Scan the Bright Future of In-store Retailing at NRF 2019

With the New Year now in full swing, all eyes are on the eagerly-anticipated NRF 2019 in New York City. The biggest retail conference on the planet is the perfect place for Scandit to showcase affordable computer vision technology that transforms retailers’ relationships with consumers and empowers their employees.

It signals a busy start to the year for Scandit, having also released a new edition of the point-of-view paper, ‘Think Like Amazon’, which illustrates how you can create an Amazon Go ‘just walk out’ style of consumer experience but at a fraction of the cost, starting with exactly what you have already including existing infrastructure, barcodes and smartphones.

Throughout the three-day event (13th to 15th January), our team at Booth 509 will demonstrate how Scandit technology is revolutionizing the way retailers and consumers interact with everyday objects to deliver superior experiences. Here’s a preview of what visitors can explore at our four demonstration stations in the Javits Center:

 

Shelf management just got a whole lot faster

At our first demonstration station, we will show how a store associate can inspect shelves and carry out tasks like markdown, label correction or inventory spot checks upwards of 40% faster by simply pointing a smartphone camera at a shelf and seeing their tasks in the phone’s viewfinder, superimposed over the products with augmented reality.

It highlights how the ubiquity of smartphones places reliable scanners in every employee’s hand with a familiar user interface so there’s limited need for training, plus managers have full visibility of completed tasks.

In our virtual shopping assistant demo, shoppers can point their device’s camera at a shelf and easily discover personalized deals, recommendations, best sellers, or view their shopping list with augmented reality – delivering a more personalized shopping and gamification experience for consumers.

During NRF, there will also be a special preview of our innovation in barcode scanning and spatial mapping capabilities. This sneak peek into what’s coming highlights the way we are leveraging augmented reality to create virtual layouts of a store, so customers and store associates can go beyond the local shelf section and find items anywhere on a retail aisle.

By ‘looking’ at its surroundings, the device understands where it is and can point the user in the right direction. Using the “product maps”, we are no longer limited to the barcode scan range of the device to super-impose virtual information on shelf labels and products. It means shelf management tasks and consumer in-store interactions can happen at greater distances. We can also point to products that are not currently in the viewfinder, since the device understands where it is in the space.

 

In-store shopping just got amazingly more personal

Visitors to our booth will also see how Scandit is redefining the consumer’s shopping experience and enabling store associates to carry out tasks much more effectively.

Our second demonstration station shows how, when browsing in store, customers can make informed buying decisions in seconds by watching product videos and reviews displayed using augmented reality overlays on their mobile scanning app. It’s taking the online shopping experience directly in-store and literally gives them a virtual personal shopper.

Likewise, store associates can quickly find the right product for the convenience of their customers, spend more time with them and less time on tasks like shelf management, markdown, and inventory management.

 

Product reviews in store just got instantly available

In 2017, Bazaarvoice research revealed that online product reviews can boost in-store sales by up to 75%. At our third demo station, we’ll show how, by using augmented reality, you can easily implement a way for retail consumers to explore product information quickly. They can browse through visual information of multiple products in a matter of seconds using their own phones.

 

Click & Collect just got lightning fast

At the fourth demonstration station, our team will explain how smartphones can completely replace costly dedicated scanning hardware and empower back-of-house employees to reshape the way they carry out tasks like Click & Collect.

We’ll show how a store associate can quickly scan a barcode, presented by a customer, for order pickup and then easily find the right order by pointing their smartphone at a rack of products to locate the matching order immediately. We’ll also demonstrate how we are taking the heat out of inventory tasks by scanning multiple items simultaneously by using smartphones and Scandit’s MatrixScan technology.

 

Join us in the retail revolution

Scandit’s technology is already being used by leading retailers such as Sephora, Louis Vuitton and Levi Strauss & Co. Join them and us in setting new trends in consumer and employee experience. The technology is ready for deployment today, so now is the time to make it happen. #NRF2019