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  • The next big bet for AI? Selling humans insurance

    The next big bet for AI? Selling humans insurance

  • For Facebook, augmented reality is the future

    For Facebook, augmented reality is the future

  • Big games bode well for market leading developers in 2017

    Big games bode well for market leading developers in 2017

  • Google’s new app can help with… everything!

    Google’s new app can help with… everything!

  • Facebook makes “first of many” improvements to Instagram Direct

    Facebook makes “first of many” improvements to Instagram Direct

  • MasterCard invests in five fintech start-ups

    MasterCard invests in five fintech start-ups

  • Amadeus moves into bus-booking market

    Amadeus moves into bus-booking market

  • Morgan Stanley sees 3 big opportunities for Amazon

    Morgan Stanley sees 3 big opportunities for Amazon

  • Google reveals teens’ favourite brands

    Google reveals teens’ favourite brands

  • The Chinese AI market is a 2-player game

    The Chinese AI market is a 2-player game

  • Amazon goes “all in on video games”

    Amazon goes “all in on video games”

  • KION finds a home for Retrotech at Dematic

    KION finds a home for Retrotech at Dematic

  • Activision Blizzard’s lead down to franchises and diversity

    Activision Blizzard’s lead down to franchises and diversity

  • Visa addresses the importance of mobile

    Visa addresses the importance of mobile

  • Barron’s: liquidation could provide 20% gain to Yahoo investors

    Barron’s: liquidation could provide 20% gain to Yahoo investors

  • Is Amazon planning further pushes into the brick-and-mortar world?

    Is Amazon planning further pushes into the brick-and-mortar world?

  • Expedia: diversity and mobile key to Thai hotel market

    Expedia: diversity and mobile key to Thai hotel market

  • Amazon moves to enter Middle East

    Amazon moves to enter Middle East

  • Franchises, mobile, and eSports are key to EA’s future

    Franchises, mobile, and eSports are key to EA’s future

  • Baidu takes the fight to cybercriminals

    Baidu takes the fight to cybercriminals

  • Dominion speaks at intersection between fashion and ecommerce

    Dominion speaks at intersection between fashion and ecommerce

  • Skyworks Solutions makes big bet on small cells

    Skyworks Solutions makes big bet on small cells

  • The future of entertainment is clearly online

    The future of entertainment is clearly online

  • Baidu puts AI first

    Baidu puts AI first

  • MasterCard’s marketers: people don’t like ads

    MasterCard’s marketers: people don’t like ads

  • DeepMind creates AI that can learn like a human

    DeepMind creates AI that can learn like a human

  • YouTube Uptime: a streaming app for Millennials and Boomlets

    YouTube Uptime: a streaming app for Millennials and Boomlets

  • Facebook pushes video engagement with ‘continue watching’ feature

    Facebook pushes video engagement with ‘continue watching’ feature

  • Amazon speaks Spanish in US

    Amazon speaks Spanish in US

  • Yoox Net-a-Porter to harness power of messaging

    Yoox Net-a-Porter to harness power of messaging

  • Alphabet look to upgrade Nest add-ons

    Alphabet look to upgrade Nest add-ons

  • Dominion speaks at ‘Ecommerce meets Fashion’ must-see event

    Dominion speaks at ‘Ecommerce meets Fashion’ must-see event 13 March 2017

  • Think TripAdvisor’s business model is broken? Think again

    Think TripAdvisor’s business model is broken? Think again

  • Is Instagram the future of hotel and travel marketing?

    Is Instagram the future of hotel and travel marketing?

