Shoppers in New Zealand spent more with their credit and debit cards in November 2012 compared with the previous month, Statistics New Zealand reported on Wednesday.
Card spending in the core retail industries increased 1.0 percent in November. Industry and labour statistics manager Tehseen Islam said the increase was the largest since January 2012.
"Most of the increase came from extra spending in the durables and hospitality industries," he said.
More retailers are expected to drive customer engagement through providing wi-fi services, according to Tadao Kobayashi, president of NTT Broadband Platform (NTT BP), a subsidiary of NTT. The company specializes in providing wireless LAN (WLAN) management and has extended its business from serving mobile operators towards retailers in the past couple years.
As the year-end festive season approaches, Singaporeans are increasingly turning towards online shopping to procure gifts for their loved ones. According to a comScore study on emerging retail behavior, Singapore’s online shopping volume is forecasted to reach USD4.4 billion in 2015. In Asia Pacific, Singapore is also ranked #4 in Asia-Pacific for online shopping volume.
Amazon.com Chief Executive Jeff Bezos said the online retailer is developing pilotless flying vehicles that can deliver packages within a half hour of an order.
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Hong Kong-based utility company Towngas has been extending its business towards retail in recent years. These retail businesses range from restaurants, cooking schools to kitchen appliance and cabinets. To facilitate its business extension into a retailing, Towngas has turned towards a local innovation and invention—digital out of home (DOOH).
Globe Telecom's GCash teamed up with American Express to bring the US Black Friday Sale to the country.
With GCash American Express Virtual Pay, Filipino shoppers are given access to the huge discounts and deals of US online stores such as Amazon.com, Sephora.com, and eBay.com. Shoppers using the facility can also avail of as much as 30 percent worth of shipping rebate from My Shopping Box until 8 December 8.
Aruba Networks Inc. is working with Yum! Brands, the parent company of KFC, to deliver free wi-fi at KFC restaurants around Australia.
Hoping to advance its offline-to-online (O2O) business model and boost its back-office capabilities including big data, smart search, high-performance computing, and internet banking, Suning Commerce Group Co. recently opened its first overseas R&D center in Silicon Valley.
The center will serve as the company's US hub for science and technology. Backed by an initial investment of USD5 million, it plans to start with a staff of 50 in 2014 and to grow it to 200 people by 2017.
ZALORA Malaysia has launched a dual language site available for all online shoppers across Malaysia and Brunei in English and Malay.
"With the newly-added language options, shoppers are able to navigate over 600 brands and 30,000 products across apparel, shoes, accessories and beauty categories in their preferred language. This will definitely enhance our customer shopping experience; at the same time providing us with a great opportunity to reach out to more potential markets," said Giulio Xiloyannis, Marketing and Buying Director of ZALORA Malaysia.
Alibaba Group’s new mobile-messaging app, Laiwang, attracted more than 10 million users in the past month.
Alizila, the e-commerce news and corporate website of the Alibaba Group, reported that Alibaba Group Chief Executive Jonathan Lu attributed Laiwang’s growth to features such as sending a voice message that is subsequently deleted after the receiver has heard it and the ability to form chat groups of up to 500 people.