New words – 12 July 2021

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voice shopping noun [U]
UK /ˈvɔɪs.ʃɒp.ɪŋ/ US /ˈvɔɪs.ʃɑː.pɪŋ/
the activity of buying things online by talking to a smart device such as a phone or voice-controlled speaker

The growth of voice shopping stemmed out of Amazon’s Echo and has revolutionized the tech world since. However, voice shopping comes with a challenge because it does not involve visuals in most cases. So, customers stick to more mainstream products like food items, low-cost electronics, and homeware which do not require much visual research.
[dckap.com, 9 May 2021]

microdelivery noun [C]
UK /ˈmaɪ.krəʊ.dɪˌlɪv.ᵊr.i/ US /ˈmaɪ.kroʊ.dɪˌlɪv.ɚ.i/
the act of delivering to someone’s house a single item, normally food or drink, very soon after they have ordered it online

For some, it would be mortifying to order a pint of milk or single avocado from a shop within walking distance. But a boom in ultra-fast microdeliveries, with customers promised goods on their doorstep in minutes, shows many customers feel otherwise.
[thetimes.co.uk, 23 May 2021]

live shopping noun [U]
UK /ˌlaɪv.ˈʃɒp.ɪŋ/ US /ˌlaɪv.ˈʃɑː.pɪŋ/
the activity of buying something online from someone who is selling goods or products in real time on a social media platform

There’s good reason for tech companies to believe live shopping could be big in the US: it’s already massive in China. … Plus, with a pandemic shutting down retail storefronts, the transition to online shopping has only intensified. Live shopping could become a tenet of retail, especially when coupled with the reach and enthusiasm of influencers.
[theverge.com, 22 October 2020]

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