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The Rejirobo wants to scan and pack purchases at the cash register

After the launch of Amazon Go the Rejirobo is the next big development for retail in a short time.

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The Japanese trading chain Lawson is known for its experiments and innovations. Now they are unveiling a checkout robot, which scans and packs groceries on its own. After the launch of Amazon Go, the Rejirobo is the next big development for retail in a short time.

As early as 2009, Lawson started to offer charging stations for electric vehicles in its car parks, which is likely conncected to Mitsubishi’s participation in the company. Now the company is again experimenting, this time with self-service kits.  Now, their new invention: cash registers that scan and pack on their own.

Together with Panasonic, Lawson has developed the Rejirobo. “Reji” means “cash register.” To be able to use Rejirobo, the customer must use a shopping basket with an integrated scanner. In this way, he simply scans every product he places in the shopping basket.

Rejirobo: From February 2017 also with RFID chip

At checkout, the customer places the shopping cart in the appropriate device. After the payment process via touch-screen, the basket folds downwards and the products slide into a shopping bag. Whether this brings a really significant speed advantage at the cash register in the end, may be doubted – at least as the system is currently working. Also, it is important to consider the decrease in employment the robot might cause., as the magazine Asiaspiegel.ch reports.

Starting in February, Lawson is also taking a very sensible step in the project: according to the press release from Panasonic (here Google-Translate), RFID chips will be put directly on the products to allow Rejirobo to also take over the scanning process. This would make it harder to override the system. The system is to start running in 2018 in the majority of Lawson stores.

The Rejirobo of Lawson and Panasonic is not quite as stylish as Amazon Go, where there are no cash registers. But the project shows quite well how technological developments will continue to change the retail sector.

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PS: I Love You – Hotmail’s Growth Hack

When the Hotmail e-mail service was founded on 4 July 1996, nobody knew the term “growth hacking”. Nevertheless, the ingenious marketing ploy of Sabeer Bhatia and Jack Smith goes down in history as the first growth hack.

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It was the American Independence Day in 1996 – a deliberately chosen day. Developers Sabeer Bhatia and Jack Smith released their free email service Hotmail that day.

After a little more than 20 days – at the end of July, 1996 – the service was already being used by 20,000 users of the still young Internet. A respectable success, but the two founders wanted more.

The first growth hack in history

And so Smith and Bhatia discussed things with their investors. The discussion focused on the question of how the company could quickly get new users without a significant marketing budget.

The result of the brainstorming was a single line at the end of each e-mail sent via Hotmail:”PS: I love you. Get your free e-mail at Hotmail.” This is reported by author Adam L. Penenberg in his book* Viral Loop: From Facebook to Twitter; How Today’s Smartest Businesses Grow Themselves.

If you clicked on the blue “Hotmail” link, you were redirected to a registration page. There, you would receive all the relevant information on Hotmail’s offer. In addition, you were given the opportunity to create your own free e-mail account immediately. (That wasn’t standard at that time.)

Microsoft pays 12 million US dollars

Even though nobody knew the term “growth hack” in 1996, it was exactly what the Hotmail founders had succeeded in doing. With a simple trick, the company generated several million users – without having to place an ad.

While Hotmail took six months to break the 1 million-user barrier, the company reached the second million just five weeks later. When Microsoft took over Hotmail for 400 million US dollars just under a year later, the service already had 12 million users. At the turn of the millennium, there were 65 million users.

Today, Hotmail no longer exists. Since 2013, Microsoft has been promoting the first growth hack in history under the name Outlook, which has now spread to millions of computers and smartphones.

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No More Noisy Surprises: Chrome Prevents Autoplay

There’s nothing more annoying than a website that automatically plays a video with sound right after loading. Google knows this and will update its browser Chrome. This almost always suppresses the autoplay function of videos and advertising.

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Mounir Lamouri works as a software engineer at Google – more precisely, he works in the team for the company’s own browser Chrome. in Chromium Blog, Lamouri reports about a serious change included in the upcoming version 64 of the browser.

Starting in 2018: No more autoplay in chrome

As the software specialist writes, the new chrome version, which is due to be released in January 2018, will be extended by a particularly user-friendly feature.

Specifically, the Google browser will be supplemented by a technology that blocks all autoplay functions. This means that site operators and advertisers will no longer be able to surprise Chrome users with video and audio content that starts automatically with sound.

With this step, Google is sending out a clear signal for more satisfaction among its own users – and there are not just a few of them. In Germany, 34 percent of Internet users use Chrome. No other browser is used more often.

The exceptions

Although Google turns off the autoplay feature by default, there are some exceptions. Users of version 63 and above can create exceptions for individual pages in the browser settings.

For example, if you use YouTube a lot, you can bypass the block and allow videos to start automatically. Everyone should be aware that this permission also applies to advertising.

Even without access to the settings, the technology behind the browser detects when you manually start videos on certain pages over and over again. As a result, the algorithm may reactivate the autoplay function for these situations. If you don’t want this, you can undo it in the settings.

Despite the built-in protection, advertising can start automatically with sound. This is due to the settings of the site operator, if they consciously decide to present you with the ads.

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