Technology

Automated technology to boost airport passenger spending

Source: 
The Sydney Morning Herald Online

Investments by airlines and airports in automated technology that helps passengers check-in, drop their bags and pass through security and immigration queues more quickly should pay off for airports in the form of higher retail spending, according to aviation technology group SITA.

SITA president of Asia-Pacific Ilya Gutlin said relaxed passengers were more open to shopping than those that had been stressed out before reaching the airport terminal.

Amazon drones' new rival: Deutsche Post DHL

Source: 
CNBC

Like Amazon, Deutsche Post DHL has been trialing unmanned aircraft to deliver packages to your front door. The biggest obstacle to delivery is governments, the group's CEO says.

Microsoft picks Sydney for flagship store to take on Apple and Samsung

Source: 
The Sydney Morning Herald Online

Technology giant Microsoft has picked Sydney as the home of its first flagship retail store outside the US, in a move that will see it take on Apple and Samsung for the attention of high-street gadget enthusiasts.

Microsoft to open flagship Pitt Street Mall store in Sydney

Source: 
The Sydney Morning Herald Online

Pitt Street Mall in Sydney has morphed into the playground of the rich and famous, with Microsoft, founded by Bill Gates, said to be the latest international name to have signed up a flagship store along the strip.

In the most recent Main Streets Around the World survey by Cushman & Wakefield, Pitt Street Mall was named the fifth most expensive strip in terms of rent, and only sits behind New York's Upper Fifth Avenue, London's Bond Street and Hong Kong's Causeway Bay. The average rent is about AUD10,000 (USD7787) per square metre, per annum.

Emarsys brings intelligent automation to Facebook Ads

Cloud-based software company Emarsys has launched Social Ads, a new product which enables brands to target customers via highly personalized social media advertisements on Facebook, giving them another channel to engage, convert and retain customers.

Convenience stores in Taiwan look at mobile app potential

Source: 
ChinaPost.com.tw

Two major convenience store chains in Taiwan are trying to introduce mobile apps to give customers access to a greater range of services and boost sales as e-commerce could soon revolutionise the convenience store industry.

WeChat makes e-commerce push to serve growing users in Indonesia

Source: 
Jakarta Globe

The developers of the popular multi-platform messaging app WeChat have rolled out an e-commerce offering through the app to tap the boom in the number of Indonesians using smartphones and engaging in online transactions.

The app now offers a new feature called Official Account, which provides digital marketing platforms for companies that makes it easy to promote information and services to customers through the application.

Alibaba teases new face recognition tool for mobile pay

Source: 
CNBC

Alibaba may be about to take the concept of dining out on your face to a whole new level.

Users of the e-commerce giant's mobile payment systems could soon be able to pay by scanning their face with a smartphone, after Alibaba's boss teased the new technology on Sunday.

The service called "Smile To Pay" is currently in beta mode, but was shown off by Alibaba CEO Jack Ma during his keynote speech at the CeBit tech trade fair.
 

Retailers urged to do better on big data

Source: 
The Sydney Morning Herald Online

Retailers such as Myer and Woolworths have been urged to quiz customers when they leave stores empty-handed and grill shoppers who spend money at rival chains, to achieve better returns on their investment in big data.

Spending on data analytics is rising by 30 percent a year and is forecast to reach USD114 billion by 2018, according to global consulting firm AT Kearney, but only one in 12 companies is achieving a satisfactory return on its investment.

Alibaba opens data center in Silicon Valley

Source: 
The Wall Street Journal Online

Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. has thrived in the fierce competition of China’s massive e-commerce market. It may find tougher challenges in the cutthroat US cloud computing business.

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