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.

Alibaba teases new face recognition tool for mobile pay

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CNBC

Alibaba may be about to take the concept of dining out on your face to a whole new level.

Users of the e-commerce giant's mobile payment systems could soon be able to pay by scanning their face with a smartphone, after Alibaba's boss teased the new technology on Sunday.

The service called "Smile To Pay" is currently in beta mode, but was shown off by Alibaba CEO Jack Ma during his keynote speech at the CeBit tech trade fair.
 

Retailers urged to do better on big data

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The Sydney Morning Herald Online

Retailers such as Myer and Woolworths have been urged to quiz customers when they leave stores empty-handed and grill shoppers who spend money at rival chains, to achieve better returns on their investment in big data.

Spending on data analytics is rising by 30 percent a year and is forecast to reach USD114 billion by 2018, according to global consulting firm AT Kearney, but only one in 12 companies is achieving a satisfactory return on its investment.

Alibaba opens data center in Silicon Valley

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The Wall Street Journal Online

Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. has thrived in the fierce competition of China’s massive e-commerce market. It may find tougher challenges in the cutthroat US cloud computing business.

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Alibaba opens first US cloud centre, enters hotly contested market

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CNBC

Alibaba Group Holding Ltd is launching a cloud computing hub in Silicon Valley on Wednesday, the e-commerce giant's first outside of China, underscoring its global ambitions in the face of stiff and entrenched competition.

The new California data centre marks the Chinese company's latest measured expansion onto American soil, and into a hotly contested US market now dominated by Amazon.com Inc, Microsoft Corp and Google Inc.

Samsung Pay to power in-store purchases on Galaxy S6

Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. has unveiled Samsung Pay, a mobile payment service that will enable MasterCard cardholders to use their Samsung Galaxy S6 for everyday in-store purchases.

Owners of the new device will be able to use their MasterCard credit and debit cards from participating banks directly through Samsung Pay.

New scanners for retailers minimise checkout time

Honeywell launched on Tuesday a suite of new scanners designed to allow retailers connect with customers and minimise checkout time.

The new Voyager scanners can also speed up loyalty program enrollment and age verification.

Lynn Huang Freeman, head of marketing and strategy, Honeywell Scanning & Mobility Asia-Pacific, said as mobile commerce continues to shape the retail industry and consumer shopping experience from on-line to off-line drives retailers’ transformation, they need the right tools to enable innovative marketing programs.

Under Armour turns ambitions to electronic apparel, monitoring apps

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The Wall Street Journal Online

Under Armour Inc. has some out-there ideas for your clothes. The athletic gear company has been spending big to buy developers of apps to monitor personal fitness, aiming in the short term to sell more shirts and shoes.

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Singapore tech start up powers Latin American marketplace

Singaporean tech startup Arcadier is buildin an e-trading platform for Panama-based Canalzon, envisioned to be the largest online marketplace for Central America.

The Canalzon marketplace went live 9 February 2015, carrying over 2,000 products from 30 well-known merchants in industries ranging from retail, electronics, sports, music, beauty to fashion.

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