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Logistics

No ecommerce without logistics. Because whenever a consumer orders something online, that product has to be shipped from one place (a warehouse or fulfilment centre) to another (the consumer’s house, a pick-up point, et cetera). So logistics play a very important role in the whole ecommerce process. In order to achieve success in the online retail industry, one has to have a very solid logistics plan in place.

UPS My Choice expands to 12 European countries

UPS has announced the expansion of UPS My Choice and the UPS Access Point network to 15 additional countries, including 12 in Europe. With these two services, online shoppers and global retailers have new personalized solutions to manage residential package deliveries. Continue reading

CollectYourParcel lets customers choose their pick-up point

Dutch company B2C Europe has introduced a new Click & Collect service, which they called CollectYourParcel. Retailers using this service can give their customers the opportunity to select where they want to pick up their order. Consumers no longer have to rely on one specific parcel company and its pick-up points. Continue reading

MetaPack acquires US shipping vendor ABOL Software

MetaPack today announced the acquisition of ABOL Software, an American provider of multi-carrier shipping software. With the acquisition MetaPack’s global delivery services offering gets expanded and opens up a new market for customers who want to drive cross-border sales and improve their international delivery experience. Continue reading

DHL starts delivery experiment with PaketButler

Together with DHL, Zalando and Feldsechs, Deutsche Telekom has developed a mobile solution for the acceptance for parcels in case a customer isn’t home. In 2015, it will start an experiment with PaketButler: easily foldable bags consumers can place in front of their doors whenever they are about to receive a package that day, but won’t be available to accept it themselves. Continue reading

BEVH releases study on delivery volume in Germany

Bundesverband E-commerce und Versandhandel, better known as BEVH, and MRU have investigated the distribution of B2C parcels delivered across Germany. And the results show that there are significant differences depending on the products being shipped and the regions involved. Around half of all parcels delivered in Germany today are from business to consumers or vice versa. Continue reading

Cost of failed deliveries in the UK: €971mn

Failing with online delivery comes with a price. For retailers and market place sellers in the United Kingdom this cost add up to almost 1 billion euros this year alone. Failed deliveries are in any case something online retailers would be better off without, but seeing the number of 1 billion euros per year makes you wonder why so much deliveries have to fail in the first place. Continue reading

Shipping API Shipbeat raises €1.2mn in seed capital

Shipbeat, a API for shipping that enables businesses to do shipments online, yesterday announced a 1.6 million euros investment led by Sunstone, SEED Capital and former Just Eat’s CEO Klaus Nyengaard. This fresh funding will be used to further expand the Danish company’s product, hiring and to complete the necessary software integrations. Continue reading

Hybrid model Ulmart successful: sales grow by 31%

It looks Ulmart has found the ideal model for operating an ecommerce business in Russia. The 31% growth of sales for the first six months of 2014 in a year-on-year comparison are proof of that. Sequential quarterly growth even increased by 47%. Ulmart showed to be a disruptive player in the Russian ecommerce with its ‘web of fullfilment’. Continue reading