GoPro shares jump after ‘crushing’ Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales, boosted by new products

GoPro shares were up more than 5% in premarket trading Wednesday after the company a day earlier reported record Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales, which were boosted by new cameras. During Black Friday and Cyber Monday, GoPro’s total camera sales jumped 120% year-over-year in the time between the two shopping days. In October, just in time for holiday shopping, GoPro debuted two new cameras, the Hero8 Black and the Max, in addition to new GoPro app features. The cameras also generated “the hi


GoPro shares were up more than 5% in premarket trading Wednesday after the company a day earlier reported record Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales, which were boosted by new cameras.
During Black Friday and Cyber Monday, GoPro’s total camera sales jumped 120% year-over-year in the time between the two shopping days.
In October, just in time for holiday shopping, GoPro debuted two new cameras, the Hero8 Black and the Max, in addition to new GoPro app features.
The cameras also generated “the hi
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GoPro shares jump after 'crushing' Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales, boosted by new products

GoPro shares were up more than 5% in premarket trading Wednesday after the company a day earlier reported record Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales, which were boosted by new cameras.

During Black Friday and Cyber Monday, GoPro’s total camera sales jumped 120% year-over-year in the time between the two shopping days. The Hero8, which was launched in October, accounted for 90% of that growth, the company said.

“We’re very happy with how each of our products are selling-through so far this holiday,” GoPro founder and CEO Nick Woodman said in a release. “We believe the surge in demand we’re seeing positions us well for full-year profitability in 2019 and continued revenue and earnings growth in 2020.

“We crushed it,” Woodman said.

These strong sales show that customers are responding well to the company’s most recent camera innovations, which have boosted sales over the last two months.

The company said in its third-quarter earnings report that its new cameras reached record sales after their launch on the company’s website.

In October, just in time for holiday shopping, GoPro debuted two new cameras, the Hero8 Black and the Max, in addition to new GoPro app features. Unit sales of the Hero8 Black surpassed every previous new GoPro in its first month on the company’s website, including the 2018 Hero7 Black by 40%, according to GoPro’s earnings report. The Max also outpaced its predecessor Fusion in the first month of sales.

“Both products appear to be unquestionable hits with consumers and we’re optimistic about their impact on our business going forward,” Woodman said in the company’s earnings report.

The Hero8 Black has better stabilization than previous models and “sports four digital lenses to easily select a field of view,” the company said. The MAX is a dual-lens camera that is “like having three cameras in one.”

The cameras also generated “the highest positive social sentiment metrics of any new GoPro,” Woodman said. The Hero8 Black’s launch video became the most viral launch video of any other GoPro camera.

GoPro reported sales of $131 million in the third quarter and a net loss of $75 million, or 51 cents a share loss.

The company had a market cap of $601.2 million at Tuesday’s close.


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Cyber Monday online sales hit record $9.4 billion, boosted by late-night spending spree, Adobe says

Cyber Monday shoppers spent a record $9.4 billion online, up 19.7% from a year ago, according to data released by Adobe Analytics. Between 10 p.m. and 2 a.m., consumers spent $2.9 billion online — nearly a third of the day’s total revenue. Retailers with more than $1 billion in annual revenue saw online sales jump 540% compared to an average day, Adobe said. Adobe is forecasting that online sales for the entire holiday season will hit $143.8 billion. Online shopping on Black Friday hit a record


Cyber Monday shoppers spent a record $9.4 billion online, up 19.7% from a year ago, according to data released by Adobe Analytics.
Between 10 p.m. and 2 a.m., consumers spent $2.9 billion online — nearly a third of the day’s total revenue.
Retailers with more than $1 billion in annual revenue saw online sales jump 540% compared to an average day, Adobe said.
Adobe is forecasting that online sales for the entire holiday season will hit $143.8 billion.
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Cyber Monday online sales hit record $9.4 billion, boosted by late-night spending spree, Adobe says

A U.S. Postal Service (U.S.P.S.) worker unpacks packages from a truck on December 02, 2019 in San Francisco, California. Cyber Monday shoppers are on track to spend a record $9.4 billion on online purchases, a nearly 19 percent jump from one year ago, following strong Black Friday sales purchases of $7.2 billion.

