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Retail Technology for the Near Future

Future of Retail Industry
Future of Retail Industry

Converting the toughest job into an easy one is not a big deal nowadays. “All thanks to technology!” We have accomplished many of them.
But in the technology savvy world we have considerably seen trends rising and biting the dust in no time.
So here are some tech trends which are believed to be the future of Retail Industry. Stay Tuned!

Product Delivery:

Deliveries at your door step makes shopping so comforting for all of us. We no more have to rush from store to store to shop for clothes, groceries, accessories, home decors, etc.

Newest trends in Delivery Services:

  • Drones:
  • Amazon Drone Delivery
    Amazon Drone Delivery

    What would it look like if your ordered package flies to you? The wait is almost over!
    Amazon is about to launch drones that would deliver packages to its customers.
    Once the idea is approved safe by the Federal Aviation Administration, you could see amazon drones delivering packages to your door-step within 30mins.

  • Google self-driving cars

  • While Google’s driverless cars aren’t ready yet but are making progress every day. Self-driving cars navigate based on sensors that can feel as far as 2 football fields away in every direction.

In-Store Enhancements

Retailing was always about a healthy relationship between the retailer and the shopper. In this era, to recreate the healthy bond with the help of just a brick and mortar store won’t work, a shopper needs a seamless experience through all channels.

For the Shoppers

  • Store Navigations
  • Aisle 411- Store Navigation Application
    Aisle 411- Store Navigation Application

    Store Navigation Applications like Aisle 411’s enables user to easily trace the item’s (willing to buy) exact location in the sections where they are kept in the store. Ensuring an easy searching benefit.

  • Magic Mirrors
  • Magic Mirrors
    Magic Mirrors- Virtual Dressing Rooms

    Augmented Reality based virtual dressing rooms are lately grabbing a lot of attention and market by focusing on Customer Empowerment.
    There are many companies trying to get into the AR mode with the magic mirror concept, where the user can try-on clothes multiple times. Try out different avatars with this touchscreen magic mirrors.
    Some of the Magic Mirrors in the market are–
    Uniqlo Magic Mirrors, Textronics- TryON, Rebecca Mink Off Magic Mirror, and many more.

  • Smart Assistants
  • Personalizing the user experience many companies are trying to ensure a smooth and easy shopping experience with a cloud-based technology (we also call it artificial intelligence) to idealize the customer’s product choices and guide them accordingly.

  • Custom Apparel Designers
  • Product configrator - Tailor-i
    Custom Apparel Designers for Made2Measure & Bespoke Clothing

    Custom Apparel Designers are the newest trend in fashion leveraging the user the ability to customize the outfits from the scratch.
    Custom Apparel Designers in the market are–
    YrStore; also known as Your Store
    Textronics Tailor-i

Source: https://www.insider-trends.com/top-50-innovations-in-retail/

Cloth Manufacturing: Then and Now

conventional way of manufacturing cloth

From Biofabrication to Tech-infused Wearables, the textile industry is changing at a faster pace. Newer technologies are giving their vital contribution towards the growth of textile.

Let’s take a look at where manufacturing of fabric has pulled over since all these years.

Conventionally, manufacturing fabrics was a long and tiresome process. Low-Skilled workforce, limited education & ever fluctuating payments, the workers worked for long in a very uncertain environment risking their lives.

labor manufacturing fabric
labor manufacturing fabric

Now, technologies & innovations are changing the textile industry for better.Technology contributors are working more on service-oriented designs wherein smart products and smart machines are connected which allows us to monitor the process working closely.

Back in 20th century,1000 new fabric designs were created & produced every season. The further manufacturing process was totally dependent on people’s poll. Tradeshows were arranged for mass publicity of the new collections.

Today, however, the rules have changed a bit. Of course, people’s poll is still important! But what we can do is simply rely on technology and watch the machines achieve the goals by breaking the paradigms. Designing & manufacturing with tech takes less time to produce and often reduces the costs.

Design Archive- Cloud Storage for storing designs.
Design Archive- Cloud Storage for storing designs.

Digitizing the designing manufacturing & marketing process has led to high efficiency & shortened delivery time. The labor now, is not only skilled but a critical thinker (educated & technically skilled to monitor the computer-driven machines and environment), hence these are all well-paid positions in the industry.
Now we can simply design the fabrics, store the whole collection in the cloud with the help of computerized machines, and showcase it to the prospects all across the world.

