Retailers Fighting to Compete Via Same-Day Delivery

It’s not likely that when Same-Day Delivery reaches multiple retailers, that the service is going to have in level of minute growth.  Amazon has essentially pioneered the service and several big name e-retailers are taking strides with their respective online e-commerce, looking to implement same-day delivery and compete with Amazon.  A new study from research company L2 shows there is every reason for retailers, if they want to keep up with Amazon, to enter the fast delivery market.

Multichannel Merchants recently reported via L2 that less than 20% of the 97 retailers across eight sectors offer same-day delivery, yet 40% of shoppers have said they would take advantage of it if it was an option.  Also, 25% of shoppers said they would abandon their cart if same-day delivery was not available.

The research company stated, “Well capitalized startups such as Uber, Postmates and Deliv are filling the void, allowing retailers to offer (same-day delivery) without investing in the infrastructure. Yet less than a fifth of retailers (tracked by L2) utilized third-party delivery partners. With no dominant player in the same-day delivery space, there is still healthy competition that allows both retailers and consumers to find lower costs than traditional shipping partners.”

It makes sense for retailers to jump into same-day delivery to keep up Amazon.  L2 mentioned Macy’s as one retail giant that has one of the best infrastructures to be successful with it.  Macy’s has over 880 locations, which means online orders can be easily fulfilled via department stores that are in close proximity to the end customer.  In 2014, Macy’s partnered with Deliv to roll out same-day delivery in eight major US markets, including San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle, Houston, Washington DC, Chicago, New Jersey, and more.  Now the retailer is performing last-mile deliveries in 17 markets.  With over 880 stores nationwide, Macy’s is ideal to thrive with same-day delivery.

L2 went on the say regarding Macy’s, “Furthermore, the Deliv partnership enables affordable same-day delivery for Macy’s customers.  The retailer maintains its $99 free shipping threshold and charges only $5 for same-day delivery where available.”  Pricing is huge when it comes to same-day delivery, being the deciding factor on whether it will be a sustainable service.  The low $5 charge doesn’t seem like a lot, and it’s not supposed to for the shopper.  It is the volume of same-day delivery that ultimately makes the difference for the retailer.

L2’s study shows that same-day delivery is key for retailers in today’s e-commerce, especially with how Amazon is driving more shopping to be done online, instead of at physical stores.  To implement last-mile deliveries, a retailer can partner with a Same-Day Courier like AQuickDelivery to get their program off the ground.  The Atlanta Courier services the Atlanta and Metro-Atlanta area, in addition to the ability to roll out same-day solutions nationwide.

Reference: 2.8.17, www.multichannelmerchant.com, Mike O’Brien, Same Day Delivery An Opportunity Area for Retailers vs. Amazon

Same-Day Grocery Delivery Growing in London

It use to be the exception when it comes to Same-Day Delivery, but now ordering groceries online is beginning to become a bigger interest by retailers all over the world.  London is one city that has some grocery retailers that have decided to take the leap with same-day grocery services with hopes that it will pay off.

Morrisons, Tesco and Sainsbury have implemented same-day grocery delivery pilot programs to test and see if it will ultimately work.  BBC News discussed with Sainsbury its’ perspective and strategy for getting the service off the ground.  The grocery chain giant is optimistic about the delivering groceries the same day. One reason is because the “appetite” of customers for same-day grocery delivery has been high, right along with next-day delivery, which is what Sainsbury already had successfully in place.

Sainsbury is testing grocery delivery in 30 of its’ stores in London.  Its’ strategy is to see the results of the pilot program and make any necessary adjustments moving forward with it.  Currently, Sainsbury customers can order their groceries online by midday and have it delivered by that evening.  While in the US, same-day delivery fees are roughly $5, Sainsbury delivery charge ranges up to 9 pounds, equating to about $11 US dollars.  Yet, shoppers with a subscription membership or that make online orders over 100 pounds, would be free.

