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I, Shopper

Technology can create intimacy in today’s retail experience. By Michael Raleigh. Do you remember the 2004 sci-fi movie I, Robot? The Isaac Asimov-inspired blockbuster starred Will Smith and depicted a future world where sentient robots co-existed with humans. Despite having the ability to reason and make choices, the robots that populated this (ultimately dystopian) world were driven by only three rules of robotics that governed every aspect of their existence — and guided all of the decisions that they made.

Once upon a time, it may have been nearly as easy for retailers to deliver an in-store experience to customers based solely on a handful of simple rules, much like those used to tame the androids in I, Robot. After all, retailers of yore only had to cater to traditional customer archetypes, and then deliver the appropriate shopping experience accordingly … read >>