  • Zalando plans to keep outperforming rivals

    Zalando plans to keep outperforming rivals

  • Amazon’s Twitch to move into selling games digitally

    Amazon’s Twitch to move into selling games digitally

  • Priceline up 4% thanks to strong quarterly earnings

    Priceline up 4% thanks to strong quarterly earnings

  • Take-Two jump into eSports with NBA collaboration

    Take-Two jump into eSports with NBA collaboration

  • Artificial intelligence in post-Brexit Britain

    Artificial intelligence in post-Brexit Britain

  • Ctrip jumps on the back of strong fourth quarter

    Ctrip jumps on the back of strong fourth quarter

  • PayPal: mobile is key to South African Ecommerce market growth

    PayPal: mobile is key to South African Ecommerce market growth

  • Baidu gets serious about smart homes with Raven Tech

    Baidu gets serious about smart homes with Raven Tech

  • Mobile auto sales ‘driving’ eBay performance

    Mobile auto sales ‘driving’ eBay performance

  • Electronic Arts makes gaming half price

    Electronic Arts makes gaming half price

  • Facebook’s new mission statement offers ‘fake news’ update

    Facebook’s new mission statement offers ‘fake news’ update

  • Google takes Pixel smartphones seriously – so should its competition

    Google takes Pixel smartphones seriously – so should its competition

  • Ukraine has cashless future in its sights – and so does Dominion

    Ukraine has cashless future in its sights – and so does Dominion

  • Zalando knows “where it’s at” – and where it needs to be

    Zalando knows “where it’s at” – and where it needs to be

  • Facebook commits to media audit; doubles down on ad offerings

    Facebook commits to media audit; doubles down on ad offerings

  • Tencent lets users give gold for Valentine’s Day

    Tencent lets users give gold for Valentine’s Day

Latest Ecommerce Stories

  • The next big bet for AI? Selling humans insurance

    The next big bet for AI? Selling humans insurance

    Ecommerce, Friday, 21 April 2017

    Artificial Intelligence (AI) is quickly permeating all manner of previously ‘human only’ industries. The most recent – and, potentially, most dramatic – is the insurance industry. A new survey by management consultants Accenture Plc. suggests ...
  • For Facebook, augmented reality is the future

    For Facebook, augmented reality is the future

    Ecommerce, Thursday, 20 April 2017

    According to Mark Zuckerberg, Pokémon Go’s massive summer popularity was due to more than the novelty factor. It was a sign of things to come. The Facebook founder and CEO spoke at F8 (the Facebook Developer Conference), using the platform to describe ...
  • Big games bode well for market leading developers in 2017

    Big games bode well for market leading developers in 2017

    Ecommerce, Wednesday, 19 April 2017

    2017 has already seen the video game industry go from strength to strength, but – for market leaders Activision Blizzard and Electronic Arts – this is just the beginning. Both companies are at the forefront of the trends sweeping through the sector ...
  • Google’s new app can help with… everything!

    Google’s new app can help with… everything!

    Ecommerce, Tuesday, 18 April 2017

    Internet giant Google wants to help you free up time in your busy day. At least, that’s one explanation for the quiet release of its multipurpose new app, Areo. Areo is a home services aggregator with a hyper local focus. At the moment, that focus is solely on ...
  • Facebook makes “first of many” improvements to Instagram Direct

    Facebook makes “first of many” improvements to Instagram Direct

    Ecommerce, Thursday, 13 April 2017

    Facebook has been positioning its photo-sharing site, Instagram, as a competitor for the younger end of the social media spectrum. To do so, it’s aped a few features from teen-favourite Snapchat, and it’s close to equaling – or maybe even ...
  • MasterCard invests in five fintech start-ups

    MasterCard invests in five fintech start-ups

    Ecommerce, Wednesday, 12 April 2017

    Global payments provider market leader MasterCard has recently partnered in five new fintech start-ups, three of which work in the area of artificial intelligence (AI), and two of which target retailers and lenders in the banking and payments sector. This ...
  • Amadeus moves into bus-booking market

    Amadeus moves into bus-booking market

    Ecommerce, Tuesday, 11 April 2017

    Amadeus IT, the information technology company that provides much of the digital infrastructure for the fast growing and extremely lucrative online travel industry, is adding a new service to its portfolio: bus bookings. Amadeus has stated that it wants to make ...
  • Morgan Stanley sees 3 big opportunities for Amazon

