We'd like to wish you Happy Holidays from us at SMITH! We won't be posting next Friday, but today, you're still going to get some cool news in ecommerce from this week. Are you ready for something awesome?

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WHAT'S GOING ON IN COMMERCE THIS WEEK?

 

AMAZON ECHO MAY NOT BE KING FOR LONG

This year was great for Amazon Echo, taking up two-thirds of the smart speaker market. Usage is also expected to rise next year by 15% these smart devices. However, unlike before, there is more competition than ever in the market. Amazon may be the top dog now, but Google, Apple, and Sonos are making their way up and finding ways to capture the market and try to pull the Echo back down. 

Read More on TechCrunch 

Walmart's testing In-House Visual search

Walmart obtained Hayneedle, a furniture retailer in 2016 through an acquisition. With this company, they are now testing out in-house visual search to try and compete against Google. Walmart wants to continue to improve the customer experience and an insight they had was that, with furniture, many people don't know what they're actually looking for and can be overwhelmed with all the offers. They hope this can help fix that issue.

Read More on PYMNTS

 

Top Ecommerce Trends for 2019 

To end the year, it's only fitting to talk about what trends we can foresee for ecommerce. ClickZ has put together a list that includes trends like, AR/VR, subscriptions, dynamic commerce, and more. If you're looking for a quick read during the holidays, give it a look.

 

Read More on ClickZ 

 

WHAT'S HAPPENING AT SMITH THIS WEEK

 

TOP 8 TRUTHS YOU NEED TO KNOW AS A MANUFACTURER

Your organization is always super busy, isn't it? You have an important job within the process of getting a product to a customer. Maybe it's worth taking a moment to look at some facts that you may not have even realized were a thing. People always talk about B2C, but it's time to give you some truths in the realm of B2B, specifically for manufacturers. Read it here

SEE HOW MIA SUPERCHARGES HER CX WITH AI

Mia’s like you, a marketer under pressure to meet the demands of omnichannel customers. She knows her products, trends and competitors, but is overwhelmed with the volume and variety of data that she needs to analyze. Read it here

 


WHAT’S NEXT?

 

If you’d like to discuss these topics further, SMITH can help.

Whether you’re exploring an evolution in your approach to selling by moving to pure ecommerce or a hybrid approach, looking for an edge in operations optimization with augmented reality, or ready to deploy intelligent replenishment for your customers, we can help.

LET'S TALK

 

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