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How Relevant is Your Site Search: 5 Elements You Can’t Afford to Ignore

Toys ’R’ Us announced earlier this month that they were closing their doors after 70 years in business, ending an era of timely Christmas bargains and birthday toy-store visit traditions. Amidst last minute scrambles for discounts, nostalgic videos of how it all began, and discussions over what’s left to salvage, the story remains the same — online beat retail yet again. We’ve heard the diatribe about innovation disrupting normalcy and changing how things are done in a hundred different contexts before. The industrial revolution made mass manufactured goods accessible and…

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Why AI in eCommerce is the Partner You’ve Been Looking For

AI is touted as the next big thing in almost every industry. From agriculture to transport, there’s barely any industry that is yet to explore at least an aspect of artificial intelligence and how it can enhance it in some way. In the context of eCommerce specifically, the applications of AI go from bots and virtual assistants to its most widespread application — assisted product discovery. But what is product discovery and what role does AI play in simplifying it? Simply put, product discovery is the experience of easily finding…

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Evolution of Commerce: How AI is Disrupting the Fashion Industry

Karl Lagerfeld’s tech-inspired collection took the fashion world by storm in Paris Fashion Week last year. Chanel’s creative director transformed the runway into cyberspace and showcased fashion’s way of acknowledging the role played by technology in the world of fashion. Fashion-tech, as industry pundits call it, has not just begun. Fashion has embraced almost every tech trend — be it wearable tech, social media and influencer marketing, or even VR and augmented reality. Fashion is constantly evolving and so are the technological trends that aid trade in this ephemeral industry. The impact…

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Site Search in eCommerce and How it All Began at Unbxd

The story of how it all began at Unbxd, in Pavan’s words.  I’ve taken a decision to begin writing at an exciting time at Unbxd. We are growing really fast and have a great opportunity to solve some of the hardest problems software can solve. And, to solve them well. Today, Unbxd has grown its product portfolio to solve product discovery — every onsite interaction that visitors engage in to find products. We power all of them — search, browse, recommend on multiple devices. Our engine determines the most relevant set of products to…

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Machine Learning Versus Automation in Site Search for eCommerce

Machine learning, AI, Deep Learning are trending buzzwords now. Especially with Site Search and Online Commerce. But, how do you tell that you need machine learning? How do you know that a particular solution has machine learning? Though the terms automation and machine learning are used interchangeably, the biggest difference between the two is that automation does not require any learning. Automation is all about using machines to automate what humans would otherwise do manually. For instance in E-commerce Site-Search, a good automation based solution will use past purchase information to…

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How Technology Helps Small Retailers Fight the Big Guys

Imagine the most efficient salesperson at your favorite store and how well they predict just what you would like to buy. Now imagine the same efficient salesperson, except it’s not just you she knows about — she knows about thousands like you and helps each of those yous with just as much precision. That’s an exceptionally watered down, oversimplified version of what personalization and AI mean to the ecommerce world. And if you’re competing with the Amazons of the world, that clever algorithm is your best friend. It isn’t good…

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Decoding the Real Retail Transformation Story

“What is the future of retail?” As an oft-repeated question that has had its share of the spotlight in retail conferences and boardroom discussions across the globe, posing this question here could seem a bit been there done that. We’re not strangers to the image of e-commerce monsters gobbling up traditional brick-and-mortar stores. eMarketer states that e-commerce sales will increase at four times the rate of retail sales this year bringing the yearly estimate to 23.2% for 2017. That is a disturbing statistic if you’re at the retail end of…

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Is 1:1 Personalization Really Everyone’s Cup Of Tea?

Personalization is quite the buzzword in the eCommerce world. Any retailer, eCommerce executive, merchandiser or eTail technology leader will be quick to mention 1:1 personalization as one of hot topics on their mind. I have experienced this firsthand during my visits to digital retail events in 2017 — right from Big Show and eTail to IRCE. Almost every retailer wants to know more about this elusive trend that is hot on the charts and every vendor claims to be doing it like a pro. But getting down to the brass…

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