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Retail

It’s curtains for the barcode

As consumers demand more information on products, including calories and provenance, and retailers want details like batch numbers and sell-by date, the ubiquitous barcode may be put to pasture soon.

TECH

Days numbered for barcodes as shoppers demand more data

Growing demand for more information about the products we buy could mean the end of the simple barcode – the blocks of black and white stripes that adorn most objects for sale and are scanned five billion times a day.

Business

British PM offers loan, touts trade potential on Vietnam visit

HANOI: Prime Minister David Cameron pushed to step up trade with Vietnam on Wednesday to capitalise on “enormous” opportunities for British firms in an economy Britain would support with £500mil (RM2.99bil) in infrastructure loans.

TECH

Apple Pay launches in Britain as holdout Barclays signs up

Apple introduced its mobile payments service to Britain as Barclays became the last major UK bank to sign up for the US tech giant's effort to capitalise on the increasing comfort among British consumers with making tap-and-go purchases.

Business

Apple Pay launches in Britain as holdout Barclays signs up

LONDON: Apple introduced its mobile payments service to Britain on Tuesday as Barclays became the last major UK bank to sign up for the U.S. tech giant's effort to capitalize on the increasing comfort among British consumers with making tap-and-go purchases.

TECH

Apple Pay launches in Britain, with hiccups

Apple has introduced mobile payments in Britain, hoping to make a splash with consumers familiar with using cards for tap-and-go purchases, as resistance from hold-out banks and stores appeared to evaporate.

TECH

Apple Pay to launch in Britain in July

Apple Inc plans to introduce its mobile payments service to Britain next month, supported by major banks and high-street retailers and the operator of the London Underground, the technology company said.

Business

Wal-Mart to build 115 new China stores

BEIJING: Giant U.S. retailer Wal-Mart Stores Inc plans to expand its footprint in China by nearly a third by opening 115 new stores by 2017, the firm's chief executive said, in a renewed push to lure China's grocery shoppers despite slowing growth.

Community

New styles for the season

VIBRANT colours, luxurious floral prints and relaxed denim are among the key features of Marks & Spencer’s (M&S) contemporary yet elegant Spring Summer ’15 collections for women and men.

Community

New store has fans of British fashion all abuzz

BRITISH retailer Marks & Spencer (M&S) has opened its seventh store in the country at Gurney Plaza in Penang.