Amazon drones' new rival: Deutsche Post DHL


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.

Taking Stock: How big data is driving next-gen retail in Asia

The term "big data" is now past the buzzword stage. Instead, the pressure to find leverage in an increasingly competitive and digitally enabled market is encouraging organisations to go deeper into customer and prospect data and make some sense of it. Increasingly, firms are taking advantage of the benefits that analysing large amounts of information can bring, including improved decision-making capabilities, better insight into company processes and improved customer experiences.

foodpanda, WeChat announce partnership in HK and Southeast Asia

Online food delivery marketplace foodpanda is launching a partnership with WeChat across Southeast Asia.

Through the partnership, WeChat users will be able to browse restaurants nearby, receive exclusive promotional offers and order food without even having to leave the WeChat-app.

Users in seven Southeast Asian countries will benefit from the partnership including: Hong Kong, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan, Philippines, and India.

MasterCard launches cloud-based services for cross-border payments in China

MasterCard launches cloud-based services for cross-border payments in China

MasterCard has launched a cloud-based payment services for cross border payments in China. This will enable Chinese consumers to make purchases around the world from various connected devices safely and conveniently in-store, in-app and online.

Rakuten, Rakuten Edy receive 2014 IT Award

The Japan Institute of Information Technology’s IT Award was given this year to Rakuten Inc. and Rakuten Edy Inc.

Rakuten received the IT General Award for its collaboration with Toshiba Corporation in running the “Rakuten Kirei-do-Navi” service, a basal thermometer service, and Rakuten Edy received an IT Special Award (Marketing Award).

Softbank's Pepper robot debuts as coffee machine salesman at Bic Camera

The Japan Times Online

Looking sharp and professional in a black vest and bow tie, a humanoid robot showed up for its first day of work at a new job Monday selling coffee machines for food giant Nestle Japan Ltd.

"By simply answering my questions, I can tell which coffee machine is perfect for you," Pepper declared with confidence during the opening rituals at Bic Camera's Yurakucho store in Tokyo.

Last Mile Fulfilment Asia to open next year in Singapore

Last Mile Fulfilment Asia (LMFAsia), a trade conference and exhibition focusing on the last mile fulfilment aspects for the logistics and eCommerce industries, will take place in Singapore on 19 and 20 March 2015 at Singapore EXPO. About 1,500 trade attendees, delegates and exhibitors from the Asian region are expected to attend the event, first of its kind focussing on last mile fulfilment issues and opportunities within Asia.

Social platform from Myntra in the works

Business Standard

With the high acceptance of its shopping applications for mobile devices, online fashion retailer Myntra is now considering creating a social platform of sorts for the fashion-conscious. The platform will offer users daily advice on style from experts, as well as other segments.


Pogo mPOS solution launched in Singapore for SMEs

First Data Merchant Solutions, First Data’s direct-to-market merchant acquiring business, recently launched a mobile paymet solution (mPOS) small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to offer fast, easy and secure card payments on the go was launched in Singapore.

With Pogo mPOS merchants only need to plug in the payments dongle that quickly and conveniently transforms merchants’ smart devices such as mobile phones and tablets into secure mobile POS terminals.

Taking Stock: Building an omni-channel, data-rich experience

Companies like Amazon, iTunes and Net-a-Porter conduct all their business online. Traditional retailers, however, have an added challenge. They have to transition from being solely brick-and-mortar businesses to providing an integrated omni-channel experience that is able to leverage new technologies.

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