EBay plans automated Canada fulfillment center
San Jose, Calif. — EBay Enterprise, an EBay company, will open a new fulfillment center in Ontario, Canada, in second quarter 2014. The new 150,000-sq.-ft. facility will support client growth, including The Children’s Place, which recently signed a new multiyear agreement with EBay Enterprise.
The renewal includes fulfillment services for the company’s rapidly growing Canadian ecommerce business. The new facility extends EBay Enterprise’s fulfillment and freight offerings in Canada and includes automation, such as conveyance and put-to-light technologies, to speed package delivery times.
“The Canadian market is providing new commerce opportunities for brands and retailers and our clients are turning to us to support their growth strategies in this region,” said Tobias Hartmann, interim president, EBay Enterprise. “We are committed to offering our clients the capacity, speed and scale required to deliver an exceptional experience to their Canadian customers.”
Wal-Mart unveils futuristic truck prototype
Bentonville, Ark. – Wal-Mart showcased its futuristic truck at the Mid-America Trucking Show (MATS) in Louisville, Ky. The Walmart Advanced Vehicle Experience is a tractor-trailer combination that features leading edge aerodynamics, an advanced turbine-powered range extending series hybrid powertrain, electrified auxiliary components, and sophisticated control systems, developed in support of the company’s sustainability program.
In 2005, Wal-Mart announced its goal to double fleet efficiency by 2015 by delivering more merchandise while driving fewer miles on the most efficient equipment. Although the prototype currently runs on diesel, its turbine is fuel-neutral and can run on compressed or liquid natural gas, biofuels or other fuels. The prototype is the result of collaboration between Wal-Mart and vendors, including Peterbilt, Roush, Great Dane and Capstone Turbine.
“Wal-Mart is continually looking for innovative ways to increase our efficiencies and reduce our fleet’s emissions,” said Tracy Rosser, senior VP of transportation at Walmart. “The Walmart Advanced Vehicle Experience is a bold step in transportation technologies that, although not on the road in its current form, will serve as a learning platform for the future that will accelerate our progress toward our goals.”
Sears debuts new omni-channel fast fashion format in April
Hoffman Estates, Ill. – Sears is launching Now + Here, a fast fashion shop available in Sears stores across the country, on Sears.com and Shopyourway.com, in the second week of April. The Now + Here shops offer a new shop environment with monthly deliveries.
The fully integrated retail experience extends online with access to exclusive content, including behind the scenes videos and fashion tips.
To celebrate the launch of Now + Here, Sears will host a virtual event, followed by a live fashion chat with celebrity Brooke Burke-Charvet at Searsspringfashion.com on April 14. Shoppers and members will be able to register at Searsspringfashion.com and invite their friends to the event that will include a virtual runway show experience, behind the scenes video, new product lookbook and live shopping of all the looks throughout the show. During the live chat, Burke-Charvet will share her best fashion tips, answer guest questions and offer style advice to registrants. Shop Your Way members will also get special access to view a unique style video created by Brooke. Live updates will be posted throughout the event on SearsStyle.com and Shopyourway.com.
"Today’s fashionista lives a digital lifestyle that is part of everything she does, including how she shops," said Shela Field, chief marketing officer of Sears. "Launching the Now + Here shop with a virtual fashion event not only gives her a front row seat to the launch, it takes her inside to experience and purchase the product in a whole new way. It also showcases our integrated approach and focus on shopping made fun and easy."