When you think about it, grocery shopping hasn’t changed much in the past hundred years or so. Even back when you had to get your meat and produce from a separate place, we had general stores that offered a whole lot of variety. You go in, find what you want, and buy it.
Until today I never even thought that there was any other way you could do it, other than ordering your groceries online which is a fairly recent advancement. But there’s just something about being in the store and browsing through everything that makes the whole process seem more real. They seem to think so too in Korea, except they don’t see a need for the store to actually be there
What am I talking about? There’s a grocery store chain in South Korea that has tried something new. They have giant billboards up in subway stations with nothing but pictures of food, arranged the same way they would be in the grocery store. You can take a picture of the item you want with your smartphone, including the ordering code, and the Supermarket delivers it to your house.
I think it’s a great idea, and shows what the future of shopping might start to look like. What I mean is, it’s one thing to go online and order food knowing what you want, but it’s another to be walking into the train or bus station on your way home from work, when suddenly you see a giant picture of lemons on the wall. You smack your forehead and say, “Of course! I was supposed to pick up lemons today.” So instead of running all the way back out to the grocer, you just snap a picture and the problem is solved.
What kind of changes do you think we’ll start to see in the near future, in regards to grocery shopping? Maybe we’ll have the same thing, except the pictures will be up on the kitchen wall?
Leave your thoughts in the comments below!