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Nike online sales soar during coronavirus crisis

Nike online sales soared 36 per cent in the February quarter, compensating in part for a slump in sales across Mainland China which was in lockdown for much of January and February due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Thai consumers ready to engage with technology instore, or online

Seventy per cent of Thai consumers prefer to use apps to shop online, according to a new study by Wirecard – but they expect a consistent offer across all of a brand’s sales channels.

‘Tidal change’ ahead in Chinese consumer trends

Mintel says mass self-quarantine, caused by the coronavirus outbreak, will leave an indelible shift in how Chinese consumers behave going forward.

Chat-to-checkout app lets shoppers interact real time

Tech startup OneDash has unveiled a chat-to-checkout service which eliminates the need to quit a chat session to complete a purchase.

Pomelo launches in-app livestream shopping with Davika Hoorne

Southeast Asian omnichannel fashion retailer Pomelo has launched in-app shoppable livestream starring famous Thai actress Davika Hoorne.

How Suning has developed unmanned logistics to weather coronavirus crisis

Chinese retail giant Suning’s unmanned logistics and contactless delivery services have come to the forefront during the coronavirus outbreak.

Ant Financial Services targets 40 million service providers

Ant Financial Services subsidiary Alipay says it will spend the next three years opening up its online payments platform to support the digital transformation of 40 million service providers across China.

Chatbots aren’t going away any time real soon, suggests new research

Much-maligned chatbots are not about to go away anytime real soon, suggests new research.

Japanese online watch rental concept Karitoke opens third store and launches AR app

Japanese watch rental service Kairtoke is launching in Tokyo’s Shinjuku Marui building next Friday, and launching an app with VR allowing consumers to test the look before they hire.

Datalogic relaunches Gryphon GD4500 with ergonomic upgrade and performance boost

Technology company Datalogic has revamped and relaunched its Gryphon GD4500 2D scanner with faster performance and new ergonomic styling to reduce operator fatigue.

3D design-and-fit tools could reshape fashion

While apparel brands and manufacturers have so far been slow to adopt 3D design and fit tools, the technology can deliver significant long-term rewards, according to GlobalData.

Three reasons why Asian retailers are upgrading their e-commerce platforms

There is currently an almost endless array of technologies and innovations that Asian retailers can invest in as they look to future-proof their business.