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Google roundup: Shopping Actions, losing ad share, Monorail gets Pay
20 March 2018, 03:17 | Cedric Leonard
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Google's Shopping Actions feature could help retail chains keep customers
On Monday, those included Target, Walmart, Costco, Home Depot and Ulta Beauty, which are all hitching at least part of their wagons to Google in a move aimed at improving their online sales and taking a bite out of the market dominance enjoyed by e-commerce kingpin Amazon.
And while Google and Facebook have historically held the bulk of the USA digital ad investments from retailers, Amazon and Snapchat are beginning to eat away at their market share.
Whether users and retailers will adopt one over the other might depend on smaller quality-of-life differences between Amazon and Google, such as delivery costs and speed, ease of use, and any final product price differences. The same customer can then order something like foil through a voice-enabled device and then purchased both items at once through a checkout flow hosted by Google.
"It's clear that people want helpful, personal, and frictionless interactions that allow them to shop wherever and however they want - from making decisions on what to buy, to building baskets, to checking out more quickly than ever before", Google said.
For example, shopper Kai can do a search on Google for moisturizing hand soap, see a sponsored listing for up & up brand soap from Target, and add it to a Google Express cart. The tech company is pitching its new service as a tool to help retailers get more sales from PCs, mobiles and devices supporting voice search. The update changes how Google's core algorithm works.
So, the sites that lost the ranking were replaced by other sites, which gained because of the update in the algorithm.
Google noted that these types of searches jumped 85% over the last few years. In launching Shopping Actions, the company is aiming to make more money from searches and give retailers a better chance of fighting off Amazon.
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