You Thought Retail Was Dying? Think Again… 322

Over the past decade, e-commerce sales have soared. Many people are claiming that e-commerce will be the end of retail stores.

However, recent figures have shown that the reality is actually very different from what we were expecting.

Will E-commerce Really Replace Retail?

There is no doubt that e-commerce has transformed the way we shop – especially with the recent rise of buy online, pick up in-store trend that was recently introduced by Amazon.

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Of course, everyone has heard of the e-commerce giants like Amazon and eBay. But how many other e-commerce-only stores can you name off the top of your head? The likely answer is: not that many. Actually, all but one of the top 10 US retailers are physical stores.

In fact, despite the many stories of retail stores being forced to shut down and liquidate, there have actually been a number of cases when it’s gone the other way around. This can be seen as recently as this year when Walmart bought up several of its online competitors.

Why is Retail Still So Popular?

But shopping online is so much easier. It’s fast, it’s convenient, and we don’t even have to get off the sofa…right?

 The truth is, despite what we tell ourselves, the world loves to shop. It satisfies some of our most primitive hunter-gatherer instincts and has cemented itself as one of our everyday habits.

Despite the rapid rise in technology over the past decade, there is still something inherently satisfying about walking into a store and picking up a physical product.

Often, we don’t just shop because we want to buy things. For many, it is a fun social experience, a way to relax and unwind, or simply an enjoyable way to pass time.

Combining E-commerce and Retail Shopping

Retail shopping is here to stay for the foreseeable future. However, mobile technology has undoubtedly changed our shopping habits irreversibly.

There has been a recent influx of retail apps over the past few years. The 7-Eleven app, for example, sends coupons to your phone that you can redeem in store.

It also has a member barcode that allows users to earn free drinks, a store locator, a feedback system, and a ‘7Rewards’ feature that gives users points for every dollar they spend in store to encourage users to download it.

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The Starbucks app has also been a huge success. It allows users to pay and collect loyalty points without the hassle of an additional physical card.

The app was released back in Spring 2009. By October 2013, more than 11% of Starbucks’ sales volume came through its mobile wallet.

But what if there was a way to combine the convenience of e-commerce with the thrill of shopping in a retail store?

Shping is one new blockchain startup working on bringing ecommerce together with retail. It is designed to make retail shopping smarter – and it even directly rewards its users for their engagement in the process.

The way the platform works is simple. Users simply scan any product barcode using the app. From this, they can learn what is in it, where it is from, and whether or not it is certified. They will even have access to reviews from other users, which they can use to make a decision about whether or not to purchase the product.

Essentially, it provides the fun of retail shopping, while still allowing users to make a fully informed decision in the same way as they would when shopping online.

In return for scanning barcodes, uploading product photos, and writing their own reviews for products they have purchased, users can also earn Shping coins.

Large media giants like Facebook are currently making billions every year as a result of advertising to their 2 billion-strong user-base.

However, decentralized blockchain platforms will enable brands to channel their budgets to reward customers for their engagement, instead of funneling billions into faceless, third-party media companies.

Changing Advertising As We Know It

The process of combining e-commerce with retail could completely transform the advertising landscape as we have come to understand it.

Instead of companies having no other option than to shove advertisements in our face while we’re watching cat videos on YouTube or trying to chat to our friends on Facebook, they will be given the unique opportunity to connect to us right at the moment it is most appropriate – when we’re inside the store, ready to buy their product.

These unique features provided to us by the decentralization of advertising will undoubtedly allow brands to connect with their customers like never before.

Rewarding customers for loyalty will only strengthen the connection between brands and users.

Instead of feeling like a commodity being marketed to and spammed with advertisements for products they don’t want, users will become a valuable part of the process.

The whole landscape of shopping and advertising could be about to shift in front of our eyes.

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Kanpai Pandas: Bringing luxury experiences to the NFT space 2619

Imagine an NFT project that can bring you once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Front of stage tickets to EDC Las Vegas, booth seats to your favorite football team’s games, private parties with high profile crypto personalities… etc., and access to all these events and more can be yours just by holding a cute tattoo-clad panda.

