The smart Shopping Cart
by Leo Laporte, Tech TV
Save money, save time and never forget the milk again: grocery shopping is about to change forever, as retailers bring interactive shopping carts to a store near you. Springboard Retail Networks’ Vice President of Technology, Sylvain Perrier , will demonstrate Concierge, a complete electronic shopping system, designed to increase shopping convenience and deliver new product information to consumers.
Concierge is an interactive, touch-screen computer affixed to the shopping cart. The device is wirelessly connected to a retailer’s in-store network and Springboard’s proprietary storage database and analytics system. By helping consumers save time, cut costs and discover new products, Concierge enhances the retail shopping experience. Concierge’s rich content includes recipes, nutritional information, and targeted discounts based on purchase preferences.
Consumers can build their shopping list on the Concierge website before leaving home, and download it at the supermarket by using their personalized access key or loyalty card. Concierge will also locate those specific products, to efficiently direct customers through the store.
Sylvain will also talk about the technology that powers Concierge, from the AMD internals, to the Microsoft operating system and military-grade encryption technology. See Concierge in action at www.springboardnetworks.com
ABOUT THE GUEST?Sylvain Perrier, Vice President – Technology, Springboard Retail Networks?With more than a decade of experience, Sylvain Perrier brings a plethora of technical know-how to Springboard Networks. He manages and mentors several teams of IT specialists and is involved in the planning, design and execution of the organization’s technology vision.
Before joining Springboard Networks, Sylvain worked for In-Touch Survey Systems Inc., where he developed wireless and touch-screen devices designed for generating consumer feedback reports, for clients including Best Buy, CBC Newsworld, Barnes & Noble, Walt Disney World and FedEx Corporation.
Sylvain has degrees in Business Administration & Mathematics, and Computer Science & Advanced Mathematics from Collège de l’Outaouais, and studied Information Systems Management at the University of Quebec.