International fresh produce distributor Total Produce is to provide consumers with access to videos, recipes, interactive games and content about the benefits of a healthy, balanced diet via NFC tag and QR code-equipped SmartStands located in supermarkets and convenience stores.
A pilot of the new information service, using a platform provided by Wooshping, will take place in Ireland this month, using two types of stand:
- ‘Fresh n Ready’ stands are placed in convenience stores and are aimed at busy consumers “on the go”. These SmartStands will link to video recipes, updated daily.
- ‘Love Local’ stands promote local produce and feature short videos about individual growers, allowing shoppers to take a virtual tour of their farms on their mobile device.
Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacons are also being tested and Total Produce plans to introduce SmartStands that combine NFC, QR and BLE by this summer.
“We can upload a new video to these units instantly to respond to opportunities; a barbecue-themed video on a sunny afternoon, a pumpkin carving video for Halloween or a recipe video to complement an in-store price promotion,” says Vince Dolan, European marketing manager at Total Produce. “Similarly, we can update grower videos to reflect changes in product range at any time.
“Ultimately, it’s how compelling the content is to the consumer that encourages interaction. This technology allows us to move very quickly to meet an identified consumer need. We already have some 200 videos and we’re determined that the content linked to these stands will be as fresh as the produce they are promoting.”
“Our experience is that the physical act of scanning a QR code is a significant impediment to interaction,” Dolan added. “Though an evolving technology, NFC removes that obstacle. Coupled with the expansion of 4G telecom networks across Europe, the experience of tapping an NFC unit is much simpler, much faster and ultimately more rewarding than scanning a QR code.”