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E-commerce & AI News Flash Collection (May 16): Walmart Grocery Sales Rise, eBay Introduces New Resale Feature

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US

Amazon, eBay, and Etsy: Top 100 Sellers Rankings Revealed

Marketplace Pulse released the latest rankings for the top 100 sellers on Amazon, eBay, and Etsy, based on positive feedback received in the past 30 days. On Amazon’s US platform, 82 sellers are from the US, fourteen from China, and one each from Hong Kong and Germany. eBay’s global top 100 sellers are predominantly from the UK (37 sellers), followed by the US (36 sellers), and Germany (21 sellers). Etsy’s global top 100 list features 66 US sellers, 7 from the UK, and 6 from China. This ranking highlights the dominant presence of US sellers across these platforms.

Walmart: Grocery Sales Rise Amidst Fast Food Price Hikes

Walmart reported a significant increase in grocery sales as consumers shifted away from fast food due to rising prices. The company’s recent earnings highlighted strong performance in the grocery segment, driven by customers seeking more affordable meal options. Walmart’s ability to offer lower prices on groceries has attracted budget-conscious shoppers. This trend has contributed to Walmart’s overall earnings growth, reflecting its strategic focus on essential goods. The retailer continues to adapt to changing consumer behaviors and economic conditions.

Automotive Parts Sales: Shift from Traditional Retail to Online Platforms

The first quarter of this year saw a decline in net sales for online auto parts retailer CarParts.com by 5%, resulting in a net loss of $6.5 million. Amazon has captured a significant share of the auto parts market, reaching 12.1% in Quarter Four 2023, up from 11.1% the previous year. eBay’s automotive sector is also growing, with enhancements in fitment data and high conversion rates. Traditional retailers like Advanced Auto Parts reported decreased comparable store sales, emphasizing the shift towards online platforms for auto parts purchases.

eBay: Launch of “Resell on eBay” Feature for Fashion Items

eBay has introduced a new resale feature for clothing items, implemented through the Certilogo platform, which eBay acquired in July 2023. This feature allows users to scan a QR code on the item’s tag to access product information and a “resell on eBay” button. Italian brand Save The Duck will be the first to pilot this feature, launching in May of this year. eBay plans to extend this service to other brands using Certilogo digital IDs, aiming to integrate this as a default feature in Secure by Design technology.

Globe

TikTok: Expands Targeted Recruitment Plan in Europe

TikTok has launched a targeted recruitment plan in Germany, Italy, France, Spain, and Ireland, focusing on merchants with local sourcing, warehouses, VAT credentials, and significant sales experience. Participating merchants must meet stringent criteria, including $1 million in annual sales on the European Amazon platform. This initiative marks TikTok’s deeper penetration into the European e-commerce market.

Temu: Facing EU Consumer Protection Complaints

Consumer protection organizations across the EU have filed complaints against Temu for violating the Digital Services Act (DSA). The complaints, led by the European Consumer Organization (BEUC), call for Temu to be designated as a Very Large Online Platform (VLOP). Issues raised include lack of traceability for merchants, manipulative design, and non-transparent product recommendation algorithms. Temu’s growing user base, exceeding 75 million monthly active users, has triggered closer scrutiny from EU regulators.

Mercari: Reverts to Previous Return Policy in the US

Mercari announced it would cancel its no-questions-asked return policy for the US market, effective May 22, following feedback from sellers about policy abuse. Initially introduced to improve buyer experience, the policy led to increased return rates, negatively impacting sellers. The revised policy allows buyers three days to request returns for items that do not match descriptions, requiring evidence within one day. Mercari will continue to trial policies that benefit the entire community.

BuyBay: Launches Recommerce Software for Retailers

BuyBay introduced a new recommerce software designed to help retailers manage returned and overstock items more efficiently. This software aims to streamline the process of reselling returned goods, reducing waste and maximizing revenue. Retailers can now easily list and sell these items on various online platforms, enhancing their sustainability efforts. The recommerce software provides a comprehensive solution for inventory management and resale operations. This launch marks a significant step towards a more circular economy in retail.

Ingrid: Shipping Software Launches in the Netherlands

Ingrid, a shipping software provider, announced its expansion into the Dutch market. The software offers advanced logistics solutions to optimize shipping processes for retailers. By integrating Ingrid’s platform, retailers can provide better delivery experiences for their customers. The software includes features such as real-time tracking, multiple delivery options, and seamless integration with existing e-commerce systems. Ingrid’s entry into the Netherlands aims to enhance the efficiency and reliability of shipping operations for local retailers.

India: New Standards for Online Consumer Reviews

India’s Consumer Affairs Department has reached an agreement with major platforms, including Amazon, Google, Meta, and Flipkart, to adopt the IS 19000:2022 standard for online consumer reviews. This standard aims to curb deceptive reviews and enhance review quality, ensuring fair consumer practices. From 2018 to 2023, complaints related to e-commerce surged by nearly 370%, highlighting the need for stringent review controls. The Quality Control Order (QCO) draft will soon be released for public consultation to safeguard online consumers.

AI

Falcon AI Model: A Small Yet Powerful Challenger to Meta’s LLaMA 3

The new Falcon AI model has emerged as a formidable competitor to Meta’s LLaMA 3, offering robust capabilities in a smaller package. Developed with a focus on efficiency and performance, Falcon AI delivers impressive results in natural language processing tasks. Its compact size makes it a versatile tool for various applications, from chatbots to automated content generation. The model’s release is seen as a significant advancement in AI technology, providing businesses with powerful yet accessible AI solutions. Falcon AI’s competitive edge lies in its balance of power and efficiency.

New Benchmark: Businesses Can Now Test Language Models

A new benchmark has been introduced, allowing businesses to test the performance of different language models. This tool provides a standardized way to evaluate the capabilities of AI models in various contexts. Companies can use the benchmark to compare models and choose the best fit for their specific needs. The introduction of this benchmark is expected to drive innovation and improvement in AI model development. It offers valuable insights into model performance, helping businesses make informed decisions about their AI investments.

Reddit and OpenAI: Data Licensing Deal Signed

Reddit has entered into a data licensing agreement with OpenAI, granting the AI company access to vast amounts of user-generated content. This partnership aims to enhance OpenAI’s language models by leveraging Reddit’s extensive data. The deal underscores the growing importance of data in training sophisticated AI systems. Reddit’s rich and diverse content provides a valuable resource for improving AI’s understanding and generation of human language. The agreement is part of a broader trend of collaboration between tech companies to advance AI capabilities.

Microsoft: Relocates AI Staff Amid U.S.-China Tensions

Microsoft has asked hundreds of its China-based AI employees to relocate, citing ongoing tensions between the U.S. and China. The move aims to mitigate potential risks associated with geopolitical conflicts and ensure the continuity of critical AI projects. Microsoft is offering relocation packages to support affected employees during the transition. This decision reflects the broader impact of international relations on the tech industry. By relocating staff, Microsoft seeks to maintain its competitive edge and safeguard its AI development efforts.

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