In an open letter to European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, 41 price comparison sites from 21 European countries are calling on the Commission to take action against what they call "the ongoing abuse of power by Google".
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According to sources at Amazon, the web giant has changed the search algorithms in order to rank both its own products and more profitable products higher in the search results.
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Google's Images pages are increasingly looking like pages of the search engine's Shopping section, now product information and prices, reviews and availability are added to Images search results.
Google is fast becoming an online department store: in the United States, the company has launched the newest version of Google Shopping, including direct checkout and strong personalisation.
Google employees listen to, and analyse in detail, recordings made by its Home speakers and the Assistant app on smartphones. And all that without clear notification, let alone permission, a Belgian news show claims.
Google is experimenting with shopping links underneath videos on its platform YouTube. The internet giant is looking for new sources of revenue due to the growing competition in advertising from Amazon.
For the first time in years, Apple is no longer number one in the list of the most innovative companies in the world as compiled by Boston Consulting Group. The new champion is Google, followed by Amazon. Both companies are heavily invested in artificial intelligence.
Store chains pay far more taxes than internet platforms, which is untenable - according to Carrefour CEO Alexandre Bompard. He is therefore in favour of a tax that will bring an end to this fiscal imbalance, which is tabled in France but rejected for the whole EU.
Google Images is receiving an extra layer: the search engine has started a test in the United States in which it becomes a web shop, as it adds price information and a shopping link to its images.
Belgian supermarket chain Colruyt is testing a system that allows customers to make their shopping lists through Google Assistant. The system records what customers ask, then suggests products based on the customer's previous orders.
Carrefour is showing its ambition in the digital world by opening a Digital Hub in Paris. In a partnership with Google, the retailer wants to develop new solutions based on artificial intelligence.
Voice commerce, shopping through a smart speaker like Amazon Echo, struggles to gain popularity. eMarketer had hoped that almost a third of users would be shopping through smart speakers by 2019, but it turns out less than one percent has adopted the practice.
The British government has announced plans for a new tax that mainly targets foreign tech companies such as Amazon, Google and Facebook. A similar discussion in the European Union is heading nowhere, so the UK wants to proceed on its own.
The food sector won't escape disruption, according to Nils van Dam of Duval Union Consulting. The increase in conflicts within the sector is no coincidence: the entire chain is under pressure, and FMCG companies will have to invest in data to survive.
American shoppers will soon be offered a ride to Walmart... in a self-driving car. Google's sister company Waymo is rolling out a pilot in which around 400 regular customers will be taken to the hypermarket with an unmanned shuttle car.
Starting from October, you can literally ask your smart phone which gift it wants to pick for you. Zalando and Google are collaborating on a gift-picking chat bot for the virtual Google Assistant, which is present on all Android phones.