E-Commerce Product Releases: August 2, 2022
Here’s a list of product releases and updates for the end of July from companies that serve online merchants. There are updates on website builders, social commerce, live video, fulfillment, product authentication, and open source e-commerce.
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Squarespace launches Fluid Engine. Squarespace, a website building and e-commerce platform, announced the launch of Fluid Engine, a customizable web design experience for desktop and mobile via an advanced drag-and-drop smart grid. Users will have a new level of control when arranging layouts, layering, alignment, bleed positioning, and more. While Squarespace’s templates and step-by-step layout options will remain available, the Fluid Engine integration unlocks a new editing paradigm.
Small businesses can now sell directly in chats on Instagram. Meta has introduced a new way to sell on Instagram: directly via chat. With this new feature, qualified small businesses can request and collect payments. Additionally, sellers can chat with buyers in real time and create a payment request with item description and price. Shoppers can discuss product customizations, track orders, and ask follow-up questions.
Venmo Small Business grant applications available. PayPal announced the Venmo Small Business Grant, a new program for emerging businesses and small businesses that will provide financial grants and mentoring services to 20 new and existing Venmo Business Profile customers. Each selected business will receive $10,000 to cover expenses, such as rent, web development, or promotion. To apply for the grant, participants must create a business profile and complete an application by August 11, 2022. Venmo will announce grant recipients in September 2022 based on an evaluation by the selection committee. More details are available on the program homepage.
CommentSold launches Videoeo for live video. CommentSold, a live-selling platform, announced the launch of Videoeo, a white label live video commerce technology for businesses. Videoeo enables retailers to deliver branded live video commerce experiences by integrating live selling into a retailer’s existing e-commerce stack. Shoppers can make purchases by streaming shoppable videos live through their preferred channel through the merchant’s website, social media platforms or mobile apps. Transactions occur on the retailer’s existing e-commerce checkout.
Amazon launches Seller Wallet. Over the next few months, Amazon will be rolling out its new Seller Wallet tool to simplify global selling. This early-stage checkout feature provides sellers with an easy way to hold, view, and transfer product from the Amazon store directly to their bank account on their schedule, all within Seller Central. Signing up for Amazon Seller Wallet requires no cost or minimum amount, and account maintenance is free. When sellers convert and transfer funds, volume-based currency conversion and international transfer fees will apply. Seller Wallet is now available for a number of small businesses. Amazon plans to collect feedback from sellers and continue to refine the tool.
Amazon updates the account health rating. Amazon has released its new and improved Account Health Rating to help sellers adhere to its policies and maintain good account health. In August, Amazon will begin rolling out the latest version of the Account Status Rating to sellers in its stores in the United States and Canada and to sellers in other stores around the world in 2023. The new Account Status Rating Account Status is an easy-to-understand metric that gives sellers an overall account rating – ‘Healthy’, ‘At Risk’ or ‘Bad’. The new scoring system will be the determining factor for account suspension based on accumulated policy violations. For outstanding violations that are negatively impacting the rating, a seller can view the severity level of each violation and prioritize the most critical issues first. Amazon will have a dedicated team of account health specialists to help sellers over the phone or email get their accounts back on track.
osCommerce launches the latest version of its free shopping cart. After five years of waiting, osCommerce has launched its new version of free shopping cart and open source e-commerce platform. A significant upgrade from osCommerce 2.x and its forks, osCommerce v4 is modern, feature-rich software designed for businesses of all sizes. It is pre-integrated with the osCommerce app store. osCommerce v4 is mobile and search engine optimization friendly and includes multiple sales channels, design themes, visual editor, content management system, advanced inventory and product management features, Open API, etc.
eBay launches authentication for fine jewelry. In conjunction with the Gemological Institute of America, eBay’s Authenticity Guarantee service has expanded to include fine jewelry from top luxury brands. New and used fine jewelry sold for at least $500 will qualify. The offering will expand to include top designer brands such as Bvlgari, Van Cleef & Arpels, David Yurman, Cartier and Tiffany & Co. This marks the expansion of eBay’s authentication service, which includes sneakers , watches, handbags and trading cards.
Perpetua launches Amazon Demand-Side Platform. E-commerce advertising software company Perpetua now offers a self-service platform to create, optimize and measure Amazon Demand-Side Platform (DSP) ads. Perpetua’s Amazon DSP optimization allows users to create each component of a DSP control in a single, linear workflow. Advertisers can (i) seamlessly create Amazon DSP orders associated with 11 predefined audience templates, (ii) generate audiences and creatives, and attach them to line items, and (iii) target your target audience , whatever its scope. scope.
ShipBob announces delivered duty paid. ShipBob, a global fulfillment platform, announced Delivered Duty Paid, a shipping service now available at all 30 ShipBob fulfillment centers in the US, UK and Ireland – and for brands with from their own warehouse that use ShipBob’s in-house fulfillment platform. , Merchant More. ShipBob merchants can now allow buyers to ship to over 200 countries while bypassing the complexities of value added tax and other fees while streamlining customs clearance. To power DDP, ShipBob has integrated with FlavorCloud, a cross-border shipping platform. ShipBob’s AI-powered technology automatically selects the most optimal fulfillment center and then offers the best shipping rates based on its carrier network and guaranteed DDP options, enabling brands to reach a global market transparently.
Rivian’s Amazon Custom Electric Delivery Vehicles Roll Out in the US U.S. consumers will start seeing custom electric delivery vehicles from Rivian deliver their Amazon packages. Electric vehicles will hit the road in Baltimore, Chicago, Dallas, Kansas City, Nashville, Phoenix, San Diego, Seattle and St. Louis, among other cities. The rollout is the likely start of thousands of Amazon’s custom electric delivery vehicles in more than 100 cities by the end of this year – and 100,000 in the United States by 2030. Amazon has added thousands of charging stations charging stations at its delivery stations across the country and will continue to invest in building infrastructure to support a more sustainable delivery fleet. Additionally, Amazon has partnered with the nonprofit organization Ceres and several other fleet operators to launch the Corporate Electric Vehicle Alliance, bringing companies together to accelerate the transition to electric vehicles.