One of the biggest challenges to a successful e-commerce strategy is being able to provide fast and efficient delivery of product; this is no different for a business-to-business company. To combat this Nike Lunarlon Womens , UPS has partnered with e-commerce technology firm Inxeption to launch Inxeption Zippy, a platform integration that helps businesses sell and distribute products across online channels.B2B companies have traditionally been slower to adopt new technologies than consumer-facing businesses — and e-commerce is no different. Yet market research company Forrester projects the B2B e-commerce market to reach $1.8 trillion by 2023, making it an important revenue stream for companies to pay attention to."The growth of e-commerce is driving shoe manufacturers to expect the same fast and convenient shopping experiences when dealing with their suppliers that consumers enjoy when buying their products online,” said Nick Basford, VP of global retail and e-commerce strategy at UPS.By partnering with UPS, Inxeption aims to provide an end-to-end solution for manufacturers, distributors and wholesalers. The integration will give merchants access to competitive UPS global shipping, tracking and logistics services, in addition to the suite of sales and management tools provided by Inxeption.The new integration builds upon Inxeption’s existing platform Womens Nike React , which helps B2B companies list, promote and sell their products. Capabilities range from scheduling orders to conducting search engine marketing and reviewing sales analytics. The decision to offer trusted shipping through UPS reflects Inxeption’s commitment to security; the company uses blockchain technology to keep sensitive information, such as contract-specific pricing, private between buyer and seller.“We’re revolutionizing B2B e-commerce and bringing companies and their customers together online in a trusted manner,” said Farzad Dibachi, CEO of Inxeption. “This relationship creates simplified pricing solutions for B2B merchants with limited digital marketing and IT resources to easily manage all aspects of selling and shipping from one secure place.”Want more?How B2B Companies Can Overcome the Biggest E-Commerce StrugglesHow Courier Services Plan to Help the Industry Avoid Holiday Delivery DelaysHow Blockchain Technology Could Transform Retail Operations Retail's footprint is shrinking — and it's likely not done yet.As of this week, U.S. retailers have announced 4,810 store closures in 2019, according to new data from retail and technology advisory Coresight Research. This number reflects both headline-grabbing bankruptcies like those of Payless ShoeSource and Sears Holdings https://www.thetopsneaker.com/nike-zoom-women , as well as the decisions of numerous companies to trim their store counts in the face of financial pressure and changing consumer habits.Even healthy businesses are culling their roster. Foot Locker, for one, said this week that it will close 165 stores globally despite a blockbuster earnings report. (It also plans to open 80 new locations, but it has reduced its total store count every year since 2014.)Gap will also close 230 stores worldwide over the next two years as it spins off Old Navy — its most profitable business — into a separate publicly traded company. L Brands' declining juggernaut Victoria's Secret will likewise shutter 50 U.S. locations, while bankrupt chain Charlotte Russe said on Thursday that it will liquidate all of its more than 500 stores rather than the 94 it had originally planned.The announcements add to the staggering number of closures announced by Payless ShoeSource last month. The bankrupt discount chain said that it will vacate more than 2,000 stores across the country, in addition to its Canadian locations.While many mall owners and landlords in less desirable locations are feeling the strain of empty storefronts and lost tenants (particularly in the case of anchor stores like Sears, Macy's and J.C. Penney), some retailers are still expanding: Coresight has tracked 2 Nike ZoomX Womens ,264 store opening announcements this year so far, including some from streaming fitness phenomenon Peloton, American Eagle's Aerie brand and off-price chain Ross Stores.During the first 10 weeks of 2018, by comparison, the firm counted 2,160 announced store closures and 1,588 openings.