Virtual Stores

Virtual stores are displays that allow a shopper to select a product and purchase it for delivery. This means a very small storefront and versatile handling of inventory. Using augmented reality techniques will allow creation of virtual stores in virtual places.

VIRTUAL GROCERY AND TOY STORES ON THE RISE THANKS TO QR CODES – [singularityhub.com]

The next big thing in shopping may be to walk away empty handed. That’s because an increasing number of companies are putting up virtual stores that have no physical merchandise; instead, posters display products with quick response (QR) codes. Customers scan the matrix barcodes with their smartphones, pay for the items in their virtual cart, and items are delivered to their doors within hours to days, depending on the items.

Well.ca Virtual QR Code Store Toronto – [youtube.com]

In China, virtual stores may go one step more virtual – [tuaw.com]

Now, China is joining the virtual storefront revolution. According to Springwise, Unlimited Yihaodian plans to add ecommerce to public spaces, with a virtual virtual store experience. (Yes, you read that right.) The store will actually project over the real world, adding another layer of virtual into the virtual shopping experience. Retailers will be able to cut down on physical plant costs by skipping bricks and mortar and creating a straight path from warehouses to the consumer.

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