Instagram Now Offers In-App Purchases So You Never Have to Leave Your Feed Again
Online shopping is all about ease. Both for brands, which can speak directly to customers without the cost of a storefront, and shoppers, who can shop without the hassle of physically doing anything. Easy! And Instagram wants to make that experience even easier: Now, you can shop brands directly on Insta—without leaving the app.
If you're an avid Instagram user, you may have seen shopping features pop up on the app recently. It was a big step, but it would bring you to the retailer's website rather than holding you in the app. This meant the extra effort of switching apps, uploading your billing info, and clicking back to Instagram to keep scrolling once the transaction was through. The most recent shopping feature lets you click on a product in
Here's how it works: If you're on a shoppable post from a partnered brand, you'll see a shopping bag in the upper righthand corner of the feed photo. When you tap to view the tagged products, clicking on a product will bring up its description and an option to
In other words: Instagram is now a store, in its own way. And it's already tailored to your likes and
There are around 20 brands testing the feature today, according to Instagram's director of fashion partnerships, Eva Chen. The companies participating in the beta rollout of "Checkout"—launching today—include major fashion houses Dior, Prada, and Burberry; sportswear purveyors like Nike and Outdoor Voices; and even brands like Warby Parker and Uniqlo. It's a pretty major list.
While it's too early to say exactly what kind of impact this will have on the evolving e-commerce experience, we'll bet it impacts how user-friendly—and inescapable—other e-comm sites and social media apps try to make shopping become. For now, let the black hole of Instagram scrolling persist.
This story originally appeared on Esquire.com. Minor edits have been made by the Esquiremag.ph editors.