How to do your grocery shopping in subway stations via your smart phone
This is not the future. This is actually the present. I’ve just read a very interesting article about doing your grocery shopping in subway stations. You don’t need anything else, only your smart phone. Oh, I forgot to mention you have to live in South Korea in order to do that.
One of my online friends used to live in South Korea and she wrote a lot of interesting stuff on her blog about this country. She mentioned how technically developed they are. It’s amazing, isn't it! Did you know that you can go in a Starbucks and place your order on a touch screen at your table?
Well, let’s get back to our South-Korean virtual shopping. The big supermarket chain Tesco (call themselves Homeplus there) came up with this idea in South Korea. They know that people are very hard working there and they don’t really have enough time to do their shopping. When they get tired after long hours work they are not in the mood to do their shopping. They don't want to waste their precious time on shopping during the weekend either. Why not do their shopping in subway stations? It comes handy when they are waiting for subway.
Cool display cases in subway stations
They installed really cool display cases with products identical in colour, scale and size to the real grocery store shelves. They do look lifelike. Just have a look at it. This whole shopping experience is based o two things: smart phones and QR code technologies.
What is a QR code?
According to Wikipedia the QR code is a Quick Response Code which is a specific matrix barcode that is readable by QR readers, smart phones or computers with webcam. The information encoded may be text, URL or other Data. It’s pretty common in South Korea, the Netherlands and of course in Japan where it was created in 1994.
So how do they shop with smart phones in South Korea?
Shoppers are able to browse the isles while they are waiting for subway; when they go to work or come home from there. They don’t waste their time on shopping because as Tesco says:”let the store come to the people”. They scan the QR code with the smart phone and the product will automatically lend in their online cart. When the online purchase is done it will be delivered to their address. It’s fast and very efficient. The purchased products will wait for them when they get home from work.They just have to put them into the kitchen cabinets, freezer ot to the refrigerator.
The future of shopping
This may be the futurre of shopping. We can forget about looking for parking places in crowded parking lots, long queues, tired and stressed people. This way of grocery shopping is much more relaxed and faster as well. Maybe this is not everybody’s cup of tea but many people already love it.
What do you think would you like to shop like this?