Bridge the Data Gap: Enhance Your Product Catalog with AI-Driven Data Solutions

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Detailed and accurate product data is crucial for success in present-day eCommerce. It not only has an impact on search and category list views but is also vital for the entire purchasing process. Product comparisons based on poorly maintained data generally have little meaning, and effective search engine marketing becomes almost impossible. The potential for future innovations is also significantly hindered.

A sound data basis with perfect product data: The cornerstone of successful eCommerce

The cornerstone of successful eCommerce

As online commerce continues to gain traction in the B2B sector, many companies struggle with effective implementation. A recent Forrester Consulting study from January 2024 reveals that only a few B2B companies can place a full product catalog online. The main challenge lies in inadequate product data which is often incomplete or inaccurate. Over the past few months, valantic’s experts have been responding to this, developing several solutions to address the problem of deficient product data. The resulting ecosystem combines innovative AI technology with conventional methodologies such as OCR-based text recognition. This robust data framework offers flexibility to handle numerous complex situations, ensuring the accuracy and completeness essential for successful e-commerce.

AI-assisted data processing: Combining efficiency and accuracy

valantic’s solution focuses on the integration of a wide range of data sources, including product images, PDF files (such as data sheets and manuals), and technical drawings in various formats. Our intelligent system processes this content efficiently, extracting relevant information such as text content from images using Optical Character Recognition (OCR).

Overview of the data-processing steps in our AI pipeline
Overview of the data-processing steps in our AI pipeline

Central to the downstream processing pipeline is the custom adaptation of powerful AI models to the prevailing data and requirements. This involves various techniques such as data-driven systems for extracting key technical information, large language models (LLMs) for generating high-quality texts, and multilingual models for creating accurate translations.

After the underlying data has been generated using AI, it is post-processed to filter out irrelevant information and remove unnecessary formatting. This results in high-quality datasets which can be seamlessly integrated into existing store systems where they can be meaningfully filtered, searched, and displayed.

Flexible customization for individual use cases

Our processing pipeline stands out for its scalability and flexibility, allowing it to be customized to the specific needs of different industries and use cases. As a result, we consistently achieve optimal results for each unique project.

From the field: Comprehensive evaluation of product data sheets for an optimized customer journey

Customers visiting the web store of an adhesives and sealants retailer faced a significant challenge in searching for the right product. The available information – product name, description, and image – was insufficient to decide on the product to purchase. Potential customers thus needed to consult PDF data sheets before they could make an informed choice. This laborious process was frustrating for customers and led to high bounce rates.

To resolve this problem, the store operator automatically analyzed the data sheets and integrated the extracted information into its store. A custom pipeline was developed to extract key product attributes, including:

  • Industry/sector: What are the most suitable application areas for the product?
  • Key product features and USPs: What are the item’s most important characteristics and unique selling points?
  • Assignment to further categories: In which categories can the product be categorized?
  • FAQs: Which questions do customers frequently ask about this product?
  • SEO-optimized descriptions: How can the product be optimally described for search engines?

The automated processing of data sheets using valantic’s data framework allowed the store owner to greatly enhance the customer journey through:

  • Faster product searches: Customers can locate desired products faster thanks to an intuitive category structure and powerful filtering options
  • Better product information: The product’s key characteristics are visible at a glance
  • Higher conversion rate: Customers need less time to locate the desired product and thus to complete the purchase.

An average of one to two minutes is needed to enrich the data for each product. This time is not negligible for large product ranges, but it is significantly faster and more cost-effective than the manual techniques used in the past. Automatic processing thus quickly proved to be a worthwhile investment, enhancing the customer journey, increasing conversion rates, and significantly reducing data maintenance costs.

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Since this processing, the web store contains significantly more information for customers, enhancing their overall shopping experience.

Fully automatic, integrated, and secure data processing

Once the AI pipeline has been set up and fine-tuned for the first time, the data processing proceeds fully automatically. Manual intervention is unnecessary, though casual monitoring is recommended to allow any required corrections to be made quickly. Typically, the pipeline runs overnight to avoid impacting performance or store functionality.

For very large volumes of data, AI processing can run on an external system and the final content be imported en bloc. This approach avoids any disruptions to the web store’s operations.

Various methods are used to address data protection and intellectual property (IP) concerns, including the use of local models which execute the AI pipeline in a closed environment under our control. This ensures that no data leaks can occur and stops proprietary data from being used externally, such as for training new AI systems. valantic individually evaluates the necessary infrastructure at the start of each project to ensure all requirements and guidelines are met.

Flexible solution for (almost all) eCommerce data challenges

Incomplete, incorrect, and inconsistent product data is widespread across all industries, impacting many platforms. Nevertheless, comprehensive, high-quality product data is essential for all aspects of online retail and directly impacts a company’s competitive edge.

The maintenance of product data used to be a labor-intensive and manual task at most companies. However, valantic’s AI-driven solutions essentially automate this process now, delivering significant time, cost, and efficiency benefits.

Our proprietary framework forms a sound basis for enriching product data, but it can also be used to process any other desired data entities, such as customer data, categories, and custom data models within a platform.

To summarize, our system provides a flexible and scalable solution for optimizing product data and other eCommerce data entities. It enables companies to manage their data efficiently, improve its quality, and enhance their competitive advantage.

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