Retail Solutions- Briefs
E-receipts next on retail front
The next frontier in retail customer research is on the way, and it is one that is also being billed as a way to drive new consumers to e-commerce sites.
Within a year to 18 months, both online and in-store shoppers may be able to opt for digital receipts. Based on the XML content-tagging language, the receipts can be viewed through browsers under a standard announced recently.
Supporters said widespread adoption of the standard would mean consumers no longer need to worry about losing receipts, since they would have a record for warranty that was always available. The digital receipts could also benefit businesses that want to better manage and track employee purchases made with corporate procurement cards.
The Digital Receipt Alliance, which includes Visa, Office Depot, America Online, Microsoft and Hewlett-Packard's VeriFone division, submitted the proposed standard for dig- ital receipts to the National Retail Federation's technology standards body.uBid extends to KiwisLibertyOne has announced the launch of its latest uBid online retail business, this time in New Zealand with www.ubid.co.nz. Following on from the Australian site, which was launched at the end of October, the NZ site is reported to include a wide range of PC products, consumer electronics, sporting goods and homeware offered for sale by auction.uBid general manager Australia/ New Zealand, Chris Hitching, said that it's the customers that set the price. Brands featured include Dell, Hewlett-Packard, Sony, Krups and Moulinex. `Detailed product features, specifications and conditions are included on the site . . . and products are backed by manufacturers' warranties,' Hitching added.
Last year, LibertyOne negotiated a licensing agreement to use the uBid brand and auction technology in Australia and New Zealand with an option on other countries in the Asia-Pacific region.
SGL raises e-cash
Strathfield Group Limited (SGL) has raised approximately $15 million through the placement of 5.5 million shares to be applied to the development of Strathfield E Ventures, SGL's e-commerce business division.
The Strathfield E Ventures division is expected to be amalgamated with E World Technologies and other e-commerce assets to form a single communication and information services hub.