Further driving the blur between online and offline retailing, PayPal has launched its new in-store payment option in Australia. It has teamed up with point of sale software vendors to bring its cash-less and card-less in-store payment option into Australian shopping centres and retail stores for the first time, following its successful launch in the United States last year. The launch PayPal Here APIs allows point of sale (POS) software providers – MICROS, Island Pacific, Kounta and Vend – to integrate PayPal payments into current and future solutions. For retailers, this means that PayPal technology can now be integrated into their existing POS solutions. The PayPal innovation allows customers to pay without cash or card by accessing their PayPal account Customers use a mobile app to locate and then check-in at the store. Once checked in, they are able to place orders and pay using their PayPal account. Meanwhile,...Read more
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David Jones has launched its “lower everyday prices” program on international brands as part of the company’s commitment to address the price differentials that exist in the Australian retail sector when compared to international department stores. Permanent price reductions of up to 50 per cent have been achieved across hundreds of products in categories such as Fashion, Beauty, Accessories, Shoes, Homewares and Electronics. David Jones CEO Paul Zahra said this comes as part of the company’s global Cost Price Harmonisation program with its international brand partners. “We are increasingly competing in the international arena and this has meant that it is important that we do everything possible to protect our customer value proposition and to ensure that the international brands our customers love are accessible at David Jones,” he said. Since negotiations commenced early this year many of the Company’s brand partners have been able to reduce prices by...Read more
By Julian Bajkowski RRP: $199.95 The Deal: 'Talk to' software is fast becoming mainstream and this is well-seasoned software that’s easy to use, powerful and works. The Verdict: Nuance’s latest voice recognition package (Dragon 12 Premium Edition) is eerily good – at least once it gets to know you. And wow, this little package really, really wants to get to know you in fine detail. It seems to make all the difference, especially when it comes to nailing up tricky words like people’s names. We bravely let Dragon electronically ferret through our contacts book, email and word processing files to establish its vocabulary and were suitably impressed that it could correctly spell Julia Gillard, Tony Abbott and Kevin Rudd first go. Joe hockey almost got there too. More cosmopolitan names took longer, but the rewarding part of Dragon is that it learns as you go, and that elephantine memory is the big trade-off in...Read more
While for most parts, the retail sector is doing it tough, online sales trend continue to remain robust as it was up 22 per cent year-on-year in August, according to the National Australia Bank online retail sales index. This level is slightly softer than in July (+25 per cent), but stronger than the period from March to June this year. Growth in August 2011 was marginally stronger, at +28 per cent year on-year. This indicated that growth rates for online sales have strengthened over the past quarter, after relative weakness earlier in 2012. In August 2012, Australians spent a total of $11.9 billion in online retail sales. This figure is equivalent to 5.4 per cent of traditional bricks & mortar retail spending (excluding cafés, restaurants and takeaway food) for the year ended July 2012. The NAB Online Retail Sales Index moved higher to 210 points in August 2012, up...Read more
As part of the company’s strategy to grow itself in the commercial market, JB Hi-Fi has further expanded in the Musical Instrument (MI) market, with the addition of a team of MI education specialists to service the education market in Australia. Tony Moore, Matt Sutherland and Myke Ireland, all formerly with the Allans Billy Hyde retail chain, have joined JB Hi-Fi and will lead a national team within JB Hi-Fi’s Commercial Division. “We are excited about joining the JB Commercial Team. JB’s focus on MI in the Education market, gives Matt, Myke and I the confidence that we can offer our clients a leading range of musical instruments and an expanded range of Education IT, audio and visual products and services,” Tony Moore said. The MI team will enable JB Hi-Fi to further develop its Musical Instrument category, with a particular focus on the education market. The team, which...Read more
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