Dec 5, 2017

From brides to street markets and beggars. QRickit is big in China!

  • Read this article on how common QR Codes are in everyday life in China.
  • Read this article on how China's mobile payment systems (which rely on QR Codes) is making China a cashless society.

Even weddings display QR Codes (on invitation cards, signs at wedding halls, placards on banquet tables, even on brides' wedding gowns) so people can give gifts of money by scanning the QR Code and paying online.

Customer at street market pays online for food by scanning QR Code

Passerby makes online donation to a beggar by scanning QR Code

Don't have any small change or cash on you? Pay using your mobile device by scanning a QR Code. This is how they do it in China.

Hopefully more people and businesses around the world will use QRickit to make paying for things more convenient in a world where cash transactions are becoming fewer and fewer. 

It's free and easy to make your own QR Codes for people to scan and pay you online. Just go to Maybe try it for your own wedding or any fund-raising event.


Get your own QRickit at!

Jul 9, 2013

QRickit "Junk Food" Virtual Mall

T-shirt online retailer Junk Food has a new physical presence that uses digital displays inside a California mall and QRickits to enable shoppers to make a purchase.

The digital displays, which rotate through a selection of popular vintage t-shirts, make it possible for the company to have a physical presence that does not have a large carbon footprint. By scanning a QR code with their smartphones or tablets, shoppers can purchase a custom-printed t-shirt and have it shipped to their homes.

 “Junk Food was looking to launch retail stores and we thought the timing was perfect to try something new,” said Andrei Najjar, vice president of marketing and brand development at Junk Food Clothing Co., Los Angeles, CA. “It is no longer necessary to have a large retail blueprint – in fact, we think it is much more modern and eco with this approach – less of a carbon footprint.

QRickit Perfume

Bond No. 9 is a perfume maker with several retail shops in New York City and an online shop. Its perfumes are also available at Saks Fifth Avenue and Harrods.

Inside a Bond No.9 Location
Its latest perfume is made for the "digital village" and will be available only online during its launch period.

The neon yellow bottle is covered with a blue QRickit that when scanned brings users to the mobile site where the perfume can be purchased. It costs $250 for 100ml. See

Apr 9, 2013

QRickit Cupcake

New York Magazine together with Crumbs Bake Shop launched a campaign where consumers get a free cupcake when they scan the magazine ad's QR Code and sign up for the New York Deals program, which is a list of deals and offers emailed daily.

This is the first time for New York Magazine to use QR codes for marketing. The goal is to promote the magazine’s New York Deals program and get people to sign up with the offer of a free delicious cupcake from Crumbs Bake Shop.

“For the New York Deals promotion with Crumbs we wanted to make sure we leveraged the print magazine as well as our digital properties,” said a project manager of business development at New York Magazine.

“The QR code allowed us to set up one-step shortcut right to the deal page where you can get your cupcake voucher. The thinking here was to encourage conversions by making the process as smooth as possible.”

Apr 2, 2013

KFC offers Buckets of QRickits

KFC (Kentucky Fried Chicken) recently introduced Li'l Bucket Kids Meals. The outside of the small bucket is designed with fun stuff such as puzzles, riddles, pictures and a QR code.

“Including the QR code on Li’l Bucket Meals makes it easy for moms to access complete information on the product,” said a senior manager of public relations at KFC Corp., Louisville, KY.

“The QR code links to a mobile page that includes product information – including the food options available in Li’l Bucket Meals – complete nutrition information, and a link to enter to win KFC’s ‘Ultimate Playground Experience Sweepstakes,’”

“Nine out of 10 KFC customers have mobile phones, so this is a convenient way to put all our Kids Meal information at mom’s fingertips.”

Now many restaurants and consumer packaged goods companies are taking advantage of QR codes that link to more detailed product and nutritional information, hence freeing up valuable packaging space while also taking advantage of the growing smartphone adoption rate.

“Since last summer virtually all of our packaging, including buckets and boxes, has included QR codes,”

“We are always striving to find the best, most relevant ways to connect with our customers and the QR code on our Li’l Bucket Meals is a great way to connect with moms,”

“As consumers continue to get more comfortable interacting with brands through mobile devices, our use of QR codes will continue to grow.”

Feb 1, 2013

Krispy Creme QRickit

This Valentine's Day time, doughnut chain, Krispy Creme, is offering heart-shaped doughnuts. On the box there is a QR Code which when scanned lets the user send a Valentine eCard to someone.

This is the second time Krispy Kreme has used QR codes. It has also used them for in-store promotions such as Dozen Days of Doughnuts, Krispy Skremes and the launch of the Hot Light app.

According to a Krispy Creme spokesperson:

“The QR code is an extension of the cards that are provided in our Valentines Boxes and a way to extend those cards to a larger audience.”

“This enables our fans share the joy digitally.”

“You receive more scans when the QR codes are integrated into multiple printed pieces and placed where consumers can see them in your shop and at their eye-level.”

“If the QR codes are incorporated into a campaign over at least two weeks you will have measurable results.”

Jan 14, 2013

Organize your life with QRickit

Office Depot is kicking off 2013 with a QR Code campaign to help people organize and declutter.

The "Organize Me 2013" campaign offers an interactive experience that not only helps customers find the products they need, but also find inspiration from new organizing techniques that can be simply incorporated into their everyday lives.

At Office Depot stores, customers can scan QR Codes on certain products marked “Organize Me 2013 Expert Pick” to view helpful videos and other content.

Home/office organization expert Holly Bohn-Weiss, along with tech guru and author of “Gadget Nation”, Steve Greenberg, share their unique tips, product suggestions and informative videos, as well as host a contest to search for the next great organizer.

