Articles By Christine Kern

  1. Rumors Of Total Gander Mountain Liquidation Are False

    New owner says it is liquidating assets at all locations, but only closing some of them.

  2. Target Launches Test Of Essentials Restock Program

    In the latest move to improve fulfillment and boost customer engagement, Target has announced that it is launched a pilot of Target Restock, a program that allows customers to shop for household essentials online and have them delivered to their home the following day. The pilot will be conducted this summer in the Minneapolis area.

  3. Walmart Eyes Its Own Version Of The Dash Button

    Walmart published patent for system of connected sensors to monitor product consumption.

  4. Staples Adds First Chief Information Security Officer

    Brett Whalin joins company as head of global enterprise-wide information, product, and data security.

  5. Report Finds Retailers Unequipped For The Demands Of Modern Commerce

    As retailers face growing pressure to facilitate seamless transactions across a variety of touchpoints, they are failing to adequately equip themselves to perform. Despite the growing importance of cross-channel commerce, a new study from 1WorldSync has found that 60 percent of retailers have invested less than 20 percent of their total commerce budget on digital and mobile commerce expansion in the last year.

  6. Walmart Still Playing Catch-Up With Amazon, According To Marc Lore

    Walmart CEO Marc Lore admits that the retail giant is still playing catch-up with Amazon as it implements its concerted ecommerce initiatives. At the Bloomberg Breakaway Summit in New York, Lore stated, “There are certainly areas where we are playing defense, and we’re behind and need to catch up. One example is the long-tail categories that we’re going after with acquisitions.”

  7. UPS And Sealed Air Unveil New Packaging Innovation Center

    The fulfillment of the future is at the heart of a new Packaging Innovation Center recently unveiled by UPS and Sealed Air in Louisville, Kentucky near the UPS Air Group’s global headquarters. The new center will address packaging and shipping challenges of ecommerce retailers by maximizing efficiency, minimizing waste, reducing shipping costs, and increasing brand affinity, according to a UPS statement.

  8. Staples Acquisition Pondered By Private Equity Firms

    Amid talks of sales, Staples is rebranding to focus on business contracts operations.

  9. Retail Is Not Dead Yet: U.S. Retail Sales Grew 4.1 Percent In Q1 2017

    Report finds retail sales growth, despite the apocalyptic predictions of the media.

  10. Walmart’s Pickup Discount May Be The Wave Of The Future

    Walmart recently announced that they will be launching “Pickup Discount,” a new feature to their ecommerce site that will lower the prices on online-only items if the customer chooses to pick up at a local store instead of opting for shipping. This latest move demonstrates the retail giant’s determination to best its online competitor, Amazon, but it is also indicative of the future of retail, according to the results of a new study from Walker Sands.