Technology

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.

Australia Post partners with NetSuite for omnichannel delivery

Australia Post has partnered with NetSuite to develop an integrated solution for merchants and omnichannel commerce businesses using postal services in Australia.

The two companies said they plan to collaborate and build the Australia Post SuiteApp on top of NetSuite’s cloud business management suite.

The integrated solution aims to transform parcel delivery and collection processes ranging from parcel rates, label printing, parcel dispatching and track and trace, to parcel lockers and parcel collect—all in the cloud, in real-time and via any device.

Bharti Retail deploys SAP solutions

Source: 
The Hindu Business Line

Bharti Retail, one of India’s leading multi-brand retailers, has implemented solutions from enterprise software provider SAP to strengthen its supply chain, store operations and improve customer experience. The range of retail solutions from SAP will be used to manage retail processes in addition to improve planning, accurate merchandising and thereby enhance operational efficiencies, SAP said in a statement.

 

Square unveils app marketplace

Square has launched its own marketplace for sellers to discover business applications that fit their businesses.

The Square App Marketplace aims to make big-business tools simple, easy to use, and available to anyone. All Square sellers can now easily locate more options to customize their business and operate with ease.

Google launches fourth shopping habits analysis tool

Source: 
Drapers

Google has launched its fourth annual Consumer Barometer tool to provide more insight into how consumers are using digital media as part of their shopping experience.

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New in contactless payment: Fingerprint identification

Move over PINs and passwords, a new contactless payment card introduced this week by MasterCard and Zwipe uses a fingerprint sensor to authorize transactions.

The new Zwipe MasterCard payment card basically uses cardholder fingerprint data stored directly in the card - not in an external data base - for biometric authentication, which replaces the PIN entry. After activation by a simple fingerprint scan, the card can be used to make contactless payments.

RetailWATCH: Comprehensive analytics for malls and shopping centres

In-store analytics is a collection of systems working together to organize, analyse, and visualise massive amounts of diverse retail data.

The value of in-store analytics is in the deep insights it provides into retail operations and shopper behaviours. Retailers can then use those insights to implement changes in their operations to improve commercial performance and the overall customer experience.

John Lewis selects beacon tech firm Localz for investment

Source: 
Drapers

The John Lewis technology incubator scheme JLab has selected micro-location mobile start-up company Localz as the winner of its competition to secure GBP100,000 (USD162,422.83) of investment.

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Yelp launches HK service

Source: 
scmp.com

Yelp, the San Francisco-based online review company, launched its service earlier on Thursday in Hong Kong’s crowded social-media market.

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Websites are wary of Facebook tracking software

Source: 
The Wall Street Journal Online

Online retailers and publishers are pushing back against Facebook Inc.'s efforts to track users across the Internet, fearing that the data it vacuums up to target ads will give the social network too much of an edge.

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