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Flexe raises $70M to make business logistics and warehouse networks more elastic

Flexe, an on-demand warehousing and technology platform used by retailers like Walmart, has raised $70 million. Founded in 2013 in Seattle, Flexe claims over 1,500 warehouse locations.

The funding comes amid an ecommerce boom that has seen U.S. digital sales jump by 30%, expediting the online shopping transition by as much as two years. Although the world could return to some semblance of normality in 2021, many businesses will likely continue to invest in their online operations, in part because of a permanent shift in consumer habits, but also because digital commerce offers advantages like increased data and analytics.

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“Since people are staying put,” Khaled Naim speculated to FreightWaves, “perhaps they’ve decided to go all out with a real tree this year but, as with everything else this year, would prefer to get it delivered.” As Naim suggested, another feature of the COVID Christmas is that people are not only buying more real trees, they bought them earlier in the season, before Thanksgiving.
“Since people are staying put,” Khaled Naim speculated to FreightWaves, “perhaps they’ve decided to go all out with a real tree this year but, as with everything else this year, would prefer to get it delivered.” As Naim suggested, another feature of the COVID Christmas is that people are not only buying more real trees, they bought them earlier in the season, before Thanksgiving.

240-store Midwest grocer Meijer signs up with Instacart to provide delivery service
240-store Midwest grocer Meijer signs up with Instacart to provide delivery service
8 steps to provide a great delivery experience in 2021
8 steps to provide a great delivery experience in 2021

South Korea: LG's robots to ride elevators, work at airports, and make convenience store deliveries to consumers
South Korea: LG's robots to ride elevators, work at airports, and make convenience store deliveries to consumers