SUMOHeavy — Issue #44
Now that Facebook opened its platform to chatbots, companies have tremendous new opportunities not just to interact with consumers on massive scale.
They can now transact as well — directly and in real time.
What We’re Reading
With more online shoppers turning to sites like Amazon, traditional brick-and-mortar retailers have had to step up their competition on the e-commerce front.
5 Ways Artificial Intelligence Is Shaping the Future of Ecommerce — www.entrepreneur.com
Paradoxically for a machine, AI’s greatest strength may be in creating a more personal experience for your customer. From product personalization to virtual personal shoppers.
Shopify, which mainly works with small and medium-sized businesses, also says the value of goods sold via its merchant’s sites increased 100% to $3.8 billion.
Wal-Mart shakes up C-suite, and perhaps e-commerce — www.bizjournals.com
The shuffle indicates Wal-Mart is going to shake up online operations, which in turn has potential for wide-ranging ripple effects beyond the company, itself.
Apple recently handed brand marketers the keys to a potential consumer gold mine when it made it easier for emojis, GIFs and stickers to appear in iMessage with the rollout of iOS 10.
These newly empowered branded images are but a stepping stone to the potential mother lode: enabling consumers to buy products and services without leaving iMessage.
Instagram influencers have long tried to hack the app to make money by putting “purchase link in bio” when they photograph something you can buy. The company has noticed, so now it’s making it easier for users to make purchases from within the app — but only for certain brands.
Wish, the maker of the №2 shopping app of the same name, is raising a new investment of around $500 million, according to multiple sources familiar with the deal.
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Our Latest Obsession
Hero in Bulletproof BMW Rescues Dozens During ISIS Attack
A Kurdish Peshmerga fighter named Ako Rahman is the hero of the week.
In Kirkuk, Iraq he rescued dozens of civilians under attack and trapped by sniper fire. He did it with his early-90’s armored BMW.
“After we arrived at the scene, we saw many wounded individuals among the security forces and civilians and no one was able to approach them due to the IS snipers. Therefore we decided to help those wounded people since bullets could not penetrate my car,” Rahman told Kurdish news outlet BasNews.
During the attack, which lasted several days, Rahman used his bulletproof beemer to transport 70 injured people to the hospital — all the while being hit with gunfire. Rahman estimates that at the car was hit with at least 50–60 bullets.
BMW wanted to honor Rahman for his bravery and offered to buy him a new car, and place his bullet-ridden car on display at BMW Corporate Campus. He declined and instead offered it to Sulaymaniyah, a local Kurdish museum.
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