The smart energy business is one of the five future convergence services the company designated as future growth engines last May. Taking advantage of its high customer accessibility, KT will install electric vehicle charging infrastructures such as regular-speed and high-speed chargers and service platforms in its 400 offices nationwide and expand the EV charging infrastructure in cooperation with public agencies and local governments in the future.
LG CNS said on August 19 that it will begin establishing the automatic package sorting system for the integrated parcel center of PosLaju, Malaysia’s largest package delivery service provider that recently transformed itself into a private entity.
“Alert Apps” of banks have become popular among smartphone users. The apps allow users to receive text message alerts whenever they make banking transactions. In addition, the apps can prevent banking fraud such as smishing.
On August 13, LG Uplus announced that it launched a new online payment service, which met the strict standards set by the Financial Supervisory Service in terms of authentication and payment processes, security and safety, and information protection.
Samsung Electronics is reviewing an idea of merging Samsung Medison, an unlisted medical equipment maker. In a regulatory filing on September 2, Samsung Electronics said, “We are currently considering whether to pushing forward with a merger with Samsung Medison. We will disclose later as soon as detailed decisions are made.”
SK Telecom unveiled a service custom-tailored for wearable devices called “T Outdoor” on November 5. It allows the user to take advantage of voice and data services without a smartphone when going out. The T Outdoor service can be used with a rate plan for communications module-equipped wearable devices.
E-Mart has set an ambitious goal of reaching 1 trillion won in fashion business sales by 2023, from about 200 billion won in 2010 and 400 billion won this year. Given the sales revenues of the major SPA brands (as of 2013) were 700 billion won for Uniqlo, 230 billion won for Zara, and 125 billion won for H&M, E-Mart’s Daiz is ranked No. 2 after Uniqlo.
While South Korea does not allow citizens to carry guns in public spaces, guns are temporarily allowed on July 26 and 27 in Sinchon, a popular youth enclave in Seoul, but only one condition required: water guns to be brought with yourself.
The Korea Football Association announced on August 6 that “Lee Yong-Soo, the head of the technical committee, departed on August 5 from Incheon to negotiate with a new candidate for the new national team manager position.” The candidate they are referring to is the Netherland’s Bert van Marwijk, who had led the Dutch national team to finals in the 2010 South Africa World Cup. Lee, who has left for Amsterdam, is said to possibly stay in the city until he closes the new manager deal.
The rapidly spreading social philanthropic movement, “Ice Bucket Challenge” hits South Korea and is daring some of the most famous celebrities and sports stars to take the challenge and participate in its goodwill.