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February 26, 2021
Apple Privacy logo
Apple's plan to release its App Tracking Transparency (ATT) privacy enhancement feature in early spring has set the ad industry on its ear. ATT requires apps to get a consumer's authorization before tracking them or the devices they are using. Ray Wang, principal analyst and founder at Constellation Research, told the E-Commerce Times that "at least 40 percent of consumers will say no." [More...]

February 25, 2021
retail shopper experience report
Shopping trends are expanding as the pandemic's effect on e-commerce continues, forcing retailers to adapt their marketing strategies to meet new consumer expectations and demands, according to a new report. Consumer adoption of digital shopping is driving increased use of user-generated content, new private labels, and access to product sampling. [More...]

February 24, 2021
Commerce analysts do not see consumers shedding their newfound buying options in the wake of a post-pandemic marketplace. Concerns for health safety, social distancing, and remote working will remain priorities for many shoppers. Merchants who demonstrate that they are able to quickly get products to consumers, resolve issues with customer service, and provide fast delivery and returns will be the ones that thrive. [More...]

February 23, 2021
contactless package delivery at automated locker
Retailers are finding new ways to retool their customer experiences to conform with the new contactless "everything" supply chain; and artificial intelligence and computer vision technologies are lending a notable hand. Out are the bulky metal lockers where customers had to open doors that many other people have come in contact with to retrieve their items staged from online purchases. [More...]

February 18, 2021
online review rating stars
Online shoppers beware: a fast-selling marketplace of fake reviews is trying to lure you into buying products on major digital store sites and social media outlets. This latest review scam involves an under-wrap false review network operating among Amazon sellers. Trading in phony reviews may or not be legal, but such practices are clearly unethical and will have repercussions if discovered, warns Amazon. [More...]

February 17, 2021
organizing wfh spaces
Decluttering has become a popular pastime of late. With everything from online consultants to organizing apps available, those who want to clean up their act have never been in a better position to do so. Similar to other traditionally in-person services, home organizing practitioners have set up virtual shops to connect with clientele in the new normal. [More...]

February 17, 2021
biometric commerce experiences
As they become more prominent, consumers will enjoy shopping experiences that no longer rely on payments from a piece of plastic with a four-digit pin. Instead, consumers will use unique motion sensors in smartphone devices to passively authenticate people using their walking behavior and other contextual biometric signals. Some of these contactless procedures are already being deployed. [More...]

February 12, 2021
How to build an SEO strategy
The E-Commerce Times discussed with Steve Wiideman, president and CEO of Wiideman Consulting Group, the essentials of how to build an SEO strategy for 2021. Wiideman designed and teaches the Website Optimization and Strategic Search Engine Marketing online course for California State University Fullerton and the SEO Tools and Analytics course at University of California San Diego. [More...]

February 10, 2021
e-commerce investment
When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, many investors began to hold their funds back and we're waiting to see how things unfold. But at the same time, crisis often precedes opportunity -- and while M&A activity was down overall last year, when you look at the data more closely you will see a flurry of activity in one sector: e-commerce. [More...]

February 9, 2021
false declines more costly than fraud to some e-tailers
Is your list of new business customers falling short due to issues with their rejected credit approvals? New User Missed Opportunity or "NUMO" is a growing problem for e-commerce vendors. It is caused by false payment declines based on a lack of access to current consumer data by the rating agencies. But you can fix this problem. [More...]

February 5, 2021
business payments trends
At the start of 2020, it's doubtful that anyone would have guessed how much the pandemic would change almost everything. With that mindset, it almost seems ironic to make predictions. Still, some clear trends in B2B payments have emerged from the events of the past year that are likely to unfold over the next twelve months. Here are some payment automation trends to watch for this year. [More...]

February 3, 2021
Jeff Bezos and Andy Jassy
Amazon gets a new chief executive this summer. Jeff Bezos plans to step down from that role and transition into a new job -- executive chair of Amazon. The chief of Amazon's cloud computing division, Andy Jassy, will become Amazon's new chief executive. Jassy served in that post in a temporary capacity along with another Amazon executive in recent years. The change will be effective in the third quarter, which starts in July. [More...]

January 29, 2021
Biden administration proposes $10 billion federal IT spending
The incoming presidential administration has proposed an extraordinary increase in support of federal investments in high technology. As part of the administration's plan to deal with the economic impact of COVID-19, the proposal includes $10 billion for various federal information technology programs. [More...]

January 27, 2021
best practices for worker productivity
Finding the right productivity system means understanding one's situation, goals, and needs -- and then using that system consistently until it starts to have beneficial results. The E-Commerce Times spoke with productivity experts to get their perspective on apps, platforms, and techniques that help organizations and individuals become more efficient. [More...]

January 26, 2021
Algolia acquires MorphL
Search-as-a-service company Algolia on Monday announced its acquisition of Google DNI-funded machine learning startup MorphL to fuel Algolia's new artificial intelligence offering. The company hopes the new service will eliminate barriers to AI implementation and help businesses drive website conversion and personalization. [More...]

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