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IBM collaborates with ABOF to enhance Shopping Experience



Aditya Birla Online Fashion (ABOF) and IBM have announced a shopping experience to deliver a personalized and convenient shopping experience powered by IBM Cloud and Watson.


ABOF’s goal is to provide highly convenient and distinctive customer experience, driven by a strong technology backbone and 100% curated merchandise.


ABOF customers can use natural language questions within ABOF’s enhanced eCommerce platform and receive greater personalization and product recommendations.


With this new feature, shoppers can now interact and ask natural language questions about ABOF’s unique product assortment, receiving customer responses to their inquiries. For example, a customer could type, “where can I find a red floral dress?” or type a combination of price and product inquiry such as, “show me black shoes below Rs.2,000.” These inquiries are recognized and understood by the system on ABOF’s website to recommend top matches to the shopper.


The customer engagement is conducted through a simple question and answer interface leveraging Watson’s Natural Language Classifier, as well as Retrieve and Rank delivered on the IBM Cloud. IBM Global Business Services and IBM Research worked with ABOF to introduce the service and help create a more engaging and intuitive shopping experience for customers.


“The business of fashion has experienced extreme change in recent years,” said Prashant Gupta, President & Chief Executive Officer, “Our aim is to create seamless and convenient shopping experiences for our customers in the digital world. This is a start of our cognitive journey and we plan to implement more Watson-enabled solutions in the future to continue our momentum.”


“There is an exponential growth in online sales in the Indian fashion industry and companies need to drive deeper understanding, better engagement and leverage data more efficiently to enhance the customers’ shopping experiences. It is estimated that the sales conversion will be more as the customer doesn’t have to spend more time in looking for the product they desire. IBM solutions will help stand out and carve a niche by tapping into the power of Watson. ABOF can make the customer’s shopping experience more personalized, informed and enjoyable, similar to what users could get in a physical store if not better,” said Prativa Mohapatra, Vice-President, Watson Platform, IBM India/SA


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