Here is a list of product releases and updates for mid-June from companies that offer services to online merchants. There are updates on visual search, fulfillment tools, artificial intelligence, personalization, and selling on Amazon.
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Ecommerce Product Releases
PayPal debuts PayPal Commerce Platform. PayPal has launched the PayPal Commerce Platform to meet the needs of marketplaces, ecommerce solution providers, and crowdfunding platforms by bringing together a comprehensive set of technologies, tools, and services for businesses. The Platform is available in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, United Kingdom, and United States, and will likely expand to more than 40 countries by year-end.
Marketplace platform Mirakl launches Mirakl Connect. Mirakl, a SaaS marketplace platform, has launched Mirakl Connect, a digital platform connecting marketplace operators with sellers and partners, to accelerate the launch and growth of new platform strategies. Mirakl Connect features a curated marketplace community, company profiles for members to create and manage brand identities, and a built-in chat function.
Amazon expands free One Day delivery. Amazon has expanded one-day delivery with Amazon Prime. Prime Free One Day is now available to members with no minimum purchase amount on more than 10 million products. Prime Free One Day is already 10-times larger than the original two-day offering in 2005. Members can also use Prime Now to receive grocery delivery from Whole Foods Market in nearly 90 U.S. metros, or grocery pickup in as little as 30 minutes in 30 metros, with more to come in 2019.
Target launches same-day delivery through Shipt. Target is offering same-day shipping through Shipt, a membership-based grocery marketplace. Guests can sign up for a free four-week trial or have the option to pay a $9.99 delivery fee for each order on Target.com. While Target did acquire it in December 2017, Shipt is a standalone service. Members can sign up for an annual plan for $99 or monthly for $14, and receive free delivery on orders over $35 from participating retailers.
Poshmark expands beyond fashion with the launch of home decor. Poshmark, a social commerce platform, has launched Home Market, an in-app marketplace to buy, sell, and connect home decor items. Poshmark shoppers and sellers can now buy, list and discover a wide selection of home decor products, in addition to the 75 million listings in apparel, shoes, and accessories already on the platform. New inventory in Home Market can include accents, wall art, holiday, bedding, bath, party supplies, office, and storage and organization. Sellers’ Home Market listings will be supported by Poshmark’s entire suite of tools, including Posh Protect, Posh Post, and Posh Authenticate.
PayPal Canada launches new shipping service. PayPal Canada has launched a new service that offers small businesses shipping discounts up to 75 percent. Additional features include a one-day shipping service to the U.S., tracking links on every parcel, and an integrated platform where online sellers can import their orders from popular marketplaces to arrange shipment. PayPal has partnered with netParcel, a Toronto-based technology company that provides access to discounted shipping rates.
Amazon Fashion launches StyleSnap with visual search. At its “re: MARS” 2019 conference, Amazon introduced StyleSnap, an artificial-intelligence-powered visual search feature, to help consumers shop using a photo or screenshot. Users click the camera icon in the upper right corner of the Amazon app and select the “StyleSnap” option. Then, they upload a photograph or screenshot of a desired fashion look. StyleSnap will present recommendations for similar items on Amazon that match the look in the photo. When providing recommendations, StyleSnap considers a variety of factors such as brand, price range, and customer reviews.
Pacvue launches Query-ASIN graph tool for Amazon advertisers. Pacvue, a SaaS platform for agencies, brands, and sellers advertising in online marketplaces, announced the launch of a “Query-ASIN Graph,” a graphical map of the relationships between ASINs and search queries for a brand’s own products and its closest competitors on Amazon. It aggregates multiple sources of data, including Amazon Advertising account performance and Amazon search query data, and visualizes up to three levels of connections between similar products. The Query-ASIN Graph can identify top competitors in search, find relevant keywords, and understand which competitive ASINs are capturing the most volume from targeted keywords.
Amazon Web Services announces availability of Amazon Personalize. Amazon Web Services has announced the general availability of Amazon Personalize, bringing the same machine learning technology used by Amazon.com to AWS customers for use in their applications, with no machine learning experience required. Amazon Personalize provisions the necessary infrastructure and manages the entire machine learning pipeline, including processing the data, identifying features, selecting algorithms, and training, optimizing, and hosting the results. Customers only pay for what they use, with no minimum fees or upfront commitments.
Ecomdash partners with Deliverr. Ecomdash, an ecommerce inventory management platform, has announced its integration with Deliverr, a third-party fulfillment company. This new partnership offers a more affordable multichannel fulfillment option for online retailers. Deliverr’s mission is to help retailers, no matter the size, quickly ship products to their customers affordably. Retailers can leverage Ecomdash to sell their products in more places while using Deliverr to meet their shoppers’ expectations of rapid and cost-effective shipping.