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Alibaba embraces new visual QR-style codes

A new twist on the traditional black and white matrix code has been done many times before. This time its by Visualead, who have featured on BAWS before. The ‘dotless visual codes’ (hmm), only require the corner dots to scan, leaving 90% available for logos or imagery. They have partnered with the giant Alibaba to help combat counterfeit goods, so expect this format to become commonplace. 


Virtual supermarkets are popping up in subway stations in South Korea, where commuters can virtually shop for items while waiting for the train to come. Customers simply scan an item’s QR code using the free “Homeplus” app and can have it delivered to their doorstep before they even get home. Ranked as the 2nd most hard-working country in the world to Japan, South Korea is rewarding its workers with this timesaving gem.



Last December, we took a peek behind behind the scenes at eBay UK’s first pop-up shop in London. And this past weekend, the e-commerce powerhouse took to the streets again, this time with eBay Social Shopping, powered entirely by social media. The initiative laid claim to being the country’s first “interactive, socially-powered shopping experience”, in the heart of London’s Covent Garden. Timed to coincide with the busiest online shopping weekend (pay-day, Christmas etc), the project sought to harness the power of Facebook, Twitter and Instagram in terms of product recommendations, and morph it with eBay’s own search data, serving up a “live pulse” of what the nation wants for Christmas. (via Behind the scenes at eBay’s ‘Social Shopping’ experience in London’s Covent Garden [Video] – The Next Web)

eBay have done it again. Great to see both QR code and augmented reality come together to enhance the Christmas shopping experience.

The Next Web goes hands-on with the launch of PayPals inStore mobile payment service in the UK market. The process uses plain old barcodes for improved compatibility.

PayPal has opted for a barcode solution, not NFC. This allows the company to roll out the app to other platforms and bank on existing point-of-sale technologies instead of relying on wireless payment terminals.

eBay to Launch Temporary QR Code enabled pop-up store for Christmas

eBay to Launch Temporary QR Code enabled pop-up store for Christmas