The Herald takes online shopping to a new level

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AUCKLAND, Thursday: An immersive new shopping experience combining the interactivity of digital live streaming with the convenience of e-commerce has been announced today by the NZ Herald in partnership with The Warehouse Group, taking online shopping to a “whole new level”.

NZME chief digital & publishing officer Carolyn Luey said “The new channel, The Selection Live Shopping, will host live shopping events every Tuesday at 12:30pm on, showcasing a variety of products through engaging demonstrations and discussion.

“Each event will be hosted by award-winning radio host, Mike Puru, and will drive viewers to make purchases on the featured client’s e-commerce site.

“NZME is thrilled to be the first media company in the country to test out live shopping, adding further value for NZ Herald readers and NZME clients.

“We’re always in tune with the latest digital trends and innovations at NZME, and we’re seeing across the globe a rise in retailers designing innovative and virtual shopping solutions for their customers.

“The Selection Live Shopping is built off this idea and we’ll be testing a series of captivating and dynamic live events to help NZ Herald readers to find their next favourite purchase.”

“NZME is thrilled to be the first media company in the country to test out live shopping.”

“The Selection Live Shopping is perfect for those who prefer the convenience of shopping online, however, miss the informative chat that an in-store salesperson provides. This new channel brings these two shopping preferences together, with live discussion outlining the features of products, along with audience engagement, entertaining audience polls and fantastic giveaways.

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“The Warehouse Group has come on board as launch partner through Omnicom Media Group, having committed to four episodes across the next two months. The launch episode will feature a number of cozy winter essentials from The Warehouse, delivering a modern, innovative new shopping experience for customers.”

Warehouse chief customer officer Jonathan Waecker said: “The new channel presents a unique opportunity for us to engage with Kiwis on a whole new level. We’re really looking forward to showing off our incredible range of quality products at incredible prices in an interactive way.”

OMD NZ ceo Nigel Douglas said: “We are always striving for ‘firsties’ and ways to break new ground, so this new Live Shopping format is the perfect way to bring our vision to life.”

Host Mike Puru said: “Having heard how popular and successful live shopping has been internationally, I’m excited to be hosting this unique new experience for the Herald’s audience. I love discovering new products, and I’m committed to making these weekly online shopping events a highly anticipated, fun and engaging experience for Kiwis across the country!”

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