Introducing Kanpai Pandas, one of the first Omnichain NFT projects in existence. A collection of 10,000 stylistically curated hand-drawn NFTs that roam 7 chains, including Ethereum, BNB, Polygon, AVAX, Fantom, Arbitrum, and Optimism chains (and soon to be 8 ).

Kanpai means “Cheers” in Japanese and reflects the light-hearted jovial nature that the project and community represent. The Kanpai Pandas’ prime objective is to bring REAL utility to its holders by building a solid brand that revolves around amazing real-world experiences and community building.

Kanpai Pandas isn’t only an NFT collection incorporating innovative blockchain technology. Holding a Kanpai Panda gives you a membership pass into an exclusive club that offers access to high-end events such as private parties, sporting events, concerts, and other sought-after entertainment events. Kanpai Pandas is building a family of like-minded people across the globe, creating a network effect where holders can build, collaborate, and learn together in the journey to making NFT history. Kanpai Pandas believe in building a sustainable long-term foundation through providing real-world utility and on-chain innovation.

So, what’s under the hood?

Kanpai Labs, the creator of Kanpai Pandas, built and released the project on LayerZero Labs’ technology. LayerZero Labs is an Omnichain Interoperability Protocol designed for message passing across chains, providing authentic delivery. Layer Zero has been funded by FTX, Binance Labs, Spartan, DeFi Capital, and various other strategic investment groups.

Kanpai Pandas sought to distinguish themselves in the NFT space by providing an art collection that incorporated cutting-edge interoperable blockchain technology. Building on LayerZero Labs technology, Kanpai Panda’s smart contracts became the new “gold standard” of omnichain.

The creator of Kanpai Labs, @DaRealMilkBagz, crafted a team of experts to provide utility to Kanpai Panda holders. Before mint, @DaRealMilkBagz announced three exclusive confirmed events where Kanpai Pandas could attend, details of which will be further explained in future Medium posts, but have already been announced on our Twitter (@KanpaiPandas). Kanpai Labs came out swinging to provide its determination in making Kanpai Pandas a lifestyle brand that provides many perks: exclusive social events, collectibles, comic series, and on-chain game theory (details about these perks will be further outlined in future Medium posts).

GYM NETWORK: The Future of Investing 2774

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Investments have always been a risky affair, and the biggest concern among most is which platform to go for. More so, the slightly reliable ones don’t offer high rewards, which in turn negates the whole point of investing. But that changes with GYM NETWORK, a Binance Smart Chain-based Decentralized protocol. It not just ensures security and transparency in transactions but offers high returns and exciting rewards on investment.

All about GYM NETWORK

If you ever search for a De-Fi project, there would be hundreds of results, but not all suit your requirements or are trustworthy. The number could be pegged at 3-5 if we are lenient in that regard. But the team behind GYM NETWORK has managed to eliminate all the previously encountered problems and design a platform that offers you the best.

GYM NETWORK handpicks the best investment options and presents these as vaults to investors along with the risk factor associated with each. These options (initially, it’s just Alpaca, but more are to be added in the coming days) offer high yields,. In addition to that, investors receive rewards in the form of $GYMNET, the native token on GYM NETWORK. Its total supply is capped at 4,000,000,000, and the tokenomics is designed to deliver both short-term and long-term rewards to users, apart from ensuring the development of the platform and its success.

It’s not that you have to invest regularly to earn big. There are various options offered to users by the GYM NETWORK to earn a passive income. Many who are not regular on the platform go with these.

Other than the affiliate system as discussed later, one of the easiest ways to earn a passive income is to go for Farming, which means adding your holdings to liquidity and earning regular income on it. This way, instead of lying around your wallet, the currently held tokens would help pocket additional rewards.

Also, those who hold on to their collection of $GYMNET receive rewards on buying and sell orders. 1% of every purchase order and 4% of every sell order is distributed amongst the token holders. It is raining rewards on GYM NETWORK and now is your chance to make a fortune.

