QR code turnstiles to function in all Shanghai Metro stations by year’s end

QR Code turnstiles - Shanghai Metro Station

The quick response code program first rolled out nearly two months ago and has been successful. Commuters in Shanghai have been using QR code turnstiles in the first Metro stations to feature the barcodes. The program has been deemed successful. Now, the quick response codes will be heading to the rest of the stations. The QR code turnstiles make it possible for commuters to use their smartphones as pass cards. Riders who would prefer to use their smartphones to their IC cards can scan them on the new QR code…

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QR code based payments next up for Japanese banking coalition

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A new quick response code system for mobile transactions will be ready by the end of March. A Japanese megabank coalition is moving forward with a new QR code based payments system. The system will be ready by the end of March. That said, the whole thing won’t roll out until the 2019 fiscal year. The coalition is composed of three very large and powerful banks headquartered in the country. The three banks making up the coalition are Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group, Mizuho Financial Group, and Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group.…

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Valentine’s Day mobile sales rose 9 percent this year

Valentine’s Day mobile sales

The day showed considerable growth when compared to the figures from the same time in 2017. This year, the Valentine’s Day mobile sales experienced sizeable growth over the figures from last year. It looks as though shoppers are looking to their smartphones on an increasing basis when it comes to making purchase for the occasion, said data from the Qubit marketing personalization company. Conversions recorded on Valentine’s Day were recorded to be 37.94 percent over mobile channels. That said, as successful as the Valentine’s Day mobile sales were, desktop still…

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Mobile travel booking makes up 89 percent of online registrations

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Travelers love to use their smartphones to book their trips, even more than the average retail shopper. Mobile travel booking has become extremely popular, to the point that 89 percent of all online reservations come from smartphones and tablets. This figure is considerably higher than the average rate currently seen among retail shoppers. A new Travel Insights Report revealed details regarding online and mobile travel bookings. The report indicated that 60 percent of business travel registrations are completed by way of a mobile app. Moreover, 89 percent of last minute…

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NTT Docomo QR code payment rolls out in Japan

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The massive mobile carrier will allow its subscribers to make mobile payments at stores using quick response codes. The New NTT Docomo QR code is being rolled out across Japan, allowing the mobile carrier’s subscribers to use their smartphones to purchase products and services. The new system will allow the mobile devices to act like credit or debit cards for completing payment transactions, with verification through quick response code scans. The rollout is already beginning but customers will have access to the mobile payments as of April. Officials state that…

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Art Gallery of Ontario creates augmented reality experience with ReBlink exhibit

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The world renowned gallery is bringing its classic paintings to life with AR technology. The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO), located in Toronto, Canada, has created a new augmented reality experience for visitors to some of the classic exhibits there. The goal of the AR technology is to bring a new layer of excitement into the artwork in the exhibit. The augmented reality experience is called ReBlink. The AR artwork app creator’s goal was to provide mobile device users with a new perspective when it comes to classic artwork. According…

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QR code subway barriers help keep Japanese platforms safe

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The quick response codes were added to improve the operation of the barriers at train stations. New QR code subway features are being installed as a part of subway platform safety barriers in a number of Japanese train stations. This addition of quick response barcodes is meant to help to improve the function of the barriers. By adding the QR codes, the hope is to speed up the barrier installation and reduce the cost associated with them. There are a range of different advantages to this new QR code subway…

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Mobile commerce shopping is central to consumer retail experience

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App Annie report shows m-commerce is a vital step along the customer purchasing journey. The retail industry has reached the point that it isn’t surprising to hear that mobile commerce shopping plays an important role. That said, according to App Annie, smartphone shopping is playing a central and critical role along the complete retail journey. American retailers are no longer able to think of m-commerce as simply an optional luxury. The report shows that the mobile commerce shopping trend has made a mobile strategy a necessity for retailers that want…

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Most retailers say omnichannel commerce is vital to success but few have mastered it

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A new report suggests that despite the fact that selling over several channels is seen as critical, companies aren’t there yet. A new Brightpearl report suggests that while 87 percent of retailers agree that an omnichannel commerce approach to marketing and selling is critical to their business, only 8 percent have managed to master this method. The report suggests a sizeable gap between the importance of omnichannel and current retail execution. The report was the result of a data analysis conducted by Blackpearl, a firm providing retail management systems for…

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Octopus QR code launches in Hong Kong for taxi mobile payments

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The digital transaction operator’s goal is to encourage cabbies and passengers to stop using cash. A new Octopus QR code service is rolling out in Hong Kong to make it easier for the 40,000 taxi drivers throughout the city to accept mobile payments instead of cash. So far, the reception from cabbies hasn’t been all that enthusiastic as they want greater incentives. Taxi drivers see the potential of the Octopus QR code, but are hoping to be given greater incentives to start using it. They also want a boost in…

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Shopify Black Friday sales break records at $1 million per minute

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At the peak of the day, merchants selling over this multi-channel commerce platform broke their previous records. Shopify has released its initial Black Friday sales figures, revealing that it has broken all its previous records. The platform, which is currently used by more than 500,000 merchants, cumulatively topped all their previous records. Last year’s sales peak had been $555,716 per minute and was left behind by this year’s $1,000,000 per minute. This most recent Black Friday sales success was interpreted by Shopify as a demonstration of the importance of that…

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