American online retailer Amazon has unfolded plans for a new distribution center in the German city of Mönchengladbach. It will be located near the Dutch and Belgian border and most likely be used to service these markets.
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Employees at Amazon’s distribution center near Piacenza (in Italy) do not want to work overtime for the remainder of the year because they feel the holiday season puts too much pressure on them.
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With Order Exchange Service, Zalando has found a way to simplify the return of a piece of clothing. Customers can use the service to return something and get a different size of that same item delivered.
In an interview, Amazon Germany’s CEO said that it is only a “matter of time” before the online retailer will open physical stores in Germany. He believes it is necessary, because the customers demand it.
A growing number of online orders also brings additional pressure on the logistical industry. Free home delivery can no longer be maintained according to research company ECC Köln. More flexible options should be installed.
American department store chain Walmart has filed for a very peculiar patent, regarding a flying warehouse. That should be able to bring orders to the customer’s door step thanks to drones.
Amazon announced The Hub, a system of pick-up lockers that can be placed everywhere. They come in different sizes and can be placed both inside or outside of buildings.
British online supermarket Ocado has trialed its self-driving delivery car for the first time. The car has room for eight orders, and for two drivers that are still present in the car for safety reasons.
American store chain Walmart opened an automated pick-up location for online groceries in Oklahoma. Customers will be able to pick up their orders 24 hours a day.
Three Walmart stores in New Jersey and Arkansas will trial a system that uses employees as couriers for online orders as well. The employees will deliver the packages on the way to and from their work.
Chinese JD.com will build the largest Chinese logistics network for drones after reaching a deal with the Shaanxi province’s board. Some drones should even be able to carry 1,000 kilos.
In the United States, there is a fiery ongoing battle between Amazon and Walmart regarding the lowest possible shipping cost to reach the consumer. “A standardized package label is a talking point in the United States, but things are not that advanced as in Europe.”
Jet.com, part of department store chain Walmart’s group, opened a pop-up store in New York, specifically for groceries, at concept store Story.
Following its Amazon Lockers in several Shell gas stations, online department store Amazon has now installed several pick-up lockers on the parking lots of store chains Edeka and Aldi.
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American online giant Amazon has taken control of another part of its logistics chain: it now also handles ocean freights from China to the United States.