Affiliate system to earn passive rewards

Users require a referral code to join the platform. And once they are a part of it, they use their own referral code to get others to join. The pyramid so formed helps everyone earn rewards when the user they invited invests into the vault. A part of both, the ALPACA and $GYMNET rewards, will be shared with the invitee. Also, the affiliate system works through a smart contract, which almost nullifies the delay in the execution, and eliminates the need for an intermediary, thus making it quicker and safer.

This gets even better! There are 16 levels to the referral system with the rewards increasing as a user progresses through the levels. When a user reaches Level 14 or above, they automatically start receiving a share of the overall profit and rewards generated throughout the GYM NETWORK, which is independent of their team structure. So get as many people to join and increase your passive income. Collecting rewards has never been any simpler!

Why should I buy the $GYMNET token?

As you know, $GYMNET is the native token on GYM NETWORK and will be used to reward investors, and those who hold on to their tokens will further receive benefits on every sale and purchase order.

Another critical aspect that encourages users to not just hold on, but also buy the $GYMNET token is the Voting Right. With this, they get to introduce proposals to further improve the system. This is based on the team’s idea that GYM NETWORK is a community-driven platform, and it will be the collective opinion of token holders that will decide the path to be treaded in the future. Remember, the weightage of votes will depend on the number of tokens held by a user. So if you want to be a decisive factor, invest more to earn $GYMNET in the form of rewards, and also buy the token directly on exchanges.

Then comes the protection tools that are designed to prevent a sudden fall in the value of $GYMNET. No user can sell more than 50% of their token holdings in a single day. Also, it would be ensured that no one can hold more than 3% of the total supply of tokens in a wallet. Besides, there is bot protection in place that automatically identifies suspicious activities.

Another reason why the value of $GYMNET will see an incline is the Buy-Back and Burn program. When the tokens are burnt, the total number in circulation decreases, thus increasing the individual value of tokens left. You can check the total number of tokens burned to date on the official website.

So, if you had been looking for the right De-Fi platform to invest, GYM NETWORK will prove to be one of the safest and most transparent ones.

To find out more about the platform, visit the official website: https://www.gymnetwork.io/

Also, follow them on all social media platforms to stay updated with the day-to-day developments.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/GymNet_Official
Telegram: https://t.me/gymnetworkofficial

My Crypto on ICONFi: Check exchange wallets at once 2613

My Crypto service has launched on ICONFi, the hybrid Crypto savings and staking platform providing the highest compound yield rates on crypto savings. My Crypto allows users to add the API from crypto exchanges like Binance and Coinbase, supporting the users to check their balances at once. Easy and convenient.

A crypto user would need to use different crypto exchanges simply because exchanges have listed different kinds of coins and tokens. There’s a good chance many crypto Hodlers and traders would be struggling to check the balances of the exchanges they are using. This already sounds super bothering, and it is painful to multi-task through exchange apps to check the balances. My Crypto provided a solution to this problem.

With My Crypto service, ICONFi users can see the balances of different coins and tokens on different exchanges, making the crypto asset management super simple. And as this is Read-only API, the ICONFi app only shows the balance data while not having access to actual crypto assets. It would be also interesting to compare the ROI from the direct trading with ICONFi’s Fixed savings compound interest rates.

ICONFi’s Growth Lead Steve Cho said, “My Crypto service is expected to address the issue of dealing with many different exchange wallets. It also shows the total value of users’ crypto assets in BTC, making it easier to see how much crypto assets they have in exchange wallets and ICONFi wallets altogether.” And he added, “Many ICONFi users put their BTC, ETH, USDT, and USDC on ICONFi Flexible account so that they can receive the basic interest rates, because it has no lockup period (withdrawal takes up to 24 hours though) while giving up to 3.5% compound interests, which is normally higher than other platforms’ Fixed savings with lockup periods. People always want to get the maximum profits out of their actions and ICONFi users just know this is the best option they can have without taking risks of lockup period because the crypto market shifts a lot. They know that if they sit their coins on exchange wallets, in fact they are losing value while taking the opportunity costs.”

