• Amazon launches Scout, a machine learning-powered visual shopping tool

    1 month ago - By Tech Crunch

    Amazon is experimenting with a new tool called Scout designed to help shoppers better figure out what they want to buy in a more visual fashion, according to a report from CNBC , which first spotted Scout live on Amazon's site. Using a combination of imagery, a thumbs up and down voting mechanism, and machine learning technology, Scout offers an almost Pinterest-like way of browsing Amazon products, then refining recommendations through user input.
    Currently, the site lets you search for furniture, kitchen, dining products, home décor, patio items, lighting, and bedding, as well as women's...
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  • Crate & Barrel is partnering with a $140 million Goldman Sachs-backed rival to help it take on Amazon

    Crate & Barrel is partnering with a $140 million Goldman Sachs-backed rival to help it take on Amazon

    1 month ago - By Business Insider

    Crate & Barrel is launching on Zola from 1 October.
    The new partnership enables Crate & Barrel to reach more millennial shoppers who are increasingly choosing to shop on non-traditional wedding registry platforms. In doing so, it is better equipped to compete with Amazon.
    In a survey of 200 engaged couples done by Loop Capital, Amazon was voted the most popular wedding registry platform, leading Loop Capital to describe it as the "'go-to' retailer for 'digital native' millennial couples."
    Crate & Barrel is teaming up with a competitor in the race against Amazon.
    The home furnishings chain...
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  • Amazon is launching a new shopping service that steals a page out of Instagram's playbook

    Amazon is launching a new shopping service that steals a page out of Instagram's playbook

    1 month ago - By Business Insider

    Amazon has debuted Amazon Scout, a new visual-based shopping page.
    The page displays pictures of items Amazon sells, which shoppers can then 'like' or 'dislike.'
    It's currently limited to a few visual-focused categories, like furniture and women's shoes.
    Visual shopping like this is becoming more prominent, with big players like Instagram about to get in on it.
    Amazon has debuted its newest way to shop the site.
    Called Amazon Scout , the idea is a hybrid of all visual shopping and discovery. Customers will be given a number of options for products in a few categories, which they can then...
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