The 2020 Spotlight Award Goes To…


2020 “AI eCommerce Spotlight Award”

Today, I’m proud to announce the 3rd annual “AI eCommerce Spotlight Award” winner. This award is distributed to recognize the company that has differentiated themself from the competition over the prior 12 month period within the ai eCommerce industry.


Our award winner for 2020 is: –

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Congratulations to our winner. We’ll be closely monitoring and reporting on the performance of all vendors, existing and new, throughout the course of the year.

Here is a list of all vendors that were considered for the award:

ABtasty –

Abzooba – –

Algolia –

AltexSoft –

Anaplan –

Apptus –

Attraqt –

AutoCommerce –

B12 –

Barilliance –

Big Commerce –

Bloomreach –

Braze –

Brighterion –

Bunting –

Clarifai –

Clinc – h

Cloud Engage –

Cloud-iq –

Cognigy –

Cognira –

Cognitive Scale –

Commerceiq – –

Coveo –

Criteo –

DynamicYield –

Elastic Path –

Emarsys –

EpiServer –

Evergage –

Evolv –

Exponea –

Feedzai –

Fellow – h

First Insight –

Forma –

Granify –

H2O –

HiConversion –


Infinite Analytics –

Invia Robotics –

IPSoft –

Jetlore –

Jumper –

Justuno –

Kameleoon –

Kibo –

Kindred –

Klevu –

Kofax – h

Kount –

Kungfu –

Layer6 –

LiftIgniter –

Linkcious –

Limespot –

Listrak –

Magento –

Monahq –

Narvar –

Neowise –

Netcore –

Netomi –

NetSuite –

Nosto –

Octane AI –

OnlineSales –

Optimize –

OptinMonster –

Optoro – –

Personetics –

Pure360 –

PureClarity –

Pype Stream –

Qubit –

Reactful –

Reflekton –

Rehinged –

Rich Relevance –


SalesForce –

Scalefast –

SearchIQ –

Shopify –

Simility –

SiteZeus –

Slyce –

Staqu –

Syte –

Tellius –

3PM –

Triggmine –

Twiggle –

Twilio –


Valyant –

Vectra AI –

Visenze –

Vtex –

Vue –


WayBlazer –


Woo Commerce –

Wylei –

Yokart –

Yusp –

Zeta –

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