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Retail

How will retail design work in 2023? That is the question that a large part of the sector, just a few weeks before the end of 2022, is asking itself.After the paradigm shift with Covid-19, accelerating and modifying consumer buying habits, as well as consumption itself and the values pursued by the customer, 2023 will involve taking on new realities. Therefore, at CAAD we want to anticipate the retail trends of 2023, with a special focus on business design and the challenges that the industry faces in order to transform itself once again.

Although for decades and decades it has been a minor issue in the retail sectorthe check-out process has become the new battleground for retail operations to engage and retain customers. This is part of the ongoing need to improve the customer experience in the physical shop and of course in the digital store.Long lines, coldness in customer service, lack of input, or the feeling that the counter is alien to the idea of the shop, are the enemies that must be fought, because they result in lost sales and revenue.

Especially since the coronavirus pandemic, new technologies in the retail sector are transforming, and will further transform, customers' shopping experiences, changing the effectiveness of workers and the operation of shops and shops in the coming years.This is the main conclusion of the latest report from the company specialised in intelligent data capture for retail Scandit. 

It is no secret that sustainability is already one of the top priorities for retail and brands.The weight it has acquired in consumers' purchasing decisions is overwhelming, and more importantly, it will grow exponentially in the future. As consumers demand greater commitment from brands, retailers need to rethink the entire value chain and adopt initiatives to deliver on these sustainability goals.

Telling a story that the customer can understand and perceive is one of the most common marketing resources, to which storytelling and visual merchandising give a new dimension.Everyone is aware of the importance of storytelling in the retail sector, but how many good examples can we find today? We are talking about going beyond mere eye-catching design. Storytelling in retail design is the commitment to capture the consumer through a visual narrative, in which history, tradition, values and the company's business idea are the main protagonists. 

The next decade will be decisive for the total implantation in the market of the Internet of the Senses, that is, of the technology prepared to respond to our thoughts.If we talk about the Internet of the Senses, are we analyzing the present or the future? Without a doubt, it is today, the present that will provide tomorrow. Although for many this sounds like science fiction, the change and technological evolution experienced in the last decade is opening up fields that, precisely, we did not even imagine a decade ago. Therefore, the answer is clear: there is less and less for it to be our brain, and not the devices that surround us, which controls our environment.

The word 'metaverse' is on everyone's lips. And it is not for less: it is the penultimate great revolution of the digital world as we knew it.In recent times, the concept of the metaverse has emerged with great force, especially since it materialized last October with the transformation of Facebook into Meta. There are already 4 out of 10 global consumers who have heard of the metaverse but... what exactly is the metaverse?

The retail sector is recovering by leaps and bounds after the ravages of the coronavirus, but it must continue to adapt to the new changes in consumer habits.Far from disappearing, physical trade will go further. The trends affirm this, as do the main market studies on the retail sector in 2021. The pandemic did a lot of damage in the physical store, but it is recovering strongly. Furthermore, its resurgence coincides with a deep adaptation to changes in consumer habits.

The pandemic has changed many aspects of people's daily lives, but also the retail sector, with the come into play of augmented reality and virtual reality. Two modalities that offer more innovative and personalized shopping experiences.

 The world has changed enormously after the coronavirus pandemic. It is so. And with this, brands have been forced to rethink their strategies to enhance the customer experience beyond websites and applications. Digital spaces, of course, have experienced an unstoppable boom since the end of 2019, but… What about physical stores?