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The Future of Shopping

The world has come so far from hunting and gathering.  Today it’s take out your phone, find the best deal, buy and wait for it to arrive.  Mobile applications and automation is changing the face of shopping.  Every store now has an app and almost anything can now be ordered online.  But beyond these apps and online shopping are many more technological advances that we would not have imagined we’d be living in a decade ago.  

Barcode Scanning

One technology that has been around for many years now is barcode scanning.  Barcode scanning apps allows one to scan a barcode and searches the item to look up pricing and reviews. Other applications encourage browsing, like Shopkick, which gives buyers points which can be redeemed for rewards or discounts just for walking into or around a store.  Yelp has a similar feature that offers to store retailers to provide discounts to customers when they check in to a store.

Object Recognition

Google Goggles and Amazon lets you use pictures taken with your mobile phone to search the web. It’s ideal for things that aren’t easy to describe in words. Probably the next concept as well for online shopping, where you take a picture and get a results of products related to whatever it is you snapped a photo of.

At this supermarket, objects are automatically recognized and have no need for a barcode!

Shop Without Leaving your Car

Great idea, or absurd promotion of laziness?  While online shopping has certainly made many of us lazy, even with ubereats and other delivery apps that bring restaurant food right to your door, some companies intend to automate shopping enabling customers to shop right from their car!

Amazon’s Grocery of the Future

With Amazon’s latest acquisition of Wholefoods, expect to start seeing this at your local Wholefoods supermarket. Amazon Go is a new kind of store featuring the world’s most advanced shopping technology. No lines, no checkout – just grab and go! Learn more at http://amazon.com/go

You literally don’t have to get out of bed!  While there are many pros to these technologies making our busy lives easier, they also promote a bit of laziness.  What’s your take on this, like it or don’t?

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