When it comes to shopping convenience is all around us – supermarket home delivery, self-scanning, internet retail in general. The latest notion of 'Drive Through Retail' for my groceries is completely intriguing.
But I do still enjoy the interaction I get from ‘real’ shopping? for example my weekly visit to my local butcher/greengrocer (every Saturday without fail and midweek on the odd occasion too, if I need to top up on necessities). It’s my way of feeling connected to the community and of supporting a local business that has been in my village high street for more than 50 years.
Granted I do get my weekly big shop delivered. Let’s face it, for all the interaction you get at a superstore you could just as well be sitting in your car. So who knows, maybe one day I will be picking up a few essentials without leaving my car as I rush home from work.
One thing is for sure, the way we engage with technology is expanding and it is a fascinating area which the JD team will be exploring at our next Tiny Little Trade Show – ‘Man vs. Machine’– where we explore some of the technologies that support new ways of doing business in a B2B environment. More on this to follow.
Picture the scene. You're on your way home when you remember the fridge is empty but you don't have a pound for the trolley and parking is a nightmare. Or you promised to pick up a six-pack of beer en route to a friend's party but it's pouring with rain and parking is still a nightmare. Wouldn't it be great if you could pick up a few essentials without getting out of your car?