Cyber Monday shoppers spent a record $9.4 billion online, up 19.7% from a year ago, according to data released by Adobe Analytics.

Adobe, which monitors the online transactions of 80 of the top 100 web retailers in the United States, was initially predicting that Cyber Monday online sales would hit $9.4 billion but preliminary results suggested that sales fell short of estimates.

But the numbers got a boost from late night shoppers. Between 10 p.m. and 2 a.m., consumers spent $2.9 billion online — nearly a third of the day’s total revenue.

In addition to buying more items, Cyber Monday shoppers were also buying pricier products. Adobe found that the average consumer’s online shopping cart was 6% bigger at checkout than last year.

Top-selling products included Frozen 2 toys, L.O.L. Surprise dolls, the Nintendo Switch, Samsung TVs and Apple laptops.

Retailers with more than $1 billion in annual revenue saw online sales jump 540% compared to an average day, Adobe said. Smaller retailers with less than $50 million in yearly sales also benefited from the shopping holiday, seeing a 337% increase.

E-commerce giant Amazon did not release any data about its Cyber Monday sales but said that the top categories sold on its site were toys, home, fashion and health and personal care. Top toys sold between Black Friday and Cyber Monday on Amazon included Monopoly Game: Disney Frozen 2 Edition and Lego Star Wars Darth Vader’s Castle.

Adobe is forecasting that online sales for the entire holiday season will hit $143.8 billion. So far, shoppers have spent $81.5 billion online between Nov. 1 and Dec. 2, according to Adobe.

Online shopping on Black Friday hit a record of $5.4 billion, up 22.3% from a year ago, Adobe said. But both Thanksgiving and Black Friday online sales fell short of Adobe’s initial estimates.


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Cyber Monday sales to hit record $9.2 billion, Adobe says

As of Monday morning, Adobe was calling for Cyber Monday online sales to hit $9.4 billion, climbing 18.9% from 2018. Last year, Cyber Monday sales hit a fresh $7.9 billion. Meanwhile, shopping online on Black Friday hit a record of $5.4 billion, up 22.3% from a year ago, Adobe said. Online sales for the entire holiday season are forecast by the firm to hit $143.7 billion. On Black Friday, Adobe said states that saw over 2 inches of snow recorded an increase of 7% in online sales.


As of Monday morning, Adobe was calling for Cyber Monday online sales to hit $9.4 billion, climbing 18.9% from 2018.
Last year, Cyber Monday sales hit a fresh $7.9 billion.
Meanwhile, shopping online on Black Friday hit a record of $5.4 billion, up 22.3% from a year ago, Adobe said.
Online sales for the entire holiday season are forecast by the firm to hit $143.7 billion.
On Black Friday, Adobe said states that saw over 2 inches of snow recorded an increase of 7% in online sales.
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Cyber Monday sales to hit record $9.2 billion, Adobe says

Cyber Monday sales in 2019 are reaching new records, as the ease of shopping on the internet beats hopping in the car to head to the mall.

Shoppers are expected to ring up a whopping and record $9.2 billion online on Monday, up 16.9% from a year ago, with people spending an estimated $11 million every minute from 11 pm E.T. to midnight, according to Adobe Analytics, which tracks the web transactions of 80 of the top 100 internet retailers in the U.S.

Monday is also expected to become the first day in history where consumers spend over $3 billion, in a 24-hour window, via their smartphones.

As of Monday morning, Adobe was calling for Cyber Monday online sales to hit $9.4 billion, climbing 18.9% from 2018. Estimates later in the day were slightly below that number. Last year, Cyber Monday sales hit a fresh $7.9 billion.

