Here is a list of product releases and end-of-January updates from companies offering online retailer services. There are updates on shipping, visual search, augmented reality in shopping, order management and headless e-commerce applications.
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Product releases for e-commerce
Pinterest's new AR technology allows users to "try on" makeup. Pinterest has launched Try On in its mobile app. Users open the Pinterest camera in the search, click on "Try on" to find makeup shades and swipe up to shop from brands like Estée Lauder, Sephora, BareMinerals, Neutrogena and L'Oréal. A “try on” button will also appear on selected products, as well as in searches with related terms such as “matte lipstick” or “red lips.” Pinterest integrated Try On with skin-colored features. Try On does not use skin smoothing or image change effects.
FedEx Ground now delivers housing packages on Sundays all year round. FedEx announced that FedEx Ground has officially begun delivering FedEx Home Delivery packages on Sunday for most of the US to better serve the e-commerce market. Delivering housing packages on Sunday speeds up most deliveries by one or two days, which in particular helps senders and consumers of health care products and perishable goods. FedEx Ground began delivering housing packages on Sundays during the most recent peak season.
UPS launches e-commerce plug-ins for small businesses. UPS has announced a free plugin to make UPS tools and services available within WooCommerce, PrestaShop, OpenCart and Magento. The offer is part of the recently announced UPS Digital Access program, which naturally integrates UPS's services into e-commerce platforms and provides competitive shipping rates to users. By offering these plug-ins, UPS helps merchants to open a UPS account and manage several aspects of shipping and fulfillment in their existing e-commerce platform. Plugins also allow merchants with UPS accounts to access their negotiated prices and integrate UPS delivery services into their platform. Companies can open a UPS account in plugins and receive discounts of up to 55 percent of daily rates.
Product Hunt launches YourStack, a platform for people and products. The team behind Product Hunt, a product discovery site, has launched your Thanks, a social network where consumers talk about the products they like, recommend their favorite products and follow product experts. The site will also have professional tips, product hacks and questions for creating group discussions.
Google's new feature makes shopping from search results easier. Google has launched a new way for customers in the United States to explore apparel and accessories products that show up on mobile. As you search for clothing, shoes and accessories, Google will present (in addition to search results) a new section listing the most popular products from stores around the web to filter and browse. The goal is to help more merchants get in touch with customers who are looking for these items. The feature is free. Merchants who comply with Google's policy guidelines and sell products in these categories are eligible.
GoDaddy acquires Over to help sellers create visual content online. GoDaddy, the hosting company, has agreed to acquire Over, the company behind the Over app, which helps small businesses create visual content. Using a library of customizable templates and layouts, the Over app helps create content quickly on a mobile phone for Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest and other popular social platforms, as well as email marketing campaigns and websites. Over will strengthen GoDaddy's small business focus.
Commerce.js raises $ 1.7 million to build an API-first e-commerce platform for developers and designers. Commerce.js, which provides headless e-commerce infrastructure, has raised $ 1.72 million in its first funding round. The investment is led by Initialized Capital and Global Founders Capital, with additional support from Correlation Ventures, AngelPad, Palm Drive Capital and Basecamp Alumni Ventures Group. The funding allows the company to grow its platform to support larger ones directly to consumer brands and companies. Commerce.js API's first e-commerce platform lets developers and designers build custom e-commerce experiences quickly. Commerce.js helps developers integrate e-commerce into any platform, device or technical stack with their SDKs and APIs.
Google Dataset search is out of beta, with new features. Google's dataset search, Google's search tool for finding data stored online through keyword searches, has launched beta with new features. Users can now filter the results based on data types (eg tables, images, text) and if the data set is free. If a dataset is about a geographical area, users can see the map. Dataset search is available on the mobile with improved data descriptions. The number of data sets in Dataset Search continues to increase. Webmasters can expose a dataset by describing it with Schema.org's structured data.
Deck Commerce launches new order management features. Deck Commerce, a distributed omnichannel retail order management service, announced the launch of new order management features to help retailers improve the shopping experience. New features include pre-built third-party integrations for traditional payment gateways, buy-later options, post-purchase experiences and refunds. Core product updates include scheduled delivery dates, new multi-point fulfillment workflows, add-on workflows for return merchandise approval, and more.