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LaserShip Announces Its Time Of Need Philanthropic Program




LaserShip Delivers Meals for Food for Others

LaserShip Delivers Meals for Food for Others

From helping deliver food and medical supplies to supporting cities and towns recovering from natural disasters, LaserShip is fully committed to helping during the most critical of times,” said Josh Dinneen, Chief Commercial Officer of LaserShip.

LaserShip, the leader in last-mile delivery and largest regional e-commerce parcel carrier in the US, today announced its new philanthropic program called Time of Need to actively support communities it serves through initiatives focused on hunger relief, health improvement and disaster response.

LaserShip has more than three decades of delivery experience and has a history of providing critical support through in-kind delivery services, logistics and transportation consulting, volunteering time, and financial contributions. Given the increased need in recent months due to the COVID-19 crisis, LaserShip decided to formalize this commitment to the community by establishing the Time of Need program.

LaserShip is uniquely positioned to leverage its infrastructure, delivery network, and expertise to support communities in the following key areas:

  • Hunger relief: LaserShip has developed partnerships with local food banks to help through grants, volunteer events and transportation support.
  • Health improvement: LaserShip is an official member of the Workplace Partnership For Life which works to help increase organ donation awareness. Earlier this year during the COVID-19 pandemic, the team also facilitated daily deliveries of medical supplies and PPE for Inova, a Virginia hospital system and nonprofit healthcare provider.
  • Disaster response: Given its infrastructure and geographical network, LaserShip can help deliver emergency goods like water, food and clothing to areas affected by natural disasters.

“We have a responsibility to serve the communities in which we operate in. From helping deliver food and medical supplies to supporting cities and towns recovering from natural disasters, LaserShip is fully committed to helping during the most critical of times,” said Josh Dinneen, Chief Commercial Officer of LaserShip. “We’re very proud to launch the Time of Need program and look forward to increasing our involvement to deliver a difference.”

LaserShip launched the program with a $10,000 charitable donation to Food for Others, a hunger relief organization in northern Virginia. As part of the commitment, LaserShip is providing delivery services to help Food for Others transport food from its warehouse to a distribution center in Annandale, Virginia. Food for Others feeds over 2,600 local families each week.

“We’re thankful to LaserShip for their support and being there for the community during its time of need the past few months,” said Annie Turner, executive director for Food for Others. “Without companies like LaserShip, we wouldn’t be able to serve people during this time of increased demand.”

For more information or to schedule an interview, please contact Isabel Canto,, or Suzanne Pace,

About LaserShip, Inc.:

LaserShip is the leader in last-mile delivery for retailers and shippers that desire reduced transit times and increased flexibility within their supply chain. Founded in 1986, LaserShip has evolved into the leading provider of same-day and next-day delivery services in the Eastern and Midwest U.S. for premier e-commerce and product-supply businesses, including five of the largest retailers in the U.S. For more information, visit

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Holiday 2020 Retail Sales Off to a Double-Digit Start, Reports NPD




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“Retail’s focus on Black November seems to be paying off, but it remains to be seen if early sales will diminish retail’s performance over Black Friday weekend,” said Marshal Cohen, NPD’s chief industry advisor, retail.

Holiday dollar sales* for the season to date grew +13% compared to the same 6 weeks last year, with video games, small appliances, technology, toys, office supplies, and books leading the way, according to The NPD Group’s latest retail sales reporting.1 This healthy start to the season is important as retail continues to be challenged by COVID-19 case surges that will have additional implications for the way consumers shop.

  • Early in the season, 80% of holiday shoppers told NPD they planned to shop online this season, and less than half (42%) of all holiday shopping would be done in stores.2
  • The majority of general merchandise industries tracked by NPD are seeing e-commerce growth, now representing 30% or more of total dollar sales – more than half in technology and small appliances.3

“Retail’s focus on Black November seems to be paying off, but it remains to be seen if early sales will diminish retail’s performance over Black Friday weekend,” said Marshal Cohen, NPD’s chief industry advisor, retail. “While we are heading into retail’s big holiday weekend with some nice momentum, there are still several weeks ahead with many industries still looking to make up for the year’s losses. This may still prove to be a very challenging holiday season at retail, which means the focus could shift from sales volume to profit margin for those industries and retailers that are lagging.”

Watch to get the latest insights from NPD’s chief industry advisor: A Minute with Marshal Cohen – Consumers Overcome Distractions

Black Friday was the top shopping day of 20194 – Here are some insights into this year’s Black Friday shopper:

  • Those who were planning to start shopping on either Thanksgiving Day or Black Friday are more likely to buy for themselves as part of their retail therapy.2
  • They are likely still the deal-hunters. Holiday shoppers who planned to start shopping on Black Friday intend to spend an average of $643, less than early shoppers, and other traditional peak period shoppers.2

Average planned holiday spending for this year, based on when holiday shoppers planned to begin shopping.

