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The Macy’s Advantage: Secrets to Same-Day Delivery, Omnichannel

Last month, Macy’s CFO Karen Hoguet explained how the company’s retail network gives it an advantage in the ever-more-crowded same-day delivery arena, as well as in omnichannel fulfillment. “I think our store footprint gives us a huge advantage, given where the Macy’s stores are located and the technology that we have built and have in… Continue Reading »

Same-Day Service for Online Shoppers: More Home Delivery, In-Store Pickup

This year, online holiday shoppers want it now. They are expecting more, after last holiday season when overpromising retailers, overburdened carriers and bad weather caused many packages to arrive late under the tree. Retailers are poised with two get-it-now solutions. Shoppers can buy online and pick up in stores, the more widely available same-day option…. Continue Reading »

Same-Day Delivery May Be A Win For Macy’s

Do you need same-day delivery for a sweater or a pair of stilettos? Macy’s believes so. In late October, Macy’s began trialing same-day delivery to online customers in eight major U.S. markets: Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, New Jersey, San Francisco, San Jose, Seattle and Washington, D.C. Bloomingdale’s, its sister chain, will offer the service in… Continue Reading »

Cox Automotive to buy Xtime for $325M, enters service software business

Cox Automotive has agreed to pay $325 million in cash to buy Xtime, a leading provider of service scheduling and workflow software to dealerships, the companies announced today. The deal is expected to be completed in the next few days, said Keith Jezek, software division president at Cox Automotive. With the acquisition, Cox Automotive will… Continue Reading »

Apple Quietly Builds New Networks

Company Boosts Internet Infrastructure, Lays Groundwork for More Traffic Amid Broader Ambitions Apple Inc. is stitching together a network of Internet infrastructure capable of delivering large amounts of content to customers, giving the company more control over the distribution of its online offerings while laying the groundwork for more traffic if it decides to move… Continue Reading »

Meet The Uber of the Retail World

Deliv CEO Daphne Carmeli calls the start-up she founded two-and-a-half years ago a disrupter for the retail world and as CEO she is entitled to boast. But Carmeli is not that far off in her description of a service that, with a few tweaks and twists, can be likened to a far more famous disrupter–rideshare… Continue Reading »

Same-Day Delivery Startup Deliv Gets $4.5 Million Vote of Confidence

Deliv, a Silicon Valley startup, is set to announce Monday it raised $4.5 million in a round of funding led by four of the nation’s largest mall operators, a vote of confidence for the company’s same-day delivery service. The Palo Alto, Calif.-based company makes the speedy deliveries on behalf of brick-and-mortar retailers. Westfield, Simon Property GroupSPG +0.14%, MacerichMAC +0.61% and General… Continue Reading »

Sell Your IPhone, Earn Bitcoins; Glyde CEO on New Virtual Currency Payout

Betting a bitcoin payout will motivate more people to sell their old gadgets, Glyde Inc. is offering the virtual currency to customers. Since launching in 2009, the electronic thrift shop has allowed people to easily sell their old iPhones, tablets and other devices, much like eBay Inc.EBAY +0.95% and startups Nextworth Inc. and Gazelle Inc. The company suggests a price, provides a shipping envelope… Continue Reading »

Health data analysis firm ArborMetrix gets funding lift

Which is better to use on patients getting hernia surgery: A synthetic mesh patch that costs $140 or a biologic mesh made from pigskin that costs $22,000? And which patch leads to higher infection and complication rates? Which gets patients out of the hospital sooner? The surprising answers: No one knows, according to Michael Rosen,… Continue Reading »

DeepField Report: At its peak, Twitch’s traffic quashes Amazon, Hulu, Facebook, and Pandora

More people watch video games on Twitch than people watch television and movies on Hulu and Amazon Instant Video. Data researched by Deepfield and reported by Wall Street Journal shows that Twitch drove the fourth-most peak Internet traffic last week. This is the latest addition to a constant stream of news about the video game-footage streaming service’s massive growth and influence. Its… Continue Reading »