Here is a list of product releases and updates for May from companies that offer services to online merchants. There are updates on automated marketing, shipping, Instagram promotions, mobile shopping, and more

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Ecommerce Product Releases

MailChimp announces free automations for everyone. MailChimp has made its marketing automation features free for all MailChimp users, including Pay As You Go and Forever Free. Send personalized automations at no extra cost. Use MailChimp’s collection of preset automations to choose the right workflow for your business, and start sending in just a few clicks. Greet your new subscribers with a welcome message, educate readers about a specific topic, follow up after a purchase, increase brand awareness, and more.

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Salesforce launches AppExchange partner program. Salesforce, the customer-relationship-management platform, has launched the Salesforce AppExchange Partner Program. The new program, coupled with artificial intelligence from Salesforce Einstein and the Salesforce Trailhead guided learning platform, accelerates the ability of any developer, startup, or software vendor to build, market, and sell intelligent apps for the Salesforce economy. Developers, startups, and software vendors can now use a new pricing structure that provides enablement and support based on the partner’s AppExchange Trailblazer Score, a point-based system that supports partners for their growth and activities.

UPS Express Critical service launches in Europe. UPS Express Critical service has launched in Europe for urgent, time-critical shipments that require special handling, such as aircraft parts and surgical tools. A UPS team assesses the shipping request through a round-the-clock contact center, identifies transportation alternatives, and implements a delivery solution that meets time and cost requirements. UPS Express Critical options include air, charter, surface, and a personal courier who can carry the shipment by hand from origin to destination on a commercial flight. Contact for pricing.

Optimizely enhances platform with PCI compliance. Optimizely, the experimentation and testing platform, has announced that Optimizely X now meets PCI standards for online payment processing. Customers can now experiment with Optimizely X everywhere in the purchase funnel on their PCI compliant-website — from the initial landing page through the credit card checkout flow. “With PCI compliance, Optimizely customers can now confidently run experiments across every aspect of the online shopping experience including the critical step of checking out with a credit card,” said David Schwarzbach, C.O.O. at Optimizely. Contact for pricing.