In an effort to get shoppers in and out of their stores quickly, two Manhattan supermarkets have combined several technologies that may offer a glimpse into the future of grocery shopping. Both supermarkets are using Search in Real Life (SIRL) technology that navigates customers to “within inches of their desired products,” as well as FutureProof Retail, which lets shoppers scan items then check out on their phones.

Full article from Chain Store Age

CHECK INTO A CONTACTLESS HOTEL IN CHINA

As the idea of being “contactless” spreads through all aspects of life, a hotel chain in China has opened the first smart, contactless hotel that only takes two staff members to run. Through a combination of IoT and AI technologies, the hotel allows customers to control every aspect of their visit with their smartphone—from booking and checking in to in-room temperature and lighting controls. There are no large check-in lobbies or communal areas, allowing space for more rooms. Overall operating costs are roughly 40% lower than traditional hotels.

Full article from China Travel News

SHOP IN A VIRTUAL SHOWROOM FOR FASHION

French fashion house Balmain has introduced a new futuristic shopping experience that digitally recreates the brand’s iconic flagship store in Paris. “The showroom features virtual muses and giant projectors, with a 3D avatar of Olivier Rousteing, the brand’s artistic director, acting as a host and guide for customers during their shopping experience.” To add another element of human touch and storytelling, the experience also incorporates footage from the tailors who helped make the collection.

Full article from Springwise