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  • Internet Retailer reports that at least part of the reasons that e-grocery companies such as Peapod and FreshDirect have begun to gain traction in various marketplaces is that they have learned to pay greater attention to the cold chain, maintaining facilities with a wide variety of temperatures suitable for the various products they carry and deliver.

  • The Puget Sound Business Journal reports that because of a variety of difficulties that Amazon is experiencing with the toy fulfillment side of its business - its partnership with Toys R Us is currently the subject of suits and countersuits, even as Toys R Us considers getting out of the toys business – the e-commerce pioneer may be forced to make other arrangements next year.

    Among the possibilities – Amazon could decide to get back into the toy business and handle the stock and fulfillment itself, or Amazon could find another toy partner (such as Target, with which Amazon partners in other categories) or Amazon could just acquire the toy business from Toys R Us.

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