How to provide the right type of frictionless solution to your customers


How to provide the right type of frictionless solution to your customers

Subhodip Bandyopadhyay General Manager- Emerging Digital Technology, UST

A guide to understanding which frictionless commerce applications makes sense for your business.

Subhodip Bandyopadhyay General Manager- Emerging Digital Technology, UST

Subhodip Bandyopadhyay General Manager- Emerging Digital Technology, UST

By now, it is apparent that retail as we know it has irrevocably changed. A hybrid model is the best path forward for every retailer, as we discussed in a recent blog. Consumers will have multiple choices, and pain points revolving around time spent in store and waiting for cashiers to open up can be better managed.

Consumers still want to support the providers in their communities, especially those who were crucial to their needs during the pandemic. But they will not sacrifice convenience for brand loyalty. They are looking for a positive shopping experience without spending more money or doing anything complicated.

We learned during the pandemic just how often consumers switched brands and providers if what they wanted or needed was out of stock. McKinsey found when brands were out of stock, 32 percent of shoppers switched retailers and 39 percent switched brand or product.

While many retailers understandably struggled with rapid digital transformation, they also struggled to keep employees and customers safe and products in stock. It is now imperative to create a modern shopping environment for customers who want to shop wherever they can get in and out with minimal stress and friction. Providing a frictionless experience is the best way to retain customers and attract new ones.

While frictionless commerce can deliver the best customer experience, it is important to understand which technologies and solutions best suit a business. It will differ from one company to another since all have different needs and budgets depending on foot traffic, products sold, square footage, employee structure, and unique attributes.

Various offerings incorporating frictionless solutions are gaining traction in the market, and each requires unique technologies and protocols. Some of the prominent ones are:

Now, more than ever, retailers must be obsessed with delivering a quality customer experience.

While frictionless commerce is still a work-in-progress for many retailers, it provides a real competitive advantage to those who move first and offer several, if not all, of the above options for consumers. Consumers will continue to show support for companies that prioritize their well-being and embrace technologies that get them in and out of physical stores as soon as possible.

Considering the ease and popularity of delivery services, retailers with brick-and-mortar locations must adopt frictionless solutions to level the playing field. Now is the time to invest in the right technology, solutions and operational support to benefit customers and employees equally.

Doing so frees up employees to provide more meaningful services and reduces the clog at the end of experience for customers, who can shop and leave the store as soon as possible.

Frictionless retail is the future. To learn more about frictionless commerce, especially how UST helps its partners reduce labor costs and shrinkage and increase customer satisfaction and retention, download our latest eBook Frictionless Commerce: Delighting Consumers with Autonomous Checkouts.

To learn more about our unique approach, download our eBook Frictionless Commerce for retail in 2022 and beyond.