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SK Telecom Launches New ‘Untact’ O4O Platform

SK Telecom Launches New ‘Untact’ O4O Platform

SEOUL, Sept. 14 (Korea Bizwire) — As the coronavirus continues to rage on, mobile carriers are scrambling to launch so-called ‘untact’ O4O (online-for-offline) platforms. In July, South Korea’s top mobile carrier SK Telecom Co. launched ‘T-world Friends’, a web page dedicated to logistics network management for affiliated stores struggling with a recent plunge in revenue. [...]

Untact Shopping Vendors Spread as Coronavirus Pandemic Drags On

Untact Shopping Vendors Spread as Coronavirus Pandemic Drags On

SIHEUNG, Sept. 9 (Korea Bizwire) — So-called ‘untact’ shopping venues are increasing in number as social distancing is gaining public awareness. The store owner of a local fashion vendor in Siheung, Gyeonggi Province introduced an unmanned checkout system, allowing customers to select clothes and then wire their payment to a designated bank account for self-checkout. [...]

Retailers Speed Up Introduction of Automated Checkout

Retailers Speed Up Introduction of Automated Checkout

SEOUL, July 24 (Korea Bizwire) — With the coronavirus pandemic increasing demand for so-called ‘untact’ consumption, retailers are scrambling to introduce unmanned checkout services. E-Mart Inc., South Korea’s largest discount store chain by sales, currently operates some 700 unmanned checkout kiosks across 110 stores, or 78 percent of all E-Mart stores nationwide. After first introducing [...]

SK Telecom Announces Big 3 Distribution Innovation Plan

SK Telecom Announces Big 3 Distribution Innovation Plan

SEOUL, July 20 (Korea Bizwire) — SK Telecom Co. will remodel its distribution system to meet so-called ‘untact’ demand. South Korea’s top mobile carrier by subscribers announced Sunday its Big 3 Distribution Innovation Plan that focuses on premium online-to-offline (O2O) services, stronger protection of customer data, and unmanned stores for the latter half of this [...]

Naver, Other ‘Untact’ Stocks’ Market Value Tops 100 tln Won

Naver, Other ‘Untact’ Stocks’ Market Value Tops 100 tln Won

SEOUL, July 13 (Korea Bizwire) — A combined market value of Naver Corp., South Korea’s top internet portal operator, and other so-called ‘untact’ stocks, such as Kakao Corp., have seen their combined market cap surpass the 100-trillion won (US$83.27 billion) mark for the first time amid the novel coronavirus outbreak. The market capitalization of the [...]

POSCO’s New Work-from-Home Policy Raises Profile of ‘Untact’ Corporate Culture

POSCO’s New Work-from-Home Policy Raises Profile of ‘Untact’ Corporate Culture

SEOUL, July 6 (Korea Bizwire) — POSCO has introduced South Korea’s first ‘work-from-home policy for childcare without career interruption’ this month, raising the likelihood of a transformation in work culture across South Korean businesses. The steelmaker began receiving registrations for the work-from-home program from all employees with childcare needs. The program allows any employee with [...]

Judo Belt Examinations Held Online to Prevent Coronavirus Spread

Judo Belt Examinations Held Online to Prevent Coronavirus Spread

CHANGWON, June 19 (Korea Bizwire) — The Republic of Korea Naval Academy in the southeastern city of Changwon carried out judo belt examinations online under the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The academy, with the authority bestowed by the Korea Judo Association to carry out judo belt examinations, held so-called ‘untact’ examinations for 40 cadets on Thursday. Prior [...]

Gov’t Gears Up to Develop “Smart Shopping Centers”

Gov’t Gears Up to Develop “Smart Shopping Centers”

SEOUL, June 17 (Korea Bizwire) — The Ministry of SMEs and Startups has unveiled a trial project to develop 20 general shopping centers into “smart shopping centers” using a wide variety of Fourth Industrial Revolution technologies. The ministry released the list of shopping centers it had selected as smart shopping centers on Tuesday, including one [...]