This is my dumping ground for quotes and other stuff relating to the wonderful world of digital & communications.
At Tamagoya, Mr. Sugahara has turned his company’s reliance on the fax and standard telephones into an art form. Every morning, orders for about 62,000 lunches pour in, about half by fax. Most of those lunches are cooked and put onto trucks even before the last order is taken. A small army of 100 fax and telephone operators carefully coordinate deliveries, and fewer than 60 lunches — or 0.1 percent — are wasted
EVERY day enormous lorries arrive at the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency in Swansea to deliver around 100,000 vehicle tax payments sent by post. Only half of the 46m payments made each year happen online, even though three-fourths of Britons buy their car insurance via the web.
Some sites, for example, gave discounts based on whether or not a person was using a mobile device. A person searching for hotels from the Web browser of an iPhone or Android phone on travel sites Orbitz and CheapTickets would see discounts of as much as 50% off the list price, Orbitz said. Both sites are run by Orbitz Worldwide Inc., OWW -3.77% which in fact markets the differences as “mobile steals.” Orbitz says the deals are also available on the iPad if a person installs the Orbitz app.
Bridal Brokerage enabling brides and grooms-to-be to buy ceremony and party plans that others have abandoned.
More than 2m people from 100 countries watched online video of Topshop’s Spring/Summer 2012 Unique show in the three hours after the fashion retailer live streamed it Sunday…
Topshop built considerable buzz in the days leading up to the show by promising consumers a “personalized” and shoppable live stream experience. Viewers could click on clothes and accessories to browse color options as they came down the catwalk, and create screenshots and video clips to share instantly on Facebook, Topshop said. They could also order makeup for delivery within 48 hours, and select apparel and accessories for delivery in six to eight weeks… Several looks sold out within an hour… At least one sold out before the show was even over
China’s largest e-commerce firm, Alibaba Group, expects to sell merchandise this year worth more than that sold by Amazon Inc and eBay combined
ByBox, a British firm, charges shoppers about £2 ($3.15) to retrieve a parcel from one of its 1,350 locations around the country. Other locker networks are free. Delivery firms can save lots of money by sending a batch of parcels to a single place, where delivery is guaranteed, so they are naturally keen to provide the service. Nine out of ten Germans live or work within about ten minutes of free lockers operated by Deutsche Post DHL. The French and Turkish post offices also provide free locker services.
Two-fifths of online shoppers said they stopped buying products from a website following a troublesome delivery, according to the Interactive Media in Retail Group (IMRG)
Australian Bureau of Statistics research released today showed local businesses received online orders worth $189 billion in the 12 months to June 30, 2011, an increase of $46 billion, or 32 per cent, on the previous corresponding period. The number of businesses receiving orders online also increased by 13 per cent over the same period to 28 per cent…. However, only 35 per cent of retail businesses had received online orders, with just 44 per cent in the sector having a website.