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Change is coming to Mexico. This time, no blood will be shed | Sergio Aguayo

The left in Mexico has confronted countless massacres, assassinations, electoral fraud and smear campaigns<p>This Sunday, Andrés Manuel López Obrador became the president-elect of Mexico. He won because he convinced a majority that through him, a change of regime in Mexico can be achieved through …

Mexico

A Study of 300,000 Emails Says Opening With This 1 Word Prompts More People to Reply

The top 3 words, in fact, prompted many more replies than everything else people used.<p><i>(Update: It turns out there are also separate reports showing the best closing phrases and the best day of the week to send emails if you want a response.)</i><p>How many emails do you send a day? Depending on your job, …

Email Marketing

Amazon's Shipping Costs Are Soaring. Should Investors Be Worried?

E-commerce was supposed to be cheaper than operating a retail store, the traditional thinking went. Online sellers can save money by avoiding pricey commercial rents and a staff devoted to assisting customers.<p>Despite the conventional wisdom, that hasn't always been the case, and shipping costs are …

Amazon's earnings highlight expanding logistics network

<i>This story was delivered to BI Intelligence "E-Commerce Briefing" subscribers. To learn more and subscribe, please click here.</i><p>Amazon reported revenue of $43.7 billion in Q4 2016, up from $35.7 billion in Q4 2015, but below Wall Street expectations of $44.6 billion.<p>Although lighter than anticipated, …

There are finally enough H&M stores in the world, H&M says

H&M stores have been spreading across the world like a fast-growing mold. For at least a decade, the fast-fashion retailer has increased stores by 10% to 15% annually, sometimes squeezing them in at a preposterous density: In New York in 2015, the chain opened a 63,000-square-foot behemoth that was …

eCommerce

Amazon is building its own air cargo hub for $1.49 billion

The world's biggest online retailer has agreed to a 50-year lease for about 900 acres of property from Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport - close in size to the global hubs of top cargo airlines.<p>Amazon is handling more shipping in-house so it can deliver packages to customers …

Amazon Takes to the High Seas (AMZN, UPS) | Investopedia

Amazon.com, Inc.'s (AMZN) ambitions in the logistics industry have taken to the high seas. The Seattle-based company, which has already leased cargo …

New App Makes Amazon the Uber of Shipping (AMZN, UPS) | Investopedia

Amazon.com Inc. (AMZN) is developing a mobile app similar to hot ride-sharing startup Uber for its freight and delivery operations.<p>According to a …

10 Groundbreaking eCommerce Trends to Watch Out for in 2017

What do you think is going to happen with the eCommerce industry in 2017?<p>If you sell products online, or plan to start doing so in the year ahead, …

Why Shopify Inc. Stock Surged in 2016

Image source:Shopify.<p>Shares of e-commerce platform<b>Shopify Inc.</b> (NYSE: SHOP) surged 67% in 2016, according to data from S&P Global Market Intelligence.The company continued to get rewarded throughout the year following its impressive revenue and customer growth each quarter, as well as its …

China's online population growing fast

The number of internet users in China has been rising by leaps and bounds. Those online in the world's second-largest economy equal the entire …

China

This French startup is trying to take away one of Amazon's crucial advantages over small businesses

And this huge size helps reinforce its dominance, allowing it to offer a huge selection of items at cheap prices. Even if smaller businesses can compete with its product range in narrow fields, it's hard to keep up with it in other areas — like delivery, where the Seattle company offers relatively …

Alibaba founder Jack Ma has a brutal theory of how America went wrong over the past 30 years

DAVOS, Switzerland — Alibaba founder Jack Ma thinks America went wrong over the past 30 years by focusing too much on war and Wall Street. Speaking at the World Economic Forum on Wednesday, Ma was asked about globalisation and the reaction to it represented by the election of Donald Trump as US …

Postmates and DoorDash are testing delivery by robot with Starship Technologies

Not even flexible, freelance jobs in the on-demand economy will be saved from the siege of automation. Starship Technologies is putting its self-driving delivery robots to work in the US. Specifically, its first US partners are the food delivery startup DoorDash, and courier marketplace Postmates, …

