Stores that make use of interactive displays can upgrade the consumer experience — allowing customers to enjoy a safe and engaging in-person shopping experience. New digital innovation options not only meet the evolving needs of today’s shoppers but also encourage them to make larger purchases by reaching them at the right moment with the right message.

As consumers gradually return to shopping in person, they expect their in-store interactions to be higher-quality and more fulfilling than online shopping. In a survey of over 10,000 consumers in 10 countries (including the U.S.), Capgemini found that 72 percent of consumers expect to have significant interactions with brick-and-mortar after the pandemic, exceeding prepandemic numbers of 60 percent.

Hybrid shopping is now an expectation among consumers, as stated in the second annual retail study from IBM and the National Retail Federation (NRF). In fact, 72 percent of consumers still rely on physical stores as all or part of their primary shopping method.

As shoppers return to brick and-mortar stores, retailers can leverage digital displays to allow consumers to engage with products in a more tactile way, resulting in a multi-sensory experience. This is especially impactful in beauty and personal care, according to retail innovation agency Outform, which finds that 59 percent of consumers today prefer in-store shopping (when it’s safe). At beauty supply stores, in-store displays help 38 percent of customers discover new products, whereas just 16 percent feel that social media updates are useful for the same purpose.

Seamless shopper experience

Brick and mortar remains vital for retail, but shoppers want in-person shopping to be more like it is online: easy, personalized and entertaining. Widespread internet access also impacts in-store sales and in-store consumer behavior: Deloitte’s Navigating The New Digital Divide report found 34 percent of shoppers will use their own digital resources (namely smartphones) while shopping in person.

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This raises the stakes on how retailers leverage digital solutions to create a more valuable in-store experience. Interactive retail technology can customize the shopper journey, and better inform shoppers along the way — creating convenient and engaging experiences that encourage return trips to the store.

Immersive in-person experiences

On interactive screens, retailers might encourage customers to interact with the display and post to social media. At Fashion Show, a large shopping mall on the Las Vegas strip, for example, shoppers can take a selfie to be featured on displays at the center’s entrance — giving every person a chance to see themselves made larger than life on the big screen.

And at SUMMIT One Vanderbilt, a multilevel entertainment space and New York City landmark, visitors are surprised and delighted when their photos are transformed and uploaded onto a cloudscape Wall display.

These social media integrations can benefit a retail brand’s bottom line. Deloitte found that people who use social media while they shop are four times more likely to make larger purchases as a result of a digital shopping experience.

Curating customer journeys

To customize and guide the in-person shopper journey, retail stores can implement interactive displays such as Samsung’s Flip 2 digital flipchart. Linked to Bluetooth-based location services, the displays can greet customers with a personalized message when they enter the store, like Panico Salon does. Meanwhile, window displays — also interactive — can allow shoppers to make purchases and get their questions answered even when the store is closed.

These displays are more than just convenient; they’re efficient store experiences too. Alongside a “choose your own adventure” shopping experience, customers get user-friendly wayfinding — even step-by-step directions to a specific section of the store, or to specific products. Samsung’s QBR-T Series displays provide a small form factor (13-inch or 24-inch), ideal for placing screens throughout a retail environment; while the QMR-T Series allows stores to showcase the excitement of their brands on larger displays (32-inch, 43-inch or 55-inch).

Self-service kiosks can also streamline the shopper journey. Creating an “endless aisle,” retail devices like Samsung Kiosk allow customers to order products that aren’t currently on the shelf, and the same kiosk can be used for quick self-checkout and more. Retailers can optimize their inventory via interactive displays, showcasing extended product ranges that they may not have the space to keep on hand in-store.

Touchscreens provide a hands-on experience, which shoppers can use to look up additional product information and reviews or customize their desired merchandise. At stores like Saatva, new “lift and learn” technology senses when a customer picks up a product and automatically shows them important product information and promotional videos.

Tech drives tangible experiences

Shoppers that choose to shop in store rather than online are looking for enjoyment and as well as convenience. Retail stores that make use of interactive displays, self-service kiosks, sensor technology and social media integrations can better engage with their customers. Guiding them through the store and informing them about the products they’re interested in, these display solutions give brick-and-mortar stores the opportunity to create more fulfilling, memorable retail experiences that are as seamless as today’s digital consumers have come to expect.

Find everything you need to know about choosing your store’s LED displays for optimal viewing indoors and out in this free guide. Or, discover a versatile range of signage options in the full lineup of Samsung’s retail displays.

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Fiona Briggs is an experienced retail business journalist with over 10 years experience editing at senior level in both print and online media. Fiona is the editor of www.retailtimes.co.uk, a free access website focused on the global retail market. Fiona also regularly contributes articles to Global Convenience Store Focus and NACS magazine, focusing on global retail trends in convenience and forecourt retailing. Follow Fiona on Twitter: @RetailTimes

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