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E-commerce & AI News Flash Collection (May 12): Amazon Declines in Self-branded Sales, Falabella Sees Growth in Peru

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US

Amazon’s Own Brand Performance Drops

According to the latest data from MomentumCommerce for Q1 2024, Amazon’s self-branded product sales surpassed $1 billion, matching the scale of major brands like Samsung on the platform. However, their share in U.S. retail revenue slightly declined from 1.0% to 0.9%. Among the top 20 categories for Amazon’s products, sixteen witnessed a sales decline, particularly in office supplies which dropped from 2.5% to 2.1%. The sports outdoors and personal care categories, however, saw an uptick in sales.

Amazon Launches Major Book Sale

Amazon is set to host its inaugural book category promotion, offering discounts of up to 50% from May 15 to May 20. This event will feature substantial discounts on printed bestsellers and up to 80% off on Kindle ebooks. Prime members will enjoy additional perks such as Prime Reading and a three-month trial of Kindle Unlimited. This promotion underscores Amazon’s aggressive strategy to expand its foothold in the book market.

New Ad Models for Prime Video

Amazon is introducing three innovative advertising models on Prime Video to enhance the platform’s interactivity and shopping capabilities. These include shoppable carousel ads during ad breaks, video pause ads that display when viewers pause content, and interactive brand ads offering rewards for viewer engagement. These models aim to integrate seamless shopping experiences directly into the video service, increasing both engagement and potential revenue.

Globe

AliExpress Dominates Spain’s E-Commerce

The latest consumer insight report from AliExpress highlights a significant increase in online shopping in Spain, establishing the platform as the preferred shopping method with 95% of consumers engaging in online purchases over the past three months. The survey, involving over 2,000 Spanish consumers, revealed that individuals aged 35-44 are the most active online shoppers. The Canary Islands, Murcia, and Extremadura are the top regions in terms of buyer activity on AliExpress.

Flipkart Introduces New Pricing Policy

Flipkart is set to implement a new pricing structure from May 18, which simplifies the components of its fees into fixed commissions and handling charges, aiming to enhance the selling experience on its platform. Flipkart’s new policy also introduces more favorable rates for its fulfillment service, aiming to increase operational efficiency and market reach. This is part of Flipkart’s broader strategy to improve seller engagement and expand its massive user base which currently stands at over 500 million registered consumers.

Falabella Reports Profit Growth in Peru

Chilean retail giant Falabella reported a substantial increase in profits in Q1 2024, primarily due to robust performance in its Peruvian operations, where it achieved a profit of about $48 million. This significant turnaround from a loss the previous year was attributed to increased sales in supermarkets and home categories. Falabella’s overall revenue in the region was further boosted by the depreciation of the Chilean peso and increased visitor numbers at its shopping centers.

AI

French AI Firm Mistral Closes Major Funding Round

Mistral AI, a Paris-based tech startup, is about to secure a funding round that will propel its valuation to six billion dollars, indicating a potential tripling of its valuation within six months. This funding round, involving key investors like General Catalyst and Lightspeed Venture Partners, will support Mistral AI’s development of cost-effective AI tools designed to compete with established models such as OpenAI’s ChatGPT. The company’s collaboration with tech giants such as Microsoft, Google, and Amazon further underscores its growing influence in the AI landscape.

Challenges in Deepfake Detection

A surge of new companies, like Deep Media in the Bay Area, claim to offer highly accurate deepfake detection services. These firms, gaining traction amidst growing concerns over AI-generated misinformation, have started securing significant contracts, including military deals aimed at countering international information warfare. The rise of these technologies highlights the critical need for reliable detection tools as deepfakes become more sophisticated and pose greater threats to sectors like elections and national security.

AI Chatbots Enhance Mental Health Services

AI-powered chatbots are increasingly being integrated into the mental health sector, offering potential improvements in accessibility and affordability of care. However, these tools are not intended to replace human therapists but to supplement them, addressing the growing demand for mental health support. Developers and researchers are working to navigate the ethical and practical challenges involved in deploying these bots effectively.

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