Sainsbury is just one of the four biggest grocery store retailers in the London and England areas.  All of them have taken their respective approaches and strategies that fits their company models.  Morrisons has partnered with Amazon Fresh for its’ grocery delivery.  Tesco is testing the service in London and in the South-East.  Asda is the exception, which has not jumped into same-day grocery delivery.

BBC highlighted a Sainsbury store and discussed with one of its’ employees some of the processes involved when fulfilling an online grocery order.  The picking of fresh fruit and vegetables for online orders have to be done properly and accurately.  They can’t just pick anything and deliver it.  If the items picked for delivery on the behalf of the online shopper is rotten and in bad condition, it could result in re-delivery.  This type of error can eat up an already low profit margin.

Grocery delivery creates the level of convenience that is high in demand for shoppers, and its’ only fitting for retailers to respond to it.  A Same-Day Courier like AQuickDelivery is a sound option for grocery stores in the Atlanta area to implement the service and capture online sales.  The Atlanta Courier can take its’ delivery expertise and fulfill online orders fast.

Reference: 1.25.17, BBC News, Why same-day online food shopping is the next big thing

Neiman Marcus Shows Issues with Distribution

With a big luxury retailer like Neiman Marcus, the last thing you want to experience is an issue with distribution for high-end commodities.  However, this is what the retailer has released information about, incurring significant losses this year.

Neiman Marcus announced that it had first fiscal quarter losses for 2017 and it was due to the distribution problems that it is facing.  The article via Internet Retailer discussed how the retailer had challenges implementing a new cross-channel merchandising system, which costs Neiman Marcus up to $35 million during its fiscal first quarter.  It reported online sales accounted for 29.2% of overall sales in the first quarter, which ended October 29th.  This equates to $315.1 million, down from $315.7 million during the same time last year.In a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Neiman Marcus revealed problems that related to the implementation of NMG One, its new cross-channel merchandising and distribution system.  It resulted in a negative impact on online and offline sales.  More specific numbers mentioned in the report were Neiman Marcus’ earnings, which  included:

  • A year-over-year total comparable sales decline of 8.0%, compared to a 5.6% decline last year.
  • Net revenue of $1.079 billion, down 7.4% from $1.165 billion.
  • A net loss of $23.5 million, compared to a net loss of $10.5 million.

Neiman Marcus stated, “These issues primarily related to the processing of inventory receipts at our distribution centers, the transfers of inventories to our stores and the presentation of inventories on our websites.  These issues prevented us from fulfilling certain customer demand in both our stores and websites that we estimate resulted in approximately $30 to $35 million of unrealized revenue.”  In a now technology-driven retail industry, traditional warehousing and distribution is not able to keep up with the demand for better omnichannels to facilitate online and offline sales.  There has to be a shift into more sophisticated distribution, which a retailer can experience a level of growing pains.

Some department store retailers are utilizing their physical store locations to act as close proximity warehouses and opting to implement Same-Day Delivery to meet online demand.  Macy’s for example, partnered with Deliv and now has same-day delivery in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle, Houston, Chicago, New Jersey, Washington DC, and other major US cities.  Its sister company Bloomingdale’s also rolled out the service in cities like San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Jose, and Chicago.  With over 880 store locations, Macy’s has the store volume to fulfill orders from, instead of primarily utilizing distribution centers.  Neiman Marcus can do the same.

The popular retailer can partner with a Same-Day Courier like AQuickDelivery in Atlanta and have its online order fulfilled throughout the Georgia area.  The Atlanta Courier also is equipped to provide same-day delivery for retailers nationwide.  There may be many adjustments that Neiman Marcus has to make and implementing same-day delivery to generate online growth can be one of them.

Reference:  12.15.16, www.internetretailer, Matt Lindern, Distribution problems cost Neiman Marcus during its first quarter

It’s Official, Amazon Makes Its’ First Prime Air Drone Order

If other retailers have been pursuing Amazon into Same-Day Delivery, they will now find themselves being outpaced again, as Amazon announces it’s first drone delivery.

