Short-form mobile video app TikTok is expanding its ecommerce footprint by testing a new feature allowing users to add a shoppable URL to their bios or videos, creating an online store where consumers can shop in the app. TikTok is also reportedly talking with Sony and Warner about licensing deals for a new streaming music service.
SheerID, whose software quickly verifies a person’s status as a member of a particular consumer “tribe,” has raised $64 million in an equity round. It defines identity marketing as a form of personalization focused on winning over consumer tribes that align with the brand’s promise. Clients include Target, Amazon, Lowe’s and Urban Outfitters.
Ecommerce in the United States is growing faster than in China, which remains ahead in terms of overall sales volume, based on client data from payment services firm Payoneer, and the UK is growing faster than both. With the exception of Japan (3%), companies in the top 10 for ecommerce sales all saw strong Q3 double-digit growth.
A study commissioned by PayPal shows consumers are shopping on smartphones more than ever but remain concerned about mobile commerce security. The global study across age groups found 80% of consumers have shopped via smartphone, but only 63% of ecommerce businesses are optimized to accept mobile payments.
Alibaba set another Singles Day record this year on 11/11/19, recording $38.4 billion in gross merchandise value (GMV) during the 24-hour promotion created as a reverse spin on Valentine’s Day 10 years ago, up 25% from last year. By comparison, Adobe is forecasting $29 billion in total ecommerce sales for Cyber Weekend 2019.
A poll from the American Catalog Mailers Association (ACMA) finds that 16 months later, the U.S. Supreme Court decision in South Dakota v. Wayfair is causing greater harm than anticipated to ecommerce, catalog and other merchants. Fifty-six percent of those polled said revenues had declined as a direct result of the decision.
Extend, a provider of extended warranty programs, has raised $16.4 million in new capital and acquired assets from Aon division Affinity Insurance Services as it looks to make warranty programs available beyond enterprise-scale retailers. The company said current clients have combined annual sales of more than $11.5 billion.