    Morgan Stanley sees 3 big opportunities for Amazon

    Ecommerce, Monday, 10 April 2017

    According to Morgan Stanley analyst Brian Nowak, Amazon has three big business segments that show the potential for significant gains in the near future. Nowak, writing in a note to investors on Thursday, highlighted the Ecommerce titan’s advertising, credit ...
  • Google reveals teens’ favourite brands

    Google reveals teens’ favourite brands

    Ecommerce, Thursday, 06 April 2017

    There are an estimated 60 million Americans between 13 and 17 years old, representing more than a quarter of the U.S. population. These teens – Generation Z, or ‘Boomlets’ – have a combined purchasing power of $44 billion. But, if you factor ...
  • The Chinese AI market is a 2-player game

    The Chinese AI market is a 2-player game

    Ecommerce, Wednesday, 05 April 2017

    The Chinese Artificial Intelligence (AI) market is dominated by two big players: Baidu and Tencent. And these two companies are working hard to outcompete each other. Tencent is using its massively popular messaging app, WeChat, into a multi-purpose platform that ...
  • Amazon goes “all in on video games”

    Amazon goes “all in on video games”

    Ecommerce, Tuesday, 04 April 2017

    According to Amazon Game Studios, the Ecommerce titan’s video game segment, it sees “gaming becoming the largest entertainment form on Earth.” That’s why the company is making aggressive inroads into the industry. There are currently over 100 ...
  • KION finds a home for Retrotech at Dematic

    KION finds a home for Retrotech at Dematic

    Ecommerce, Monday, 03 April 2017

    KION Group is a global market leader in “industrial trucks, related services, and supply chain solutions.” And one of the ways it stays on top is by pursuing intelligent acquisitions. Last year, the company brought a number of smaller businesses – ...
  • Activision Blizzard’s lead down to franchises and diversity

    Activision Blizzard’s lead down to franchises and diversity

    Ecommerce, Friday, 31 March 2017

    The video games industry is massive. In 2015, it was worth around $70 billion – compare that to the global recording industry’s $15 billion, or the global box office’s $38.3 billion, and it’s easy to see how video games are dramatically ...
  • Visa addresses the importance of mobile

    Visa addresses the importance of mobile

    Ecommerce, Thursday, 30 March 2017

    The senior vice president of Visa’s global marketing platform, Kim Kadlec, recently spoke to marketing publication Adweek, and sought to clarify how the company is addressing the rise of mobile Ecommerce. There is little doubt, as smartphone ownership ...
  • Barron’s: liquidation could provide 20% gain to Yahoo investors

    Barron’s: liquidation could provide 20% gain to Yahoo investors

    Ecommerce, Wednesday, 29 March 2017

    According to Barron’s, the weekly American newspaper owned by the Dow Jones Company, Yahoo could return as much as 20% gains to investors in the event of a liquidation. With the impending sale of its core business to Verizon Communications, and its possible ...
  • Is Amazon planning further pushes into the brick-and-mortar world?

    Is Amazon planning further pushes into the brick-and-mortar world?

    Ecommerce, Tuesday, 28 March 2017

    Global Ecommerce kingpin Amazon has toyed with brick-and-mortar retailing in the past. For many, this seems like a backwards step, particularly since Amazon is itself one of the major disruptors of offline retailing. The company is literally famous for putting the ...
  • Expedia: diversity and mobile key to Thai hotel market

    Expedia: diversity and mobile key to Thai hotel market

    Ecommerce, Monday, 27 March 2017

    Expedia, the world’s largest travel website and a kingpin of the online travel agent (OTA) world, has told Thailand’s hotels that they need to diversify their reservation and payment channels. The company believes that hoteliers in the country should ...
  • Amazon moves to enter Middle East

    Amazon moves to enter Middle East

    Ecommerce, Friday, 24 March 2017

    Global Ecommerce heavyweight Amazon is looking to become a little more global, according to recent news reports. The online retailer has agreed to purchase 100% of Dubai-based ecommerce company Souq.com from shareholders. Souq claims to be the largest Ecommerce site ...
  • Franchises, mobile, and eSports are key to EA’s future