Fox News detailed the first official delivery of Amazon Prime Air via drone in Cambridge, England.  The drone was able to perform the delivery in an impressive 13 minutes.  This is revolutionary, being that most same-day deliveries, whether via a courier or even Amazon Prime on the ground, is done within an hour.  Amazon says that its’ drones won’t ever take no more than 30 minutes to deliver its’ packages.  The drone delivered an Amazon Fire TV and some popcorn, which weighed less than 5 pounds.  It was guided by GPS and flies no higher than 400 feet.

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos tweeted the success of the retailer’s first drone flight today, but the flight actually took place on December 7th.  Bezos began creating and testing drone use in 2013, and now it is a reality.  The article mentioned that Amazon does only have a few customers in the UK that is privy to using them, however, the e-retail giant hopes to expand to a larger demographic.  Amazon has to be very careful with its’ drones use in inclement weather, such as no flying them in rain, snow, or ice, as well as flying in separate air spaces to avoid planes.

“One day, seeing Prime Air vehicles will be as normal as seeing mail trucks on the road,” Amazon says.  This means that we could potentially find drones flying in various parts of the country at one time making deliveries.  Shoppers will be able to have their online items delivered right to their front door within 30 minutes.  Drone delivery will be satisfying for the customers, however, it may have an adverse affect mall traffic and other physical store retailers without a heavy focus on e-commerce.

During the busiest shopping season of the year, this has already occurred in China.  Mall traffic went down last month, as more wealthier shoppers turn buying online.  Yet at the same time, the country’s largest e-retailer Alibaba, made $18 billion in one day.  Alibaba doesn’t use drones, but the idea behind the mounting increase of online retail is showing up globally.

Online retail is expected to reach $500 billion in the US by 2018.  It is inevitable that businesses will have to create omnichannel strategies in order to move product from physical stores.  With same-day delivery, brick-and-mortar stores can utilize the service like Amazon, with actually using their stores to fulfill online orders.  Companies can partner with a Same-Day Courier like AQuickDelivery to get their same-day services implemented quickly.  The Atlanta Courier has an enormous amount of delivery expertise and the latest courier technology to develop last-mile deliveries to propel traditional store retailers into modern trending e-commerce businesses that can keep up with drones.

Reference:  12.14.16, Fox News, Lulu Chang, From high-flying dream to reality: Amazon fulfills its first order using a drone

China E-Commerce Slows Mall Traffic, Malls Need Same-Day Delivery

With the growth of e-commerce, it is only a matter of time that it will be a normal way of doing business.  The US isn’t the only country where online growth is thriving, but in China as well.  China’s e-commerce is increasing at a fast pace, and is now even affecting its’ mall traffic.

Internet Retailer discussed in an article how the foot traffic in malls and restaurants went down in November.  This was due to a surge of online shopping activity, according to Baidu, operator of China’s dominant search engine, and JD.com.  China’s wealthy consumers are shopping online for more pricier items, primarily via e-retail leader Alibaba, which even had $18 billion in sales in one day the same month mall sales declined.  Alibaba offers Same-Day Delivery in various areas as well.

“China’s two-speed scenario is having a major impact on the country’s retail industry,” Jason Yu, general manager for China at consumer research firm Kantar Worldpanel, said in a report. “This massive explosion of online sales growth is being fueled by increasing diversification in the categories purchased online, as well as huge gains in imported products and consumers taking advantage of promotions.”

Malls are being affected by e-commerce, as more and more shoppers rely on the mobile devices to conduct all of their shopping.  Also, with the delivery option of same-day delivery, it has even given shoppers a level of convenience that has been created via technology advancements that had not been present before.  Mall stores are having to shift their focus from in-store to online sales.  Online retail is expected to reach $500 billion by 2018, therefore, it is imminent for malls to develop various omnichannels to generate growth.

This is what Macy’s has done in the US.  The mall giant launched same-day delivery in multiple major US cities last year, offering another option for online shoppers.  Partnering with start-up delivery company Deliv, Macy’s implemented same-day delivery in San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Jose, Seattle, Houston, Chicago, New Jersey, and Washington DC.  Its’ sister company Bloomingdale’s also launched the service in San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Jose, and Chicago. With at least 885 physical store locations, Macy’s uses them as close proximity warehousing to fulfill online orders, thereby moving store product.

