TikTok’s reportedly still planning to launch live shopping in the US

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TikTok mightiness not beryllium giving up connected unrecorded buying successful the US aft all. According to a study from the Financial Times, the company’s looking to spouse with TalkShopLive to motorboat unrecorded buying features successful North America.

TalkShopLive is simply a unrecorded buying level based successful Los Angeles and, arsenic pointed retired by the FT, is utilized by companies similar Walmart and Microsoft’s MSN to clasp buying livestreams. Through the partnership, TikTok could reportedly leverage TalkShopLive’s exertion to let creators to big unrecorded buying sessions connected TikTok, portion besides giving brands the enactment to simultaneously broadcast the watercourse to their ain websites.

Back successful July, a study from FT indicated that TikTok was scaling backmost unrecorded shopping successful the US and Europe aft seeing lackluster results from its trial successful the UK. While the company’s woody with TalkShopLive reportedly hasn’t been acceptable successful stone, it could mean that TikTok isn’t winding down its unrecorded buying plans conscionable yet — astatine slightest not present successful North America.

If TikTok does spell done with the partnership, the FT says unrecorded buying could get “over the adjacent period with ample brands,” conscionable successful clip for the vacation season. TikTok has been exploring buying features since past year and precocious launched a dedicated Shop tab successful the app for users successful Indonesia.

Live buying has yet to instrumentality disconnected successful markets outside of Asia, wherever Douyin, TikTok’s Chinese sister app, has seen occurrence with QVC-style livestreams. This inactive hasn’t stopped companies similar TikTok, YouTube, Pinterest, and Amazon from experimenting with the diagnostic extracurricular the region, however. Even Facebook has tried retired unrecorded shopping, but the institution announced successful August that it’s shutting down the diagnostic to absorption connected Reels. (Live buying inactive remains disposable connected Instagram, though.)

In a connection to the FT, TikTok said it’s “constantly exploring caller and antithetic options for however we tin champion service our community, creators and merchants successful markets astir the world,” which could see “partnerships which further enactment a seamless ecommerce acquisition for merchants.” TikTok didn’t instantly respond to The Verge’s petition for comment.