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Global Schoolwear Chooses Znode, Walmart Credit Card Rewards Online Shopping, and Gap Grows Ecommerce with International Brands

Global Schoolwear Chooses Znode for Headless Commerce

Global Schoolwear, a distributor and licensee of school uniforms under the Tommy Hilfiger brand, is ready for the 2019 school year. In a recent article from Digital Commerce 360, Global Schoolwear shared how it uses Znode, an enterprise B2B ecommerce platform and product of Amla Commerce, to offer a reliable ecommerce experience for the schools and parents it serves, and to make ordering school uniforms an easier process online. One way Global Schoolwear achieves this is by leveraging Znode’s headless architecture to quickly launch new online stores and catalogs. “[On our previous platform] This process took about a month to get the new school added, their products set up and their online store launched,” says Matt Kohls, COO of Global Schoolwear. “We are now doing this in approximately three days without a third-party development team.”

What stood out to us? What was the previous platform?

Walmart’s New Credit Card Rewards Online Shopping

Continuing to steadily invest in ecommerce, Walmart announced this week that it has reworked its credit card program/partnership with Capital One to offer more enticing rewards for online shopping. Starting September 24, Mastercard users can receive 5% cash back from purchases made on Walmart’s website, including groceries. While a bold move, these rewards were most likely introduced to stay competitive, as Target already offers 5% back on both online and in-store purchases.“We really recognized the need to fully integrate a digital-first experience in a payment program,” says Daniel Eckert, senior vice president of Walmart services and digital acceleration, on a call with reporters. “These are the richest rewards we’ve ever offered our customers.”

What stood out to us? That is a 5% savings on healthcare too!

Gap Grows Ecommerce with International Brands

Gap is finding new ways to stay relevant in the age of ecommerce. The clothing retail company is rolling out Athleta, its athletic apparel brand, and its children’s clothing brand Janie and Jack to international markets. This will expose the company’s portfolio of brands, including Banana Republic and Old Navy, to nearly 40 countries, 500 locations around the world, and 35 ecommerce sites. Gap has yet to announce which countries these brands will launch in, but they are expected to rollout via shop-in-shop formats and ecommerce sites. “Introducing Athleta and Janie & Jack is a monumental milestone in our history and an opportunity to share more of our iconic brands with a broader, global customer base,” says Roy Hunt, the Senior Vice President of Gap Inc. Global Franchise & Strategic Alliances. “There is a tremendous amount of opportunity for growth within our franchise arm and we are consistently researching and evaluating the best markets to support our brands.”

What stood out to us? Athleta helps consumers get into skinny jeans.

In the headlines

  • Bling Bang Boom: Jewelry sellers like Richline Group saw significant online sales growth this past year.
  • What’s Old is New: A new report shows that over 80% of Gen Z shoppers prefer shopping in store instead of online, partially as a way to disconnect from social media.
  • Smart, Dark Solution: Darkstore, a fulfillment solution that enables ecommerce companies to offer same-day delivery, has raised a $21 million in funding.
  • Now We’re Cookin: Grocery chain Kroger saw ecommerce sales grow 31% during its 2019 second fiscal quarter.

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