Since reopening and adapting to changing consumer purchasing patterns, retailers with digital solutions in place — particularly AI-powered solutions — are using customer data to study evolving shopping habits in real time.

At Samsung, we’ve seen operators’ thinking shift — from simply how to reopen to how to engage customers in new and different ways. In order to compete with the industry’s behemoths, retailers need to create a satisfying customer journey that spans from online shopping to immersive in-store experiences. Blending online and in-store shopping into a memorable omnichannel experience is the next big thing in retail.

Immersive omnichannel tech with AI

With digital tools like in-store analytics, 3D modeling, intelligent displays and heat sensors, retailers are tracking customers’ behavior in their stores to up their service game. The goal is to make the customer journey — which often begins at home or on their phone — so intuitive and convenient that what they remember most is the enjoyable, safe experience they had at your store.

Personalize the customer journey

Many retailers assume they know how consumers move through their store or where shoppers spend the most time, but it’s hard to know for sure without the data. Heat mapping can identify critical opportunities in the conversion funnel and help retailers make well-informed decisions. Using AI-powered machine learning, FastSensor technology gathers traffic insights from physical data points inside a store and sends them to a cloud-based server. From there, the data sets are analyzed according to an algorithm and converted into actionable items that can be implemented inside the store.

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With this technology, sensors can “see” a customer in front of a certain item and then display relevant on-shelf messaging, such as discount codes, photos and reviews of the product, as well as complementary items, warranty offers or even a short video of the product in use. Businesses can build custom solutions based on their specific needs, growth goals and KPIs. Over time, FastSensor helps retailers gather, analyze and deliver data points, which you can use to continually reoptimize your displays.

Create, manage and distribute content

It’s essential that retailers deliver relevant, engaging and up-to-the-minute content exactly when their customers need it. Samsung’s proprietary content, device and data management system, MagicINFO, is a game changer for busy operators who don’t have time to manually troubleshoot every technical issue. With a single intuitive platform, you can create, publish and manage content in real time.

MagicINFO could, for instance, be used to announce limited-time offers, showcase new inventory, or alert in-store shoppers of an upcoming weather event. MagicINFO also allows retailers to automate tasks and schedule upcoming promotions. In addition, it can help lower costs, shrink your company’s carbon footprint and drastically reduce how many printed materials you use. The need for overhead drops too, as all content and displays can be managed from one single location by a single employee.

Through MagicINFO, operators can view real-time in-store analytics and detailed marketing performance reports. MagicINFO’s comprehensive technical support and regular software upgrades ensure retailers always have a robust marketing toolkit at their fingertips.

Maximize throughput with 3D mapping

Knowing how customers move about the store helps retailers create more interesting customer journeys, incorporating strategic points of engagement.

If a retailer discovers (through heat mapping, for instance) that their store layout isn’t fully optimized, they can use that data to reorganize the store. 3D mapping takes the guesswork out of store design and conversion optimization by allowing operators to compare detailed before and after analytics.

For example, grocery stores often place popular items like milk, beer and diapers near the back of the store to encourage impulse purchases along the way. When you know which aisles customers are most likely to use to get there, you can optimize your displays and messaging on those paths.

What’s next for AI and data in retail?

With AI-powered retail solutions, stores can blend the ease of online shopping with the convenience of picking up items in person — and that’s where Samsung comes in.

By integrating seamlessly with retail software, digital signage from Samsung can entice window shoppers to come inside, at which point heat mapping and sensors can track their journey and see where they linger and for how long. Smart displays can also boost upsells by providing relevant suggestions based on a customer’s location in the store, the time of day, season or other custom triggers — for example, recommending LED bulbs when a customer purchases a light fixture.

As brick-and-mortar stores evolve to take on new challenges, retailers have been forced to innovate. Embracing digital solutions will help them meet their community’s needs.

Get more tips on configuring and tailoring real-time messaging using an integrated CMS such as MagicINFO in this complete guide. You can find more innovative signage solutions for in-store shopping by exploring Samsung’s full retail display lineup.

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Chris Mertens

Chris Mertens is Vice President of Samsung’s U.S. End User Sales, B2B Displays, and has been with the company since 2013. His team is charged with enabling solutions for partners across industries that will maximize impact for their customers with Samsung's Professional Display and Memory products. Chris has more than 20 years senior leadership experience in the technology space across industries.

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