SPAR: In-Store Technology Innovation

SPAR India, a multinational retail chain was awarded Images Most Admired Retailer of the Year – In Store Technology Development, IRF 2017.

IRF- Most Admired Retailer of the Year- In Store Technology Development
IRF- Most Admired Retailer of the Year- In Store Technology Development

SPAR has always been passionate about adopting new ideas to engage their consumers. Taking in consideration, the ongoing changes in consumer behavior brought on by technology, SPAR took a step forward and digitized their hypermarket with home furnishing & Store navigation application for enhanced Consumer experience.

The easier the retailer makes it for shoppers to find what they’re looking for, the less likely consumers are to leave a store without making the purchase.
The Home Furnishing application in the buzz is “3D Showroom” – An ideal product visualization tool which helps consumer to decorate their dream house with SPAR products.

The conventional way of shopping for home furnishing products was a game of imagination. How will this look in my room? Will this match my curtains? This solution has given the consumer a break from the guessing work.

Pick a product. Drape it. Check combinations. Buy it. Voila!

SPAR has redefined convenience by letting the consumer make his own choices & seeing it turn into reality, Virtually!

Now that’s interesting!

Enhanced Retail Experiences with Digital Visual Merchandising.

Visual Merchandising has always been about creating a warm & fuzzy feeling for the shopper. Mainly it’s about the look, feel & culture of a brand, where the main purpose is to attract, engage, motivate the customers.

Converting a Passive Looker into Active Buyer!

A well designed and impactful display of product attracts & exposes a customer to a wider range of merchandise.

Rise of Millennials

With the rise of digital natives (millennials) – who understand and have an affinity with technology, they want to be associated with brands that interact with them.

According to a 2015 Global Trends Survey, there are 92 million millennials in the US alone and they’re hitting their spending power now; with spending expected to total 30% of sales in the US by 2020.

Personalised In-Store Experience

Digital signage, when used most effectively, has the ability to create a tailored in-store experience for customers. Because millennials seek out content digitally, information must be shared quickly to the exact place where they’ll be looking; with dynamic digital signage systems updating messaging quickly and targeting it effectively.


Millennials also have huge purchasing influence as they’re socially connected and having larger and more powerful networks than other generations. Using the power of social sharing via your digital signage systems creates an opportunity for your customers to influence their network and promote your brand/products.

“Demand is driving the growth of digital signage on the continent and despite the challenges of e-commerce, brick-and-mortar retail is strong and provides an excellent opportunity for retailers and marketers to engage and build relationships with their consumers. Where better to connect with and influence your customer in the best possible way than directly on the shop floor,” adds Day.

Digital signage has succeeded in retail networks in the following ways:

  • Digital signage’s vibrant and clear display has been proven to drive customers towards stores and influence their decisions to purchase.
  • Digital kiosks provide customers with a convenient self-service approach to store navigation and an effective tool that can hold vital information about the store, products on offer and promotions including a multi-faceted starting block for many future campaigns
  • Social media channels have a very real presence in our lives due to the power and ease in which information can be shared.
  • QR codes, SMS short codes and Smartphone Apps have become a regular feature within advertising strategies. They provide fast effortless access to brands, products and any related information a customer may seek.
  • Referrence article- http://movingtactics.co.za

Cutting Edge Textile E commerce Solutions that are here to stay

E commerce Solutions

In this fast paced world consumer mentality has changed. Today’s customers no longer view shopping as a full day event but are rather looking for quick service along with quality and variety. The level of competition has increased drastically over the past few years with the advent of globalization and increased online presence of more and more merchants and retailers. Now what does this mean for the textile, fashion and retail industry? It means that to keep up with their competitors and to possibly surpass them, the designers and retailers both require innovations and new age textile ecommerce solutions. The good news is that with the increase in demand for such technological ideas, there has been the growth of providers as well.

