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Ze Skylight - Goal #26

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Ze Skylight - Goal #26
By Ze Skylight ZTP • Issue #26 • View online
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Chinese visitors can now use Alipay’s self-service facial recognition POS system known as Dragonfly to pay for goods at the duty-free shops in the Hong Kong airport using 12 iPad-sized Dragonfly POS machines. This is the first time Alipay has introduced the face-scanning device outside of mainland China. Facial payment huge advantage is to be able to perform a payment within 1 second with only your face as safety key.
Alipay will keep increasing its presence in neighboring Hong Kong by supporting QR code payment at the city’s subway system as early as 2020. Facial recognition technology is widely use in China for offline purchases as well as checking in at hotels and even verifying the identities of ride-hailing drivers. Alipay launched the “smile-to-pay” facial recognition system in September 2017 for commercial use and replaced it with the Dragonfly POS system in late 2018 and has been deployed in more than 300 cities across China.
Best Buy recently acquired Great Call, provider of cell phone and related digital home healthcare services to seniors to help the retailer provide more digital health services to the homes of seniors. GreatCall estimates this to be a $9 billion market.
Their goal is to let aging people stay at home longer and offer them and the people taking care of them a wide variety of products and services to help them do so.
It’s an interesting strategy from Best Buy as the total market is estimated at $9 billion.
Best Buy drops hints on its plans for healthcare ecommerce
One of the major expenses for retailers has always been real estate. Over the last past years, pop-ups (aka temporary stores) have becoming a new way to reach customers and, paradoxically, build a community. My prediction for 2019 ? Pop-up stores will be the better place for retailers to experiment with new products, new ways of selling, and new ways of getting datas to know their customers’ choices and preferences.
Pop-up stores are now coming in all shapes and sizes, from kiosks within existant store space to mobile units in neighborhoods. According to PopUp Republic, the pop-up industry has grown to approximately $10 billion in sales.
Interesting to have a look to what’s happening in the meal kit area these days. With Blue Apron’s stock price that fell under $1 and Munchery’s bankrupty, things are shaking in the industry.
Plated, acquired in 2017 by Albertsons, who owns multiple grocery retails across the USA, started to test a global footprint in all Albertsons stores around Boise, Idaho earlier this year.
The trial is now over and Plated is sclaing sown its operations in retail stores. It still delivers its meal kits online in 48 states and in some stores but went out of most of the shelves.
Seems to be really hard to find the magic sauce in the meal kit industry : Albertsons says that 80% of its customers want meal kits in stores (rather than online) but this trail hasn’t been succesful for Plated.
It’s all about operations, isn’t it ?
Albertsons scales back Plated meal kits | Grocery Dive
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