Meta and Amazon’s Collaboration, Google’s Search Feature Updates and More News

Amazon sellers — strap yourselves in because this week we have game-changing announcements for you. But before we spill the beans, you need to catch up on last week’s news, where Amazon, Walgreens and Etsy stole the headlines. Done that? Amazing. Grab your coffee, it’s time for some groundbreaking eCommerce updates.

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Meta and Amazon’s Collaboration

We weren’t joking when we said that it’s time for game-changing news. 

This week, Meta and Amazon are making headlines with their new social commerce innovation. The new feature allows users to connect their Facebook and Instagram with Amazon for a seamless shopping experience. 

This move, currently exclusive to the US, is revolutionizing how we shop on social media, letting users make purchases directly from ads without ever leaving Meta’s apps.

By combining Amazon’s deep insights into consumer behavior with Meta’s reach, advertisers can craft incredibly personalized ads, potentially skyrocketing conversion rates. 

This collaboration also offers a smart workaround for Apple’s App Tracking Transparency policy, giving Meta advertisers a new edge.

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Still, there are lingering questions about how data sharing and performance measurement will work, along with concerns about user privacy and trust. 

Despite these challenges, the Meta-Amazon alliance marks a bold leap forward in social commerce, promising exciting avenues for advertisers.

In essence, Meta and Amazon’s partnership is simplifying online shopping, enhancing ad targeting, and tackling digital advertising hurdles. 

What does it mean for eCommerce sellers?

The partnership offers significant opportunities for eCommerce sellers. The possibilities include: 

  • increased product visibility across large user bases, 
  • more targeted advertising through integrated data insights, 
  • and a streamlined shopping experience that allows customers to purchase directly from social media ads. 

This collaboration not only simplifies the buying process for consumers but also opens potential avenues for global market expansion, making it a noteworthy development in the eCommerce landscape.

Hold up! Have you checked out our article on the topic of Black Friday and Cyber Monday? If not, make sure to give it a read!

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Google’s Search Feature Updates

Step into the future of online shopping with Google’s innovative search feature updates. 

Picture a journey where each click on Google’s new “Deals” page brings you closer to exclusive discounts and deals. Sounds good? But wait, there’s more: Chrome now actively seeks out the best discount codes and alerts you about price drops of products you’ve already searched for in the past. 

The update shows users where the best discounts and prices are, but doesn’t narrow it down to the site the user actually searched on. 

For example, if a user normally shops on Amazon, the update will show products with discounts not only on Amazon’s page, but on other websites as well. Thanks to the update, the platform is officially transforming the shopping experience into an intelligent, intuitive adventure. 

Google’s latest innovation represents a strategic move in the digital commerce arena, challenging giants like Amazon, Meta, and TikTok. 

By aligning with consumer intent for both specific searches and general browsing, Google’s approach is as efficient as it is expansive, offering a glimpse into the future of digital commerce. 

These intuitive updates could significantly reshape consumer shopping habits, indicating that Google is ready to be a major contender in the digital commerce landscape, moving beyond its traditional search engine role.

What does it mean for eCommerce sellers?

Google’s latest search features present a significant opportunity and challenge for eCommerce sellers, offering broader exposure and potential increased traffic through a dedicated “Deals” page and enhanced search capabilities. 

While this move opens doors for increased sales, especially for those offering competitive deals, it also poses challenges for smaller sellers who might struggle to match larger discounts. If you’re an eCommerce seller, it’s time to put those strategic marketing skills into use.

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Amazon’s Workers To Strike

Spain’s CCOO union has called for Amazon’s warehouse and delivery workers to strike for one hour per shift on November 27 (Cyber Monday) and November 28.

This strategic strike, a bold play for better pay and conditions, signifies just the beginning, according to Douglas Harper, the union’s lead voice for Amazon. With Amazon’s operations in Spain running on a tight schedule of three daily shifts, the ripple effect of this strike could be substantial.

The crux of CCOO’s demands cuts deep into the heart of workers’ welfare:

  • improved safety standards, 
  • recognition of the inherent risks in their workplaces, 
  • a bolstering of human resources support, 
  • and a much-needed wage hike to match their intensive labor. 

Amazon counters this narrative, with a spokesperson in Spain asserting the company’s commitment to a secure, state-of-the-art work setting, along with competitive remuneration. 

Yet, this labor unrest is not just Spain’s story. It mirrors a global crescendo of worker voices, including recent protests in the UK, challenging Amazon’s balancing act between its meteoric growth and the well-being of its ever-growing workforce. 

