘Walmart Considering Smart Carts, Drone Assistants’ [Gizmodo]

2. Stores aren’t dead. ‘Lingerie e-tailer Adore Me plots up to 300 stores.’ [Retail Dive]

3. Walmart tackles returns. ‘How Walmart Just Bested Amazon in the E-Commerce Channel Utilizing an Omnichannel Return Strategy.’ [Cerasis]

4. Leading European courier DPD rethinks its policies. ‘DPD to offer couriers sick pay and abolish fines after driver's death.’ [The Guardian]

5. Now things are really getting serious with the Tesla truck. Can it deliver though? ‘FedEx reserves 20 Tesla Semi all-electric big rig trucks.’ [TechCrunch]

6. DHL looks to get back into the US in a big way. ‘With "Parcel Metro" service, DHL looks to be big fish in fast-growing delivery pond.’ [DC Velocity]

7. Picking and packing has always been a major challenge for warehouse automation. ‘Soft Robotics introduces a low-cost, AI-driven picking system for its rubbery grippers.’ [TechCrunch]

8. Shyp is no more. ‘How Shyp Sunk: The Rise And Fall Of An On-Demand Startup.’ [FastCompany]

9. P2P self storage – supply chain implications? ‘Neighbor, a p2p self-storage marketplace, bags $2.5M seed.’ [TechCrunch]

10. Walmart is trying to focus more on millennials. ‘Walmart is Using Acquisitions to Reign in Millennials, eCommerce Head Marc Lore Reveals Strategy at ShopTalk 2018.’ [WebProNews]


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