Today in PYMNTS data, Domino’s impressed in its Q4 earnings report, Amazon’s Alexa may soon get some additional artificial intelligence (AI)-powered skills, data breaches are more prevalent than people think, digital coupons are important to digitally savvy consumers and Walmart’s stock dip raises eyebrows.
Here are the numbers:
$93.3 million | Q4 net income for fast-casual pizza chain Domino’s, according to final numbers released Tuesday (Feb. 20), compared to last year’s $72.7 million. Earnings per share was $2.09 in 2017 compared to $1.48 a year prior, and executives said general and administrative costs had increased by $1.6 million in Q4 versus a year before, driven primarily by planned investments in eCommerce, point-of-sale systems and the teams that support them.
25,000 | Number of skills for Amazon’s voice-activated smart speaker Alexa. The AI-powered device boasts a little more than 25,000 to call its own, but the vast majority of firms have not built a skill for the emerging platform as of yet. According to Belarusian developers Vasili Shynkarenka and Maksim Abramchuk, CEO and CTO of Storyline, the obvious solution was to make it easier to build things. They created an interface allowing customers to use drag and drop to build Amazon skills.
1,600 | Number of breaches that impacted companies last year, 71 percent of which were accomplished by hacking and other means of unauthorized access. Of that tally, 20 percent were the result of stealing credit card records. In an interview with PYMNTS’ Karen Webster, Akli Adjaoute, CEO at Mastercard’s Brighterion unit, discussed the prevalence of breaches.
44 percent | Portion of consumers who rank digital coupons as the most important omnireadiness feature. Sitting down to clip coupons before carting them in-store for redemption may become a thing of the past, too, as digital coupons can be stored within the retailer’s app, enabling push notifications to be sent as a reminder to the customer to use the coupon before it expires or when a physical store is nearby.
9 percent | Drop in Walmart’s stock price that shaved some $29 billion from its market cap, according to Walmart CEO’s Doug McMillon. After three consecutive quarters of eCommerce growth north of 50 percent, Walmart’s sales grew less than half of that in Q4, and investors were less than thrilled. McMillon told analysts he remains confident the company’s 2018 digital sales performance will be in parity to its 2017 performance.