Saturday, September 14

Future of shopping!!

It's a snowy Saturday, and Amy age 72, sits on her couch and is thinking about the surprise gift that she plans to give her granddaughter for her birthday.

She uses her "6th sense" pendant and chooses the virtual image of the shop that she likes to purchase the items from. She uses her mobile phone to Create a virtual projection of her granddaughter using the picture that she hasand to control it. She makes the projected granddaughter to enters the virtual shop where she finds her personal concierge..

The concierge takes three scans of the virtual granddaughter in less than 10 seconds, then waits for the skin 

tone number. All this info is plugged into a scan guide and there is a list of products that would suit the virtual granddaughters skin tone, her waist size, her shoe size and everything needed for shipping.

The concierge recommends several items, the virtual granddaughter tries several dresses for the fit and chooses one. Amy pulls out the virtual granddaughter from the virtual shop and uses her Smart phone to pay the bill by scanning the bar code, and there is a warning beep saying that the same deign, brand dress is 5$ less in a different shop. So Amy reports this to the sales associate of the virtual shop and gets her dress for the lowest price in the market.

The item that she purchased will be shipped to her on the same day and since she had mentioned that it is a surprise, it will be shipped only to Amy.

The virtual projection shopping.

Amy then opens her laptop and scans through her teenage pics where she sees pics of her in a shopping mall along with her friends  and thinks how much the technology has changed and has made her life much easier. But this "shop-o-home" technique has also made meeting with friends and acquaintances a festive affair.

She satisfies all her need with just a swish of her cell phone. She now plans to meet up with her friends and have a retail therapy done. She informs all her friends about the meet up and checks into the "alter- me" app before heading out for shopping. This app presents to her the best place for shopping according to her needs, and also about the deals available at several places. and as soon as she steps into the shop, the talking shelves guide her to the "new venture" tour place where she can find all she needs stocked up, saving her time..:)
all info about everything using the sixth sense pendant.

These talking shelves also help her to customize her dresses and other items, which will be dropped in her trail room through the "fly-air" technology if she wants to try the fit.

Every info about the clothing that Amy wants, she finds it with the sixth sense pendent. And when this info is fed to the talking shelves, the exact piece with the fit is delivered directly, without the trouble of carrying the heavy shopping bags.!!

She pays the bill using the mobile wallet and heads back home, to see the package that she ordered for her granddaughter waiting to be delivered to her. She hands over the present to her granddaughter and plans to tell her how she used to shop when she was a teenager as her bedtime story!..:)

This post is written as a part of Indiblogger The future of shopping contest.

Wednesday, September 11

Auto fare- boon or bane!

"Auto la yeranum na yerusumma rules pesada" (if you want to get into the auto, stop talking rules). This was the reaction that I got when I was asking the auto fellow in Mambalam to use the meter.

 "The Chief Minister also made it clear that permits of the auto rickshaw drivers would be canceled if they charge more than the revised fare".Their vehicles would as well be seized". However, no one seems to care. 

We were really happy when the announcements came out that the autos in Chennai city will once again see the meter box that was buried few years ago.

 It used to be a strange thing when autos in all the other cities like Bangalore and Mumbai had its meters on , and the auto fellows even gave back 50 paise.

A city is first judged by its transport facility and the autos fares.
Our city is famous for extra-high auto charges and the rude behavior of the auto fellows.After the announcement was made, we all thought that it was a boon for the commutators. 

When I told them, I would pay the fare according to the new tariff structure which translated into around 75 cent hike in minimum fare, in comparison to the fare that was present earlier, all I heard was his scolding.I even told them that I had the conversion fare list that came out in all the leading newspapers, but still no response.

I was determined this time that I will not pay a single penny more and let that auto fellow go. We had to let go of some 3-4 autos until one auto fellow asked 60 bucks for a 1.8 km. I had to bargain with him again when my friends got irritated by all these talks and came to a settlement of Rs 40.

Still I was not satisfied with the settlement, and thanks to the smartphone. I tracked down the kilometer, and it was just 1.2 km, and we should have paid only 25, but we paid 40. 

As soon as we got down, I asked the auto fellow if he could tell me the distance of the place from the station where we boarded, and he refused to tell.

Now this tariff structure, even after the awareness given to all the citizens if not followed properly, will surely be a bane.!!

And what can be done to such auto fellows? I have noted down the number of the auto, but I still feel complaining will not solve the problem. Each and everyone must insist in the usage of the meter or the fresh tariff rates until the new meters are installed.