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TikTok is testing its long-awaited in-app shopping feature

TikTok is testing its long-awaited in-app shopping feature


TikTok Shop allows users to purchase products without leaving the app. The feature has already launched in regions like the UK and Indonesia.

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TikTok’s in-app shopping feature is finally beginning to roll out in the US market. The company began testing its TikTok Shop feature this week, as first reported by Semafor, which allows users to purchase items directly inside the TikTok app.

E-commerce has long been a focus for TikTok, but it’s had a slower start in the US than in other regions like Asia. The company had previously experimented with a Shopify shopping tab and is gearing up to bring live shopping features to the US after a reportedly slow start earlier this year.

TikTok spokesperson Laura Perez confirmed that the new feature is being tested in the US but didn’t provide additional details. It was previously limited to the UK, Indonesia, and other countries in Southeast Asia. According to Semafor, TikTok is inviting US businesses to the new shopping program, with access extending to international sellers eventually.

TikTok has also been eyeing live shopping in the US, partnering with companies to bring the feature to users for the holiday season. What’s more, the platform has been recruiting for jobs related to US-based fulfillment centers that would provide warehousing and returns for customers.

“The e-commerce industry has seen tremendous growth in recent years and has become a hotly contested space amongst leading Internet companies, and its future growth cannot be underestimated,” one of the job listings reads. “With millions of loyal users globally, we believe TikTok is an ideal platform to deliver a brand new and better e-commerce experience to our users.”