While alternative data has already entrenched itself in the financial sector, others have been adopting it more slowly. There is, however, one other sector that has been investing a lot of time and resources into alternative data – ecommerce.
Applications of a new type of data in finance are clear. Yet, how and why alternative data gained prominence in e-commerce might be more of an enigma to most of us. In order to uncover the secrets, Oxylabs cooperated with Censuswide and surveyed UK e-commerce company decision makers.
Alternative data’s rising importance is clearly outlined in the answers provided by decision makers. However, its integration into company processes hasn’t been as straightforward as one would expect. E-commerce companies, in large part, are aware of the benefits of alternative data, but are struggling to fully harness its power.
Retail and e-commerce sectors were among those most affected, both positively and negatively, by the COVID-19 pandemic. Businesses had to undergo massive changes or be swept away by the changing landscape. As a result, we can see that a large portion of companies are now attempting to optimise their performance through newly available data sources on the web.
Tomas Montvilas, Chief Commercial Officer at Oxylabs.io
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Adomas Sulcas is a PR Team Lead at Oxylabs. Having grown up in a tech-minded household, he quickly developed an interest in everything IT and Internet related. When he is not nerding out online or immersed in reading, you will find him on an adventure or coming up with wicked business ideas.
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