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Virtual Shopping Offered By Tesco In South Korean Subway Station

August 25, 2011: 02:17 AM EST
Retail grocer Tesco Homeplus announced it is opening what it says is the world’s first virtual store in a Seoul, South Korea, subway station. Commuters can point their Homeplus app-enhanced smartphones at the virtual displays of 500 products on the walls of the Seonreung station, scan the barcodes using their phones, and add the product to their virtual shopping cart. Selected products are then delivered to their homes, often the same day. If shoppers scan their grocery selections before 1:00 p.m., items will be delivered the same evening, according to the company. The initiative is part of a Tesco company strategy to increase market share in South Korea without adding physical stores.
"Tesco Opens World’s First Virtual Store", News release, Tesco PLC, August 25, 2011, © Tesco PLC
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