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This Week in Ecommerce - January 22nd 2016

by Mike DeFabis on 2016-01-22 11:00:00

This weekly blog covers highlights from the ecommerce industry in the previous week.  We will search news articles, press releases, and blogs, as well as other media outlets to obtain what we feel is the most important information in ecommerce from the previous week; making this a one stop shop to get all of your ecommerce information to keep you in the know. 

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AMAZON EXPANDS LOGISTICS REACH WITH MOVE INTO OCEAN SHIPPING

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My Take: In an effort to squeeze as much cost out of their supply chain and maintain as much control as possible, Amazon has made a push to become a freight forwarder.  This is just the next step after they recently leased 20+ jets for air delivery and purchased truck trailers and began using on-demand drivers.  It just goes to show that Amazon will not stop continuing to drive costs out of their supply chain and down for consumers.

NEW DATA FROM EBAY ENTERPRISES REVEALS OMNICHANNEL ORDER VOLUME SPIKED 72% DURING THE 2015 PEAK SEASON

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My Take: Is anyone really shocked by this number?  OmniChannel has been the buzz word in the ecommerce industry for several years.  What does shock me about this is that more and more retailers are actually able to make this happen.  While consumers continue to shop online, brick and mortar stores are finding their place in the ecommerce modal as remote fulfillment centers.  The idea of having an OmniChannel experience for the customer is great, but the execution is much more difficult.  It appears though that implementing OmniChannel is becoming much easier with the advancements in technology.

USPS HIKED SOME POSTAL RATES AS MUCH AS 14%

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My Take:  Looks like the USPS spent all of 2015 bringing in new customers who were upset with the UPS and FedEx dim weight changes only to jack the rates up the following year.  While there is still opportunity to use the postal service in place of UPS and FedEx the price difference just got a lot smaller.  This has also started to squeeze out many of the consolidation programs such as SurePost, SmartPost, Mail Innovations, DHL eCommerce, etc.  It is always important to make sure you are staying on top of your shipping rates especially at the start of the year.

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