4 Industries Surprisingly Being Disrupted by E-Commerce

The newest industries to get thrown may surprise you.<p>From mattresses to razors, e-commerce has made an impact on just about every industry imaginable. Yet some markets have managed to fly below the radar of the e-commerce boom. Until now.<p>After identifying untapped profit potential, startups and …

Selling

Amazon Patents Underground Delivery System Via Network of Tunnels

Amazon is not satisfied with conventional transport. Alongside autonomous drones, self-driving trucks, branded fleets of airplanes and even flying …

How to Sell Unique Wallets Online

Sapling was born from an idea and a might as well try and see if it works mentality. Originally, I had an idea to create an aluminum wallet but I …

Amazon's New Credit Card Primed To Disrupt Retail

In July 1995, when Amazon sold its first book, <i>Fluid Concepts and Creative Analogies</i> by Douglas Hofstadter, few could have predicted the disruptions that would follow.<p>One-click purchasing. Drones. Amazon Prime. Amazon Go.<p>Yesterday, Amazon announced its latest benefit for Amazon Prime members: an …

eCommerce

Jack Ma Bets $2.6 Billion He Can Revamp China Retail Sector

Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. pioneered shopping on the internet in China. Now it thinks it can teach old-school retailers a thing or two about …

Alibaba Gets Real

Alibaba Group Holding Ltd.'s push further into bricks and mortar may be just in time.<p>The Chinese e-commerce giant is leading a bid to take department …

Global E-Commerce Impact on Logistics Real Estate

WHAT DOES THE IMPACT REALLY LOOK LIKE?<p><i>The rise of e-commerce dominates retail headlines—however, what is its impact on logistics real estate? Where</i> …

Where Big Logistics Corporates Are Placing Their Startup Bets In One Graphic

UPS and FedEx are the most active companies in the space.<p>The logistics industry is a capital intensive business, and M&A and investment activity says …

The Human Cost of Next Day Delivery

Today’s consumers are demanding faster fulfilment, but next-day and same-day delivery can cost companies dearly and some workers are paying the price.<p>…

Periodic Table Of Supply Chain & Logistics Tech

Supply chain and logistics technology companies have been receiving a record amount of funding recently. We constructed a periodic table to highlight …

The Extraordinary Size of Amazon in One Chart

on December 30, 2016 at 12:49 pm<p>Shares 9.4K<p>It’s bigger than most brick and mortar retailers together<p><i>The Chart of the Week is a weekly Visual</i> …

Amazon Fulfillment Sent Over 2 Billion Items

Share Email<p>Amazon’s Fulfillment by Amazon service delivered more than 2 billion items around the globe in 2016. In a press release issued Wednesday …

A rivalry is heating up between Jet.com and Amazon for the internet’s highest-selling products

Clothes took over as the top-selling category online in the US, and Amazon is cornering the market. Owner of sites such as Zappos, it’s set to become the largest apparel retailer in the US in 2017. Given that its apparel margins are higher than most other categories, according to analysts, that …

eCommerce

Amazon’s Echo is building a coffin that’s custom-made for Google

Just ask anyone: "Alexa Just Conquered CES. The World Is Next," read one Wired headline. CNBC, the BBC, MIT Technology Review, and many others all had equally laudatory reports. Companies like Ford, Huawei, LG, as well as a long parade of startups, all unveiled home appliances, phones, cars, and …

New data shows Amazon is eating into Google's territory — and it's only going to get worse

Google makes most of its money through its search-advertising business. So the more people search on Google, the better for the company.<p>But it looks like Google is losing a sizable chunk of its business to Amazon in one particular area: e-commerce search.<p>According to a survey by the financial …

Amazon makes its mobile app service available to other online retailers

Amazon wants rival retailers to use its mobile application platform to sell their products. While that sounds oddly altruistic for the biggest online …