CAD/CAM Solutions
The future lies in CAD/CAM solutions that target augmented reality and 3D technologies. These technologies improve the shoppers’ in-store experience. They increase customer satisfaction, thereby promoting brand loyalty and higher sales conversion. Technologies like mix and match allow the retailer to display a greater variety of apparel and also reduce the number of clothes that are spoil due to trials. More importantly it allows the customer to create an entire virtual wardrobe by combining different styles, all without even trying on the clothes.
ERP Integration
Technologies like ERP Integration allow the textile manufacturers to save working time and effort. The textile industry is constantly faced with the challenge of being in synch with the evolving markets and consumer behavior. Organizing inventory and manufacturing just in time to prevent product idling and allow immediate supply need skillful handling of the supply chain. This is why ERP integration is a novel opportunity to utilize existing infrastructure of the organization to promote further business strategics.
Design Technologies

With the need to come up with completely new stock of designs every few months, there is an increased demand for 3D simulation software that allow the designer to virtually design not only the outline of the apparel but also design garments. This also includes software that allows fashion designers to create and store their designs in a database. Textile Companies are now spending Rs 5 lakh- Rs 10 lakh at a time for CAD software that will enable their designers to research with varying texture, elaborate patterns and produce the same patterns in different colors.

Product Lifecycle Management
The popularity of PLM software is on the rise since it organizes data and analyses fashion trends to keep up with them. The ephemeral nature of the designs and fashion inclinations deems it necessary that there is flow of information between all levels of the company. By using PLM software, the adaptability to immediate changes is increased. It also reduces the wastage of resources and man hours. The inventory management needs are met sufficiently well when PLM software is utilized at all levels of the organization.

The above technologies have revolutionized the fashion textile and retail industry by increasing the profitability of ventures. CAD/CAM technologies are the most widely used textile e commerce solutions that give greater business returns with only a small investment. The future lies in the digital and virtual aspects of the designing world so as to keep up with changing trends. More and more retailers are opting to create an online presence so as to cater to the tech savvy generation and to keep up with the increasing number of online shopping sites.

Textronics: One stop solution for Textile & Retail

One Stop SolutionIn recent years, the fashion and textile industry has churned out many new ideas and discarded most of them. However what is here to stay is e commerce and the use of software solutions to enhance user experience. Due to intense competition and the merging of online and offline store presence, the need for applicable and practical eCommerce solutions has increased drastically. This is where companies like Textronics play a vital role.

Textronics is an innovator in the field of textile software services. With more than twenty years of practical experience and market interaction, they have created an array of choices in CAD/CAM based software technologies. In the volatile fashion landscape, new competitors and new ideologies are given place every day. Hence it is essential that the existing market players have a competitive advantage. Textronics helps its clients attain receptivity to subtleties of trade. So they are ready to respond to any new challenges they may face and thus their clients are able to satisfy their customers and provide the best possible experience. They are the one stop solution for all requirements of diverse yet interconnected textile industry players like garment manufactures, textile mills, retail brands, fabric designers and high end tailoring studios.

With technology now being considered as important as capital itself, it has become a challenge to constantly change the company portfolio to match ever increasing customer wants. Brand loyalty has significantly reduced in the past decade and hence innovation is indispensable. Any entity in the fashion design industry has to come up with new ways to” create, communicate and deliver value to customers in order to maintain good customer relations”. Textronics provides its clientele a set of options to choose from that they can apply to overcome such scenarios. They are one of India’s key contributors to the field of textile software services.

In addition to e commerce solutions they also provide textile design software’s that allow their client base to experiment with new designs and even aspects of textiles such as texture. One of their other domains is web technology where they have come up with completely revolutionary solutions to support businesses in textile and retail industry .

Their web solutions include:

  • Dressing Room
  • Tailor I
  • Web Showroom
  • Design Archive
  • Dobby Lite

Each of these software target a different aspect of customer satisfaction. They enable the retailers to give their customers a novel shopping experience. This translates to greater sales conversion, better customer retention and brand loyalty. All of which are the direct and most effective methods to expand your business and increase your output, thereby greater revenue earned.

Textronics is not limited to national boundaries. It has clients in countries across the globe such as India, Europe, Turkey, Latin American, China, Indonesia and Thailand. They have collaborated time and again with the exclusive clients such as Zodiac, SKNL, C & A, Getzner, Anteks, Century, Morarjee, Alok Industries, Madura, among others.

Now, Textronics is increasing its social media presence so as to be accessible to all those in the textile and retail industry who wish to incorporate software as well as e commerce solutions into their business strategy. They are also keen to answer any doubts and queries, users may have regarding this new age technology that has bettered the businesses of many. They are launching a blog so as to make their followers aware of the revolution and constant fluctuations in the fashion industry and the new textile eCommerce solutions that are available.

For any details and queries please do mail to sales@textronic.net; info@textronic.net

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