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Global spending on POS software set to soar

New research has shown that retail and restaurant businesses globally are likely to spend US$1.7 billion annually on POS software by 2024.

Starbucks unveils ambitious sustainability commitment

Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson has announced a multi-decade commitment to be a “resource-positive” company – aspiring to give more than it takes from the planet.

Amazon India to use mom-and-pop shops as delivery points

Global online retailer Amazon has partnered with more than 20,000 local “kirana” stores in India to serve as delivery points.

International merchants embracing Chinese mobile payments, says report

A new survey by Alipay and Nielsen has found overseas merchants are actively exploring digital operations via Chinese mobile payments to increase sales and customer traffic.

Featured store: Charcohol Restaurant & Bar by Studio8

Architectural firm Studio8 has designed a new restaurant and cocktail bar located in a heritage building in Fengsheng Li, Shanghai.

Luxury streetwear label Opening Ceremony to close all stores

Luxury retailer Opening Ceremony will shutter its entire store network this year after its sale to New Guards Group

Watsons China launches WeChat Work and Cloud stores

Health-and-beauty retailer Watsons has partnered with Tencent’s WeChat Work platform to establish an online presence and launch cloud-based WeChat stores this quarter.

Chinese fruit-vending machines driven by AI

AI-run fruit-vending machines are offering Chinese consumers a new way of buying fruit and vegetables, according to FreshPlaza.

LG TV lets you shop fashion you see in TV shows

Video commerce firm TheTake has partnered with smart TV manufacturer LG Electronics and a range of media companies to allow viewers to “shop shows” for fashion and other goods.

Walmart India lays off executives

Walmart India will let go around a third of its top executives at its Gurugram headquarters, according to the Economic Times.

Freitag Japan opens store in Kyoto

Bag and carrying case manufacturer Freitag has opened its fourth outlet in Japan, which was featured in Designboom architectural magazine for its unique interior.

Is Box by Posti the “perfect” place to pick up online orders?

Design studio Fyra may have created the “perfect” environment for online shoppers to collect their online orders: Box in Helsinki, created for the Finnish postal service.