Bits of retail news, sifted through to find the most important ones.

Theme this week: Cross-border commerce

A lot has been said about cross-border commerce this week. We spoke about how 3PL companies can navigate tricky HS codes and product classifications for customs tariffs. Internet Retailer Conference & Exhibition (#IRCE17) also threw up international commerce along with new tech and Amazon (naturally) as the main talking points of this year’s conference. With online shopping growing at a breakneck speed getting goods out to any country in record time is going to be the next battlefield for retailers.

Cross-Border Commerce, New Tech And Marketplace Competition Headline At IRCE17
The 2017 Internet Retailer Conference & Exhibition (#IRCE17) provided a snippet of the direction today’s digitally…

Walmart’s innovation for last-mile delivery

Walmart announced earlier this month that they have launched a pilot program where store employees can signup to deliver packages on their way home from work. While the experts have varied opinions it will be interesting to see how Walmart manages a last-mile delivery system where both the start and end points could be variable on a day-to-day basis.

Walmart tests using store staff for last-mile deliveries
Walmart today says it has begun testing using store employees to make last mile deliveries for online orders in select…

What’s the difference between content & ads anyway?

Popular fashion media brand Who What Wear is launching its own shopping app
A big swing at content plus

Popular fashion media company Who What Wear is revealing its own iOS shopping app which will feature a curated selection of items on sale from retailers like Bloomingdales and Neiman Marcus. It seems the way to go with more content companies and brands choosing to embed their products within content. Since it helps to get rid of cringe-worthy ads that we were forced to watch maybe it’s a good progression.