2016 stands to be the year when the digital and the physical come together, to bring customers the best, most optimized consumer experience, judging from the top innovations on display at this year’s Retail Design Expo.
2016 saw the first year where the most excellent, cutting-edge retail designs were honored, in the inaugural edition of the Innovation Trail and Awards.
A panel of industry professionals came together to shortlist 18 innovative designs, giving a good general overview of what this year’s top shopfitting trends might look like.
For instance, a lot of retailers are adopting VM Technology from Icomeme, which brings together the brick-and-mortar and the virtual for customers who have downloaded the app. The app alerts shoppers to sales in the store, within 30 m, with detailed product information, sale prices, and even be guided directly to the display. VM Technology from Icomeme makes the best of technology, functioning somewhere between a circular ad, minus the annoying (and wasteful) paper, a push notification from your favorite app, and an immersive, interactive physical retail experience.
The VM Technology also allows customers to store their favorite outfits, for future consideration, in a style similar to popular sites like LookBook and Polyvore.
Some trends we’ve been seeing for a while continue to be important, particularly green shopfitting solutions. The company Global Display is tackling this problem head-on, with a line of sustainable mannequins (pictured at top of article), constructed using natural fibre-reinforced polymers and patented production technique, for a distinctive new type of display.
In another bid to reduce paper and carbon imprint, Umdasch Shopfitting revealed their Electronic Shelf Labeling system. It is to Umdesch’s credit that their design manages to look both futuristic AND classic, with crisp, colorful graphics conjuring images of an old-fashioned marketplace, but with all of today’s best bells-and-whistles.
Judging from these three cutting-edge designs, shoppers are ready to get out of the house for some face time and fresh.
Are you ready to take advantage of the foot traffic? Contact us today, and see what some of the Sunshine Coast’s leading shopfitters can do for you!
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