• From Small Business Trends:
"The entire Cyber Week, from Thanksgiving through Cyber Monday, brought in $38 billion, up 7.8% compared to the previous year. This growth was consistent across various shopping days, including Thanksgiving and Black Friday, pointing towards an overall robust holiday season in e-commerce."
• From The Information:
Amazon will stop broadcasting matches from the U.K.’s top soccer league in 2025. The Premier League said Monday that it had sold four years of U.K. broadcast rights starting with the 2025-2026 season to Comcast’s Sky Sports and Warner Bros. Discovery’s TNT Sports for a total of $8.5 billion.
Prime Video has broadcast 20 out of the Premier League’s several hundred matches per season each year since it entered the market in 2019, but appears to be outbid in this round.
The Information notes that "Amazon isn’t getting out of soccer entirely - through a separate deal, Prime Video will broadcast 17 Champions League games per year in the U.K. starting in 2024."
• From the South China Morning Post:
"Alibaba.com, the international business-to-business wholesale marketplace of Alibaba Group Holding, expects the roll-out of a new artificial intelligence (AI) tool to help the platform’s merchants automate their client-facing operations, including writing emails, to entice more customers overseas.
"An AI-upgraded version of OKKI, the customer relationship management software-as-a-service (SaaS) offering under Alibaba Cloud, will be available to foreign trade merchants from Friday, according to Alibaba.com.
"It said the response rate of these merchants’ overseas clients improved by 32 per cent when their business correspondence was polished by OKKI."