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AI in e-commerce helps product sales

Over the last few years, e-commerce companies have made buying and selling items online easier by using AI. EBay, one of the largest e-commerce companies in the world, uses computer vision, natural language processing, machine learning and deep learning to help users.

EBay has invested heavily in developing and deploying AI capabilities. While it doesn’t necessarily do anything unique — competitors including Wayfair and Amazon have developed similar AI in e-commerce tools — what it does appears to benefit sellers and buyers on its platform, which differs markedly from its biggest competitors in being auction-driven and oriented primarily toward sellers.

EBay provides several tools for images, including a search by image function and photo cleanup.

Image recognition

Using the mobile eBay application, buyers and sellers can take a photo of an object, which, using computer vision and deep learning, eBay matches with similar images on its platform. The feature has been available since 2017, and has since been improved as more images have been uploaded for the machine learning algorithms to train on.  

Comparable features are available on a number of other platforms, including Google and Amazon. These platforms also have object recognition, enabling users to take a photo of something and see comparable items.

By also considering product descriptions as well, the search function optimizes accuracy. Sellers are able to get automatic pricing recommendations, although that wasn’t always so.

EBay screenshot
EBay uses AI to automatically identify images and to do image cleanup

“Historically we did a really bad job with [pricing models],” said Scot Hamilton, vice president of engineering.

EBay has a lot of unique inventory, Hamilton explained, making it difficult to find true peers to benchmark against for some objects.

Looking at characterizes such as the images, price range, descriptors and titles of the listed object, and by comparing it to similar objects, among other things, eBay attempts to automatically determine a relative price for an object.

The suggested price is generally slightly lower than the market average to keep inventory moving, Hamilton said. Casual and hobby sellers adopt the suggested price point around 80% of the time, he said.

AI in e-commerce

The platform also boasts an image cleanup capability for sellers. The feature, still in beta, takes an image and tries to automatically separate the featured object from visual clutter in the background.  

“Search engines these days require, in many cases, a white, clean background on photos,” said Harry Temkin, vice president of seller experience.

Sellers, he continued, “often take pictures in very interesting places,” like on the stairs, in a kitchen or in a garage.

The beta feature crops the featured item automatically from the photo. Now, manual input is still required in many cases, with users having to swipe around the edges of an object. However, the feature is getting sharper, Temkin said.

It is software that is continuously learning.
Harry TemkinVice president of seller experience, eBay

“It is software that is continuously learning,” he said. The more photos that go through it, the better it will work.

Besides its image features, eBay provides home-grown automatic translation, enabling buyers and sellers in different countries to see listings in their own languages.

The translation happens behind the scenes, Hamilton said, with users not necessarily realizing it’s even happening.

According to Hamilton, eBay’s model is 5% or 6% more accurate than off-the-shelf products.

“Being a global platform … not everyone speaks English,” Temkin said. “Being able to use machine translation to convert an English listing into a German listing or a Spanish listing or a French listing is useful.”

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For Sale – JBL studio monitors – 306P MkII’s x2 (pair)

Bought these a few months back, brand new, but they’re too big for the spare room and ended up buying some ex-demo Genelecs 3 weeks later

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For Sale – JBL studio monitors – 306P MkII’s x2 (pair)

Bought these a few months back, brand new, but they’re too big for the spare room and ended up buying some ex-demo Genelecs 3 weeks later

The JBLs are literally as new, with all their original packaging & boxes and their cables.

Still well within their warranty too.

£200 collected or £220 sent via courier.

Happy to post first to long standing members with decent feedback, otherwise it’ll need to be payment up front

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For Sale – JBL studio monitors – 306P MkII’s x2 (pair)

Bought these a few months back, brand new, but they’re too big for the spare room and ended up buying some ex-demo Genelecs 3 weeks later

The JBLs are literally as new, with all their original packaging & boxes and their cables.

Still well within their warranty too.

£200 collected or £220 sent via courier.

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Qlik-Podium acquisition aims to boost BI data management

Qlik is buying startup Podium Data. The Qlik-Podium acquisition gives the self-service BI and data visualization software vendor new data management technology to boost its enterprise strategy and its ability to compete with archrival Tableau.

As part of the Qlik-Podium deal, Podium Data will move all 30 of its employees — including the co-founders and management team — from its Lowell, Mass., headquarters to Qlik’s regional office in Newton, Mass. Financial terms weren’t disclosed.

Podium will be a wholly owned subsidiary of Qlik and operate as a separate business unit, though with tighter connections to the Qlik platform to provide expanded BI data management capabilities, according to Drew Clarke, senior vice president of strategy management at Qlik.

Podium’s namesake technology, which automates data ingestion, validation, curation and preparation, will remain open and able to integrate with other vendors’ BI and analytics platforms, Podium CEO Paul Barth said.

Qlik on the rebound?

The Qlik-Podium purchase is part of Qlik’s effort to rebound from business problems that led to it being bought and taken by private equity firm Thoma Bravo in 2016. Multiple rounds of layoffs and a management change ensued, and Qlik lagged somewhat behind both Tableau and Microsoft Power BI in marketing and product development.

“It’s part of an acceleration of our vision,” Clarke said of the acquisition in a joint interview with Barth at the Newton office. “When we looked at what’s going on in big data in terms of volume of data and the management of that and making it accessible and analytics-ready, we felt that the Podium data solution was a great fit.”

