President Donald Trump indicated this afternoon that the United States is planning to levy tariffs on about $60 billion of designated imports from China, as well as impose restrictions on technology transfers to pressure China to curtail what the U.S. considers unfair trading and investment practices.
Retail Supply Chain
Some new significant information has become known regarding the Amazon and Whole Foods integration plans, information that provides additional indicators of the integrated retail strategy that will unfold over the coming months.
Supply Chain Matters highlights yet another logistics and supply chain technology platform provider being acquired by private equity firms. CommerceHub provides a distributed commerce B2B Business Network connecting supply, demand and delivery helping retailers and brands increase sales by expanding product assortments, promoting products on the channels that perform, and enabling rapid, on-time customer delivery.
Online retailer Amazon announced its intent to acquire video-based doorbell product provider Ring for a reported sum of $1 billion. The obvious question is why Amazon would be willing to invest such a considerable sum in a doorbell provider. The likely answer has a lot to do with the next iterations of online last-mile customer fulfillment along with the leveraging of Internet of Things enabled home and apartment devices.
Global retailer Walmart reported financial performance for the all-important 2017 holiday fulfillment period and fiscal 2018 and investors were not pleased. Today’s news is yet another indicator of the high growth expectations being placed on online retailers, and the continued challenges in transitioning to a combined online and physical retail fulfillment presence.
Amazon reported what has been widely reported as a blowout financial and operational performance for the all-important December-ending quarter. These latest results are impressive in many dimensions and add to the perception of a retail juggernaut in both online, and now physical store presence.