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FuturistU > Business > Hyper Convenience > Module 3 / 4

Lifestyle & Enjoyment

Instructor: Sean Watson
Customer Experience
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This module focuses on the third and fourth cues of convenience: Lifestyle and Enjoyment. Though these ideas are subjective, one thing everyone can agree on is how attention paid to user experience and automation can improve consumers' lives exponentially.

Automation and UX can be applied to dining, retail, hospitality and beyond, but it's most interesting to see these principles applied to leisure and hobbies. For example, how can the process of enjoying beer become more convenient? What are your customers' hobbies, and how could they become more automated?
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Workshop Questions:
1. Is there a lifestyle ritual you can align to, or is there one you can create with your offering?
2. How can you add a sense of enjoyment or accomplishment to your service?
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Unstaffed Convenience
Grocers opt for staff-less options that simplify store layouts
Implications - Unstaffed grocers provide two distinctions – tech-enhanced convenience and a restructuring of how the layouts of these traditional spaces are designed. With staff-less grocers comes a crucial curation and simplification of retail displays, as customers can no longer seek out the assistance of employees in order to find and complete their purchases. The inevitable reforms associated with this shift set a precedent for how other retail spaces can redesign store layouts in a way that best suits the needs of customers.
Workshop Question - How can your brand restructure and simplify its retail spaces, or business processes?
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Autonomous Hub
Unstaffed retailers are popping up in densely populated areas
Trend - Retail hubs like hotels, offices and malls are increasingly featuring unstaffed stores in order to speed up consumers' shopping times. These stores allow for smart detection and automatic charges for products that consumers purchase.
Workshop Question - How could your brand better prioritize convenience within its purchase journey?
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Autonomous Grocery
Unstaffed grocery stores become more common as tech in this space advances
Trend - Unstaffed grocery stores and markets are becoming popular as businesses collaborate with tech companies--installing smart systems that allow for seamless in-store transactions where consumers can simply walk out with their items and be charged automatically.
Workshop Question - How could your brand elevate its purchase journey for customers?
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Grocery Rewards
Grocery stores promise loyalty points that lead to discounts on groceries
Trend - With stiff competition, some grocery store brands are aiming to stand out with apps and loyalty programs that reward consumers with points and discounts on groceries for shopping at their locations.
Workshop Question - How is your brand prioritizing its customers' wellbeing?
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App-Powered Store
Brands in China are partnering with WeChat for experiential in-store experiences
Trend - The use of WeChat to create in-store shopping experiences that feature digital experiences and enhancements is on the rise in China. These partnerships allow for more seamless interactions considering the prevalance of the WeChat app--allowing customers to engage in-store without having to download any additional apps.
Workshop Question - How is your brand catering to the digital habits of younger demographics?
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One-to-One Retail
Stores serve one customer at a time to give safe, ultra-custom experiences
Trend - The retail industry has seen a lot of transformation in light of the pandemic. One recent development is the growth of storefronts or services dedicated to limiting the shopping experience to two people: the retail worker and the customer. This is being executed virtually as well as in person and has the benefits of both safety and full personalization.
Workshop Question - How will you satisfy the opposing consumer need for experience and safety in the new normal?
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Appointment Retail
Appointment-only retail shopping ensures safe in-person shopping experiences
Trend - Though businesses around the world have reopened for in-person shopping, revamped health protocols are common and often required of them. One of the ways in which stores are maintaining distance and managing employee and customer health is by only letting those who have made appointments prior enter stores.
Workshop Question - How could your brand better address consumer anxiety?
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Grocery Pop-Up
Pop-up grocery stores are offering people convenience and specialty items
Trend - Pop-up grocers are more common as people seek out experimental or specialty food items, and as people's need for convenient grocery options expands. These stores are in a variety of settings, including everything from hospitals to communities.
Workshop Question - How is your brand prioritizing convenience and experience simultaneously for its customers?
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Experiential Addition
Retail brands make the store a destination post-Pandemic
Trend - Still betting on the experience economy, brands are launching retail initiatives that are seemingly unrelated to their products or services. These are solely designed to provide such a high level of surprise and delight to override concern for visiting public spaces. These activations are created with COVID-19 safety and hygiene guidelines in mind, yet also draw over-the-top inspiration from adjacent industries.
Workshop Question - Conceptualize an experience that will fit into the COVID-19 climate.
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Robot Retail
The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the use of robots in retail
Trend - Autonomous devices in retail spaces that ensure limited contact between employees and customers are on the rise. Though these technologies have been used sporadically, they're in accelerated development due to the implications of retail openings amidst the ongoing pandemic.
Workshop Question - How can your brand go above and beyond to protect customer and employee health?
8.6
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3d Shopping
3d virtual shopping platforms aim to elevate the purchase journey
Trend - 3d visuals on e-commerce platforms are increasingly popular as consumers seek out more immersive forms of virtual retail. These aesthetics have the benefit of showing customers the products in a more realistic and all-encompassing way.
Workshop Question - How is your brand enhancing its virtual shopping experience for customers?
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