Kevel Establishes OpenRTB Protocol for Retail Media

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Platform monetization leader Kevel today announced the formation of an industry working group to establish an OpenRTB Protocol for Retail Media, a groundbreaking update to the OpenRTB framework. The protocol will set new standards for programmatic advertising in retail media and address challenges industry stakeholders are facing in privacy and data protection, data optimization, and transparency.

We are in the midst of a retail media rebellion, where it has never been more clear that retail media needs to seize control of platforms, infrastructure and data to stay competitive in a crowded marketplace, says James Avery, CEO and founder, Kevel. The OpenRTB Protocol for Retail Media is going to fix that by setting a standard to address challenges concerning efficiency, flexibility, and trust. With this newly established framework, were offering the industry a comprehensive set of updates and enhancements that can help streamline the programmatic advertising ecosystem.

Kevels OpenRTB Protocol for Retail Media will provide industry stakeholders with many benefits and features including:

  • Biddable Product Sponsored Listings: the new framework supports biddable product-based sponsored listing creative formats, enabling advertisers to bid on relevant in-store sponsored listing ad inventory with real in-stock products based on their product catalog.

  • Enhanced Privacy and Data Protection: adhering to the latest privacy regulations and industry best practices, offering improved user consent management and data protection mechanism enables publishers and advertisers to prioritize user privacy while delivering relevant and personalized advertising experiences.

  • Bidstream Data Standardization: introduces standardized bidstream data, ensuring consistency and compatibility across different platforms and technology providers. This facilitates seamless integration between buyers and sellers, leading to increased operational efficiency and reduced friction.

  • Supply Chain Optimization: advertisers gain improved visibility and control over the programmatic supply chain, allowing them to detect and mitigate fraud, verify ad placements, and optimize campaign performance more effectively.

  • Increased Transparency and Trust: promotes greater transparency by providing clear and standardized mechanisms for transactional data sharing, supply path optimization, and ad fraud detection. This fosters trust among industry participants and strengthens the overall programmatic advertising ecosystem.

OpenRTB Protocol for Retail Media marks a significant milestone on how we can improve digital and programmatic advertising now and for the future," says Avery. By introducing these cutting-edge standards and capabilities, we are giving publishers, advertisers, and technology providers the tools needed to navigate the dynamic digital landscape with confidence and achieve their goals more efficiently."

Are you ready to join the rebellion? Kevel invites all stakeholders in the digital advertising industry to explore OpenRTB Protocol for Retail Media and leverage its powerful features. Click here for information.


Kevel offers the infrastructure APIs needed to quickly build custom ad platforms for sponsored listings, internal promotions, native ads, and more — allowing brands to drive new revenue in a user-first way. Kevel is committed to the vision that every online retailer and publisher should be able to add privacy-focused ad revenue streams and take back the Internet from Google, Amazon, Facebook, and other digital monopolies. Customers like Ticketmaster, Yelp, Strava, Klarna, and many more have already launched successful ad platforms on Kevel. The company has received many accolades, most recently winning the 2021 Digiday Technology Award for Best Monetization Platform for Publishers and recognized by Insider as one of the hottest adtech companies of 2021. Learn more at

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