Matthew Hassan, a Sydney-based senior economist at Westpac Banking Corp., also wrote in a statement regarding overall sales for , “The gradual improvement in the consumer mood over the last two years, from extreme lows in late 2014, seems to again be losing its way.  With confidence still materially below long-run averages and consumers still concerned about job security and the economic outlook the consumer recovery is clearly still fragile.”

In the US, stores like Macy’s, BestBuy, PetSmart, and more have all bridged their e-commerce to store sales with same-day delivery.  Mall stores that are seeking to create store growth can do the same by partnering with a Same-Day Courier like AQuickDelivery to fulfill online orders.  The Atlanta Courier can develop a same-day solution that picks up product from malls and then delivers them to the doorstep of the shopper.

Reference:  12.12.16, www.internetretailer.com, Bloomberg News, China’s e-commerce boom shrinks mall shopping traffic

FedEx, UPS and USPS Set Holiday Delivery Deadlines

As the holiday season continues, retailers providing Same-Day Delivery aren’t the only ones gearing up for the best month of all.  Christmas is almost here and big name carriers are strategically setting their shipping deadlines to ensure optimal on-time deliveries.

Yahoo recently discussed how FedEx, UPS and others have all released their shipping deadlines in order for shoppers to get their packages on or before Christmas Day.  The big day is creating a time-sensitivity for gifts that goes unmatched throughout the year.  If there is any holiday on a global scale that consumers deem critical for their packages to on time, it is Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa.

All of these carriers each have their expected package volume and have planned accordingly.  FedEx forecasts that it will ship 25 million packages on peak days during the holiday season.  UPS,FedEx’s core competitor, predicted that it would be delivering over 700 million packages between Black Friday and New Year’s Eve, which is a 14% increase from 2015.  The carrier giant has also guaranteed its’ deliveries by Christmas Eve per its’ Christmas schedule.  Lastly, the US Postal Service, slowly moving beyond its’ financial challenges in recent years,  expects to deliver 750 million packages this holiday season, equating to a 12% jump from last year.  The USPS is also has guaranteed delivery by Christmas, but only for domestic services.

FedEx, UPS and the USPS released their shipping deadline dates, and they are as follows:
FedEx
  • Dec. 16 — Last day to ship FedEx Ground and FedEx Home Delivery
  • Dec. 19 — Last day to ship FedEx Express Saver
  • Dec. 21 — Last day to ship FedEx 2Day A.M and FedEx 2Day
  • Dec. 22 — Last day to ship FedEx Standard Overnight, FedEx Priority Overnight, and FedEx First Overnight.
  • Dec. 23 — FedEx Same-Day City
  • Dec. 25 — FedEx Same-Day and FedEx Same-Day City

Also, FedEx First Overnight, FedEx Priority Overnight, and FedEx 2Day will make deliveries on December 24th.  A $16 Saturday delivery fee will apply per package.

UPS
  • Dec. 19 — Last day to ship via UPS 3 Day Select to be delivered before Christmas Day (delivery on Friday, Dec. 23).
  • Dec. 21 — This is the last day to ship all UPS 2nd Day Air packages to be delivered before Christmas Day (delivery on Friday, Dec. 23).
  • Dec. 22 — Last day to ship all UPS Next Day Air packages to be delivered on Friday, Dec. 23 — This is the last day to ship all UPS 2nd Day Air packages to be delivered before Christmas Day, which must use the Saturday delivery option for delivery on Saturday, Dec. 24
USPS
  • Dec. 15 – Last day for USPS Retail Ground. Ground service for less-than-urgent deliveries and oversized packages.
  • Dec. 20 – First-Class Mail. Service for standard-sized, single-piece envelopes and small packages weighing up to 13 ounces with delivery in 3 business days or less.
  • Dec. 21 – Priority Mail. Domestic service in 1, 2 or 3 business days based on where the package is mailed and where it’s being sent, variety of flat-rate options.
  • Dec. 23 – Priority Mail Express. Fastest domestic service, guaranteed overnight scheduled delivery to most locations.  Some restrictions and exceptions apply.

