Slowly and gradually, TikTok is trying to strengthen its position in the US. The company has introduced some new features. Notably, the company came forward with its new e-commerce platform, TikTok Shop, in the United States. Users can benefit from this feature and search for and directly purchase products featured in the live videos via the dedicated “Shop” tab.
Since November 2022, the company has been testing the new feature with a small number of users in the US. The new shopping experience is a big advancement because it gives creators the ability to tag items in their videos and form relationships with companies that provide potential for commission-based marketing, which ultimately boosts earnings.
In addition to this, the company is launching the new “Fulfilled by TikTok” program. It will give the creators a chance to sell their own products. Such a program will aim to take care of the storage, packaging, and shipping of products. Furthermore, the company is advertising the new feature with hashtags like #TikTokMadeMeBuyIt. “With TikTok Shop, we’re giving people an opportunity where they can experience the thrill of exploring and buying new products without exiting the app,” claims TikTok.
Challenges with the newly debuted shopping experience
According to TikTok, the new shopping feature already has the support of around 200,000 sellers and 100,000 creators. However, there are a few hurdles. First and foremost, according to user reports, the shop button showcases cheap and forged products from China. In addition to this, there are several concerns regarding the collection of users’ data, like financial information, shopping habits, and addresses, given the data privacy practices of the platform.
According to TikTok, “USDS manages payment information for US users, and we partner with third-party payment services to help with transactions on TikTok Shop.” Besides this, the existing e-commerce market is quite competitive. TikTok will face immense competition from brands like Shein and Amazon. However, the platform’s unique offering of letting consumers buy the things they see in their feed directly might seriously threaten conventional stores.
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