A frictionless customer experience often starts with fast and seamless recognition, so it’s a great starting point for retailers that want to make themselves the path of least resistance.
Spacetime Marketing is about understanding how customers function in space - their 'wheres', and in time - their 'whens'. Once you have a firm grasp on those factors (because you have the data...) it becomes easier to deliver them just the right message that encourages them to take beneficial action
The exciting thing about bringing IoT into the retail equation is it makes potentially complex customer service techniques like clientelling more accessible to the masses. In a nutshell it means making customer information available to associates so they can assist customers better – a perfect (and perfectly obvious) use of a platform like Plexure.
The data potential of smartphones and other devices already being used in stores is undeniable, and real-world retailers should make the most of them to create the experiences customers have come to expect. The real payoff comes from optimizing real-world experiences to make store visits more rewarding.
Given that we’d all appreciate a faster, easier, preferably cheaper shopping experience, but would also quite like to not put people out of work, are we OK with Amazon Go’s promise of a completely de-humanized grocery store? After all, retail jobs are among the top 3 most likely to be replaced by technology in the next 20 years according to The Economist. Do we really need to hasten things along? Is this a slippery slope down which we are about to be pushed?