In the last few years my expectations as a shopper have changed. From players like Amazon and Ebay I have come to expect a seamless and integrated experience, and I frustratingly note that this doesn’t yet translate to my shopping experience offline.
Products I find online I cannot find in-store and a friendly Target employee explains to me that’s cos they are two different cost centres and hold different stock. Its so happens I understand that, but I really don’t care. I want an omni-channel experience. I want to know that the prior research I do for the perfect night cream doesn’t go to waste the moment I walk into Woolies, only to find I have to start again based on what’s on the shelf here. Everytime I get an email from Woolies I wonder why they still target me with me Sprite on-special even though I have never bought that in my life, and whenever I take my 5 year old shopping I wish there was some sort of in-store game, maybe with Augmented Reality, to keep her entertained, and 9 out of 10 times, when the queue in my local Woolies winds through the entire store I wonder why I cannot scan my own products in the aisle so that when I am ready to go I just need to swipe my card and off I go.