Top sellers online on Monday included “Frozen 2” Toys, LOL Surprise Dolls, NERF products, the Nintendo Switch, Samsung TVs, Airpods and air fryers, Adobe said.

Online deals, coupled with the fact that promotions are moving earlier in the season, have lessened Black Friday’s clout. Many analysts and onlookers said traffic was lighter at malls and stores this year. Black Friday sales for bricks-and-mortar shops dropped 6.2%, after shopping on Thanksgiving Day rose 2.3%, according to ShopperTrak data released this past weekend.

Meanwhile, shopping online on Black Friday hit a record of $5.4 billion, up 22.3% from a year ago, Adobe said. Spending on the web on Thanksgiving Day surpassed $4 billion for the first time ever.

“Black Friday has lost at least some relevance as a barometer of the health of consumer spending,” Oppenheimer & Co. analyst Brian Nagel said. “Our simple analysis of data suggest clearly that overall trends in consumer spending remain healthy and that those chains with the best, most compelling online offerings are best positioned to capitalize upon this solid underlying dynamic.”

For the holiday season so far, or from Nov. 1 through Dec. 1, $72.1 billion has been spent online, Adobe said. Online sales for the entire holiday season are forecast by the firm to hit $143.7 billion.

Some nasty weather across parts of the U.S. also helped fuel a spike in online retail purchases over the weekend. On Black Friday, Adobe said states that saw over 2 inches of snow recorded an increase of 7% in online sales.


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Target and Walmart are a threat to Amazon this Cyber Monday

Amazon has become a huge threat to big-box stores in recent years, but those retailers may be making a comeback this Cyber Monday. Walmart and Target had bigger jumps than Amazon in online customer spending during the first two weeks of November compared with the same period last year, according research firm Edison Trends, which looked at more than 1.2 million transactions. Walmart took in 51% more than last year, while Target followed close behind with a 47% increase. “Retailers have gone from


Amazon has become a huge threat to big-box stores in recent years, but those retailers may be making a comeback this Cyber Monday.
Walmart and Target had bigger jumps than Amazon in online customer spending during the first two weeks of November compared with the same period last year, according research firm Edison Trends, which looked at more than 1.2 million transactions.
Walmart took in 51% more than last year, while Target followed close behind with a 47% increase.
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Target and Walmart are a threat to Amazon this Cyber Monday

Amazon has become a huge threat to big-box stores in recent years, but those retailers may be making a comeback this Cyber Monday.

Walmart and Target had bigger jumps than Amazon in online customer spending during the first two weeks of November compared with the same period last year, according research firm Edison Trends, which looked at more than 1.2 million transactions.

Walmart took in 51% more than last year, while Target followed close behind with a 47% increase. Amazon’s customer spending grew just 32%.

As retailers battle for market share, they are investing in their e-commerce options, and integrating them with brick-and-mortar stores. This includes adding more products to their online shops, offering in-store pick up for items purchased online and direct shipping from stores to customers’ houses, according to Nomura Instinet analyst Michael Baker. These companies are also investing in the infrastructure of their websites to allow them to handle big shopping days like Cyber Monday.

“Retailers have gone from being in denial about the potential threat of e-commerce to accepting that e-commerce is a real threat and investing to take advantage of the omnichannel asset,” Baker said.

They’re realizing that they can compete with Amazon to win back market share, he added.

There is a lot of competing to be done. Amazon sees more users start with its site when online shopping than on any other site, including Google, according to a recent report by Bain & Co.


