Louis Vuitton, Volvo Tapping Thai Social Commerce Via Line Chat App | World News

BANGKOK (Reuters) – Luxury fashion and auto brands in Thailand have turned to selling their products on Japanese chat app Line amid the coronavirus pandemic, tapping the country’s growing appetite for social commerce, a top executive said on Thursday.

Brands like Louis Vuitton, Chanel and Volvo were among those that opened official accounts on the messaging app, which outranks Facebook’s WhatsApp and Rakuten’s Viber in Thailand, aiming to connect with users during a coronavirus lockdown.

“The luxury category was forced to adapt because their stores were closed,” Line Thailand chief commercial officer, Norasit Sitivechvichit, told Reuters.

Thailand earlier this year imposed a nationwide curfew and closed malls for nearly two months to contain infections.

“During the pandemic, sellers became very active,” Norasit said, adding that others sold cosmetics and fast-moving consumer goods.

Line, which charges sellers for sending messages and live streaming, said its monthly active users in Thailand grew

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Facebook Integrates Messenger Chat With Instagram

Facebook  (FB) – Get Report said on Wednesday that it would incorporate its Messenger service with Instagram’s direct messages, enabling the apps’ users to directly communicate with each other through calls and chats.

Users can also control where and whether they receive messages and calls — in their chats or message requests, or not at all according to the company’s privacy control policies, the Menlo Park, Calif., social-media giant said in a statement.

With the new update, Facebook is changing how users can control their privacy, including tools that will enable them to report suspicious activity.

Facebook said it would first integrate those features on Instagram and Messenger in a few countries and then expand globally.

With the update, users can stay connected with their friends and family without deciding which app to use to communicate. Instagram users can decide if they want to update to the new

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WOW! to Participate in Live Virtual Fireside Chat as Part of KeyBanc’s Future of Technology Series

ENGLEWOOD, Colo., Sept. 16, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — WOW! Internet, Cable & Phone (NYSE: WOW), a leading broadband services provider, today announced the company’s CEO, Teresa Elder, and CTO, John Rego will participate in a fireside chat as part of KeyBanc’s Future of Technology Series on Thursday, September 17, 2020.

The event is part of KeyBanc’s ongoing series focused on timely and unique content across the technology landscape. Elder and Rego will discuss current market shifts in the telecommunications industry as a result of an increase in remote work, digital acceleration, deglobalization and changing consumer consumption habits.

“We are looking forward to participating in KeyBanc’s event not only to discuss how WOW! is helping ensure customers experience the highest quality of service during this unprecedented time, but to also further the dialogue on the impact of the pandemic on the telecommunications industry,” said Teresa Elder, CEO of WOW!.

To learn more

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