ICONFi’s CEO Sean Kim said, “The vision of ICONFi is Make Crypto Simple – we want to provide easy and convenient crypto finance services to the entire crypto users.” He added that “ICONFi is officially giving out the highest compound interest rates on BTC (without considering platform tokens) in the market and it is the only Crypto savings platform giving its users Fixed rates. All other platforms cut down the rates if users put more crypto, which sounds super absurd. Users deserve more yields if they put in more assets. We want to support any crypto user to get the most value out of their Bitcoin in an easy, simple, and convenient manner.” Sean Kim has 11+ years’ experience in financial service consulting at PwC and Ernst & Young and expertise in financial system, derivatives, and investments. He also has been a financial engineer and mathematician.

ICONFi is a Hybrid platform providing both Crypto Fixed savings and Crypto Staking services. ICONFi provides the familiar ID and Passwords system while providing compound interests on Crypto savings and Auto-Staking features, positioning itself as an alternative to direct crypto trading. The website www.icon-fi.com has the interest calculator to see the details and expected interests on ICONFi savings accounts – it is always harmless to have more options, and ICONFi would be a good alternative if anyone understands the benefit of the compound interest system.

With the launch of My Crypto service, ICONFi announced a whopping 10 million USD worth of Fixed Savings events where users can receive the MAX interest rates for 28 days until the total event savings amount hits $10M. Check out the details from the ICONFi Medium Blog.

Check out more about ICONFi:

Website: https://www.icon-fi.com
Medium: https://medium.com/iconfi
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ICONFiWorld
Discord Community: https://discord.gg/YdWsjaW8Eh

Klein Finance Announced the Completion of a Funding Round With Participation From KCC Chain and KuCoin-Ventures 2635

Klein Finance, a stablecoin liquidity provider and exchange platform built on KCC (Kucoin Community Chain), announced the opening of its funding program. It has already received a multi-million dollars investment from KuCoin Ventures and KCC chain.

Klein Finance is an efficient decentralized trading platform for digital assets built on KCC (Kucoin Community Chain), which aims to enable digital assets to be traded and staked for rewards in a secure and stable on-chain environment with low slippage, good depth, and low fees.

1. Klein Finance’s mixed liquidity pool, which provides a cross-market mechanism for creating stablecoins, uses a license-free trading block at the bottom that can accommodate multiple stablecoins to non-stablecoins and multiple non-stablecoins to multiple non-stablecoins.

2. Trading mining and liquidity mining will be rewarded to traders, liquidity providers and partners according to certain reward rules, working together to achieve the goal of profitable agreements.

3. Klein Finance provides a cross-market mechanism for creating stablecoins, and the underlying uses a license-free trading block that can accommodate a wide range of exchange needs.

4. The dynamic pegging approach using AMM creates liquidity for assets that are not necessarily pegged to each other in a way that is more efficient than the invariance of (m-n=λ). This creates liquidity that is 5 to10 times higher than other traditional decentralized exchange invariants, while also generating higher profits for the liquidity provider.

It is understood that Klein Finance project technology development has been largely completed and the new funds will be used for project promotion and expansion of the team size, subsequent opening of the technology and expansion of its structured products. It is reported that Klein Finance’s financing plan will continue.

TRON DAO and Other Blockchain Leaders Jointly Roll out USDD 2716

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On May 5, Justin Sun, Founder of TRON, announced on Twitter that the TRON DAO Reserve rolled out a decentralized stablecoin named USDD, which has so far been listed on Sunswap, Sun.io, Curve, Uniswap, Ellipsis, Pancakeswap, Kyberswap, etc., with an initial total supply of one hundred million. Through the cross-chain protocol BTTC, both of the circulating supply on Ethereum and BSC are near twenty million.

USDD is a decentralized algorithmic stablecoin launched collaboratively by the TRON DAO Reserve and top-tier mainstream blockchain institutions. The USDD protocol runs on the TRON network, is connected to Ethereum and BNBChain through the BTTC cross-chain protocol, and will be accessible across more blockchains in the future. USDD is pegged to the US Dollar (USD) through TRX and maintains its price stability to ensure users have access to a stable and decentralized digital dollar system that guarantees financial freedom.

