Retail Roundup—Walmart pushes BOPIS; Private label overtakes apparel brands

Retail express pickup
Walmart pushing BOPIS in the final days until Christmas.

Williams Sonoma launches e-commerce in Canada

Williams Sonoma launched four new e-commerce sites for Canadian customers. The home furnishings retailer has 24 brick-and-mortar stores in Canada and will now offer digital access from mobile devices and feature localized content and products. (Release)

Private label overtakes apparel brands

Private label clothing is now a bigger share of the apparel market than any other single brand on the market. Private labels are estimated by NPD to represent 20% of the market, with Amazon being the sagest largest seller of apparel and footwear in the U.S. (Bloomberg article)

Ports busy as retailers restock

Major retail container ports are expected to increase 1.5% in the next month due to last-minute holiday restocking demands. This year, which included five of the seven busiest months for imports on record, should end with a 6.4% increase in port containers over 2016. (NRF article)

Walmart pushes BOPIS

Walmart is making its biggest push yet for its buy-online, pick-up in-store program (BOPIS) by making more items available for the program than ever before. The company is allowing BOPIS orders to be picked up as late as 6 pm on Christmas Eve. (CNBC article)