April 26th, 2011 | Add a Comment
Near Field Communication (NFC) marketing programs are being developed for supermarkets to assist shoppers with preferences, sales, in store product locations and more. The current program is being tested in Nice, a small town outside of France, at a local branch of a supermarket chain called Leclerc.
NFC technology is quickly taking its place in our society as an interactive tool that will change the way we shop and market products. Several large U.S. companies such as Google, IBM, and American Express, are all immersed (and invested) in bringing this platform to life very soon.
However, in France, several companies have been doing beta tests of mobile Smartphone’s and the use of NFC enabled applications. Recently, a test in Nice, showed how many users would take advantage of Smartphone’s equipped to buy transit passes and pay for merchandise.
The test went so well that the French government funded similar program tests with NFC devices in nine other surrounding towns. The French company Think&Go NFC developed the new retail shopping solution called NFC Commerce.
There is a broad range of applications with this program that assist the supermarkets in personalizing market campaigns to certain groups or individuals, cross marketing, and consumer spending and purchase tracking. The customer can set up their Smartphone NFC program with specific needs or information to scan for.
If they require a special diet because of health reasons, or have food allergies, they can enter this information into the program. When they are near a product that contains an ingredient they’re allergic to, their NFC tag will flag them with information regarding possible allergies to ingredients contained in that product.
This program can assist them in shopping for items they particularly like that may be on sale, or help them locate an item somewhere in the store. It can send product ingredient information or many other specific tasks the shopper has customized it for.
A Think&Go NFC representative stated that to continue improving their products and to continually make them better they made a point to listen to feedback from retailers and their customers.
Written by Stephanie Beck
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