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December 7, 2017

Be careful what you wish for… Black Friday can leave you black and blue.
After a Black Friday/Cyber Monday combination that saw record sales and a surge in online ordering, package carriers are once again struggling to keep up. This week UPS confirmed that some deliveries are delayed, with Shipmatrix research estimating an 89% on-time rate for UPS Express package delivery. In contrast, Shipmatrix pegged Brown’s nemesis FedEx at 94%. Continue reading UPS Delivery Delays Start the Holidays Off Unconvincingly

November 14, 2017

High-class brands should stay focused on their online presence, according to new research, as luxury brand e-commerce gets bumped up to business class in 2017. 

For a sector that has been relatively slow to adjust to the rapid onset of digital selling, the challenge of keeping pace with a new set of consumer expectations is not something that can be overstated.
Continue reading IR Research Points to a Surge in Luxury Brand E-commerce

November 3, 2017

“We are experts in the beauty of light, and we are passionate about creating products in balanced shade ranges for all skin tones.” 

So says CEO Bob DeBaker on the Becca cosmetics success story, which is rooted in that respect for every personal hue.

If you don’t know Bob and Becca like we do, you might think the above is just another executive touting the merits of their brand. But Bob is not just another executive, and Becca is not just any cosmetics brand. Continue reading Becca Finds Cosmetics Success Across Skin Tones

October 26, 2017

Many in retail are rightly preoccupied with the most disruptive force in their business: Amazon. More specifically, they want to better understand the costs of selling on Amazon.

From our perspective, Amazon is another retailer we need to know how to ship to, and potentially learn from as they are in the business of fulfillment. But that is not how many clients view this increasingly powerful force in the retail world, and the world in general. Continue reading The Costs of Selling on Amazon via FBA

October 18, 2017

By now, most of us have heard about Bitcoin, a digital currency that divides opinion in the finance sector. But while Bitcoin is alternately being hailed as the future or decried as a fraud, its underlying blockchain technology is the real treasure for other industries.

So what are the potential applications for blockchain in the supply chain environment?

That’s one of the questions we’ll explore in this article, as well as the potential restrictions and downsides of the technology.  Continue reading As Financiers Argue Over Bitcoin, Others See Potential for Blockchain in the Supply Chain