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.

SingTel launches cloud-based video analytics solution for the retail industry

Singapore Telecommunications Limited (SingTel), Singapore's largest telco, on Tuesday launched the SingTel Video-Analytics-as-a-Service (VAaaS), a cloud-based video analytics solution for the retail industry.

Developed by KAI Square Pte Ltd (KAI), a Singapore-based start-up specialising in next-generation video analytics technology, the subscription service uses analytics to extract information from video images.

Smartphones and social media are transforming the way Chinese shop

Red Luxury

A new survey by DigitasLBi shows that smartphones are changing the way people shop worldwide, and Chinese consumers are leading the way, according to Inside Retail Asia. Worldwide, the survey found that 34 percent of smartphone users had made a purchase using their phone, and 72 percent had used their smartphone while inside a store. [&hellip

IBM Watson Group invests in Fluid to develop new shopping tools

IBM's Watson Group has partnered with Fluid Inc. to develop a shopping advisor that it expects to transform the consumer shopping experience.

Alipay adds Rakuten to list of clients

Shanghai Daily

China's largest third party payment service Alipay said it has began to offer payment services to Chinese buyers at Japan's leading shopping website Rakuten. Chinese buyers can place orders on Rakuten and pay in yuan via Alipay's transaction service as the company cashes in on the growing demand to purchase from overseas websites.


Mobile-payments startup Square discusses possible sale

The Wall Street Journal Online

With losses widening and cash shrinking, representatives of mobile-payments startup Square Inc. have discussed a possible sale to several deeper-pocketed rivals, according to people familiar with the matter.

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Yelp accelerates databases to deliver reviews on short order

Yelp, the company that connects customers with local businesses, is accelerating its databases to ensure that users can search and find local restaurants, boutiques and other businesses in an instant.

Yelp has more than 53 million reviews posted about businesses in 24 countries in North America, Europe, South America and Asia-Pacific. In addition to reviews, the company also provides services such as in-app ordering, localized event calendars, lists and messaging services.

Taking Stock: Bloom & Grow goes back and forth in the cloud

Hong Kong based baby products distributor Bloom & Grow Asia was an early cloud ERP user. But when the cloud provider could not keep up with its regional expansion, Peter Deacon, director at Bloom & Grow Asia decided to switch to an on-premise software more than four years ago.

“I can honestly say in hindsight that it was a big mistake for Bloom & Grow!” he said.

Baidu’s mobile payment platform is now open

Shanghai Daily

Baidu Inc, which operates China’s most popular search engine, formally launched its mobile payment platform “Baidu Wallet” on Wednesday.


Kids 21 taps cloud to power online expansion in Asia-Pacific

Kids 21, a leading children’s fashion retailer operated by luxury fashion group Club 21, has signed up for the IBM cloud, e-commerce and analytics software to expand its online presence across Asia-Pacific.

The new online site is set to launch in the third quarter of this year and expected to increase the retailer's reach in more than 15 countries.

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