Interactive shelves to virtual dressing: a glance at high-tech elements of shopping

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Retailers are testing high-tech elements in stores, from virtual dressing to interactive shelves. Here are three trends that shoppers will see this year:


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It works this way: Pick up a shoe and information pops up about the color and designer.

Who's doing it? Start-ups like Perch Interactive Inc. use projection light and motion sensors and detects when a product is being picked up. Perch then monitors the interactions and sends that information to the retailer.

Perch says it has worked with several accessories brands like Kate Spade who have tested the technology. Jeans maker Levi Strauss is testing the Perch technology on a few of the jeans maker's essentials like the trucker's jacket and the 501 jacket in one store in San Francisco and the other in New York City.


It works this way: Products like shoes are tagged with Radio Frequency Identification and when shoppers step on a carpet, information pops up on a screen, including available sizes and colors.

Who's doing it? Uggs is testing the technology from tech firm Demandware at its Ugg Tysons Galleria store, McLean, Virginia, and its parent store Deckers in San Francisco.


It works this way: Technology allows shoppers to see themselves in outfits without having to try them on.

Who's doing it? A Palo Alto, California-based startup called MemoMi has created what it calls the MemoryMirror, which is based on pixel technology and therefore makes the image look realistic and even captures the wrinkle of a dress as it moves. The technology allows shoppers to add items like coats and accessories and change colors and materials.

Salvador Nissi Vilcovsky, CEO of MemoMi, says shoppers will see the company's virtual dressing technology in some U.S. stores in the next few months and noted a variety of stores from luxury brands to mid-level departments stores are interested.


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