How Technology Is Changing Online Furniture Shopping

TRADITIONAL WAYS OF SELECTING AND PURCHASING FURNITURE ARE CHANGING RADICALLY — THANKS TO NEW FURNITURE TECHNOLOGY SHOPPING TOOLS

We live in a world where furniture technology is transforming the products we use, isn’t it about time that modern technology helps us reinvent the furniture purchasing process as well?

  • Apple with their ARKit is leading the pack at the moment. ARKit, which works with late model iOs-based iPhones and iPads, has already been used by developers to make sophisticated shopping apps. See Apple’s Augmented Reality website for more.
  • Google, hoping to catch up with Apple, recently ditched its previous effort (Tango) in favor of its new ARCore technology, which is designed for Android devices. It’s being deployed on the upcoming new Samsung smartphones.
  • Finally, Amazon, which is a formidable software developer in its own right, has used Apple’s ARKit to create its own shopping app, called AR view. See the introductory video below:

WAIT? HAVEN’T WE HEARD ALL THIS TECH SONG AND DANCE BEFORE?

Professionals working in the contract furniture market may be rolling their eyes at this point. How many times before have software vendors promised us the moon and delivered bupkis? From Cyberspace headsets and gloves to VRML-based browser plug-ins, to Flash-based electronic storefronts to virtual reality (VR) goggles, each of these earlier “revolutions” has failed to make significant changes in the way that the professional contract furniture market operates.

SHIFT TOWARD ANCILLARY FURNITURE PURCHASES IS DRIVING MAJOR CHANGES IN THE PURCHASING CYCLE

The need to make the contract furniture purchasing cycle simpler has never been greater.

OUR NEW FORMASPACE OFFICE 3D CONFIGURATOR SPEEDS UP THE PROCUREMENT PROCESS

Here at Formaspace, we’ve taken Amanda Schneider’s predictions about the contract furniture industry’s need for easy-to-use e-commerce tools to heart. In early 2017, we took a survey of furniture professionals and found they were looking for fast, efficient ways to visualize the different options in our most popular product line, our Weldmarx series of office desks, workstations, and tables.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

Once you launch the Formaspace Office 3D Configurator in your favorite Internet PC or mobile browser, you begin by selecting your furniture configuration to view. Now you can easily orbit around your selected desk, table or workstation, and view it from different perspectives. Zoom in to look at specific configuration details.

PRINTED CATALOGS AND SELL-SHEETS ARE OBSOLETE WHEN YOU CAN SHARE INTERACTIVE, PHOTO-REALISTIC PRODUCT RENDERINGS WITH YOUR CLIENTS

Isn’t it time to get everyone on the same page?

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