What did Instacart launch? What platform did Hello Alfred create? This post is curated to help tune-out some of the noise and tune into information that matters.





By utilizing their acquisition of Magento, Adobe was able to bring out some pretty amazing news at their annual Summit. They've launched their new Commerce Cloud that fully integrates with the rest of their services and has an integration with Amazon's marketplace, something that hasn't happened in the past. While it does use the Magento platform, it doesn't mean that people who use Magento now are in trouble, as nothing will become unusable. 

Read More on TechTheLead 


Instacart Is now introducing Instant Cashout

Why wouldn't you want access to your earnings quicker? This new feature for Instacart shoppers, in partnership with Stripe, will allow them to get paid right away instead of having to wait a week. This would be beyond beneficial for those who can't wait and need their earnings quicker. It's only in a select few cities for now, but is planned for a full release by June 2019.

Read More on TechCrunch 

Hello Alfred hopes to reach more with new platform

This service, while useful for many, was only affordable to some. Getting people to pick up your groceries, help clean, or get a handyman turned out to cost a lot, even if it was supposed to be simple on an app. Realizing this, Hello Alfred has created a new platform to help others get this luxury at a more affordable price. Powered by Alfred offers buildings the chance to use their platform and technology to do everything Alfred does, but have them manage it. It gives a taste of Alfred, while also having residents pay per service if it's not covered. But will it be enough to get the attention of mid-ranged buildings?


Read More on Fast Company




Welcome to the Imagination Age

While brands struggle with digital transformation, and consultancies focus on data-driven experience design, much of the conversation around the power of human imagination, and its role in creating the change we seek, often goes undiscussed. Where is all of this transformation taking us?  Read more here

Integrating AEM with your commerce platform using ACT

Depending on the implementation approach, the most common issues for marketing teams revolve around managing activity in multiple systems, duplication of data, preview ability, authoring, and product synchronization. ACT solves for these issues by bringing everything into AEM for the marketer without commerce data syndication. Lean more here




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.



Tags: Commerce, ecommerce, Weekly News, Strategy and Intelligence, Commerce News