The Week of September 25th: 10 things eft's been reading

Last mile booms and busts feature this week.

1. Walmart is doing in-fridge delivery. We’ve seen this before in Scandinavia, so it’ll be interesting if the US has a bigger appetite. ‘Walmart tests straight-to-fridge delivery service.’ [Cnet]

2. Alibaba is building a massive logistics network. If you added up all of Amazon’s logistics investments since 1994, I wonder how much it is? ‘Alibaba Says It’s About to Build Up a Massive Logistics Network.’ [Fortune]

3. The last mile still needs solving. ‘Package delivery startup Doorman is shutting down.’ [TechCrunch]

4. Wayfair continues its drive to be the Amazon of furniture. That is, of course, until Amazon gets into furniture. ‘Wayfair Unveils Real-Time Furniture Delivery Tracking.’ [Business Wire]

5. looking for business offline. ‘ to help China’s offline retailers harness e-commerce to improve efficiency.’ [South China Morning Post]

6. Are returns as important as deliveries when it comes to eCommerce?  ‘The Finish Line will make it easier for online shoppers to return orders.’ [Digital Commerce 360]

7. ‘Machine Learning In The Digital Supply Chain Isn't New.’ [Forbes]

8. We already know her stuff isn’t made in America, but where it actually comes from is even more difficult to tell. ‘Ivanka Trump's merchandise supply chain in China shrouded in secrecy.’ [Independent]

9. Cultural change could be key for retail’s survival. ‘Marc Lore: Walmart's e-commerce unit still 'feels like a startup'’ [Retail Dive]

10. Brexit is coming – apparently. ‘Countdown to Brexit: UK Imports and Exports in Six Charts.’ [BBC]


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