Retailers like BestBuy, Kmart and Amazon all have their respective deadlines for delivery also.  One of the shipping options that will still be in demand as Christmas approaches will be same-day delivery.  Large carriers aren’t involved in last-mile delivery as a core competency, therefore retailers may look to a Same-Day Courier like AQuickDelivery to get it done.  The Atlanta Courier has the courier expertise and driver fleet to deliver packages throughout Georgia and even nationwide.

Reference: 12.5.16, Yahoo Finance, Brittany Jones-Cooper, Holiday shipping deadlines for UPS, FedEx and major retailers

PetSmart Competes with Amazon, Goes Same-Day Delivery

It isn’t often that there is such a variety of companies entering into the market of Same-Day Delivery to grow online.  The service is anticipated to reach $987

million by 2019 as well, which results in many retailers beginning to implement it aggressively to drive online and physical store sales.  Among recent retailers to offer same-day delivery is PetSmart, announcing that it is launching its’ service this month.

Flagship.com discussed how PetSmart released Monday that it will offer same-day and scheduled deliveries in several major US cities in order to compete with Amazon, which has thousands of products it sells online, and just as other retailers have done, PetSmart has no choice but to engage in same-day services.  The cities will include Dallas, Houston, Philadelphia, Boston, New York City, Yonkers, Northern New Jersey and Washington DC, most of which are the same cities that Amazon provides Prime Now also.

In fact, Amazon has a total of 27 major city markets that it offers Prime Now, such as San Francisco Bay Area, San Diego, Seattle-Tacoma, Dallas-Fort Worth, Boston, New York, Chicago,Indianapolis, Tampa Bay, Baltimore, Washington DC,  Orlando, Nashville, Raleigh, Richmond, Tucson, and Atlanta.  Amazon also has free same-day delivery in Toronto and Vancouver in Canada.  The heavy investments that Amazon has made into same-day delivery attests to how legitimate it is and what the retail industry is evolving into.

It is clear then why PetSmart is diving into it.  Eran Cohen, chief customer experience officer at PetSmart, said in the article, “As the trusted partner to pet parents and pets in every moment of their lives, we are continually looking for ways to make the shopping experience easier and more convenient for our customers.  Our omnichannel strategy is aimed at giving pet parents options tailored to their needs and desires”.

PetSmart will also launch a subscription option for shoppers, which has seen much success with Amazon.  Many other retailers have started to offer subscription programs as well in order to create a customer loyalty in an e-commerce environment that has become more competitive.  For example, Wal-Mart is currently testing its’ new service ShippingPass for a $49 per year subscription, which is almost half of the cost of Amazon Prime, for an aggressive market entry and to attract more customers to its’ site.  Google also offers shoppers a $95 annual subscription fee for its’ same-day delivery program Google Express.

It may be pet products, yet the results are still the same in today’s e-commerce utilizing same-day delivery.  PetSmart partnering with Deliv shows that a retailer or business can partner with a Same-Day Courier like AQuickDelivery and offer last-mile delivery services right away.  The Atlanta Courier has the courier expertise and technology to develop a same-day logistics solution that fits your company.  Whether in Georgia, or even nationwide, AQuickDelivery can pick up and deliver from a variety of store locations to fulfill online orders to shift into meeting the demand by shoppers for more convenience.

Reference:  11.12.16, www.flagship.com, PetSmart Launches Same-Day Delivery

Volkswagen Talks Same-Day Delivery, But Not Ready Yet

Courier ServiceIt’s a great thing when you find that a small niche of a service like Same-Day Delivery is having such a large impact in the retail industry.  The shift in e-retail, namely by front-runner Amazon, has made same-day delivery vital to compete for retailers all over the world.  Yet, it hasn’t stopped there in with retail, automakers have also seen the benefit of it with having parts at dealerships at the right time to increase their operational efficiency.

