Home Plus reported a 130 percent increase in online sales. With more than 10,000 customers, this virtual grocery store has been a huge hit.
Home Plus's virtual supermarket works like this: Each grocery item image is accompanied by a quick response b code (photo above) that encodes data, the product and its price. Items go into an online shopping cart when each code is scanned and then customers then use their phones to purchase items before catching the train to work. During the day, the orders are filled by Home Plus employees at one of their retail locations and delivered once the subway shoppers return home from work.
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"For sure, your cell phone will be the graphical user interface to the shopping services," Abel Sanchez, research lead at MIT's Intelligent Engineering Systems Laboratory, told TechnologyReview. "Think of the early days of the Web versus today. In the early 1990s, the Web was one way, like a paper book. Today, the Web is full of interaction; it's how we do our jobs. I think the supermarket will go through a similar transformation."
[Via Technology Review]