METI Conducts Experiment for Examination of Standard Specification of Digital Shopping Receipts
Standard specification of purchase history data and API formulated
June 29, 2018
From February 13 to 28, 2018, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) conducted an experiment examining a standard specification for digitized shopping receipts (digital receipts)* in Machida City, Tokyo. After the experimental examination, nearly 90% of participating consumers answered that they would like to continue to receive their shopping receipts digitally. This results helped METI to ascertain the public need to improve shopping convenience through the use of digital receipts, and to formulate an official standard for purchase history data and APIs.**
METI will further strive to advance the development of environments under which businesses are able to efficiently and effectively make use of individual-sourced consumer purchase history data.
*Note 1: FY2017 NEDO Project for the Development of Infrastructures for Creating New Industrial Models Taking Advantage of IoT: Development of Standard Data Formats and APIs for Digital Receipts, organized by the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO)
**Note 2: API or Application Programming Interface is an interface specification used to process the data transactions for digital receipts.
1. Outline of the experiment
For the outline of the experiment, visit the following website for the related press release.
2. Results of the experiment
In the experiment, the following matters were examined:
- Whether or not the participating stores in a variety of industries are able to issue digital shopping receipts under the standard test specification.
- Whether or not the participating consumers are able to integrate and manage their digital shopping receipts on the application installed on their own smartphones.
- Whether or not the participating stores are able to share the data among different retail companies to analyze data on shopping behavior of specific individual consumers who visit a variety of stores, when consumers decide to connect data on their digital receipts to a test data pool or other application services, e.g., bookkeeping applications, through a test API.
The results of this experiment discovered that participating stores in a variety of industries successfully issued digital receipts under the test standard specification to 815 participating consumers. Moreover, making use of the test API, 790 consumers succeeded in connecting their data to the data pool, while 248 consumers in total succeeded in establishing a connection to other smartphone applications.
In addition, METI conducted a questionnaire for the participating consumers and found in the responses that nearly 90% consumers would like to continue to receive their shopping receipts digitally and that nearly 70% consumers would like to use stores issuing digital receipts under a standard specification if they can.
3. Formulation of an official standard specification and AIP
Through this experiment, METI successfully demonstrated that stores in a variety of industries are able to issue digital receipts under a standard specification, and that consumers are able to integrate and manage their data on digital receipts and connect the data to other applications using an API through their own provision of such data. In addition, METI modified the test standard specification based on the results of the experiment and went on to formulate an official standard specification and API for purchase history data.
METI will further strive to advance the development of environments under which businesses are able to efficiently and effectively make use of individual-sourced consumer purchase history data by developing use cases of companies that have adopted the standard specification that METI formulated.
Division in Charge
Consumer Affairs, Distribution and Retail Industry Division, Commerce and Service Industry Policy Group