  • Before Thanksgiving:    $876
  • Thanksgiving/Black Friday/Black Friday Weekend/Cyber Monday:    $680
  • December:    $448

The hottest categories so far this holiday shopping season continue to be led by technology products. But as holiday promotions increased, there was movement among the growth drivers in the first two weeks of November.

Top 15 YOY Growth Categories*

6 weeks ending November 14, 2020

1- LCD TVs

2- PCs

3- Video Games Hardware
4- Tablets & e-readers

5- Tissue & Dispensers

6- Hand Held Specialty Cleaning Appliances

7- Monitors

8- Stereo Headphones

9- Paper Towels, Napkins & Dispensers

10- VR/AR Hardware & Accessories

11- Building Sets

12- Sleepwear

13- Hand Cleaners

14- Fryers

15- Fashion Dolls/Accessories & Role Play

Will this list continue to change as the holiday shopping season progresses? Stay tuned for an update during the second week of December!

For more information, or to speak with Marshal Cohen, contact Janine Marshall at, and check NPD’s special holiday coverage and follow #NPDHoliday on Twitter to see the latest insights across retail.

1Source: The NPD Group/Retail Tracking Service, apparel, athletic footwear, beauty, Blu-ray/DVD, office supplies, small appliances, technology, toys, video games.

2Source: The NPD Group/Annual Holiday Study
3Source: The NPD Group/ U.S. Consumer Tracking Service (Athletic Footwear, Apparel, Accessories, Toys, Video Games), Retail Tracking Service (Office Supplies, Beauty), Checkout (Housewares, Small Appliances, Technology – YTD September 2020

4Source: The NPD Group/Checkout
*Seasonal Category Tracking is based on a subset of industries available weekly at a category level.

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Productsup and Pimcore Announce Partnership to Simplify Multichannel…




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Productsup, the leading e-commerce data integration company, and Pimcore, the leading open-source platform for data and customer experience management, today announced a new partnership. The strategic alliance between the two companies empowers brands and retailers to simplify their product content flow, and in turn, enhance the online shopping experience for consumers. The announcement was made this morning, during the opening ceremony of Pimcore’s annual conference, Pimcore Inspire.

“Now more than ever, businesses need to expand their customer base to drive sales and meet their revenue goals, which is why selling across a wide range of marketplaces, online stores and social platforms is essential,” said Johannis Hatt, CEO, Productsup. “However, managing products in a variety of channels to ensure content is personalized, up-to-date and consistent is exceptionally difficult. Our partnership with Pimcore removes many of the barriers that prevent companies from delivering a positive brand experience to their customers at every touchpoint.”

Pimcore combines product information management (PIM), digital asset management (DAM) and master data management (MDM) to enable brands and retailers to easily manage and aggregate product and master data for any selling channel. Productsup offers product content syndication and feed management for brands and retailers, empowering users to optimize and syndicate product content to various channels. The new integration between the two platforms allows businesses to deliver personalized customer experiences on any digital marketing, shopping or business channel to optimize their ecommerce strategy.

“We’re excited to partner with Productsup to enhance our offerings for customers and make selling online more accessible and manageable,” said Dietmar Rietsch, CEO, Pimcore. “This year has proven that a strong ecommerce presence is essential to compete in today’s retail landscape, so joining forces with Productsup is the obvious next step to help our customers advance their online strategy.”

About Pimcore
Pimcore is an open-source software used by over 100 000 companies for master data management, digital asset management, product information management, multi-channel publishing and e-commerce. Acclaimed by analysts from Gartner and Forrester its customers include Fortune 100 companies such as Pepsi, Sony, and Audi. The company is based in Salzburg, Austria. For more information, visit

About Productsup

Productsup provides an innovative SaaS platform that empowers brands and retailers to optimize and syndicate their product content to all digital marketing, shopping and business channels, such as Google, Amazon, Facebook, or Walmart. With agile data and seamless connectivity, the award-winning company helps customers break through data silos and get their products to market quickly.

Headquartered in Berlin, Germany, Productsup is trusted by more than 800 businesses worldwide, including five Fortune 20 companies and market leaders like IKEA, Beiersdorf, ALDI, and Superdry.

Visit to learn more.

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Covermade® Easy-Bed-Making Comforters to Launch with QVC®




Covermade announced that its comforters will be available on QVC this fall.

Working with QVC means that more people will join the many satisfied Covermade customers who are already enjoying simpler bed making for a better night’s sleep and easier mornings.

Today, Covermade, producer of a patented bedding line designed to simplify bed making, announced that QVC will offer its comforters beginning this fall.

“We could not be more excited to be working with QVC to make Covermade easy-bed-making comforters available to their millions of customers,” said Natalie Monaco, inventor and founder, Covermade. “The QVC brand is rooted in building trust, credibility and long-term relationships with the customer. Working with QVC means that more people will join the many satisfied Covermade customers who are already enjoying simpler bed making for a better night’s sleep and easier mornings.”