Several big name car manufacturers have implemented same-day delivery and have seen how much it helps them service their customers.  One example is Toyota, which this past August rolled out same-day parts availability to their dealerships to meet real time demand for repairs.  The faster a dealership can get  their parts, the faster the service repairs are completed.  Repair times is a huge concern for customers, usually being a top complaint for local dealerships.  This has been one way same-day part delivery is helping Toyota improve its’ overall customer reviews.

Toyota may be excited about same-day parts.  However, other automakers are not so impressed to the point of implementing it themselves.  Volkswagen is one of them, not being fully convinced that the benefits of the service ultimately outweigh the costs of it.  Anu Goel, Vice President of Parts and Logistics at Volkswagen Group of America, talked about same-day delivery in an article by Automotive News.  Goel simply stated, “If you’ve got dealers stocking the right parts in the first place, why do you need same-day service?”

His philosophy is to aim to ship parts faster and to get dealers to change what they are stocking.  The part inventory itself will enable the dealerships to already have what they need to be operationally efficient.  With same-day delivery, close-proximity warehousing is key and in order for Volkswagen to offer same-day part delivery, the automaker would have to add more distribution centers to its’ current seven, which could prove to be a costly task in itself.  It does offer next-day delivery, and according to Goel, that is enough for now. He said in the article, “We are good for now,” he says. With a 1 p.m. cutoff [for parts orders], we can make 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. delivery the next day. Seven buildings around the country allow us to meet that commitment.”

Car manufacturers like BMW and Fait Chrysler US are also on board with same-day part deliveries, which shows that it may not be workable for some of them, but for others it is.  It is all contingent upon the automaker.  A Same-Day Courier like AQuickDelivery can partner with a variety of companies to perform the actual deliveries from one dealership location to another throughout Georgia.  The Atlanta Courier already performs part pick up and delivery for car manufacturers, proving that there is a place for same-day parts.  The fact that Toyota is heavily investing in same-day parts may prove to be the car manufacturer that spearheads a major surge in the growth of the service in the years to come.

Reference: 11.21.16, www.autonews.com, Jim Henry, VW’s Goel: Same-day delivery? Not yet

Online Retailer SOUQ.com Launches Same-Day Delivery to Middle East

Same Day DeliveryIf you thought Same-Day Delivery was trending in the US and China only, then think again as SOUQ.com now establishes the service in the Middle East.

SOUQ.com, the Middle East’s largest online retail and marketplace platform, has announced that it will be launching same-day delivery in the region.
It is the first e-commerce company in that region to launch such a service.  It will be offering the service for “Fulfilled by SOUQ” (FBS) in Dubai for all online orders placed by 3pm.  Many retailers in the US have this same cut-off time, which appears to be the most optimum to position deliveries to be done on time.  The e-retailer will have its’ sights on conducting more expansion of same-day delivery throughout the region as well.

“Our primary objective is to deliver the highest quality products and a service as efficient and quick as possible to our customers,” said Ronaldo Mouchawar, SOUQ.com CEO & Co-Founder in the article.  He went on to say, “With the Fulfilled by SOUQ (FBS) program, we manage the fulfilment and logistics for third-party sellers, saving them time and money, and our home-grown logistics arm Q-Express as well as our partnership with WING.ae provide us with the most efficient delivery service in the region with real-time order tracking. We believe that our same day delivery and SOUQ delivery promise initiatives are a huge step forward in corresponding supply with customers’ demand and further making online shopping experience seamless and enjoyable.”

Same-day delivery has moved beyond just a trend, but a valuable service to grow n today’s e-commerce.  One reason it has become so attractive is because of the robust initiative and aggressive implementation of same-day delivery by Amazon. The e-retail giant has rolled out free same-day delivery in 27 city markets, including the San Francisco Bay Area, San Diego, Seattle-Tacoma, New York, Boston, Dallas-Fort Worth, Indianapolis, Tampa Bay, Baltimore, Washington DC, Chicago, Orlando, Nashville, Raleigh, Richmond, Tucson, Atlanta, and more.  Also, Amazon Canada now has free same-day delivery in Toronto and Vancouver, in addition to Amazon Prime growth in London.

