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Report: Amazon deploys robots in DCs

BY Dan Berthiaume

Seattle – Amazon.com is reportedly using robots from Kiva Systems at three distribution centers. According to the Wall Street Journal, the robots bring merchandise from shelves to warehouse workers and can potentially reduce the cost of filling an order by 20% to 40%, for an annual savings of more than $900 million.

Amazon purchased Kiva for $775 million in March 2012 and according to a recent financial disclosure now has 1,400 Kiva robots in service helping fulfill orders. The retailer declined to comment on the project.

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Newegg Marketplace starts holiday shopping season right

BY CSA STAFF

Newegg, a leading electronics-focused e-retailer in the United States, is leveraging its record-breaking Black November sales for its Marketplace Division to drive additional sales this holiday season.

Newegg Marketplace reported sales of 109% year-over-year, making this the second consecutive year of triple-digit growth.

Newegg has also added Cooking.com, eBags.com, Griffin Technology, Overstock.com, Samy’s Camera, Toys "R" Us and Babies "R" Us to its Marketplace this year.

"Our new Marketplace partners greatly strengthen our leadership in e-commerce," said Soren Mills, chief marketing officer of Newegg North America. "The companies we align with today mirror our commitment to unparalleled value and customer service. We are delighted to work with them."

Newegg launched its Marketplace in 2010 to extend beyond technology and satisfy customer demand for broader product selection. The new brand relationships expand the Marketplace with key product additions in apparel, housewares, toys and games as well as other general merchandise items.

The website has more than 18 million registered users and offers customers a comprehensive selection of the latest consumer electronics products, detailed product descriptions and images, as well as how-to information and customer reviews. Using the site’s online tech community, customers have the opportunity to interact with other computer, gaming and consumer electronics enthusiasts.

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Mobile commerce platform developer adds four new merchant members

BY CSA STAFF

Giant Eagle, Rite Aid, ExxonMobil and Kum & Go are among the growing number of merchants to become members of the Merchant Customer Exchange’s group, which is made up of leading merchants dedicated to improving the shopping experience by offering consumers a widely accepted, customer-focused and secure mobile commerce platform.

With these new member additions, more than 50 merchants are now part of MCX, representing more than 100,000 locations and more than $1 trillion in payments annually.

"Mobile payments will dramatically enhance the buying experience of our customers," said John Rhodes, Americas retail director at ExxonMobil. "We look forward to helping make the simplicity and security of mobile payments a reality for customers throughout the country."

"We are seeing tremendous interest and momentum with new merchants, large and small, coming on board to work together to offer a mobile commerce solution that will best serve the needs of customers and merchants alike," said MCX CEO Dekkers Davidson. "Both nationally and locally, MCX merchants have unparalleled knowledge of the shopping experience, making MCX uniquely qualified to build and improve upon the current mobile payment options available in the marketplace."

Founded in 2012, Merchant Customer Exchange is backed by merchants such as Kmart, Olive Garden and Southwest Airlines.

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