Do you have your own store? Then you have probably noticed that there is a significant labor shortage. The Dutch Central Bureau of Statistics reports that more than 80 percent of companies in the retail sector are now suffering from the labor shortage. Filling open positions is easier said than done, even though you do need that missing staff to keep your store running. According to research by Bureau RMC, many shops are forced to close their doors earlier in the day, but that is not always the best answer. A better solution is to make use of technology in your physical store.
Using technology as a solution to labor shortage is not something that immediately springs to mind. Yet more and more forms of digital expressions are visible in physical stores. This provides you with a phygital shopping experience. Phygital is a combination of the words digital and physical. It is used to indicate a situation where digital techniques are placed in a physical environment. Given that consumers are used to navigating independently on a digital platform, it is a relatively small step to address this behavior in the store as well. A proven digital application is the use of screens. For example, screens like digital signage, interactive screens or touchpads.
Dynamic versatility on just one screen.
Digital signage, also called electric signage, has become a relatively well-known term in the retail world. For instance, think of a screen in the shop window that tempts the visitor to enter the store by means of dynamic content. But digital signage can also be used in the store itself. To show the latest promotion or to highlight the latest collection, for example. It is an ideal way to draw attention to your products, services or content. It’s the best brand ambassador you could wish for. Digital signage informs, inspires and activates the shopper in-store. This ensures that your sales team needs to inform and inspire less, since digital signage largely takes over that part from them. You can still place a sales employee where necessary, of course, but in general digital signage can largely take over the role of a sales employee. This allows you to reach your customers even with a smaller team. In addition, you can also use digital signage for wayfinding.
Another additional advantage is that digital signage offers the possibility of smart programming and content automation. Unlike static posters, you don’t have to put up new content every week. That saves your employee’s time. As a result, you also need fewer employees, as they can now use this time for things that normally receive lower priority. It also saves money in the long run: no transport or production costs.
You can see an example of digital signage in the Rituals stores. The shop window display is on 24/7 with after-hours content. This allows you to inform your customers about your promotions even outside of opening hours. Another great application for Rituals is the cash register display. This not only shows digital content, but it also serves as a presentation display. Ideal for internal training.