Temple & Webster, says it is the first Australian furniture and homewares retailer to launch a visual search technology, allowing customers to search Temple & Webster’s catalogue by simply taking a picture using a mobile phone. Using the “camera search” button on the company website, shoppers can take a picture

Following the launch of its subscription service Prime, Amazon is bringing its made up sales day to Australia for the first time. Prime Day (which is actually 36 hours long) will kick off on 16 July at 12pm AEST and run until midnight on 17 July. Sign up for Which-50’s

The cost saving of replacing customer service representatives with chatbots will be $11.5 billion annually for all businesses in the retail, healthcare and banking sectors by 2023, according to research from Juniper. Retail will lead the chatbot push with Juniper estimating that by 2023 over 70 per cent of the

A new digital bank is set to take on Australia’s big four, investing heavily in proprietary technology and shunning bank branches. 86 400, which has been in stealth mode for the last two years, launched publicly today. The challenger banks plans to make its app to the public in the

PayPal announced that it has agreed to acquire Simility, a leading fraud prevention and risk management platform, for a purchase price of $120 million in cash, subject to certain adjustments. The acquisition of Simility will enhance PayPal’s ability to deliver fraud prevention and risk management solutions to merchants globally. Sign

Didi ridesharing

Australians in need of personal transport other than taxis have many options – Shofer, Taxify, GoCatch, Shebah and Uber. India’s Ola launched a few months ago, and Chinese DiDi starts today. DiDi is no bit player. The company transports 450 million clients through 25 million rides a day. This is

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Retailers, particularly those with stores, face a difficult challenge in supporting consistent pricing across all channels, since digital commerce pricing can be easily changed multiple times per week, day or hour. In contrast, changing in-store pricing of products during the sales day can cause considerable confusion and frustration for customers

The adoption of mPOS (mobile Point-of-Sale) devices connecting wirelessly or via mobile devices, such as those from iZettle and Square, will drive annual mPOS transactions to over 87 billion by 2023. The figures are found in a new study by Juniper Research This will represent a threefold increase over an

Australians will now be able to join the 100 million Amazon paid members around the world. On Tuesday the ecommerce giant launched its local paid membership program, Amazon Prime,  offering customers free two day delivery on eligible products for an annual fee of $59. And as with Amazon’s cautious approach

Almost a third of Australians are willing to support data sharing in an open banking environment, but only if privacy and security concerns are addressed, according to research from Unisys Corporation into Australia’s banking industry. The research also found Australian consumers are less willing than those in other Asia Pacific countries