While Clarke maintained that Qlik has been “enterprise-class” rather than department-oriented for some time, he also said Podium’s data management technology gives Qlik the ability to scale up and manage larger volumes of data.

Clarke said Podium’s technology is complementary to Qlik’s Associative Big Data Index, a system expected to be released later this year — that will index the data in Hadoop clusters and other big data platforms for faster access by Qlik users. “Podium can be used to prepare data files, which supports the Associative Big Data Index creating its indexes and other files,” he said.

Photo of Qlik and Podium execs by Shaun Sutner
Drew Clarke, Qlik senior vice president of strategy management (left), and Podium Data CEO Paul Barth at Qlik’s office in Newton, Mass.

How the sale came about

Barth said that after emerging as a startup more than four years ago, Podium was mulling another round of investment in January. The company started talking to investors and “strategic technology companies” and connected with Qlik, he added.

Podium fits into Qlik’s business strategy to provide data, a platform and analytics tools in the role of the data component, Barth said, “and we’re going to work with them on the platform piece to deploy this both on premises and in the cloud.”

For now, Podium is keeping its name, “but more information will be coming” about that within the year, including the possibility of a new name, Clarke said.

With Podium, Qlik broadens scope

Tableau released a data preparation tool for use with its BI software in April. But buying Podium enables Qlik to establish a complete data management and analytics platform in conjunction with its Qlik Sense software and improves the company’s ability to compete with Tableau, said Donald Farmer, principal of analytics consulting firm TreeHive Strategy and a former Qlik executive.

This is part of a trend of Qlik expanding their scope.
Donald Farmerprincipal, TreeHive Strategy

“This is a good acquisition for Qlik,” Farmer said. “In terms of competition, this more complete platform enables them to position effectively in a broader space than, say, Tableau.”

Farmer said the Qlik-Podium acquisition also makes Qlik more resemble companies in the enterprise BI space like Tibco and Microsoft that offer end-to-end self-service data management, including software for acquiring, cleansing and curating data, plus analytics and collaboration tools.

“Together with announcements that Qlik made at their Qonnections conference in May about machine learning and big data analytics, this is part of a trend of Qlik expanding their scope,” Farmer said.

Qlik gets data lake capabilities

Podium often is associated with managing data lake environments that feed big data applications, although it says its platform can handle all types of enterprise data. The Podium architecture is built on top of Hadoop, which Barth said makes the technology less expensive for enterprises running tens of thousands of processing jobs a night.

David Menninger, an analyst at Ventana Research, said he was surprised at the Qlik-Podium acquisition announcement.

In part, that’s “because Qlik has not been particularly strong in the data lake market because of their in-memory architecture, but Podium is largely focused on data lakes or big data implementations,” Menninger said.

Nonetheless, Menninger said he sees some positive potential for the deal for Qlik and its users.

“As analytics vendors add more data preparation capabilities, Podium Data’s capabilities can significantly enhance the value of data processed using Qlik,” he said.

News writer Mark Labbe contributed to this story.

For Sale – TP-Link Passthrough Powerline adapters (2 packs)

Selling my TP-Link Powerline adapters as I no longer require them since buying a Netgear Orbi.

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These powerline adapters are great as you don’t lose the use of any of the sockets that they are plugged into.

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For Sale – TP-Link Passthrough Powerline adapters (2 packs)

Selling my TP-Link Powerline adapters as I no longer require them since buying a Netgear Orbi.

I have 2 packs for sale
TLPA4020PKIT – 500Mbps dual ethernet port kit
and
TLPA4010PKIT – 500Mbps single ethernet port kit. Missing ethernet cables.

These powerline adapters are great as you don’t lose the use of any of the sockets that they are plugged into.

Instructions for use can be found on the TP-Link website here Download for TL-PA4020P KIT V1.20 | TP-Link United Kingdom

Looking for £55 delivered for the two packs

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For Sale – TP-Link Passthrough Powerline adapters (2 packs)

Selling my TP-Link Powerline adapters as I no longer require them since buying a Netgear Orbi.

I have 2 packs for sale
TLPA4020PKIT – 500Mbps dual ethernet port kit
and
TLPA4010PKIT – 500Mbps single ethernet port kit. Missing ethernet cables.

These powerline adapters are great as you don’t lose the use of any of the sockets that they are plugged into.

Instructions for use can be found on the TP-Link website here Download for TL-PA4020P KIT V1.20 | TP-Link United Kingdom

Looking for £55 delivered for the two packs

Price and currency: £55
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Selling my TP-Link Powerline adapters as I no longer require them since buying a Netgear Orbi.

I have 2 packs for sale
TLPA4020PKIT – 500Mbps dual ethernet port kit
and
TLPA4010PKIT – 500Mbps single ethernet port kit. Missing ethernet cables.

These powerline adapters are great as you don’t lose the use of any of the sockets that they are plugged into.

Instructions for use can be found on the TP-Link website here Download for TL-PA4020P KIT V1.20 | TP-Link United Kingdom

Looking for £55 delivered for the two packs

Price and currency: £55
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
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Location: Aylesbury Bucks
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Prefer goods collected?: I have no preference

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