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This Week’s Friday Roundup

Happy Friday and welcome back to our Friday Roundup! Here are this week’s top stories in eCommerce, retail and logistics.

eCommerceOn Instagram, a Bazaar Where You Least Expect It – New York Times

Retailers are creatively using Instagram to help establish an eCommerce presence with high-quality images, allowing followers to reserve products and finalize orders over the phone. One example of a company taking advantage of it is Fox & Lawn, a boutique in Brooklyn. The owner says it contributes between 20-40 percent of the company’s revenue as mobile commerce increases in popularity. Customers also appreciate shopping through Instagram as they can go through personally curated photographs from sellers with a more personal feel.

Retail: Report: Google Eyes First U.S. Retail Location Near NYC Apple Store – Mashable

A new report from Crain’s New York speculates that Google will open an 8,000-square-foot retail location in New York City’s SoHo neighborhood, just around the corner from an Apple store. The company currently has Android stores in Australia, Indonesia, and Italy, but has yet to establish a brick-and-mortar presence in the U.S. Mashable notes other tech companies are also growing their retail presence, such as Microsoft (63 locations) and Samsung (60).

Logistics: N.J. Warehouses: From Empty to eCommerce – Wall Street Journal

When New York shoppers load up their online carts, those purchases usually come from a warehouse or distribution center in northern or central New Jersey. Third-party companies such as Dotcom Distribution have played an important role by fulfilling online orders for eCommerce businesses. In the past four years, Dotcom added 150,000 square feet to its warehouse to meet the growing eCommerce market.

Supply Chain: The First Step in Talent Management: Finding the Best Supply Chain Talent – Supply Chain Management Review

Recruiting the best supply chain talent can be highly competitive. It requires understanding the type of skills supply chain companies need and making sure a candidate fits within the company culture. Mike Burnette, an associate director at the Global Supply Chain Institute University of Tennessee offers a list of best practices to ensure companies recruit the best talent.

Logistics: Who is Winning the Shipping War? It All Depends on What You Need – Multichannel Merchant

When it comes to shipping, merchants usually focus on reliability, delivery times and cost. A study from Stamps.com compared the USPS, UPS, and FedEx in all three factors. The findings suggest that eCommerce sellers should use a “mixture of all three shipping carriers,” in order to optimize logistics efforts.