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AI Can Revolutionize E-commerce, Says Svetlana Kordumova, Founder and CEO of Pixyle.ai

Harnessing AI and computer vision can enhance shopping experiences and operational efficiency.

AI Can Revolutionize E-commerce, Says Svetlana Kordumova, Founder and CEO of Pixyle.ai

Pixyle.ai uses computer vision and generative AI to create labels.

Here, Svetlana Kordumova, a Ph.D. graduate in AI and computer vision, discusses the inception of Pixyle.ai, its AI-powered solutions and the future of retailing. Leveraging AI for e-commerce, Pixyle.ai aims to optimize product data entry, improve customer engagement and enhance the shopping experience.

With a focus on the fashion industry, Kordumova envisions a future where AI will reshape the way we shop and operate e-commerce platforms.

WWD: What was the impetus behind founding the company? What problems in the market did you see that needed a solution?

Svetlana Kordumova: I was a Ph.D. student at the University of Amsterdam, specializing in AI and computer vision. On a personal note, I was also a passionate online shopper. The shopping experience I encountered on fashion e-commerce platforms was frustrating; it was difficult to find what I wanted. At that same time, I was working on advanced AI technology with image recognition and search capabilities, which had not yet been applied in real-life user scenarios for e-commerce shopping.

I still remember attending an event where the presenter wore a dress that perfectly matched what I had in mind, and I couldn’t help but wonder why there wasn’t a way for me to simply snap a picture and find that dress online. So, I suppose my frustration with the challenges of online shopping, together with my experience in AI and image understanding, drove me to start Pixyle.ai.

The biggest challenge I identified on the market was the ease of finding what you want as a shopper. Although the core product of Pixyle.ai pivoted to solve the problem of manual data entry for e-commerce teams with AI, this is still part of our core value. Our mission is to provide outstanding AI product data for e-commerce teams to save time, that will ultimately help shoppers find the products they love hassle free.

WWD: What are some of the other challenges facing retailing and brands from a consumer engagement perspective?

S.K.: In today’s landscape of diverse technologies and AI tools, retailers and brands still encounter challenges in engaging consumers effectively. One big problem is that shoppers struggle to find what they want, since the filtering on the e-commerce sites is poor, or the search does not work well. This makes it tough for consumers to find items they like online, leading to them giving up on buying products, and e-commerce stores losing out on sales.

All this is tied up to the dreadful process of e-commerce or merchandising teams having to manually input product data. So, to optimize time and processes, they input only the basic data and tags, like the category or the color of the item. However, if some person wants to buy a “puff-sleeve dress for a beach wedding,” and types this in the search bar, if the e-commerce store does not have sleeve type “puff sleeve” as data associated with their dresses, or “beach wedding” as an occasion, the customer won’t see any results back. It might be the case that the e-commerce store has 50 of those dresses, but it’s missing on sales since they are not shown back to a customer with a high shopping intent.

The data associated with the products is crucial for many touch points of the customer experience. With richer data, all tools like personalization, recommendation or search will work better. The marketing teams will be able to run more targeted ads, or SEO teams improve their ranking with SEO-optimized product tags, titles and descriptions. Decision makers will have richer and better data on which they can base their decisions for future collections or sales planning.

We see that the fashion industry is still quite traditional on the operational side. Teams still do a lot of things manually. I believe that AI has the potential to change this, by automating a lot of processes. At Pixyle.ai, we are automating the complete product data entry for e-commerce teams. Product tags, attributes, titles, descriptions, site search and SEO-optimized tags in multiple languages our clients get with Pixyle.ai in seconds from only one product image.

WWD: How does your AI solution work?

S.K.: Pixyle.ai is a product data enrichment platform that generates product data for fashion e-commerce using computer vision AI and generative AI. Pixyle’s AI models can automatically tag and organize product information for online stores in multiple languages, saving e-commerce teams hours of manual work. 

AI Can Revolutionize E-commerce, Says Svetlana Kordumova, Founder and CEO of Pixyle.ai

Svetlana Kordumova

Brands use our AI platform to solve the pain of having to manually assign product data, which is taking them too much time and resources. This manual process is slow and inaccurate. Inaccuracies in product data result in finding products difficult for shoppers. Insufficient data also restricts product filtering options online. This inevitably results in less sales and conversions. 