Nov 30, 2012

QRickit helps boost mobile payments

More and more consumers are paying for things using mobile devices. This past Cyber Monday, PayPal tripled its volume of mobile payments while eBay nearly doubled its volume of mobile payments compared with last year.

QRickits are often used in facilitating mobile payments. See how Kuapay POS and mobile payment system uses QR Codes.

Nov 7, 2012

Walmart Virtual Toy Store

Walmart has opened a virtual QR Code toy store in an underground walkway in Toronto, Canada. It uses the walls located in the 17-mile PATH underground walkway in Toronto which links thousands of commuters each day to public transportation, office buildings, hotels, and stores.
QR Codes are shown with popular Mattel toys on a giant 3D poster. Commuters can use their smartphones to scan the QR Codes and purchase holiday gifts from Walmart with free shipping.

There are more examples of virtual QR Code stores.

Click here to see post and video of a virtual QR Code grocery store in a Korean subway station.
Click here to see post about virtual QR Code grocery store in a Chicago subway tunnel.

How about a virtual pizza shop or Chinese restaurant on a bus stop shelter? Have it delivered hot right when you get home!

If you open or see a virtual QR Code store, let me know about it here or at

Oct 26, 2012

Denny's + QRickit = The Hobbit

Family restaurant chain Denny's is using QR codes to deliver content for the upcoming movie "The Hobbit" as part of a promotion campaign with Warner Bros. Pictures.

On Denny's placemats there are QR Codes beside Hobbit-themed menu items.

The QR codes link to an exclusive video, "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey", a behind-the-scenes look at a new national TV ad, and online games.

"Our Hobbit campaign and accompanying QR codes allow us to give access to a much more robust array of content and really give our guests a new layer of the brand experience. QR codes are especially relevant in interacting with the next generation of Denny's guests, specifically the younger demographic where social media and the mobile experience is an important part of their everyday lives." said John Dillon, VP of Marketing at Denny's.

Denny's customers who purchase select Hobbit-inspired entrees will also receive a card pack including exclusive collectible trading cards designed around the film and Denny's coupons.

"QR codes are highly transactional and we saw an opportunity to use them in a very meaningful way to further connect and extend the guest experience with this new partnership...With our Hobbit campaign, we want guests to 'continue the journey' at Denny's." said Mr. Dillon.

Oct 4, 2012

Targeting QRickit

This October, at retail giant, Target, customers can scan the QR Codes displayed in-store and on the packaging of this year's 20 most popular toys to buy them directly via their smartphones (and have them shipped too if needed). This is most convenient for consumers when the popular toy item runs out of stock or if the customer is too busy or doesn't want to battle the long line ups at the checkout counter.

A senior manager of digital experience at Target says:
"...our guests are time-strapped and more connected than ever."
"One in five are using QR codes today and that number is growing rapidly."
"They [QR Codes] provide guests with flexibility and expand their shopping experience."

Vice President of Toys, Target, says:
 "Our in-store QR codes for this year's top toys will add real convenience for busy moms. Now, rather than hoping the kids won't notice when a gift is slipped into the cart, guests can scan the QR codes to buy top toys and have them shipped anywhere for free."

May 10, 2012

Virtual QRickit Store

Following the use of QRickits and wall-to-wall posters in subway statioins in Japan and Korea (see this Youtube video), US online grocery store, Peapod, has created a virtual store in the subway tunnels of Chicago
Busy commuters can now scan QRickits at subway stations to order groceries that will be delivered to their homes.

QRickit is helping create virtual storefronts for pizza and other restaurants and shops that offer delivery or pickup.

Ask QRickit if you are interested in expanding your business using this method.

FYI: In Tokyo, Japan more than 3.6 million people use the Shinjuku subway station each day!

Express QRickit

Fashion retailer, Express, is using QRickits on in-store posters and window decals to encourage shoppers to join its loyalty program.

When scanned, shoppers are directed to the Express mobile site where they can sign up for the program or to gain extra reward points. Employees are trained to help shoppers scan the QRickit with their smartphones.

Oftentimes, shoppers leave the store and forget to sign up for the program later, but by encouraging shoppers to sign up while at the store using their smartphones will help prevent such cases.

Last year Express also used QRickits in its fall catalog to promote online and offline sales of its new product lines.

Jan 9, 2012

1 in 5 Americans buy after scanning a QR Code

Chadwick Martin Bailey and iModerate Research Technologies  surveyed 1200 American consumers about QR Codes. This is what they found:

  • About 1 in 5 who scanned a QR code made a purchase after scanning
  • 81% say they’ve seen a QR code, but only 21% knew what they were called
  • Half of smartphone users have scanned a QR code
  • 70% of those who scanned QR codes, said it was very easy
  • 41% say the information they got was useful
  • Magazines and newspapers are the most common QR source for those who’ve scanned a code
  • 46% of those who’ve scanned a QR code did so because they were curious
According to a senior consultant at CMB,

“There is acceptance of the technology from consumers.”
“For marketers, there is the opportunity to engage with consumers through these QR codes."

This data tells us that American consumers are ready for QR Codes but business/marketers/developers have to provide more useful information and content for consumers after they scan QR Codes.

Click here to read more info about the survey at CMB.

Nov 23, 2011

Black Friday - Scan a QRickit to win a prize!

Mall of America has a display that features a design using its logo and 100 QR Codes. The first shoppers who come in on Black Friday can get a chance to scan the QR Codes to win prizes ranging in value from $25 to $1,000 and including items such as shopping sprees and gift cards.
The campaign's goal is to educate shoppers about QR Codes as well as drive traffic to the mall where videos about how QR Codes work will also be shown. During the holiday season, staff T-shirts and signs featuring QR Codes will give shoppers a chance to win a grand prize for a $1,000 shopping spree.