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Retail sector companies turn to masks, gloves in coronavirus fight - Reuters
U.S. online grocery delivery company Instacart said it will distribute free health and safety kits to its full-service shoppers, including a washable and reusable cloth face mask, hand sanitizer and a reusable forehead thermometer.
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Alibaba News Roundup: Taobao Live Brings Businesses Online | Alizila.com
Taobao Live Accelerates Digitization of Agricultural and Retail Sectors
On Monday, Taobao Live announced that it would offer training to 200,000 farmers in ongoing efforts to increase business in rural areas across China. The livestreaming platform aims to generate RMB15 billion ($2.1 billion) in agricultural sales across 16 Chinese provinces this year. Over the past two months, Taobao Live has become an increasingly important tool for farmers looking to get their fresh produce to consumers amid disruptions caused by the coronavirus outbreak. According to the platform, the new initiative aims not only to bring increased revenue for farmers but to also accelerate the digitization of the agricultural industry. This announcement was part of a wider plan from Taobao Live to increase its reach and accessibility, including by helping 200,000 brick-and-mortar retail stores and 100 marketplaces make use of its platform this year.
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2 days ago by dancall
How COVID-19 Is Transforming Supply Chains | PYMNTS.com
Of particular note has been the shift by seniors (among the hardest-hit demographics in the ongoing pandemic) toward shopping online, and where the grocery segment, traditionally an underpenetrated category for eCommerce, has been seeing increased traction online. Caton said the grocery vertical has several logistics considerations (such as cold storage) that are likely to impact how industrial real estate is developed and deployed.

“As a percentage of all retail sales,” he said, “eCommerce has been at around 11 percent – and some experts see no reason why it can’t double [as a percentage] by the end of the decade.” The coronavirus, he maintained, is leading to those estimates being reassessed, as we could get to that percentage at a faster pace.
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2 days ago by dancall
What Will Business Look Like Post COVID-19? | PYMNTS.com
“Karaoke may never come back because of what it is,” Wang noted. “People exchanging a microphone they hold close to their mouth in a closed space – it is an excellent place to spread disease.” In fact, he added, it might be a while before consumers desire to be in large crowds for anything but very pressing reasons, with anxiety lingering from the last few weeks.

But, Wang noted, many things have also rapidly leveled up in the face of COVID-19, such as grocery delivery. The high-speed rail infrastructure present in China, combined with the eCommerce infrastructure built by players like Alibaba, have rapidly made online grocery delivery the fastest, cheapest and easiest option for Chinese consumers – and Wang expects that new commerce habit will stick. Plus, he noted, people’s home cooking skills have improved during the crisis.
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2 days ago by dancall
Retail Tech Goes The Distance Amid COVID-19 | PYMNTS.com
And when a customer asked if Indyme could help with shopping traffic patterns – specifically concerning social distancing – the basic technology was already there, and SmartDome was born.
SmartDome looks like a dome security camera that is typically seen in many stores, but it operates much differently. Upon detecting people in a pre-specified, monitored area and measuring the distance between them, it announces a message such as: “For your safety, please maintain at least six feet of social distance.
retail  technology  coronavirus  recognition  voice 
2 days ago by dancall
Blockchain Finds New Home In Retail Food Supply | PYMNTS.com
Food retailers need to embrace a new term: digital traceability. It describes a new process that shows the importance consumers are placing on the origins of their food in the throes of the current coronavirus pandemic. And it could be one of the killer apps for blockchain.

“We will be tracing everything around food production, and what we do in terms of managing animals because this (coronavirus) came from animals,” said NZX Head of Analytics Julia Jones. “That’s just me thinking from the perspective of consumers. As markets open, they’ll want to know exactly how that piece of cheese was produced, as an example.”

That will be possible due to two features of blockchain. One is smart contracts. Because it is essentially a digital ledger, every element of an agreement between a food supplier and vendor is captured on blockchain and cannot be amended without the express consent of both parties. If a shipment of palm oil from Organic Farm A has to list the harvesting and labor law process, that can be done. The second feature is proof of provenance. Simply put, it traces the journey of goods. If a shipment of avocados says it is fresh until May 1, the retailer can check its proof of provenance, and doesn’t have to take the word of the supplier as that company promises fresh goods to its consumers.
blockchain  food  retail  coronavirus 
2 days ago by dancall
WRIW Videos - Rough Cuts - Google Sheets
PSFK Future of Retail links & videos - March 2020
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3 days ago by dancall
My Pub Shop
A not-for-profit click & collect platform which enables pubs, local shops &
stores to sell essential food & drink to their local community
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