    Franchises, mobile, and eSports are key to EA’s future

    Ecommerce, Thursday, 23 March 2017

    Electronic Arts is a video gaming powerhouse. The game developer is one of the biggest names in the market, and leading the charge towards digital distribution. Up almost 40% in the last 12 months, the company revealed a number of clues to its future in its latest ...
  • Baidu takes the fight to cybercriminals

    Baidu takes the fight to cybercriminals

    Ecommerce, Wednesday, 22 March 2017

    A gang of “hackers for hire” has attempted to infiltrate Baidu’s networks and steal its driverless car technology. Luckily, Baidu takes its cybersecurity seriously, and the hackers’ attempts were foiled. But the company isn’t taking it ...
  • Dominion speaks at intersection between fashion and ecommerce

    Dominion speaks at intersection between fashion and ecommerce

    Ecommerce, Tuesday, 21 March 2017

    Dominion’s market development director James Greco recently spoke at Netcomm Suisse’s annual event ‘e-commerce meets fashion in the Ticino Fashion Valley’. This day of talks has fast become a ‘must attend’ event for anyone ...
  • Skyworks Solutions makes big bet on small cells

    Skyworks Solutions makes big bet on small cells

    Ecommerce, Tuesday, 21 March 2017

    Small cells let mobile operators support a higher volume of mobile data traffic – and this means that they could be critical to the future of technology. Cisco says that mobile data traffic will rise sevenfold between 2016 and 2021, due to the fact that by ...
  • The future of entertainment is clearly online

    The future of entertainment is clearly online

    Ecommerce, Monday, 20 March 2017

    Statistics from global audience measurement company Nielsen show that the future of entertainment is not TV. It is online. The younger you are, the less likely you are to be glued to the television in your down time. People aged 18 – 24 (the younger half of ...
  • Baidu puts AI first

    Baidu puts AI first

    Ecommerce, Monday, 20 March 2017

    According to Baidu CEO Robin Li: “the era of mobile internet has ended. We’re going to aggressively invest in AI, and I think it’s going to benefit a lot of people and transform industry after industry.” Baidu, often referred to as the ...
  • MasterCard’s marketers: people don’t like ads

    MasterCard’s marketers: people don’t like ads

    Ecommerce, Friday, 17 March 2017

    According to MasterCard’s chief marketing officer, Raja Rajamannar, people are done with advertising. Instead, they want to “experience brands”. What is MasterCard’s solution to this problem? Something Rajamannar calls “story ...
  • DeepMind creates AI that can learn like a human

    DeepMind creates AI that can learn like a human

    Ecommerce, Thursday, 16 March 2017

    Google’s artificial intelligence (AI) division, DeepMind – praised by Oxford philosopher and AI expert Nick Bostrom as the company at the forefront of the industry – has just overcome a huge milestone: it has created an AI that can learn like a ...
  • YouTube Uptime: a streaming app for Millennials and Boomlets

    YouTube Uptime: a streaming app for Millennials and Boomlets

    Ecommerce, Wednesday, 15 March 2017

    YouTube, the massive video hosting site from Google (itself now falling under the umbrella of Alphabet) has launched a new app that brings online video viewership into the social realm. The app, Uptime, lets you watch videos with friends online, and in terms of its ...
  • Facebook pushes video engagement with ‘continue watching’ feature

    Facebook pushes video engagement with ‘continue watching’ feature

    Ecommerce, Tuesday, 14 March 2017

    Social media giant Facebook is taking its video capabilities seriously. The company is looking to push engagement further with the test of a ‘continue watching’ feature, which will let people pick up videos that they started watching on their timeline ...
  • Amazon speaks Spanish in US

    Amazon speaks Spanish in US

    Ecommerce, Monday, 13 March 2017

    There are 41 million native Spanish speakers in the US, and a further 11.6 million bilingual Spanish speakers. So Amazon’s decision to cater to its growing customer base within this demographic is pretty self-explanatory: the company is adding Spanish language ...
  • Yoox Net-a-Porter to harness power of messaging

