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Staples to buy retail-focused PNI Digital Media

BY Staff Writer

Framingham, Mass. — Staples Inc. said on Monday that it has agreed to buy PNI Digital Media, Canadian company whose software platform enables retailers to sell such personalized products as photo books, calendars, business cards, documents, wedding invitations, and stationery. The cash transaction is valued at approximately C$73.9 million ($67.5 million).

PNI’s software powers both online and in-store platforms. Its retail clients include Costco and Walmart Canada.

“PNI’s technology gives customers easy access to the best personalized products and related services.” said Damien Leigh, senior VP, Staples Business Services. “As a part of Staples, we expect PNI to continue to innovate on an open platform and share their innovations with both their current customers and with Staples’ Business Services division.”

PNI is expected to operate independently and provide improved service for both its customers and partners by leveraging the strength of Staples. PNI expects to continue growing its customer base with Staples’ support while maintaining the necessary resources to consistently meet its customers’ needs.

"For years, our retailer partners have used our online, in-store kiosk software and mobile apps to successfully drive millions of orders and in-store visits," said Kyle Hall, CEO of PNI Digital Media. "With the support of Staples, we expect to significantly expand the services we offer for our retailers and partners."

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Report: Google expanding same-day delivery service to Manhattan, Los Angeles

BY Antoinette Alexander

New York — Google is reportedly expanding its same-day Google Shopping Express service to Manhattan and Los Angeles, according to the New York Post.

The service strives to make same-day deliveries from Fairway, Walgreens, Target, Costco and other retailers to anyplace in Manhattan for $4.99 per store, the report states.

The article says that the service, first launched in San Francisco last year, will expand to Brooklyn and Queens in the coming months.

The move clearly takes aim at both Amazon and eBay, who are expanding their same-day delivery services to major cities across the country, including New York City.

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Pitney Bowes helps online retailer Bluefly expand global reach

BY Marianne Wilson

Stamford, Conn. — Online retailer Bluefly, which sells discounted brand name apparel and accessories, has selected Pitney Bowes to help expand its global reach.

The retailer is using Pitney Bowes’s global ecommerce software and international shipping services to help offer a seamless and convenient cross-border purchasing experience for consumers. Pitney Bowes will handle global shipping, including customs, taxes and pricing.

"The appetite for U.S. apparel and accessories brands, and the desire to shop online globally, is continuing to fuel interest from international buyers around the world," said Craig Reed, VP, global ecommerce for Pitney Bowes. "We look forward to collaborating with Bluefly to help them simplify the complexities associated with international e-commerce and deliver purchases to the doorsteps of their customers worldwide."

Bluefly is using Pitney Bowes’s global ecommerce solutions to help simplify international transactions, improve the online shopping experience for consumers and facilitate international growth. These solutions also provide access to affordable global delivery services, customs and brokerage management, and a full suite of logistics web services to help make it easy to deliver goods to online shoppers in international markets.

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