Manufacturers should stick to ordering from business-to-business companies if they want the best service and quality, Mike Roth writes. Business-to-consumer companies might be cheaper but financing, reliability and risk management are all concerns when using B2C firms.
Companies that work with warehouses or distribution centers might find that a warehouse management system is a better match for their needs than an enterprise resource planning system, writes Eric Allais, president and CEO of PathGuide Technologies. WMS solutions are specifically designed for warehouses and can be integrated with ERP systems if needed, he argues.
Target's investments in new brands, store remodels and new delivery services helped boost in-store and online traffic 3.7% and fueled a 3% rise in same-store in the first quarter, the retailer reported Wednesday. The retailer completed 56 store remodels and started 113 more in the quarter, and it has launched three new brands thus far this year.
Kroger will buy Home Chef, the top private meal-kit company in annual sales, for at least $200 million plus business incentives, the company announced. Home Chef would become a subsidiary that offers its meal kits in the Kroger's stores.
The proposed merger of Albertsons and Rite-Aid will create a company with the size to compete and important avenues in which to grow, such as pharmacy expansion, click-and-collect and home delivery, company executives said. "We will be a unique combination of grocery and pharmacy that will be well-positioned to deliver a differentiated experience," Rite Aid Chairman and CEO John Standley told analysts last week.
Ulta Beauty has begun a paid partnership with Like to Know It, which will connect the beauty brand with social media influencers who will create weekly content. Like to Know It will create a new Instagram post and Story each Wednesday featuring influencers demonstrating products from Ulta.
DISH has announced the launch of its AirTV device, which will allow viewers to access free live local feeds from ABC, NBC, CBS and Fox. The company has also announced plans to integrate a DVR function this year.
Online makeup sales soared 30% last year while department store beauty counters and specialty stores booked only about 3% growth, according to NPD Group. Department stores including Bloomingdale's, Nordstrom and Bergdorf Goodman are filling new niches and rethinking their beauty departments to counter growing competition.
Amazon has rolled out its Map Tracking package locator feature nationally for all orders, after launching a limited version last year. The feature lets Amazon customers access details on how many stops the driver will make before delivery and includes a map that tracks the truck.