Technology

Automated technology to boost airport passenger spending

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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

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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.

Taiwan's drone maker opens flagship store in Syntrend Creative Park

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ChinaPost.com.tw

Taiwan's Thunder Tiger Corp. on Sunday opened a flagship store in the newly launched Syntrend Creative Park in Taipei, showcasing its latest products. The products on display at the new store include the company's TTRobotix Ghost series of multi-rotor aerial drones and the TTR-SB Seawolf underwater vehicle. The company's aerial and submersible drones may be fitted with rugged cameras made by GoPro, a US firm that lists the Hon Hai Group among its stakeholders.

Magento partners with Razorfish in Greater China to accelerate ecommerce opportunities for retailers in Asia-Pacific

Magento, an e-commerce platform owned by eBay's Enterprise division, on Thursday said it has partnered with Razorfish in Greater China to serve as a gateway for retailer growth in the booming Asia-Pacific market.

As part of the new partnership, Magento will provide Razorfish in Greater China with market development tools and resources to build Magento Enterprise Edition storefronts for retailers seeking to swiftly capture consumer sales and capitalize on the massive market opportunity.

Expert Opinion: six technologies to inspire retail marketers

Here in Asia we have a long-standing love affair with two passions: shopping and technology. We love to shop and we love to discover new technologies. We are shoppers and techies, it’s a beautiful coupling for marketers.

It's proven true that Asian Chief Marketing Officers have the toughest task in the world. Asian marketers must be more innovative and forward-thinking than their Western counterparts, to meet the technology–driven expectations of consumers in our region. It’s no easy feat.

Apple's profit surges as iPhone sales jump and China business rises

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The Sydney Morning Herald Online

Apple's growth engine has now shifted unmistakably to China.

The company said on Monday that quarterly iPhone sales in greater China, which includes mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan, had surpassed those in Apple's home market, the United States, for the first time.

Retail's new reality: Invisible shopping centers and virtual assistants

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CNBC

Some of the largest retailers have been looking at augmented reality (AR) for years as one of those technology advancements with huge potential to reach shoppers who are constantly on their mobile devices, aiming to connect with shoppers while either in the store, or even while outside the store to bring them into the store. AR can touch everything from shopping aisles to product displays to even fully immersive stores, creating a series of virtual assets that retailers are experimenting with in a big way.

Cloud set to take over retail in 10 years: Amazon CTO

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CNBC

If you think you knew Amazon, things are about to change.

Amazon has built its business and reputation by becoming an e-commerce giant, but one of the company's top execs says 10 years from now, it will be all about the cloud and its division Amazon Web Services (AWS).

Amazon Thursday broke out the figures for AWS for the first time ever, and Wall Street liked what it saw. The division generated USD5.16 billion in revenue last year and USD1.56 billion in sales in the first quarter of 2015, up 49 percent from last year.
 

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

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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

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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.

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