US patent granted for technology designed to help duty free retailers and brands

Sydney, 1 Dec 2022: The technology developed for managing a purchasing wishlist used by SkyBuys Pty Ltd for its duty free and travel retail platform and app has been granted a US patent.

The technology – the Rain-Check.IT system – is protected by granted US Patent No 11,494,825, which covers the intellectual property relating specifically to online purchasing wishlists. 

The patent was developed and co-authored by SkyBuys’ director Cameron Wall, and is designed to provide brands as well as retailer partners with the ability to utilise in-app wishlists to attribute and close the loop on the discovery of an online product, to the offline (in-store) purchase (“O2O”).

In addition to the US patent, the technology is also protected in Australia by granted Australian Innovation Patent 2022100064 , with a second Australian patent application pending.

SkyBuys CEO Alec Kemmery said it was recognition of the work of Cameron Wall and William Lin and the SkyBuys’ technology team, and positioned the business to partner with the world’s leading concessionaires and travel retail brands.

“This O2O innovation can be used to help retailers and brands within the duty free and travel retail industry. Our patented method for managing a purchasing wishlist, or ‘rainchecking’ items, brings a new level of information and data around travel, shopping and user behaviour. It’s exciting to be granted the US patent, and formal recognition of the new ideas we are bringing to retail in the global travel sector.” 

SkyBuys has a unique ability to engage with consumers before, during and after travel with the added ability to target key travel periods. Capturing real-time, contextual and relevant data about transactions, SkyBuys helps its commercial partners to customise and target their offers more meaningfully.

For further information:

SkyBuys Pty Ltd

Alec Kemmery, CEO
Mobile: +61 400 015 510

About: SkyBuys

Based in Sydney, SkyBuys is an online-to-offline app and platform for duty free and travel retail. The SkyBuys concept was accelerated by global aviation group Airbus through the global aviation group’s innovation hub in Germany, where SkyBuys was also a finalist in the Lufthansa/SAP aviation technology challenge. More recently, SkyBuys was the winner of the 2022 Skift IDEA Industry Innovators for Airports & Airlines.

SkyBuys developed the SkyBuys App for international passengers to shop for duty free at any stage of their journey, including in-flight. The App allows passengers to search and purchase duty free inventory in-app from the time they receive their ticket through to the time they arrive at their destination, with fulfilment at collection points at duty free shops in airports or downtown.