ShopWithMe, a futuristic-looking “smart” store at Pioneer Plaza, Chicago, took top honors as Store of the Year in the Retail Design Institute’s 45th annual International Store Design Competition.
Shop With me is basically a 3,000-square-foot smart pod which provides brands with the infrastructure and technology to activate a turn key interactive retail store and begin selling seamlessly, overnight.
ShopWithMe is a moving, global destination for brands that want to engage their customers in a new and personalized way. The solution is built for both traditional retailers that are moving towards smaller showroom locations and online retailers that are looking to expand into physical stores. Brands move from city to city, while providing a limitless access to inventory, creating an “endless aisle” for shoppers.
ShopWithMe is physically shape shifting the walls, and uses smart fixtures such as glass top digital displays and LED-driven decor within an architecturally designed masterpiece. Thanks to RFID technology, during the time in the store a shopper will also be recommended product based on what they have been browsing. As you walk by, a shelf on the wall will actually move toward you to recommend you the item it holds.
With the express checkout solution, if the shopper downloads the mobile app he can actually find a product he wants in the store and literally walks out the door. He’ll be charges as he leaves. No more checkout lines.
ShopWithMe plans to bring its stores to Chicago, New York, Dallas, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Houston and Miami in the coming months and will begin shipping stores globally at the first of the year.