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SK Telecom Launches Pilot Test for Smart Cart in China
Here you are your future shopping best Friend! Thanks to SK Telecom comes Chinese folks will now have a better “shopping” experience thanks to a tablet connected Kart that will help you to guide you through your local store maze, help you to deal with your coupons and even give you valuable information on what you are going to purchase or if you should not miss this nice offer on candy bars. And on top of all this system is capable to sync your Shopping list data stored on your phone directly to your shopping cart to help you speed up you shopping time
Available only in Shanghai Lotus Supermarket this service, if successful will help you to get tailored recommendation based on your previous purchase!
SK Telecom’s Smart Cart is the world’s first shopping cart service that utilizes smartphones to provide information gathered through indoor positioning technology. Unlike previous RFID-based cart services provided by retailers that only showed product information and discount offers within stores, Smart Cart – through synchronization with smartphones – provides a wide variety of shopping tips, product information and discount/ special deal information in real time based on indoor positioning technology.
After downloading the Smart Cart application to their smartphones, customers can search for shopping/discount information, store coupons and draw up a shopping list. Then at supermarkets or retail stores, the customer’s smartphone is synchronized with a tablet PC installed to a smart shopping cart through user authentication. Within the stores, depending on their location, customers can get useful information – e.g. catalogue, product information, discount information, etc. – and receive coupons using augmented reality technology. At the checkout counter, the tablet screen shows the list of purchased items, membership points and available coupons.
Since 2009, SK Telecom has been studying and developing diverse services and solutions based on its ICT capability and in the same vein, it started developing Smart Cart since 2009 reflecting opinions of relevant industries.
Indoor positioning technology uses both UWB and Zigbee to offer location information within error range of one meter and diverse real-time information updates appear on screen of tablet PCs attached to shopping carts via Wi-Fi networks.
SK Telecom expects that Smart Cart will become a more personalized smart shopping service when combined with customer information – e.g. shopping history, usage pattern, etc. – managed by existing retailers. Customers will shop conveniently through product recommendations based on analysis of user’s shopping history and location information; manufacturers will be able to carry out targeted marketing for customers located in the store; and retailers will secure a new marketing channel that enables integrated and seamless communication with customers.
SK Telecom will identify areas that can be further improved through the pilot test in China, thereby enhancing the value and completeness of the service. The company is also planning to run pilot tests in Korea in the second half of 2011 through discussions with Korean retailers.
Park In-Sik, Executive Vice President and Head of Enterprise Business Division at SK Telecom said, “SK Telecom plans to build an ecosystem through which Smart Cart, developed to become an absolute necessity for retail, advertising and manufacturing industries, can firmly position itself as a new way of shopping for customers.”