    Yoox Net-a-Porter to harness power of messaging

    Ecommerce, Friday, 10 March 2017

    Yoox Net-a-Porter (YNAP) established itself as an early leader in the fashion-by-ecommerce industry. But as more and more fashion brands see the value of digital, and big online retailers like Amazon start focusing on high end apparel and accessories, it runs the ...
  • Alphabet look to upgrade Nest add-ons

    Alphabet look to upgrade Nest add-ons

    Ecommerce, Thursday, 09 March 2017

    Nest, a division of online tech giant Alphabet formerly known as Google, is readying a number of new products to get hold of a bigger share of the connected home market; amongst them, a cheaper version of its flagship thermostat and home security products. Forecast ...
  • Dominion speaks at ‘Ecommerce meets Fashion’ must-see event

    Dominion speaks at ‘Ecommerce meets Fashion’ must-see event 13 March 2017

    Ecommerce, Wednesday, 08 March 2017

    On March 13, Netcomm Suisse Ecommerce Association will host a ‘must-see’ event for anyone interested in fashion online: “e-Commerce meets Fashion in the Ticino Fashion Valley”. The event, now in its third edition, will see big names from ...
  • Think TripAdvisor’s business model is broken? Think again

    Think TripAdvisor’s business model is broken? Think again

    Ecommerce, Tuesday, 07 March 2017

    Last year, TripAdvisor moved from an advertising-based business model to a transaction-based one. In real terms, this new business model is the roll out of the company’s “instant booking” feature. Rather than simply send its hordes of ...
  • Is Instagram the future of hotel and travel marketing?

    Is Instagram the future of hotel and travel marketing?

    Ecommerce, Monday, 06 March 2017

    Instagram is causing a stir in the world of travel and hotel marketing. The photo-sharing social media site is renowned for making almost anyone’s photographs look great, and luxury brands are (unsurprisingly) keen to make use of its high quality filters and ...
  • Zalando plans to keep outperforming rivals

    Zalando plans to keep outperforming rivals

    Ecommerce, Friday, 03 March 2017

    Online fashion platform Zalando had a great 2016 – and, if the company’s forecast is to be believed, they expect a great 2017 too. In 2016, Zalando saw revenue of €3.6 billion, up 23% from the previous year, and an EBIT margin of €216.3 million ...
  • Amazon’s Twitch to move into selling games digitally

    Amazon’s Twitch to move into selling games digitally

    Ecommerce, Thursday, 02 March 2017

    Twitch Interactive, Amazon’s video game streaming site, which is the company’s first foray into the soon-to-be lucrative world of professional gaming, is about to offer a new service: selling games. Amazon will use the site – which has an ...
  • Priceline up 4% thanks to strong quarterly earnings

    Priceline up 4% thanks to strong quarterly earnings

    Ecommerce, Thursday, 02 March 2017

    Online Travel Agent (OTA) Priceline impressed investors with a strong set of quarterly earnings at the end of February. The company’s share price rocketed by 4% following the news, and has climbed further since. Priceline beat analysts’ expectations and ...
  • Take-Two jump into eSports with NBA collaboration

    Take-Two jump into eSports with NBA collaboration

    Ecommerce, Wednesday, 01 March 2017

    Take-Two has held off on the eSports craze currently consuming its rivals, like Activision and Electronic Arts. But now, that’s all set to change. The company behind massive gaming successes like Grand Theft Auto has partnered with the National Basketball ...
  • Artificial intelligence in post-Brexit Britain

    Artificial intelligence in post-Brexit Britain

    Ecommerce, Tuesday, 28 February 2017

    Prime Minister Theresa May might have her hands full with Brexit negotiations, but other members of her government have been thinking about artificial intelligence (AI). March will see the release of the governments highly anticipated Digital Strategy – a ...
  • Ctrip jumps on the back of strong fourth quarter

