CNET: Google makes it free for sellers to list items on its shopping platform. “Google on Tuesday said it’s opening up its shopping platform to make it free for sellers to list their products on the company’s search engine. Previously, search results for the shopping section of the site came from advertisers bidding on specific search terms, like workout gear or rice cookers. Now, sellers will be able to list products on the shopping tab of the search engine even if they’re not advertisers.”
Towards Data Science: How to Scrape Google Shopping Prices with Web Data Extraction. “Google Shopping is a good start to market your online business and convert more sales. However, if you’re a newcomer, it is essential to watch and learn how your competitors brand and market their products from Google Shopping by using a web data extraction tool (web scraping tool).”
Reuters: Exclusive: Amazon to delay Prime Day event due to coronavirus, outlines cloud risks. “Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O) is postponing its major summer shopping event, Prime Day, until at least August and expects a potential $100 million hit from excess devices it might now sell at a discount, according to internal meeting notes seen by Reuters.”
InsideHook: A New Website Is Helping NYC Restaurants Sell Off Their Wine Cellars. “Philip Thomas, a software developer with several successful startups living in Brooklyn, noticed that many of his favorite local spots had begun to open up their rather extensive wine and liquor cellars to help support themselves in this uncertain and unfortunate time. Seeing an opportunity to help them, Thomas set up Cellars.NYC, an interactive map that highlights NYC locations that are offering to-go booze.” The site is being expanded to other cities. San Francisco is now available and more cities are on the way.
ZDNet: Social media and influencers still dominate our online shopping habits. “Online shopping will surge in popularity as we hunker down to ride out the COVID-19 pandemic by staying indoors. But we are influenced by others far more that we would like to admit. Redwood City-based social commerce platform Poshmark recently released its 2020:the year of social shopping report. It gained insights from 8,573 shoppers across the US and Canada, and Poshmark’s community of 60 million users.”
This guy is making me seriously think about adding a “potato head” category to this newsletter. Didn’t quite convince me yet. New York Times: He Has 17,700 Bottles of Hand Sanitizer and Nowhere to Sell Them. “On March 1, the day after the first coronavirus death in the United States was announced, brothers Matt and Noah Colvin set out in a silver S.U.V. to pick up some hand sanitizer. Driving around Chattanooga, Tenn., they hit a Dollar Tree, then a Walmart, a Staples and a Home Depot. At each store, they cleaned out the shelves.”
Phys .org: Online shoppers swayed by customer reviews of physical products—not experiences. “We live in a world of online reviews. Before spending on everything from restaurant meals to a new pair of jeans or even a European vacation, many of us often check Amazon, Yelp or TripAdvisor first. But not all customer reviews are created equal. In fact, we put more trust in reviews about material items than we do about experiences.”