Nanyang Polytechnic’s student-run retail outlets incorporates visual technologies

By Muneerah Bee

AIQ – a Singapore company that offers artificial intelligence (AI) Video and Image Recognition Technology (VIRT) – partnered Nanyang Polytechnic (NYP) recently to increase the awareness and adoption of VIRT and Visual Commerce (VC) in the retail industry. NYP’s retail store is now powered by AIQ’s VIRT to enhance the bricks-and-mortar experience for customers.

VIRT is changing the way brands interact with consumers by enhancing mobile-first shopping to complement customer experience. Final-year students will get a hands-on experience of VIRT and visual commerce in a real-life retail setting through a white label mobile application.

The technology will provide insights about the shopping habits and preferences of D’Studio’s shoppers so that they can plan for the right merchandise mix, discounts and offers to attract more shoppers to generate quantifiable sales leads and conversions in a mobile-first digital world.

The VIRT mobile app will enable D’Studio’s shoppers to scan on-display store items and collaterals with their mobile devices. This gives them online access to product information, promotions and call-to-action deliverables. The subsequent versions of the app are likely to include gamification features also, which will offer shoppers a chance to win prizes via lucky draws and exclusive promotions. During Singapore’s National Day celebrations this year, AIQ and NYP also ran a series of retail campaigns and digital promotions at the D’Studio retail store.

Both partners are also looking at jointly engaging students on the usage and application of virtual reality (VR) technology and data analytics. AIQ will be providing training materials such as case studies and guest speakers who will facilitate courses for NYP’s Preemployment Education Training (PET) and Continuing Education and Training (CET) aimed at adult learners.

Marcus Tan, CEO of AIQ, said: “VIRT is transforming the way consumers communicate and shop in an increasingly mobile-first digital world. It is the future of retail and the discovery experience as we know it. Through our collaboration with Nanyang Polytechnic, we hope to demonstrate to students how VIRT can support the retail functions by increasing offline to online consumer conversion and engagement, which leads to sales conversions and customer engagement.”

Esther Ho, director of School of Business Management at Nanyang Polytechnic, added: “At NYP, we prepare our students to be industry-ready and equipped with up-to-date knowledge and skills. This partnership gives our students the opportunity to pick up VIRT, one of the latest digital technologies that is impacting the retail industry today. Customer experiences make a big difference in the retail sector and our students will be able to leverage VIRT to enhance the consumer’s visit to bricks-and-mortar outlets and help their would-be employers adapt to the latest digitalisation trend.”

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