Chinese social commerce comprises 11.6 percent of online sales

Chinese Social Commerce - man and woman using phones in Beijing

Retail sales over this channel have been skyrocketing across the country and will continue growing. Chinese social commerce is rapidly rising and is expected to reach $242.41 billion in 2020, comprising 11.6 percent of the total online retail sales in the country, according to a new eMarketer forecast report. The report predicts that by 2023, the growth rate will bring that figure to almost double that level. The report indicated that Chinese social commerce would continue an extremely rapid rise for retail sales, almost doubling by the close of 2023,…

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Desktop ads hit harder by pandemic than mobile advertising

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Adverts running on smaller screens didn’t suffer as much from the coronavirus crisis as those for laptops. Mobile advertising didn’t experience as bad of a hit from the coronavirus pandemic’s impact as desktop ads did during the first quarter of 2020. This, according to the Q1 Quarterly Mobile Index report published by the PubMatic adtech company. The report included the results of a data analysis conducted by the company. Its analysis revealed that mobile advertising impression volume on publisher sites remained essentially unchanged when comparing periods before and after the…

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Microsoft and FedEx partner up to improve online and mobile commerce shipping

Mobile commerce shipping - FedEx Van

The companies announced a new multiyear collaboration to combine their technologies. Last week, FedEx and Microsoft jointly announced a new multiyear collaboration to help transform online and mobile commerce shipping. They plan to do this by bringing together the courier’s global digital and logistics network and the tech giant’s intelligent cloud power. The partnership wants to build new opportunities for their customers through a range of joint offerings. Together Microsoft and FedEx intend to use the joint online and mobile commerce shipping enhancing offerings powered by Dynamics 365 and Azure.…

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Uber AI technology ensures all its drivers wear face masks

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Though passengers are supposed to wear masks, the artificial intelligence will not be used for them. New Uber AI technology is being used to help ensure that the ride hailing service’s drivers all obey the mandatory regulation that they wear masks. The artificial intelligence is incorporated into a new selfie-taking rule every time the driver goes online. As of this week, every time the drivers go online, they need to snap a selfie of themselves to gain access to the rest of the rideshare service app. This will trigger an…

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Anaheim Police to employ facial recognition software in pursuit of criminals

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Following a year and a half of pilot testing, city officials are prepared to invest in the technology. Anaheim city officials are moving ahead with investments into facial recognition software for police use. The technology has undergone an 18-month pilot test phase, and the city wants to equip officers with its benefits. The software allows police to compare criminal suspects against databases of mugshots. A new report from Anaheim city staff detailed the cost, features and use for the facial recognition software. The city will be paying $35,000 per year…

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