Biometric Fingerprint Tech Could Boost Sa’s Ecommerce Industry | Ventureburn

The entire image is never saved though, but rather only specific characteristics that are unique to each fingerprint is saved and encrypted as a biometric key or mathematical representation. The images and points that are encrypted essentially become a series of numbers which are used to verify a purchase, but these numbers cannot be reconverted back to an image of the full fingerprint, making it a secure system. Mobile payments, purchasing merchandise offline, and signing into online banking could all make use of biometric fingerprint tech rather than PIN codes and credit cards. According to Simon Leps, CEO of Fontera Digital Works, a leading independent ecommerce development house in Africa, the touch of a finger will soon be able to replace the need for numerical and symbol logins and credit card details when making online purchases streamlining the online POS process. Biometric fingerprint authentication technology has already found its way into laptops, external hard-drives and electronic wallets, and will be made use of in the ecommerce environment going forward as a quick means to make online purchases.
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Stage Stores Reports Second Quarter Results – Yahoo Finance

The Company reported net income of $11.2 million, or $0.35 per diluted share, versus EPS of $0.29 for the second quarter of the prior year period. On an adjusted basis, EPS from continuing operations in the 2013 second quarter was $0.45. Michael Glazer, President and Chief Executive Officer, stated, We found the second quarter to be challenging, but we were encouraged that our sales trend improved towards the end of the quarter. We were pleased with the performance of our back-to-school categories as well as cosmetics, which delivered another strong quarterly performance. We managed our merchandise margins and inventory well and feel good about forward looking inventory levels and content. We expect improved second half results given our sales driving initiatives. Reported Results The Company reported earnings of $11.2 million, or $0.35 per diluted share, for the second quarter. For the prior years second quarter, including discontinued operations and one-time items, the Company reported earnings of $9.6 million, or $0.29 per diluted share. The prior years quarterly earnings include results from the Steeles division, which was sold on March 7, 2014. For the first six months of the fiscal year, comparable store sales decreased 2.2%. The net loss for the first half of 2014, including discontinued operations, was $7.6 million, or $0.24 per share, compared to net income of $2.8 million, or $0.08 per diluted share, in the comparable prior year period.
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Media Alert: Brightedge 4th Annual Share14 Conference – Yahoo Finance

Meet digital marketing leaders from top brands and digital agencies who are keen to share their knowledge and thoughts with their peers and media. Attend sessions and examine research alongside the creme de la creme of the marketing, content, search, and social domains. Hear industry leaders, global brands, and search and social titans predict the future of digital and the rise of earned media marketing. Media Schedule Media Pass: Full access to networking and interviews. Prearranged Schedule: Contact BrightEdge’s PR representative to arrange one-on-one interviews with target brands and BrightEdge executives.
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Online Roundup: International Expansion Tools And Local Marketing Tips – Advertising – Bizreport

“We are thrilled about our new partnership with GlobalShopex and how it makes it completely seamless for our retailers to go global! GlobalShopex’s international logistics features — like currency conversion, highly competitive shipping, worldwide customer service, and expertise on how to convert international traffic into sales — are sure to be a boom for GoECart merchants and their customers alike,” said Manish Chowdhary, CEO, GoECart. The merchants’ international card will allow for shipping to more than 200 countries and territories and will add multi-lingual functionalities. Meanwhile Constant Contact is adding on to their local marketing education program. The program, geared to SMBs and non-profits, will add territories across the midwest including Kentucky, Ohio and Michigan. Through the program SMBs can access trainings and workshops for marketing best practices. Finally, Lotame is partnering with Korea’s Nasmedia, a leading digital media agency. through the partnership Lotame’s DMP will be available to Nasmedia clients, giving them access to first and third party data while should improve advertisers’ targeting efforts.
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Williams-sonoma Going Strong On Ecommerce, Risks Persist – Analyst Blog – Nasdaq.com

However, Williams-Sonoma’s products primarily focus on home furnishings. The U.S. residential activity growth has slowed down in the second half of 2013 as well as early 2014. If the housing demand worsens in future quarters, demand for WSM’s products could be hurt. Williams-Sonoma carries a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy).
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Digital River Webinar Explores The Use Of Private Stores As A Revenue Generating Ecommerce Channel – Yahoo Finance

Digital Rivers cloud-based, private store solution enables merchants to offer special pricing to exclusive groups of online buyers through limited-access, branded online stores. The stores can be localized to support more than 30 languages, display more than 40 global currencies and offer in excess of 40 regional payment methods. During this educational virtual event, attendees will learn how to use private stores to: Tap into new market segments; Strengthen partner and employee relationships through special discount programs; Avoid channel conflicts associated with Minimum Advertised Price (MAP); and Effectively manage purchase limits and discounted prices. Webinar attendees will take away actionable strategies for how they can use online private stores to maximize their online sales and increase brand loyalty, said Scott Heimes, Digital Rivers senior vice president and CMO. We are thrilled to welcome a guest speaker from a leading branded manufacturer who will share a case study that showcases the real world business advantages and benefits of private stores. The webinar is open to the public and free of charge. Participation requires a laptop or desktop computer. For digital commerce practitioners and marketers looking for additional educational resources, Digital River hosts on-demand webinars on its corporate website ( http://www.digitalriver.com/resources/events-and-webinars/ ). About Digital River, Inc. Backed by 20 years of ecommerce experience, Digital River is recognized as a leading global provider of Commerce-as-a-Service solutions. Companies of all sizes rely on Digital Rivers multi-tenant, SaaS commerce, payments and marketing services to manage and grow their online businesses.
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Online Meal Delivery Firm Foodpanda Gets $60 Mln In Financing – Yahoo Finance