The largest US e-retailer has others taking more than notes, but also doing exactly what it’s doing, even when it comes to yearly subscriptions.  Google Express offers shoppers a $95 annual subscription fee.  Wal-Mart is currently testing new service ShippingPass for $49 per year, which is almost half of the cost of Amazon Prime, to aggressively attract more shoppers to Walmart.com.

When the largest online retailer in the Middle East rolls out same-day delivery, it is an affirmation that having the ability to provide it is essential to growth.  To begin offering the service in the US, retailers don’t have to develop an effective same-day delivery solution themselves.  They can partner with a Same-Day Courier like AQuickDelivery which can assist with creating the program, in addition to performing the actual pick up and deliveries.  The Atlanta Courier has the courier technology and driver fleet to deliver in the Atlanta area, Georgia and even nationwide.

Reference:  11.10.16, www.arabiansupplychain.com, ASC Staff, SOUQ.com enhances logistics with same-day delivery

Billion Per Day Holiday Sales Means Boost for Same-Day Delivery

same day deliveryRetailers like Amazon, Google, Wal-Mart, Macy’s, Best Buy, and others will be glad to hear the forecast for this year’s online sales.  All of them have been making heavy investments into growing their e-commerce, including offering some form of Same-Day Delivery in the US or abroad.  E-commerce is expected to hit a growth hike for holidays and the latest numbers are a sign of it.

Internet retailer says that 57 of the 61 days during the holidays will exceed $1 billion in online sales, resulting from e-commerce sales being expected to grow 11% this holiday season.  This equates to $91.6 billion, which will be an increase from $82.5 billion from last year.  The 2016 Digital Insights Shopping Predictions report from Adobe Digital Insights was released last week and reveals that shoppers are expected to begin buying online early, which will continue after Christmas Day.  For the three days—Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday—roughly 9.2% of those online sales will occur during that time, accounting for $8.4 billion, roughly 9.2% of those online sales, according to the Adobe study.

According to an Adobe survey of over 1,000 US consumers, 31% of U.S. consumers say they will start their holiday shopping before November 1st.  This is up 5% from last year.  This attests to how consumers have become more comfortable with online shopping, as well as having a peace of mind with retailers being able to deliver.  Shoppers have come to enjoy using same-day delivery to get their online items to their front door.  It is convenient when you can see a deal online and then have it delivered to your front door in a matter of hours.

This is exactly what big name retailers are offering consumers, especially during the holidays.  Amazon for example, has Amazon Prime available in several major US cities.  Amazon has free same-day delivery in 27 city markets, including the San Diego, San Francisco Bay Area, Seattle-Tacoma, Dallas-Fort Worth, Indianapolis, New York, Boston, Tampa Bay, Baltimore,Washington DC, Chicago, Orlando, Nashville, Raleigh, Richmond, Tucson, Atlanta, and more.  Last month, Amazon.ca also  launched free same-day delivery in two major cities—Toronto and Vancouver.  In addition according to Adobe, Prime Day may rank as this year’s third busiest online shopping day in the US.

Google is gaining momentum with expanding Google Express in now 14 different states.  Early October, Google Express was rolled out in New York.  Now, the e-retailer recently announced the service is available in Alabama, Kentucky, Utah, Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming.

As holiday sales go up, same-day delivery will grow along with it.  This is why partnering with a Same-Day Courier like AQuickDelivery can position companies to compete and capture the upcoming holiday sales to come.  The Atlanta Courier has the courier expertise to quickly develop same-day delivery solutions that will produce results in Georgia, even nationwide.

Reference:  10.27.16, www.internetretailer.com, Zak Stambor, Online sales will surpass $1 billion nearly every day this holiday season, Adobe predicts