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Deliv loves New York

BY Dan Berthiaume

Same-day delivery provider Deliv is strengthening its position in the important New York market.

Deliv has acquired Zipments, a New York-based same-day delivery company. This gives Deliv more of a foothold and delivery density in New York City, one of the largest markets for same-day delivery in the country.

Zipments services brands such as Trina Turk, on-demand companies such as Casper, Handy, and Plated, local merchants such as B&H, Murray's Cheese and Epicerie Boulud, as well as large corporate clients who need to send packages across town.

"Zipments has established itself as the leader of same-day delivery in New York City, and the team has done a magnificent job building up its profitable business in this prime and complex market," said Daphne Carmeli, founder and CEO of Deliv. "When you consider that one of the keys to our business is route density, joining forces enhances operational efficiencies. We also share a similar philosophy, similar business model, and similar clients, so Zipments is a great match for us on multiple levels."

New York is emerging as one of the top markets for same-day delivery in the U.S., along with San Francisco/Silicon Valley. Amazon has been very active in establishing a same-day delivery infrastructure there, and Starbucks recently started piloting deliveries to the Empire State Building, and smaller specialty delivery services like Doorman are also eyeing the Big Apple. Deliv is the latest player in the same-day delivery space to try to be a part of it in the city that never sleeps.

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Black Friday starting early at Sam’s Club

BY CSA STAFF

Sam’s Club is introducing a new way for shoppers to get a head start on their holiday shopping: Pre-Black Friday.

The nation’s eighth largest retailer and the warehouse division of Walmart is planning togive Sam's Club members early access to exclusive savings on some of the most sought-after holiday items and Thanksgiving meal must-haves.

“Our members have told us that the holidays leave them feeling time-strapped. The new Pre-Black Friday Event is designed to help alleviate some of the stress that comes with preparing for a big meal and having a gift list to fulfill,” said Rosalind Brewer, president and CEO of Sam’s Club. “We want members to come explore our new holiday items, take advantage of the special savings, and enjoy getting their shopping done without feeling rushed.”

Kicking off Sat., Nov. 21 at 12:01 a.m. CST on SamsClub.com and in clubs at 7 a.m., families can save time by checking things off of their grocery and gift lists all in one trip. Event prices are good through Nov. 25, while supplies last.

Highlights of the deals from Sam's Club include:

  • Samsung 55" 4K Ultra HD Smart TV with a $30 Sam’s Club Gift Card ($778)
  • Samsung Smart Blu-ray Player ($47.88)
  • Apple iTunes $60 Gift Card multipack ($49.88, in-club only)
  • Dyson Ball Total Clean ($289.98)
  • Garmin vivofit 2 ($59.98)
  • Save $50 to $80 on a set of four tires in Michelin, Goodyear, BFGoodrich and Pirelli brands
  • Samsonite 2-piece luggage set ($88.76)
  • Daily Chef Belgian Mini Pastries ($13.98, in-club only)
  • Henckels 9-piece cutlery stainless steel set with block ($50 savings, online only)

The retailer says the savings will continue at the Black Friday main event. It begins at 12:01 a.m. CST on Nov. 26 at SamsClub.com and starts in clubs Nov. 27 at 7 a.m.

Those who prefer to shop without dashing through the snow can browse and buy during the Sam’s Club Cyber Week. Online deals will kick off at 12:01 a.m. CST on Nov. 30 and continue through Dec. 6. New offers at great values will be added daily throughout the week, including televisions, computers, home and outdoor playsets.

Starting Dec. 8, Shocking Values, Sam’s Club’s new online daily deals program, will feature seven days of curated offers, all at amazing savings. Each day, up to 10 giftable items will be available for purchase at values up to 60 percent off standard retail prices. These deals on items are for a limited time with limited quantities.

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Amazon’s new bookstore has nothing to do with books?

BY Gina Acosta

When Amazon.com opened its first brick-and-mortar store this month selling books, many wondered what the e-commerce giant was up to. Now Forbes is telling us what that is. [Forbes]

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