The big news of last week is Apple starting to fulfil online order from its stores! Can you imagine the iconic Apple retail location used as mini-warehouses? Well, that’s what we can expect to see more and more!
Apple starts shipping devices from stores to speed up deliveries
“Ship From Store” is certainly not new and has been one of the greatest solutions for companies like Target in order to compete in the new normal!
What is quite interesting is that such a premium real estate location like Apple store will be used for this purpose. This is a smart move in my opinion as it gives Apple the ability to ship faster and cheaper from a network of almost 300 retail stores spread across the U.S. and Canada!
Read more about the „Ship from Store” option HERE.
Delivery startup goPuff raises $380M at a $3.9B valuation
As Instacart has seen its popularity (and valuation) skyrocket!
GoPuff, a startup that delivers products like over-the-counter medicine, baby food and alcohol (basically, the stuff you’d buy at a convenience store) in 30 minutes or less is gaining traction as well. GoPuff is focusing on the extra fast service of 30 minutes or less! The war on grocery is just getting started!
Check out THIS ARTICLE by Techcrunch to learn more about GoPuff.
Walmart signs trio of drone deals as it races to play catch-up with Amazon
While many people doubt we will never see drone deliveries anytime soon, companies are investing heavily in order to ensure that they are prepared when the regulations and technology are fully in place. Walmart just made deals with three drone operators to test how the technology could be used for on-demand deliveries.
Companies like Amazon, Wing and others have invested for many years in these programs and even though they are not yet implemented at large scale, they will someday.
Learn more about Walmart’s drone deals HERE.
Woolworths speeds online orders with micro-fulfilment
Woolworths (one of the largest grocery chain in Australia) is moving to automated Micro Fulfillment. They made a partnership with Take Off in order to pick and dispatch online grocery orders in four minutes!
This kind of technologies and solutions are starting to get more and more popular across the globe and we can expect to see more of this micro fulfilment solution popping up in the back of the stores!
Check out the details of the partnership HERE.
Shopify working with google on youtube e-commerce trials
According to Bloomberg, Shopify and YouTube are currently testing out a new integration that would allow for products of Shopify merchants to be sold directly through YouTube!
While social commerce is increasing in the US and many other markets, this kind of integration could be a huge opportunity for Shopify merchants and a huge revenue stream for Youtube!
Read more about the cooperation HERE.
Startups of the week: Flash Express & Shogun
Thailand’s logistics startup Flash Express raises $200 million
Logistics is the new oil!
The last mile is the new competitive advantage!
Flash Express, a two-year-old logistics startup that works with e-commerce firms in Thailand, said on Monday it has raised $200 million in a new financing round as it looks to double down on a rapidly growing market spurred by demand due to the coronavirus pandemic”.
Take a look at THIS article for a deeper insight.
Shogun raises $35M to help brands take on Amazon with faster and better sites of their own
A couple of years ago, creating an e-commerce website was expensive, complicated and hard to maintain! In the last decade, we have seen a huge focus from many innovative companies to build systems that simplify the experience. This is exactly what Shogun does! The company created a platform which allows companies to build sites that sit on top of e-commerce back-ends like Shopify, Big Commerce or Magento to let them sell goods and services.
The company has raised $35 million in funding after seeing its business grow 182% over the last year, with 15,000 companies”
Discover more about Shogun’s platform HERE.
Nabil Malouli is VP, Global E-commerce for DHL Supply Chain where he leads the innovation, strategy and product development of its e-commerce fulfilment and last-mile solutions.