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It’s Cyber Monday: How to tell if your online shopping habit is a problem

For Cyber Monday, the internet is full of online shopping land mines. It’s easy to get sucked into to online shopping, particularly around the holidays. An estimated 68.7 million people will shop on Cyber Monday this year, according to a 2019 National Retail Foundation survey. While shopping more than usual this month, or making some uncharacteristically extravagant purchases on Cyber Monday is normal, extreme online shopping can become a problem for some. Compulsive buying disorder, also known


For Cyber Monday, the internet is full of online shopping land mines.
It’s easy to get sucked into to online shopping, particularly around the holidays.
An estimated 68.7 million people will shop on Cyber Monday this year, according to a 2019 National Retail Foundation survey.
While shopping more than usual this month, or making some uncharacteristically extravagant purchases on Cyber Monday is normal, extreme online shopping can become a problem for some.
Compulsive buying disorder, also known
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It's Cyber Monday: How to tell if your online shopping habit is a problem

For Cyber Monday, the internet is full of online shopping land mines. It’s easy to get sucked into to online shopping, particularly around the holidays. An estimated 68.7 million people will shop on Cyber Monday this year, according to a 2019 National Retail Foundation survey. And last year, Americans spent $6.9 billion on Cyber Monday alone, which is a 19.3% increase from 2017.

While shopping more than usual this month, or making some uncharacteristically extravagant purchases on Cyber Monday is normal, extreme online shopping can become a problem for some.

Compulsive buying disorder, also known as “shopping addiction” or “buying and shopping disorder,” is a mental health condition that affects about 5% of the population, according to a 2016 study. It is characterized by “extreme preoccupations with and cravings for buying and shopping, and by irresistible and identity-seeking urges to possess consumer goods,” explains Astrid Muller, a psychology professor at Hannover Medical School in Germany, who studies the disorder.

So what separates harmless shopaholics from those with a problem?

People with a shopping addiction may shop to a persistent, excessive and impulsive degree regardless of the financial or psychological consequences. They may buy more than they can afford, or shop for things that they have no use for, Muller tells CNBC Make It.

Most people are familiar with “retail therapy” or shopping to relieve sadness. Similarly, excessive shopping is an outlet that people use to regulate their emotions, Muller says. For example, they shop to get pleasure, relieve negative feelings or cope with stress. A person who’s addicted to shopping doesn’t just shop to get a deal on a product they need or want; they do it to improve their mood, gain social recognition and improve their self-image.

If your typical shopping patterns and habits meet several of the criteria — strong cravings, shopping to regulate emotions, not using purchased goods — then that’s cause for concern, Muller says.


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Cyber Monday shoppers on track to hit a record $9.4 billion, Adobe says

Cyber Monday shoppers have already spent $473 million in online sales, as of 9 a.m. States that saw more than 2 inches of snow also saw a 7% boost in online sales, Adobe said. Last year, Cyber Monday sales hit $7.9 billion. This year, shoppers didn’t wait until Cyber Monday to start their online shopping. Online spending hit a record of $5.4 billion, up 22.3% from a year ago, according to Adobe data Sunday night.


Cyber Monday shoppers have already spent $473 million in online sales, as of 9 a.m.
States that saw more than 2 inches of snow also saw a 7% boost in online sales, Adobe said.
Last year, Cyber Monday sales hit $7.9 billion.
This year, shoppers didn’t wait until Cyber Monday to start their online shopping.
Online spending hit a record of $5.4 billion, up 22.3% from a year ago, according to Adobe data Sunday night.
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Cyber Monday shoppers on track to hit a record $9.4 billion, Adobe says

Big tech platforms have consumer data histories to inform advertising strategies, but lack of personalization in ads is still a big problem for the e-commerce industry.

Holiday shoppers aren’t headed to the store today. But they’re still spending.

Cyber Monday shoppers have already spent $473 million in online sales, as of 9 a.m. ET, according to data released by Adobe Analytics, which monitors the online transactions of 80 of the top 100 web retailers in the U.S.

Cyber Monday online sales are on track to hit $9.4 billion, or 18.9% year-over-year growth, according to preliminary data, Adobe said.

