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: 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.

Rakuten Card launches Rewards MasterCard in the US

Rakuten Card Co. Ltd. has a newly established affiliate, Rakuten Card USA, Inc., and has partnered with First Bankcard, a division of First National Bank of Omaha, to launch the Rakuten Rewards MasterCard in the US.

The program provides cardholders with reward points redeemable for Rakuten Super Points for using their credit card to shop on US based and elsewhere.

Expert Opinion: Meet the Intelligent Merchandise Availability Program

In order to deploy and fully leverage merchandise availability solutions that are integrated, intelligent and insightful, retailers need to seek out and align with partners that understand how to tie together inventory visibility and shrink management to improve shopper's experience, in cost-efficient, operationally synergistic solutions. Innovative retailers are using RFID technology as a common fabric across many of its merchandise- centric applications to gain real-time insight into merchandise status and to take necessary steps to anticipate and reduce out-of-stocks.

Mobikon launches customer engagement platform for food and beverage industry

Mobikon Asia launched a new customer engagement platform for the food and beverage industry at the ongoing Food and Hotel Asia Exhibition in Singapore.

The platform, called mEngage, integrates existing systems and apps to create a single view of customer data and analytics to derive key insights. Ideal for restaurants, cafes and eateries, the platform can also integrate POS systems, third party apps and social networks to be viewed as a single mEngage dashboard.

PayPal, Samsung enables consumer fingerprint authentication on S5

Users of the newly launched Samsung Galaxy S5 will be the first to login and shop at any merchant that accepts PayPal on mobile and in-stores using only their fingerprint.

In an announcement made last February, Paypal said it will be the first payments company to support Samsung's mobile fingerprint authentication technology. For consumers, this means they will no longer need to remember login passwords and a more secure and mobile and in-store shopping experience across the millions of merchants that accept PayPal.

Pogo> named Hong Kong’s best mPOS solution in 2013

First Data Merchant Solutions' (FDMS) Pogo> was named MasterCard's Best Mobile Point of Sales (mPOS) solution in Hong Kong in 2013.

The award recognizes the solution as "the most compelling MPOS offering" that meets MasterCard’s best practices for mPOS acceptance."

Expert Opinion: Taking integrated, intelligent and insightful approach to address out-of-stocks

Many retailers now recognize that their out-of-stock problems aren't caused by a single issue, such as shrink, supply chain inefficiency or inventory management. They see their problems coming from multiple, often integrated sources, with a lack of timely, accurate data to identify problems and remediate out-of-stock situations.

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