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Amazon’s Holiday Delivery Delays, Walmart Self-Driving Cars, and Navistar’s Ecommerce Success

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Amazon’s Delivery Delays Due to Demand and Weather

The holiday season isn’t going as smoothly as the biggest name in ecommerce would like. Amazon is experiencing shipping delays this month due to high demand and winter storms. Contributing to this high demand has been Amazon’s revamped Prime offerings, which now include free one-day delivery for most items. The company promises the delays will decrease as the holiday season continues. “We are off to a record-breaking start to the holiday season and on peak shopping days, delivery promises vary and may be longer than normal based on order volume and the fulfillment and delivery capacity available in a given area,” says Amazon in an email to CNBC. “The winter storms that swept across much of the country at the same time also extended delivery times in some areas. We will work directly with customers who are experiencing an issue with their delivery.”


What stood out to us?

Time for Jeff Bezos to visit Mother Nature and talk to her about her naughty son Snow Miser.


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Walmart to Deliver Groceries with Self-Driving Cars

The king of retail continues to innovate in the fight for online grocery shopping dominance. This week Walmart announced that it will be working with robotics company Nuro Inc. to test making grocery deliveries using driverless vehicles. The service, expected to start in the next few months, will begin with autonomous deliveries in Houston, Texas for customers who sign up for the test program, with the goal of expanding to the public later next year. Initially the vehicles will have a person on board alongside Nuro’s self-driving software, but will eventually just be Nuro’s remote operational unmanned vehicles. “We believe this technology is a natural extension of our grocery pickup and delivery service and our goal of making every day a little easier for customers,” says Tom Ward, Walmart’s senior vice president for digital operations.

What stood out to us?

Walmart should test self-driving AWD SUVs for a competitive advantage in bad weather when Snow Miser is acting up.


Car engine

Navistar’s Automotive Parts Ecommerce Success

Navistar, a manufacturer of trucks and buses, is anticipating huge sales thanks to selling automotive parts online. Navistar has been selling parts online since 2010, generating over $2B in parts total sales alone last year, and is anticipating as much as $100M in online part sales by 2022 thanks to new ecommerce portals, including RepairLink, a B2B online shop specifically dedicated to auto parts. To expedite its growing ecommerce, Navistar is also building faster delivery options integrated through its six U.S. distribution centers. “Ecommerce addresses the ease of doing business,” says Navistar president Friedrich Baumann. “The goal in our space is to give customers a seamless digital experience.”


What stood out to us?

Ecommerce addresses the ease of doing business.


In the headlines

  • Beware the Porch Pirates: A new study finds that 36% of Americans fall victim to having packages stolen from outside their house.
  • Tap Now to Buy: Online video tools platform Clideo is making “interactive overlays” to make videos on ecommerce sites interactive and easily shoppable.
  • Manufacturing Millions: Indian B2B marketplace for manufacturing items Zetwerk has raised $32M in funding.
  • Smart Choice: CEO for online travel brand Away steps down amidst reports of toxic work culture.  

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