Between 10 p.m. ET Monday and 2 a.m. ET Tuesday, Adobe is expecting shoppers to spend $2.8 billion, 30% of the day’s revenue. Shoppers are expected to spend $11 million per minute during the peak hour of 11:00 p.m. ET and midnight ET, as they jump on deals before they end.

As extreme weather hits some areas of the country, shoppers may be even more motivated to do their shopping from home. States that saw more than 2 inches of snow also saw a 7% boost in online sales, Adobe said.

The top sellers so far in toys include “Frozen 2,” L.O.L Surprise Dolls and Paw Patrol, while top video games and consoles include Madden 20, FIFA 20 and Nintendo Switch. Samsung TVs, Apple laptops and Amazon Echo are among the most popular electronic products, according to Adobe.

Last year, Cyber Monday sales hit $7.9 billion.

This year, shoppers didn’t wait until Cyber Monday to start their online shopping. Retailers began sales in early November and lines were thin at stores on Black Friday as deals began on Thanksgiving Day.

Black Friday was predicted to be the busiest shopping day of the year in the U.S. for shoppers to head out to stores, but even on that day people were loading up online shopping carts. Online spending hit a record of $5.4 billion, up 22.3% from a year ago, according to Adobe data Sunday night.


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What to watch out for when shopping online from work this Cyber Monday

Justin Lubin | NBCU Photo BankIf you’re like many workers, you’ll be shopping online while you’re working today. A recent survey from Robert Half Technology, a human resources consulting company, found that 52% of employees plan to shop online this Cyber Monday. Cyber Monday is the most popular day for online shopping at work — or “workshopping” — according to 43% of those surveyed, followed by Amazon Prime day, with 38%. Another group that’s most likely to search for goods at work: working pare


Justin Lubin | NBCU Photo BankIf you’re like many workers, you’ll be shopping online while you’re working today.
A recent survey from Robert Half Technology, a human resources consulting company, found that 52% of employees plan to shop online this Cyber Monday.
Cyber Monday is the most popular day for online shopping at work — or “workshopping” — according to 43% of those surveyed, followed by Amazon Prime day, with 38%.
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What to watch out for when shopping online from work this Cyber Monday

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If you’re like many workers, you’ll be shopping online while you’re working today. A recent survey from Robert Half Technology, a human resources consulting company, found that 52% of employees plan to shop online this Cyber Monday. Cyber Monday is the most popular day for online shopping at work — or “workshopping” — according to 43% of those surveyed, followed by Amazon Prime day, with 38%. And 44% of workers admitted that their productivity suffers when they shop, according to the survey. Workers who are most likely to “workshop” include those ages 25 to 40. Men were more inclined than women to admit that scrolling for deals hurt their productivity.

Another group that’s most likely to search for goods at work: working parents. As you scour the web at work for sales, there are some risks you want to keep in mind.

Compromised security

With more shoppers online, there’s also an increase in predators who want to steal your credit card numbers and other personal information. When online shopping at work, you also run the risk of giving those bad actors access to your company server, which can cause all kinds of problems, said Bill Driscoll, senior district president at Robert Half Technology. To help avoid that, always use websites you know and make sure the web address starts with “https,” Driscoll said. More from Personal Finance:

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Cyber Monday strategies: the do’s and don’ts this shopping season

“Know who you’re shopping for, know what you need to buy, and then spend two minutes looking around for those items,” she said. Shoppers are expected to buy more gifts online than in stores this holiday season, and nearly half plan to do it all on Cyber Monday. Also, 46% plan to shop on Cyber Monday, up from 41% two years ago. To get the best deals, here are some do’s and don’ts to follow while you shop. The annual percentage rate on a store card generally is over 25%, compared to 17% for the av


