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Innovative and ecofriendly shopping with a “SmartCart”

A technology service that links smartphones and shopping carts to deliver purchased items to your destination without using shopping bags.

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Solution Title

IoT Delivery System with advanced technology

Solution Summary

You can reduce the number of shopping bags by carrying purchased items with shopping carts to your destination both inside and outside of supermarkets, like home or warehouse. In particular, we though

Terms and Conditions

  • Yes

Company / Organization Name (if applicable)

Bloc Application / Student intern

Website (if applicable)

http://www.bloc-app.com

What is the current stage of development of your solution?

  • Research & Early Testing: You are exploring a solution, gathering inspiration and information needed to test it with real users. If your solution is early stage, not a fully formed solution, apply here to meet a co-founder, a technical team, or other Innovators who may be able to help you take your solution from vision to reality: https://forms.gle/z32NWVgFFNra2DPe7. Note: This does not impact your evaluation as there are several award tiers, but helps us better support you.

Please include a visual (can be either 2D or 3D) representation/prototype of your concept. The first image you provide will be the image used to promote your idea as a Winner.

“SmartCart”

By remotely controlling the shopping cart with your smartphone, you can carry your purchased items to your destination without using shopping bags and your hands.


When a lot of used shopping carts are accumulated at the apartment, a robot will automatically bring them back to the store.

This solution addresses which of the following:

  • Bagless solutions

Describe your target market. Who will benefit from your product?

Target markets are the following: ・Residents living in the apartment, especially those who live alone or who live in the downtown. ・Stores cooperated with this system.

How does or might your solution meet or exceed the performance of the single-use plastic bag?

・You can carry heavy luggage without getting tired. ・Stores will not need to pay for plastic bags which are used only once. ・Eco-friendly as it does not use the plastic bag.

How does this solution impact / improve workflows for stakeholders (e.g. cashiers, stocking staff)?

・The cashier will be able to save stores’ time, not having to put purchased items in bags. ・The clerk does not have to refill the shopping bags. ・The store manager does not have to manage the number of shopping bags. (There will be no more need for stacking staffs to restock plastic shopping bags.) ・When consumers who use this service first admit the service’s convenience, the number of customers is expected to increase, combined with limited numbers of cooperated stores. ・The introduction

What additional benefits might the solution provide to stakeholders (retailers and customers alike)?

・Customers will be able to go shopping without feeling any stress of carrying heavy luggage. ・As more using this service, cheaper the cost will be than purchasing plastic bags every time people go shopping. ・You can go shopping without having to bring a shopping bag, so you can easily buy what you want.

How is your solution scalable across retail environments?

・To increase the number of cooperated stores of the system, technical improvement of the service is required so that it can be used at all stores. ・Make it available not only to the residents of limited apartments, but also to those who live in nearby houses or those who are not cooperated with the apartment.

What regions will your solution be applicable in?

Residential and commercial area in downtown where a lot of apartments, supermarkets and convenience stores are located.

How is your solution recoverable? What is the expected end of life for this solution's materials once it is no longer usable? Please upload any documentation or evidence of material recoverability.

It can be reused and recycled because the shopping cart and cage on it are made of iron.

In what ways does or might your solution prompt behavior change amongst stakeholders, including retail staff and customers? How will your solution successfully design for this change?

・Regional vitalization through partnership between apartments and supermarkets or convenience stores. ・People can easily buy something, which contributes economic activities to get brisk and lively.

What unintended consequences can you foresee unfolding from your solution, and how might you mitigate them?

Our unintended consequences are the failure of a robot, the theft of shopping carts, connection failure with a smartphone and cyber-attack. In order to avoid these diseases, we have to update iOS frequently and set time passwords, fingerprints and facial recognition.

What health and safety concerns might your solution raise, and how are you considering addressing them?

・Entanglement accident involving a person and a shopping cart. ・Muscle weakness caused by not carrying luggage.

What are the biggest challenges you're facing today? What are existing gaps in your solution?

・It cannot be used when the floor is not flat like on the stairs. ・It is difficult to use when the road is narrow. ・It is difficult for older people to use because it is operated with a smartphone. ・High initial cost due to new introduction of robots and shopping carts. ・There are restrictions on the size and weight of luggage.

Mentorship needs (please select up to 3)

  • Business Model Development
  • Product / Industrial Design and Prototyping
  • Fundraising / Finance

Tell us about yourself and your team. What is your background and experience?

Interns at Bloc Application Company

In what city are you located?

Tokyo

In what country are you located?

Japan

What is your legal / organizational structure? (if applicable)

C-Corp

How did you hear about the Challenge?

  • In the news

Is your company a diverse supplier, MBE, WBE, VBE?

  • None

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