    Ctrip jumps on the back of strong fourth quarter

    Ecommerce, Monday, 27 February 2017

    Chinese online travel giant Ctrip rose sharply at the end of February, after releasing quarterly earnings that blew expectations out of the water. The company saw a massive increase in revenue to $750 million in the three months that ended December 31 – ...
  • PayPal: mobile is key to South African Ecommerce market growth

    PayPal: mobile is key to South African Ecommerce market growth

    Ecommerce, Friday, 24 February 2017

    South Africa has 52% internet penetration (that is, 52% of its population is online). That’s slightly above the world average, and much higher than the African average, but it trails countries in the developed world by 20% to 30%. It’s possible that this ...
  • Baidu gets serious about smart homes with Raven Tech

    Baidu gets serious about smart homes with Raven Tech

    Ecommerce, Thursday, 23 February 2017

    Chinese internet giant Baidu, often regarded in the west as the ‘Chinese Google’ given its search dominance in the country, has just become similar to Google in another way: it’s getting serious about smart homes. Baidu has purchased smart home ...
  • Mobile auto sales ‘driving’ eBay performance

    Mobile auto sales ‘driving’ eBay performance

    Ecommerce, Wednesday, 22 February 2017

    In the fourth quarter of 2016, a car or truck was sold every three minutes via eBay on mobile phones – and this might just be the tip of the iceberg. A recently released eBay advertising survey suggests this number is rising. eBay is up 15% so far this year ...
  • Electronic Arts makes gaming half price

    Electronic Arts makes gaming half price

    Ecommerce, Tuesday, 21 February 2017

    Electronic Arts (EA) is offering PC gamers access to its online library of games at half price – just $30 per year. The service, Origin Access, lets players sidestep the process of buying and installing games in the physical world, letting them play via an ...
  • Facebook’s new mission statement offers ‘fake news’ update

    Facebook’s new mission statement offers ‘fake news’ update

    Ecommerce, Tuesday, 21 February 2017

    Facebook’s founder, Mark Zuckerberg, is an ambitious man. Recently, he penned a lengthy post on Facebook that serves as an updated mission statement for the company. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the Millennial billionaire sees business and humanitarian concerns ...
  • Google takes Pixel smartphones seriously – so should its competition

    Google takes Pixel smartphones seriously – so should its competition

    Ecommerce, Monday, 20 February 2017

    In the last few months of 2016, Google finally released its own smartphone. The result? According to most reviewers, one of the best combinations of hardware and software on the market. And it seems that Google is taking its foray into handsets seriously; with the ...
  • Ukraine has cashless future in its sights – and so does Dominion

    Ukraine has cashless future in its sights – and so does Dominion

    Ecommerce, Friday, 17 February 2017

    Ukraine has become the latest country to embrace – or plan to embrace – its cashless future. Going cashless has some serious benefits from a governmental point of view: primarily, an e-paper trail is easier to keep track of than a paper trail. That means ...
  • Zalando knows “where it’s at” – and where it needs to be

    Zalando knows “where it’s at” – and where it needs to be

    Ecommerce, Friday, 17 February 2017

    One of the areas shaking up ecommerce at the moment is logistics. Companies like Amazon and FedEx have set enormous precedents when it comes to the speed and professionalism of the packaging and delivery side of ecommerce. Taking payments with a click is only half ...
  • Facebook commits to media audit; doubles down on ad offerings

    Facebook commits to media audit; doubles down on ad offerings

    Ecommerce, Thursday, 16 February 2017

    Over the past few years, Facebook has turned itself into a powerful media platform. It is, nonetheless, adamant that it’s not a media company – it doesn’t actually produce media itself, just features others’. If Facebook’s ambitions ...
  • Tencent lets users give gold for Valentine’s Day

    Tencent lets users give gold for Valentine’s Day

    Ecommerce, Wednesday, 15 February 2017

    Yesterday, Chinese ecommerce giant Tencent allowed users of its massively popular WeChat messenger service to send each other grams of gold online. This Valentine’s Day release marks the latest in a series of initiatives designed to capitalize on the Chinese ...