For marketplaces, the pain point is in manually handling data for large amounts of products coming from different brands, which is time-consuming and costly. Extensive teams collaborate on product data entry procedures. To save time, this manual process is limited to only a few attributes, resulting in not having enough data to filter products online, or to provide good search results when someone types in a query in their search bar.

Our product tagging solution powered by computer vision AI, saves e-commerce teams valuable time by automatically tagging images with rich attributes. For example, for a dress that is being sold on an e-commerce store, the attributes that Pixyle detects are “red,” “long sleeves,” “flowery” pattern, “V-neck,” “business casual” style, “midi” length, “belted,” etc. All of this data, Pixyle’s AI can generate in just 0.9 seconds, by processing one product image of the dress. If a person needs to input this data from scratch, it would take around three minutes on average per product.

In simple terms, our visual AI engine generates tags from uploaded photos, whether by users or clients, depending on the business model of the e-commerce store. This allows for the entire catalogue to be auto-tagged in minutes, meeting deadlines and improving product discoverability without the need to hire or train a dedicated team.

Pixyle.ai also provides optimized site search tags, which enrich inventory with precise and rich AI-generated tags from a lexicon of more than 20,000 attributes, all gathered from user’s search queries. This improves site search result relevance for e-commerce stores and simplifies shopping. For example, if a customer searches for a “puff-sleeve dress for a beach wedding party” with strong purchase intent on an e-commerce site, advanced search capabilities won’t matter if the products lack associated sleeve types or occasions. Even if the store stocks more than 100 such dresses, they won’t appear in the results, resulting in a missed opportunity for a high-intent sale.

Label recognition is another AI solution offered by Pixyle.ai, that extracts clothing label data such as the exact brand, size, origin and material for fashion items, from the neck and side labels. This solution is used by e-commerce marketplaces in the secondhand industry. By taking photos of the labels and sending them to Pixyle’s label recognition AI, they are able to populate all the information found on the labels in a matter of seconds, instead of spending valuable time inputting them manually.

Label recognition is like having a fashion-savvy friend who can instantly decode clothing labels for you. Imagine you’re selling on a secondhand platform, or working in a thrift store for vintage clothing. Instead of squinting at tiny text and filling it in, just snap a pic of the label and voilà! Pixyle’s AI does its magic, serving up all the label’s info in seconds. No more tedious data entry.

WWD: What is the value proposition for retailers and brands who use it? How does it differ from other AI solutions in the market?

S.K.: We help e-commerce teams save time on product data entry and enrichment. We’ve seen efficiency improvements of up to 80 percent for merchandising and e-commerce teams. Additionally, after using Pixyle’s AI data enrichment, our clients have measured a big boost in sales and conversion rates. By having better product information, shoppers find what they want more easily, leading to more sales. We’ve seen conversion rates go up by as much as 8 percent, and average order values increase by 35 percent.

Pixyle stands out from its competitors as it’s the sole platform on the market dedicated exclusively to data entry for fashion. All our taxonomies, AI models and innovations are tailored specifically for the fashion vertical. This focus enables us to provide the richest taxonomy available, ensuring high accuracy and relevance in every aspect of product tagging and data enrichment. By homing in on fashion, we’ve refined our tools to meet the unique needs and nuances of the industry, setting us apart as the go-to solution for fashion e-commerce businesses.

WWD: How do you see the use of generative AI and other technologies evolving over the next few years?

S.K.: Looking forward, I think we’ll see generative AI and other tech going more niche into solving specific problems, beyond the general hype. AI will help fashion brands design clothes, predict trends and even customize outfits for customers. This means we might see more unique and cool clothing options, tailored to people’s tastes. It’s going to shake up how fashion works, making it faster, more creative, and better suited to what people want. The whole shopping experience will change from search-wise to conversational. When you go to an e-commerce store, you will have a digital agent walking you through the virtual store, just like you do in the physical stores.

I believe it’s going to revolutionize both the way we shop and how e-commerce teams operate. With enhanced intelligence, e-commerce teams will innovate faster, delivering more personalized and better experiences for shoppers.