“Know who you’re shopping for, know what you need to buy, and then spend two minutes looking around for those items,” she said.
Shoppers are expected to buy more gifts online than in stores this holiday season, and nearly half plan to do it all on Cyber Monday.
Also, 46% plan to shop on Cyber Monday, up from 41% two years ago.
To get the best deals, here are some do’s and don’ts to follow while you shop.
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It pays to be smart this Cyber Monday. While there are steps to take to make sure you are getting the best deals, there are also potential traps you can fall into. “Having a strategy for Cyber Monday is imperative, especially if you’re looking to save money,” said Sara Skirboll, a shopping expert with coupon website company RetailMeNot. “Know who you’re shopping for, know what you need to buy, and then spend two minutes looking around for those items,” she said. Shoppers are expected to buy more gifts online than in stores this holiday season, and nearly half plan to do it all on Cyber Monday. According to the National Retail Federation, more than 68 million shoppers will be taking advantage of deals and promotions this Cyber Monday.

Trust me, there will be lots of stores offering you two or three, even four different types of incentives and promotions. Sara Skirboll RetailMeNot shopping expert

Another survey, from Consumers’ Research, the nation’s oldest consumer organization, found that 31% of respondents will do most or all of their shopping online. Meanwhile, 25% said they intend to do most or all of their shopping in a store. Also, 46% plan to shop on Cyber Monday, up from 41% two years ago. To get the best deals, here are some do’s and don’ts to follow while you shop.

DO monitor social media

If you have favorite retailers, follow them on social media. They may announce any sales they’re having there. Look for them to tout online doorbuster and “Lightning Deals.” These offers are often gone in the blink of an eye. When it comes to Amazon Lightning Deals, for instance, “you can prepare ahead of time by looking at upcoming offers and mark to ‘watch’ them so you’ll be notified before they go live,” said DealNews.com senior writer Julie Ramhold. “With other retailers, your best bet is to sign up for their newsletters, as they tend to send out communications about their sales.”

DON’T grab the first sale you see

If you’re seeing one price at Target, for example, odds are that Walmart has it discounted, as well, and looking around could save you a few dollars. Also, don’t take the face-value sale. Look at coupon sites such as Rakuten (formerly eBates), Coupons.com, and RetailMeNot.com. Look at emails for special offers for loyal fans and followers, too.

RetailMeNot’s Skirboll says always do a little more digging to see if there are further discounts you can get. “There are tons of places to buy an Instapot, but who is going to offer you a coupon code, a cash back offer, free shipping, or all three?” she said. “Trust me, there will be lots of stores offering you two or three, even four different types of incentives and promotions.”

DO ‘stack coupons’

If you have one coupon code that takes 50% off and another code that takes 20% off, you may be able to use both of them on Cyber Monday. Sometimes those coupons can be used in conjunction with other discounts to get bigger savings.

DON’T just click on an email link

Beware of email scams and phishing. What may seem to be a legitimate website may, in fact, be a scam. A link may seem as if it is from a familiar retailer but there may be, for example, an extra letter in the name. Look closely. To be safe, go directly to the site of the company that the email supposedly comes from. You’ll avoid clicking malicious links that could cause you to accidentally download malware or spyware onto your laptop, tablet or mobile phone. More from Invest in You:

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DO double-check the web address or URL

Before submitting payment information, make certain that the web address or URL is correct. It generally should be a “.com” not “.net” address, for example. Also check for “HTTPS” in front of the URL. If it says “HTTP” without the “S,” your connection to the site is not secure, and someone can steal your payment card information.

DO shop with a rewards credit card

If you know you’re going to be spending a fair amount of money, make sure you’re getting the biggest bang for your buck by using a rewards credit card. Getting cash back may be the greatest reward for many shoppers. CreditCards.com analyst Ted Rossman prefers making purchases through a credit card or airline partner portal, which will connect you with the retailer’s site, instead of going directly to store’s website. “In doing so, you could earn an extra 5% or 10% in cash back or travel points (potentially even more),” he said.

