Here is a list of product releases and updates for late July from companies that offer services to online merchants. There are updates on shipping in scale, managed deliveries, mobile commerce, invoicing, and personalized deals.
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Ecommerce Product Releases
ShipWorks launches ShipWorks for Warehouse. ShipWorks, a shipping software program for ecommerce merchants and warehouses, has launched ShipWorks for Warehouse, for high-volume shippers. Powered by the January release of The Works, ShipWorks for Warehouse provides automated, efficient order processing and business intelligence for high-volume sellers. Contact for pricing.
UPS launches My Choice for business platform. UPS has launched the “UPS My Choice” for business service, a visibility and tracking solution designed for small and medium-sized businesses. Key features include an internet-based tracking dashboard; advance delivery notifications, including day-before and day-of delivery notifications; and estimated time of delivery within two-hour windows for the majority of U.S. postal codes. Streamlining and optimizing the customer experience is key to helping SMBs build a reputable brand and earn repeat business. UPS My Choice helps SMBs meet those expectations through access to important information and preference-driven alerts, improving their inbound receiving, outbound shipping, and customer service.
eBay to launch Managed Delivery, a fulfillment service for sellers. eBay is introducing “Managed Delivery,” a fulfillment service to launch next year, beginning in the U.S. The initiative will enable sellers with high-volume inventory to meet rising consumer expectations while reducing cost and complexity. Managed Delivery will provide sellers the ability to store, pack, and ship their products through expert logistics partners managed by eBay. The new service allows sellers to store inventory closer to buyers in strategically located warehouses across the country, resulting in faster delivery time and lower shipping costs.
Tapcart, a mobile commerce service, obtains $4 million in funding. Tapcart, a SaaS platform that allows Shopify brands to create mobile shopping apps, has announced Greycroft, a private equity firm, as the lead investor in a $4 million seed round. Tapcart will use the funds to fuel business growth, develop advanced mobile marketing tools, and expand its offering to other ecommerce platforms. “The Tapcart platform enables ecommerce brands to launch beautifully designed mobile apps at a fraction of the price and within a fraction of the time it would normally take with an outside development team,” said Dana Settle, co-founder of Greycroft.
Mercari introduces instant payment. Mercari, an app for consumers to sell used goods, has introduced Instant Pay, which allows online sellers to cash out minutes after their sale is completed. With Instant Pay, Mercari sellers can now instantly transfer their balance, up to $500 per month, directly to their bank account for a $2 processing fee. On average, transfers take less than five minutes to complete. To be eligible for Instant Pay, sellers must complete a pre-registration and verification of identity process.
Glassbox announces strategic partnership with Microsoft. Glassbox, an enterprise digital customer experience service, has announced a strategic partnership with Microsoft. Glassbox will work with Microsoft and its sales and marketing teams to sell its customer management solution to Microsoft’s extensive customer base, as well as its wide network of partners globally. By combining Azure cloud services and Glassbox customer-experience offering, enterprises will be able to easily use Azure advanced machine learning technology to enrich Glassbox’s insights.
PayPal offers easier invoicing. PayPal is now offering a quicker and easier way to send invoices. The PayPal invoicing API can easily be integrated into ecommerce solution providers, marketplaces, and crowdsourcing platforms to allow users to create, send, and process invoices. The PayPal invoicing API can integrate into existing management systems, where merchants can send invoices in 25 currencies and 200 markets, with PayPal converting currency. PayPal invoicing allows merchants to accept all major debit/credit cards, PayPal, and PayPal Credit, as well as market-specific payment methods.
MyGini integrates with Access Discount Network for consumer rewards. myGini, a San Francisco-based fintech provider, has integrated with discount network Access Development to expand and diversify the rewards pool offered by the myGini dynamic loyalty engine. Consumers will gain access to personalized loyalty offers from over 300,000 merchants on myGini-powered mobile applications, enabling financial institutions and retailers to boost digital engagement, rewards visibility, and customer loyalty.
Uber and Cargo partner with new app. Uber is launching a new shopping app with commerce partner Cargo. The app will feature items curated by Uber, including products like Nintendo Switch, Apple hardware, Away luggage, Glossier cosmetics, and more. The app will be available to download for Uber riders making trips in cars that have Cargo consoles on board. Uber riders will benefit by receiving 10 percent of their purchase value back in Uber Cash, which they can then use either on future trips or on other purchases made through the Cargo app while riding. Uber drivers also benefit, earning 25 percent of the value of items purchased from the Cargo box in-car, and an additional $1 for each first purchase by a passenger through the new app.
RevLifter completes seed round for AI-driven platform to deliver personalized deals in real-time. RevLifter, the ecommerce deals personalization platform, has successfully raised £2.3 million. The funding will help the company, which influences 10 million online baskets every day, drive incremental revenue through personalized deals for 90 global brands across five markets. Revlifter’s AI-powered “Deal Intelligence Engine” allows clients to set sophisticated rules around personalized incentives to transform the role of deals at the checkout stage on ecommerce websites.