In total, foodpanda’s three brands operate in 501 cities in 40 countries ( http://www.foodpanda.com/ ). It is run by a central team based in Berlin, which develops the technology and marketing for country managers to run local sales. It counts as clients more than 30,000 restaurants – small shops and big chains such as 7-11 and Yum Brands’ KFC – which pay a commission on each order processed by foodpanda units. Delivery is free to dining customers. Berlin-based Rocket Internet is bidding to create the largest internet empire outside the United States and China, seeking to replicate the success of Amazon and Alibaba (IPO-ALIB.N) in markets from Africa to Latin America and Russia. Active in 100 countries in everything from online shopping to taxi bookings to financial services, Rocket Internet plans an initial public offering later this year that could value it at 3 billion to 5 billion euros ($4 billion-$6.7 billion). Falcon Edge Management, a New York-based global hedge fund launched in 2012 with $1.2 billion in assets, is another major backer of foodpanda and contributed to its latest financing round.
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Ati Portfolio Company, Eyeq, Changing The Way Retailers Interact With Customers

eyeQ continues working with several other major brands, each in the top 10 of their respective categories: big-box retail, electronics, automobiles, shopping mall development, and fast food. We knew we created something special, a secret weapon to help brick and mortar businesses compete on an even playing field with ecommerce companies that are able to utilize so many customer intelligence technologies, said eyeQ founder and CEO Michael Garel. But we have been blown away by how many companies – big companies – are partnering with eyeQ, and how quickly they realize meaningful business improvements by using our system. Austin is becoming a center for retail technology whether Bazaarvoice or Digby (now part of Phunware), Compare Metrics or RetailMeNot. ATI has incubated many of Austins best retail technologies including Ordoro, BlackLocus, and now eyeQ. The retail technology innovations happening here in Austin are really impressive, eyeQ at the top of the list, said Kyle Cox, Director, IT/Wireless Portfolios at ATI. We are proud to be a partner to eyeQ to help support them in their rapid business expansion. About eyeQ: Founded in 2012 and based in Austin, Texas, eyeQ has developed a unique set of technologies to help brick-and-mortar retailers harness e-commerce intelligence. eyeQ creates a unique hybrid in person/online experience for shoppers that give them what they have learned to love from e-commerce (ratings, reviews, suggested offerings and more) to help them decide and buy on the spot. eyeQinsights is an in-person responsive marketing system, learning about and responding to customers with the information and suggestions that are most helpful to them. eyeQ works with a wide range of retailers, from boutiques, to national restaurant chainlike Lubys and Fuddruckers, to publicly traded retail leaders like Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores. eyeQ is a member of the Austin Technology Incubator, a 2014 graduate of DreamIt Ventures, and a founding member of the Future of Privacy Forum.
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Mobile Search Spend Share In Uk And Australia Outpaces Us

In the UK, the phone CPCs are just .02 euros shy of tablets. Kenshoo surmises, Higher CPC for mobile [in the US and UK] reflects marketers getting savvier about how to measure mobile an dset different goals for campaigns targeting those devices. Oddly, in Australia, Kenshoo found that click-through rates on both tablets and phones fell, bucking the overall trend reported by Google in Q2. The gap between mobile clicks and spend also widened in Australia year-over-year, with 35 percent of spend allocated to mobile and 44 percent of clicks generated from mobile ads. (Stock image via Shutterstock.com . Used under license.) Related Topics: Channel: SEM | Search Marketing: Multinational | Top News Sponsored About The Author: Ginny Marvin writes about paid online marketing topics including paid search, paid social, display and retargeting. Beyond Search Engine Land, Ginny provides search marketing and demand generation advice for ecommerce companies.
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Meet Subbly, The Startup That Lets Anybody Easily Setup A Subscription Box… — San Francisco, Aug. 7, 2014 /prnewswire-ireach/ –

“The subcom market itself without a doubt is growing and it’s only a matter of time before it’s considered an integral part of the bigger $300 Billion eCommerce market.” Subbly’s customer base includes both existing retailers and entrepreneurs and it’s goal is to bridge the gap for these entities by providing retailers and entrepreneurs with a simple, cost effective way to setup, manage and grow a subscription box business in a similar way to how Shopify currently does with ecommerce retailers. “We’re the only easy solution out there that is live and ready to use right now. Visit Subbly.co from anywhere in the world to setup a subscription box business and begin taking payments in under 10 minutes. No technical knowledge required, we setup your site, manage your hosting, billing and payments. All you have to do is send out your monthly boxes to your customers. It’s that simple.” Subbly is an all-in-one subscription eCommerce solution that provides sellers with everything they need to setup a subscription box business on one simple, easy to use platform. Standard pricing starts at just $59 per month but sign up before August 21st, 2014 to take advantage of the “SPECIAL EARLY BIRD OFFER” of $19 per month (for next 12 months). Subbly was co-founded by Scottish entrepreneur Stefan Pretty in 2014 and is based in Edinburgh, UK and Los Angeles, USA. For more information, images, videos or interviews please visit www.subbly.co .
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