In Case You Missed It: Best Industry Articles and Insights for October
Having trouble keeping up with the latest supply chain, logistics, manufacturing and e-commerce industry news? Below, you’ll find the top articles and trends from October covering various sections of these rapidly changing industries.
- Earlier in October, Walmart announced it will be launching a new in-store return process for online purchases, integrating its mobile app with its large brick-and-mortar presence. Walmart is rolling out the Mobile Express lane, allowing customers to bypass customer service lines and scan a QR code through the mobile app for purchases made at Walmart.com. Walmart intends to expand the Mobile Express plan to include in-store purchases in early 2018. ZDNet explores the offering more here.
- Walmart has had a big couple of months, including acquiring Jet.com and joining forces with Google. Recently, Walmart has also been in talks with Lord & Taylor to give the department store its own section on Walmart.com. The partnership would allow customers to pick up and return Lord & Taylor purchases made through lordandtaylor.com and Walmart.com at Walmart stores. Business Insider reports on how this partnership could be a part of a larger plan for Walmart.com to become an online mall.
- Since its announcement in September, the iPhone X has been receiving a lot of buzz. From the beginning, the iPhone X has faced production woes sparked by its Romeo and Juliet facial recognition components. Unfortunately, with pre-orders having begun, it’s not getting any easier for the fruit. In an effort to speed up production, Apple quietly let suppliers decrease the accuracy of its facial recognition technology. Even with these shortcuts, analysts are speculating that there won’t be enough of the iPhone X for the holiday season. Bloomberg dove into the production hurdles and shortcuts Apple is managing here.
- Before Amazon even enters the pharmacy services space, companies are already gearing up for disruption. In late October, CVS announced its bid to purchase insurance giant Aetna for $66 billion. While e-commerce hasn’t fully taken over the pharmacy business, healthcare industry officials say the market is ripe and ready. The Wall Street Journal has more information on why CVS wants to buy Aetna.
With the industry constantly evolving, be sure to check back in next month to see the top news from November.
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