It’s easy to mistake this Retail Wrap Up for a sci-fi flick as it boasts the most futuristic tech to date. We’re talking artificial intelligence, retail robots and t-shirts that tell you how to work out. We ain’t kidding!
Retail tech is boldly going where no man has gone before, so grab some popcorn and prepare for a thrilling ride!
1) All about the A.I
A new app, Donde Fashion, is making use of artificial intelligence to help shoppers sort through the wealth of fashion choices available. Users simply start an item search, specifying things like colour, fabric, sleeve length, neckline and so forth. The A.I then inspects items from about 6,000 brands and displays them in visual categories. Don’t believe us? Have a read yourself: http://goo.gl/7bu8TN
2) Prepare for the retail robot take-over
Many experts are heralding the use of robots within retail-operations; indeed certain retailers are already rolling them out in stores. In light of the predicted retail robot take-over, Retail Dive has released an interesting feature on their pros and cons. They highlight that while robots are excellent tools for folding clothing, returning items to shelves and working in warehouses, customer-facing jobs are better served through mobile apps and smart data. We happen to agree. It’s a fascinating read: http://goo.gl/nxU8GN
3) Public transport package pickup
Amazon is reportedly initiating public transport pick-up for deliveries. They’ve applied for a patent entitled “Mobile Pickup Locations.” This indicates that users may opt to have a parcel delivered to a public vehicle, and track the shipment using GPS and texted location updates. We don’t see this service becoming available anytime soon though – there are a number of logistical challenges that need to be overcome before a parcel can hit the streets! http://goo.gl/5FKSx5
4) Wearable tech gets a stylish addition
Wearable tech just became a whole lot more, well wearable. Ralph Lauren has developed a smart garment that measures health and fitness – fittingly called the PoloTech shirt. Customers can monitor biometrics such as their heart rate, stress level, breathing and calories burned. It will debut this week at RalphLauren.com. Make sure you get in quick: http://goo.gl/ky5N87
5) New retail tech innovation is simply magnetic!
The positioning service, IndoorAtlas, has unveiled new technology that makes use of a mall’s unique magnetic signature to help shoppers find what they’re looking for. Yep, you read that right. It works like this; IndoorAtlas makes use of your phone’s compass sensors to track the signals produced by a structure’s steel girders (which apparently is as unique as a person’s fingerprints). Using this positioning your phone can then direct you to whichever shop you’re looking for. Aaron Liao, IndoorAtlas’s Director of Developer Evangelism says “You can say to it ‘Find me men’s shorts’ and I can give you turn-by-turn walking directions to every instance of men’s shirts, whether they are inside Bloomingdales, Abercrombie and Fitch, or Nordstrom.” How cool is that?! It truly is a brave new world: http://goo.gl/5w32zW