Amazon delivery drivers make it look like smartphones grow on trees

Amazon delivery - Amazon boxes

A new trend has employees hanging their devices in an attempt to score more work. An odd new phenomenon is taking place near Amazon delivery stations as well as Whole Foods supermarkets in suburban Chicago. The tech and retail giant’s drivers have been hanging their smartphones from nearby trees. The drivers are hanging their phones in the hopes of gaining an advantage when orders need delivering. According to a Bloomberg report citing people familiar with the matter, contract Amazon delivery drivers are placing a number of devices in a tree…

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Lockdown m-commerce growth rate moved channel ahead by “3 to 4 years”

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A recent analysis showed that mobile shopping saw 30 percent growth in a handful of months. The Q2 2020 m-commerce growth rate in the UK jumped by 30 percent when compared to Q1, which were already 25 percent higher during the last quarter of 2019. Though users were already increasingly going mobile, the pandemic greatly accelerated the trend. An increase in m-commerce growth rate was recorded in wide swaths of the world as shoppers worldwide have already spent a massive 1.6 trillion hours on their devices this year. Moreover, this…

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The use of QR codes has spiked throughout the pandemic crisis

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Governments, organizations and companies have rapidly turned to contactless quick response barcodes. The use of QR codes has taken off across the country and around the world due to the ongoing pandemic crisis. Before the warnings to go zero-contact, the future of these pixelated barcodes was questioned. Businesses in particular have returned to the use of QR codes as they aim to provide their customers with a contactless experience. This is true in businesses of all sizes and in virtually every consumer-facing industry. Everywhere from grocery stores and pharmacies to…

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Pandemic stay-at-home orders give mobile shopping apps a boost

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When stores closed their doors, consumers picked up their phones to keep buying what they need. Even as stores remain closed in many areas, mobile shopping apps have provided a popular alternative to in-store purchases, say the results of a new Liftoff and Adjust study. According to the research, engagement with consumers over these applications is up 40 percent. Liftoff, an app marketing specialist, and Adjust, a fraud prevention firm, have recorded a significant increase in activity on mobile shopping apps since the pandemic crisis struck. According to the data…

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Microsoft and FedEx partner up to improve online and mobile commerce shipping

Mobile commerce shipping - FedEx Van

The companies announced a new multiyear collaboration to combine their technologies. Last week, FedEx and Microsoft jointly announced a new multiyear collaboration to help transform online and mobile commerce shipping. They plan to do this by bringing together the courier’s global digital and logistics network and the tech giant’s intelligent cloud power. The partnership wants to build new opportunities for their customers through a range of joint offerings. Together Microsoft and FedEx intend to use the joint online and mobile commerce shipping enhancing offerings powered by Dynamics 365 and Azure.…

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