Each Covermade comforter is 100% cotton with a 300-thread count and is machine washable. Covermade’s patented elastic design keeps the covers in place, allowing you to make the bed in moments. The bedding product enables anyone—from adults to children—to make a bed with ease. Research supports that better sleep results from a clean and comfortable environment . According to a survey from the National Sleep Foundation, 44 percent of bed makers say they get a good night’s sleep almost every night. See how Covermade works in this brief video.

About Covermade

Covermade LLC, based in Columbus, Ohio, is a provider of innovative bedding products. When founder Natalie Monaco became frustrated with the hassle of making the bed, she began searching for products designed to facilitate bed making. When she couldn’t find anything in stores or online, she began developing Covermade and made it her mission to provide consumers with a solution. The patented bedding product simplifies bed making and is easy to use for everyone, from kids to adults. The Covermade comforter is available in a variety of sizes and colors. Visit Covermade online for more information or to order, and follow Covermade on social media on Instagram, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or LinkedIn.

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The Top Shopify Website Designers of 2020, According to DesignRush




Shopify has seen 218 million buyers across 175 countries in the last year alone. The eCommerce platform is widely used by online sellers internationally.

DesignRush, a B2B marketplace connecting brands with agencies, determined the leading Shopify website designers who help businesses create and run high-performance websites on the platform to drive online sales.

The top Shopify website designers are:

1. Absolute Web –

Absolute Web is full-service digital commerce and creative marketing agency founded in 1999. It is a Shopify Plus Agency, based in Miami and Los Angeles, focused on creating websites that prioritize the customer journey. Their clients have included Capezio, Oribe, R+Co, Jenny Yoo and Glo Skin Beauty.

2. pixafy –

Pixafy is an eCommerce agency focused on B2B and B2C eCommerce platforms and the ERP systems which drive them. Their team includes platform engineers, UI developers, designers, marketers and system architects to provide digital transformation and channel harmonization.


SAM WEB STUDIO is a digital marketing, web designing and application development company offering web solution services for global entrepreneurs. They specialize in developing and designing websites and applications, offering graphic design, programming and website optimization techniques.

4. Avid Brio –
Expertise: Magento, Shopify, Website Development and more

5. Shopify Pro –
Expertise: eCommerce Development, Mobile App Development, Shopify and more

6. Aurora –
Expertise: Website Development, WordPress Website Design, Shopify and more

7. Studio Umbrella Inc. –
Expertise: eCommerce Development, Website Development, Shopify and more

8. LABLMAKR Studios –
Expertise: eCommerce Development, Shopify, Website Development and more

9. Swenson He –
Expertise: eCommerce Development, Mobile App Development, User Experience and more

10. GTM Plus –
Expertise: eCommerce Development, Mobile App Development, Website Development and more

11. –
Expertise: Website Design, Shopify, Website Development and more

12. 99 Robots –
Expertise: Website Design, eCommerce Development, Shopify and more

13. Action Marketing Co –
Expertise: Website Design, WordPress Website Design, Shopify and more

14. Public Advertising Agency, Inc. –
Expertise: eCommerce Development, Website Development, SEO and more

15. Tulumi Digital Marketing –
Expertise: SEO, Website Development, Digital Marketing and more

16. Diamond Arrow Digital Marketing –
Expertise: Website Development, Shopify, SEO and more

17. Stackk –
Expertise: Website Development, Shopify, Software Development and more

18. Anderson Collaborative –
Expertise: Website Development, Shopify, SEO and more

19. Catapult Revenue –
Expertise: eCommerce Development, Magento, Shopify and more

20. P2H –
Expertise: eCommerce Development, Shopify, Mobile App Development and more

21. WebContrive Technologies Pvt Ltd –
Expertise: Mobile App Development, Website Development, Shopify and more

22. WeCanFly –
Expertise: Website Development, Shopify, User Experience and more

23. Shugert –
Expertise: Software Development, Shopify, Website Development and more

24. Mutual Mobile –
Expertise: User Experience, Software Development, Cloud Services and more

25. Rentech Digital –
Expertise: eCommerce Development, eCommerce Web Design, Mobile App Development and more

26. MOTIF –
Expertise: eCommerce Strategy, User Experience, eCommerce Platform Migration and more

27. BLKDG –
Expertise: User Experience, Responsive Design, eCommerce Platforms and more

28. The Demski Group –
Expertise: Custom Development, User Experience, Quality Assurance and more

29. RMG –
Expertise: eCommerce Development, eCommerce Web Design, Shopify and more

30. eStore Factory –
Expertise: eCommerce Development, Shopify, Digital Marketing and more

31. On Command –
Expertise: eCommerce Web Design, Website Development, Shopify and more

32. Fat Buddha Web Design Ltd –
Expertise: eCommerce Development, Magento Development, Shopify and more

33. iWeb Services –
Expertise: User Experience, Website Design, Concept Development and more

Brands can explore the top Shopify website designers by location, size, average hourly rate and portfolio on DesignRush.

About DesignRush: is a B2B marketplace connecting brands with agencies. DesignRush features the top agencies around the world, including the best Digital Agencies, Logo Design, Branding, Digital Marketing, Website Design, eCommerce Web Design Companies and more.


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