However, nearly 1 in 3 Americans said they’re likely to apply for a store credit card this holiday shopping season, up from 24% who said so last year, according to CompareCards.com. Don’t do it. The annual percentage rate on a store card generally is over 25%, compared to 17% for the average rewards card. An exception would be if you pay the balance in full every month and received a generous one-time discount or ongoing discount at a store you frequent, such as 5% cash back at Target, Amazon or Best Buy, Rossman said.

DON’T shop on public WiFi

When you’re making purchases online, avoid public connections, such as WiFi at a coffee shop, hotel or airport. Fraudsters can get personal and financial information from using public WiFi that’s not secure, including payment card information or login credentials. Stick to your home WiFi or a trusted network when you shop online.

DON’T buy more to get free shipping

If you’re having to fill up your cart to meet a free shipping minimum, and the shipping charge is cheaper than what you’ll spend on the extra items, it’s worth it to just go ahead and pay shipping, rather than risk buying a bunch of things you don’t need or want. “If you can only get free shipping on orders over $35, but items under that amount incur a shipping charge, you can avoid that cost most of the time by opting for pickup where it’s available,” DealNews.com’s Ramhold said.

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How Google uses A.I. to help businesses increase profits from online shopping

Artificial intelligence can help businesses make more money from online shopping, Carrie Tharp, Google Cloud’s head of retail, told CNBC on Monday. “We’re helping retailers with Google A.I. to help drive their ability to do promotions, recommendations, improve their margins with dynamic pricing,” Tharp said on “Squawk Alley.” While it’s not clear if Google is providing all these services to businesses whose websites are hosted on its cloud, Tharp said some of its partners include Home Depot and


Artificial intelligence can help businesses make more money from online shopping, Carrie Tharp, Google Cloud’s head of retail, told CNBC on Monday.
“We’re helping retailers with Google A.I.
to help drive their ability to do promotions, recommendations, improve their margins with dynamic pricing,” Tharp said on “Squawk Alley.”
While it’s not clear if Google is providing all these services to businesses whose websites are hosted on its cloud, Tharp said some of its partners include Home Depot and
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Company: cnbc, Activity: cnbc, Date: 2019-12-02  Authors: kevin stankiewicz
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How Google uses A.I. to help businesses increase profits from online shopping

Artificial intelligence can help businesses make more money from online shopping, Carrie Tharp, Google Cloud’s head of retail, told CNBC on Monday.

“We’re helping retailers with Google A.I. to help drive their ability to do promotions, recommendations, improve their margins with dynamic pricing,” Tharp said on “Squawk Alley.” “So it’s really helping that retail C-suite deliver on all of their financial goals.”

While it’s not clear if Google is providing all these services to businesses whose websites are hosted on its cloud, Tharp said some of its partners include Home Depot and Kohl’s.

Tharp’s comments on the retail landscape come on Cyber Monday, the annual e-commerce bonanza that is on pace to generate more than $9 billion in sales, according to Adobe Analytics.

Online sales on Black Friday hit a record $7.4 billion, according to Adobe. Meanwhile, store foot traffic fell by about 6%, ShopperTrak found.

Tharp, who joined Google Cloud in July, previously served as chief digital officer at Neiman Marcus Group, where she oversaw the luxury retailer’s push to embrace data and digital analysis.

“We also think that the future of retail is driven by retail intelligence,” Tharp said,.

For Cyber Monday and the Thanksgiving shopping weekend, in particular, Google Cloud has placed an intense focus on making sure websites do not crash — especially with the record sales that had been expected, Tharp said.

A Google survey from July found 10% of companies had their websites crash during Black Friday or Cyber Monday in 2018, while 40% said it happened during the last three years.

That represents a potential loss of revenue for businesses, which is why Tharp said her team has engineers “sitting with them through the actual weekend in their war rooms, making sure their systems scale no matter what happens so that there’s never a break-the-internet moment for one of the retailers hosted on Google Cloud.”


Company: cnbc, Activity: cnbc, Date: 2019-12-02  Authors: kevin stankiewicz
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