USDD is a cryptocurrency issued by the TRON DAO Reserve with a highly stable price and diverse use cases. It is based on TRON and pegged to the U.S. dollar at a ratio of 1:1, which means regardless of market volatility, the USDD protocol will keep USDD stable at 1: 1 against the US dollar via proper algorithms in a decentralized manner. Like other TRC-20 tokens, USDD can be traded with no brokers; it depends solely on the smart contracts on the TRON network. Being free from the control of any individual or organization makes USDD more capable of playing its role as a stablecoin. As a fast, low-fee crypto asset with a large supply and competent for cross-border transactions, USDD brings its holders tremendous benefits of the blockchain technology without the risk of volatility.

According to available information,the TRON-based decentralized stablecoin USDD was born with the mission of building a modern financial system on the blockchain. Its permissions are managed by the TRON DAO Reserve, which functions as its early custodian. Also, the TRON DAO Reserve ensures USDD’s price stability and decentralization by collateralizing this cryptocurrency with reserves. This organization aims to safeguard the overall blockchain industry and crypto market, prevent panic trading caused by financial crises, and mitigate severe and long-term economic downturns. By setting risk-free interest rates and regulating the market through liquidity provision, it is able to stabilize the exchange rates of centralized and decentralized stablecoins on TRON and other blockchains. It also intends to formulate and implement monetary and exchange rate policies, play the role of a lender of last resort to minimize systemic risks and ensure the stability of the financial market.

On April 21, TRON founder Justin Sun tweeted an open letter stating that the TRON DAO Reserve, at its initial stage, would provide custody service for the $10 billion worth of highly liquid assets raised from initiators of the blockchain industry as an early-stage reserve, all of which would go to the TRON DAO Reserve in six to twelve months. The Reserve will continue to attract more liquidity assets into its reserves to better play its role as a decentralized institution.

After four years of growth, TRON has seen over 88 million on-chain users and 3 billion transactions in its ecosystem. At present, the circulating supply of TRC-20 USDT has exceeded that of ERC-20 USDT, making TRON the world’s largest stablecoin network, which boasts over $55 billion worth of financial assets, including on-chain stablecoins, and has settled and cleared $4 trillion worth of assets. In December 2021, the TRON network became fully decentralized and was restructured into the TRON DAO community, the largest decentralized autonomous organization (DAO) in the world.

At the end of 2021, Justin Sun was officially appointed by the government of Grenada as its Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the WTO and was authorized to represent Grenada at the WTO meetings during his mandate. Justin said that he would proactively promote the integration of cryptocurrencies and sovereign states to build a new financial system that is secure, efficient, and inclusive. In the meantime, he would also leverage his experience in the digital currency field for a joint response to the new challenges regarding digital transformation in the post-pandemic era.

Global Metaverse Event of Lydian. World in Dubai Opera 7th May 2022 2949

The event will take place on the 7th of May 2022 in Dubai Opera. As a first offline event of such scale where thousands of guests from all over the world will gather to become a part of Lydian.World metaverse. Guests are invited to take part in multiple business opportunities and multiple entertainment moments.

Lydian.World is a virtual game partially owned by its users which in reward for their engagement and strategy the game rewards them back in cryptocurrency. In other words, the place where you can Earn, Learn & Have fun!

If this already rings a bell for you, join Lydian.World! The metaverse brings opportunities such as: staking pools, crypto credit cards sharing their commissions, mining pools, assisted trading, NFT marketplace, a trivia game over the blockchain, a lot of airdrops & much more!

Chief Technology Officer – Alexandru Cocindau: “Do you remember the feeling of joy when your parents were gifting you a new toy? That moment when you want to play with it all day long, to discover it, to learn it! This is our day to day gift, this is our Lydian.World, and my mission is to bring the joy, the happiness and the freedom smile every day for every single player.”

The most successful and influential representatives of the crypto industry will attend in Dubai on the 7th of May. Join them all now in the https://lydian.world

Buy tickets for the event here: https://gspartners.global – Event Tickets. VIP Starting with 99 USDT / Ticket. Or you can ask for a ticket on the Telegram group: Lydian.World