The hybris labs Smart Wine Shelf came to life on May 7th 2014 at the hybris Americas’ Customer Days in Chicago. Nearly one and a half years later we have versions of the Wine Shelf on four different continents. And we didn’t even build all of them ourselves! Would it be fair to say the point has been reached where it can no longer be considered an innovative showcase? Well, at the IT & Business expo in Stuttgart we learnt that our first IoT Prototype still lets people’s faces light up. (Even more so if you give them a bottle of wine after they had to listen to our demo-blabla for ten minutes…)
The Smart Wine Shelf definitely still has some fire in it and it helps us to explain how we believe IoT could change in-store shopping for both consumer and retailer. We like to tell the story around it being something like a physical web page. Actions resemble clicks. Guidance and information for the customer, real-time data for the retailer… everybody’s happy… you know the story.
But by now we should have made our point clear to a considerable amount of people and need to move on. Luckily we found the perfect new owners for it. Our colleagues in Paris will take care of it very soon, and what better place could there be for Smart Wine Shelf than France?! It’ll be in good hands.