Connected Consumer in the 21st century

Posted on: March 27, 2015 by Santi Ristol

New shopping paradigms for the shopper of the 21st century

Can you imagine a product talking to you in the shop selling itself? Or a prize for visiting 5 different shops of the same brand in one month? Or viewing how a cloth fits on you with one click in a digital mirror? Or getting all the promotions for your shopping list/wish list in your smart watch with the concrete location when you are in a store? Or checking out from your mobile without the need to interact with any person/device in a shop?

Stores have not evolved a lot since their introduction one century ago in 1916 when Piggly Wiggly store introduced self-service shopping. Today, stores are nicer, cleaner, better organized and with a huge diversity of products, but the shopping process is more or less the same. Shoppers go inside the store, they get the goods they want, either by taking themselves from the shelves or with assistance from the seller, and they pay at the end before leaving with all goods.

New technologies

New technologies available in the store (smartphones, WIFI, smart electronic tags, NFC, digital signage, kiosks, smart watches, beacons, etc.) are enabling a change of paradigm and shoppers and sellers can benefit from their usage by improving the full shopping experience.

Sellers can have a direct, personalized and contextualized communication channel with each one of their shoppers during all their stay in the store and shoppers have new innovative services comparable to those they get online but with added value that they can also touch and feel the goods they are buying.

New Digital Stores

These new Digital Stores are a good opportunity for retailers to fight against those competitors that are only online. But they are also a new platform to sell complementary services in collaboration with other industries. Additionally, this digital transformation allows stores to expose more products to their clients even reducing square meters of their shops in places where each square meter has a significant cost.

More details about this Digital Transformation and its concrete effect in Connected Consumers can be read at the Atos Ascent Journey 2018 – The Third Digital Revolution: Agility and Fragility at

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About Santi Ristol
Director of the Mobile Competence Center and member of the Scientific Community
Santi Ristol is Director of the Mobile Competence Center at Worldline (the European leader in the payment and transactional services industry), member of Atos Scientific Community and member of WIN (Worldline Innovation Network). He is also visiting lecturer at the Toulouse Business School in Barcelona. He has been working in Atos since 1992, he started working in satellite communication projects, then he worked in eBusiness projects and later focused in R&D Activities in Atos Research and Innovation. Since 2010 he leads the Mobile Competence Center providing expertise for mobile solutions and digital enablers around mobile solutions (wearables, IoT devices, beacons, blockchain, digital signage, etc.) to Atos and Worldline clients worldwide. Santi is Telecom Engineer from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya and holds a Master in eCommerce by La Salle – Universitat Ramon Llull in Barcelona.

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