Street Fight Daily: Google Monetizes Product Searches, Amazon’s Next Whole Foods Move

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A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology…

Google Partners with Retail Giants to Monetize Online Product Searches (VentureBeat)
Alphabet’s Google routinely fields product queries from millions of shoppers. Now it wants to take a cut of their purchases, too.

SMB OS Operators: Part II: Slice (Street Fight)
Having raised $15 million in funding just last year, Slice is a prime example of what we call SMB OS operators: companies helping SMBs compete in today’s digital economy with a full suite of solutions beyond core advertising and marketing.

Amazon Accidentally Revealed Its Next Plan for Whole Foods in a Job Posting (Business Insider)
Shoppers could soon be able to pick up their groceries, Amazon orders, and, potentially, purchases from other merchants in one location.

5 ‘Smart’ Shelf Solutions for Retailers (Street Fight)
So-called “smart” shelves are changing the way retailers interact with customers on the sales floor and offering added value to consumer-facing store apps. Here are five examples of smart shelving technologies being used by retailers right now.

10% Own an AI Device, 32% Plan to Get One, 58% Don’t Want Any (MediaPost)
Artificial intelligence continues to improve in devices like smart speakers, but that doesn’t mean consumers want it.

Reuters Just Got $10 Billion to Build a Sustainable News Business (Recode)
It’s the biggest assignment in journalism: Take a set-in-its-ways 167-year-old news organization and reconfigure it radically so that it can compete on the global stage against countless young digital upstarts.

Oath Revamps Its Header Bidding-Like Tech for Mobile Apps (AdExchanger)
The in-app waterfall is drying up. On Monday, Oath released a new version of Super Auction, its replacement technology for the ad network mediation role that mobile networks have traditionally fulfilled.

Publishers Turn to Registration Walls to Foster Connections with Readers (Digiday)
Consumer revenue is top of mind for many publishers, so some of them are starting with registration requirements.

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Joe Zappa is the Managing Editor of Street Fight. He has spearheaded the newsroom's editorial operations since 2018. Joe is an ad/martech veteran who has covered the space since 2015. You can contact him at [email protected]