As Amazon aggressively expands in Spain, particularly in its eCommerce logistics and cloud computing sectors, the tension underscores a critical challenge: how to sustain its rapid expansion while nurturing the backbone of its operations — its employees.

What does it mean for eCommerce sellers?

The strike poses several challenges for eCommerce sellers. These include potential disruptions in fulfillment and shipping, necessitating the exploration of alternative fulfillment options and diversification of sales channels. 

Sellers may face increased operational costs and need to manage customer expectations around delivery times and labor practices. 

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International Retailer News

TikTok Shop’s Comeback in Indonesia

TikTok Shop is making an exciting rebound in Indonesia, overcoming a major hurdle posed by Jakarta’s ban on social commerce. After some suspenseful weeks, it’s finally time for a thrilling comeback, fueled by strategic collaborations with local eCommerce giants. 

Last month’s buzz hinted at TikTok’s unwavering commitment to its booming Indonesian market, with talks of securing a unique license for product promotions and ads. 

This narrative, once shrouded in mystery, gained clarity with the confirmation from Temmy Satya Permana, Assistant Deputy for SME Financing and Investment of Indonesia’s Ministry of Cooperatives and SMEs on November 17th.

Permana’s announcement sheds light on TikTok Shop’s renewed journey, promising full compliance with Indonesia’s regulatory landscape, though details of its partnerships remain under wraps. 

With Indonesia being a goldmine for TikTok Shop, contributing a whopping 42% to its Gross Merchandise Value in 2022 (a staggering 4.4 billion USD, projected to hit 6 billion USD this year), the platform’s revival is more than just a comeback — it’s a major economic play.

As anticipation builds around TikTok Shop’s return, the digital commerce world watches eagerly, awaiting the unfolding of this strategic and potentially game-changing move.

What does it mean for eCommerce sellers?

TikTok Shop’s return to Indonesia offers eCommerce sellers a lucrative opportunity to tap into a large, dynamic market, promising increased sales through innovative marketing on the popular platform. 

Sellers must adapt to local regulations and possibly new operational challenges. However, the platform’s vast, engaged user base and potential collaborations with local eCommerce platforms present a unique chance to expand reach and gain a competitive edge, especially among younger consumers. 

PAYSTRAX Expansion

PAYSTRAX, a FinTech company known for its innovative payment solutions, has recently embarked on its UK journey, following the acquisition of its Payment Institution License from the FCA. 

Originating from Vilnius, Lithuania in 2018, PAYSTRAX stands out with its organic growth approach, eschewing traditional funding methods in favor of self-sustaining development. 

This strategy has proven successful, with the company achieving a cashflow positive status just six months after inception and reporting an impressive annual gross revenue of €20 million in 2022. 

As a member of the European Payments Group and holding Principal Memberships with VISA and Mastercard, PAYSTRAX is well-equipped to provide card transaction acquiring and payment solutions to UK and EU merchants.

CEO and co-founder Johannes Kolbeinsson emphasizes PAYSTRAX’s commitment to delivering high-quality acquiring services and leveraging data intelligence for customer benefit. With a focus on efficiency and innovation, the company aims to cultivate strong partnerships and provide value-added services to UK retailers. 

PAYSTRAX’s entry into the UK market is timely, considering the country’s status as a leading FinTech hub and its rapid adoption of cashless payment solutions. Over 500 retailers across the UK and Europe already trust PAYSTRAX for digital payment adoption, highlighting the company’s potential impact in reducing friction in digital payment methods. 

The FCA’s licensing in May 2023 marks a significant milestone for PAYSTRAX, reinforcing its commitment to regulatory compliance, customer protection, and the provision of secure, efficient payment services in the UK’s dynamic FinTech landscape.

What does it mean for eCommerce sellers?

PAYSTRAX’s expansion into the UK market brings significant advantages for eCommerce sellers, including access to advanced and efficient payment solutions, compliance with regulatory standards, and the opportunity to reach a wider customer base in both the UK and EU. 

Also in the News 

  • Black Friday — conscious consumer statistics. ChannelX.
  • Xiaomi’s first revenue growth in six quarters. SCMP.


For everyone 

Various dates: Amazon advertising’s global webinar program continues with 20+ webinars scheduled, covering Amazon Prime Day preparation, sponsored products, sponsored brands, reporting, optimization, and other tips. Learn more: Amazon.

For US sellers

December 6: Digital Marketing Panel. Learn more: Tinuiti.

For UK sellers

Various dates: Amazon advertising’s global webinar program continues with 20+ webinars scheduled, covering Amazon Prime Day preparation, sponsored products, sponsored brands, reporting, optimization, and other tips. Learn more: Amazon.


Dominika Kaminska

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