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Wired has a piece about how, while "the major leap towards ubiquitous access to eCommerce and online shopping has transformed how Americans and much of the world purchases products," the "impending disruption" that will be created by the availability of same-day delivery could, in fact, be even greater.

How this is all going to work, and the impact it is likely to have, is detailed here.

The story concludes that same-day delivery, for many online retailers, is not a matter of "if." It is a matter of when and where, of timing and strategy.

At the same time, Storefront Backtalk reports that Amazon "plans to open eight new U.S. distribution centers between now and the holiday selling season, bringing the total to 54—with almost as many DCs outside the U.S., according to the CEO of e-commerce service provider ChannelAdvisor. The result of the ferocious building spree is that Amazon will then have a DC within five miles of most major U.S. cities. Put another—and more frightening—way: That means Amazon will very likely have a DC closer to your companies than many of your stores." You can check out the story here.
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