Numerous brick-and-mortar businesses are finally ready to compete with Amazon and are looking to shore up their e-commerce operations. Two businesses in particular, Walgreen Co. and Toys “R” Us Inc. are amongst a select few who are integrating better with their online counterparts and looking to open several distribution centers.
Just last month Toy R Us opened a warehouse in Reno, Nevada, equipped with Roomba-esque robots which helped shorten turn-around time, which should pay huge dividends during holiday shopping season.
Bloomberg reports that some businesses were ill-prepared for the 2010 holiday shopping season, and one customer even lost “millions of dollars” because of an inadequate online e-commerce infrastructure.
Holiday sales came in at $36.2 billion last season, up 12 percent over the previous year, according to ComScore. With the current economic climate, free shipping, and the ability to do in-depth research… it’s probably a safe bet that we’ll see another record year for the e-commerce industry.