Changes made at two former Sam's Club locations to become distribution centers could point to the future for more shuttered or struggling retail sites, Warren Shoulberg writes. With e-commerce growing, warehouse-style shopping locations could be more useful to merchants as true warehouses, he writes.
Manufacturers with complicated supply chains or field service operations -- including outsourced work -- should examine their reverse logistics process to save money and improve efficiency, writes Tom DeVroy, senior product evangelist at IFS. "Reverse logistics software needs to account for multiple subcontractor types, and reimbursement policies in order to manage the complex situations caused by sub-contracting," he writes.
Nearly 10% of shoppers in the UK admitted to buying clothing only to return it after posting a photo of it online, according to a survey from Barclaycard. Brands' "try before you buy" offerings might be contributing to this trend.
Thailand has announced a ban on 432 types of electronic-waste imports, including circuit boards and television parts, that will take effect within six months.
The DeLonghi BC0430 All-In-One Cappuccino, Espresso and Coffee Maker is the ideal appliance for people who love a variety of java-based drinks. Reviewer Joni Blecher writes that the combo unit is sturdy, produces tasty coffee and performs well.
On Thursday, Chicago shoppers can enter an old city firehouse that's been transformed into a storefront stocked with Glossier products and works by local artists. The online beauty brand has also hosted popups in cities including Dallas, San Francisco and Toronto to give consumers a chance to interact with its products.
Private-equity firm Hammond, Kennedy, Whitney & Co. has acquired Indigo Wild, a natural bath and cleaning product manufacturer. Indigo Wild sells its products, including its Zum brand line of soaps and soy candles, online at its own site and through organic retailers including Whole Foods Market.