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Leading Accessibility Experts Tips for Inclusive Design & Technology

Leading Accessibility Experts Tips for Inclusive Design & Technology

To understand how companies can connect with all shoppers along the purchase path, PSFK interviewed accessibility technology experts Tomas Severo and Sam Haskin at Media.Monks.

To understand how companies can connect with all shoppers along the purchase path, we spoke to the accessibility experts working at digital-first marketing and advertising services company Media.Monks.

What digital approaches/tools can brands and retailers employ to help these shoppers prepare for their real world shopping trip?

Like with other aspects of accessibility, tools designed to help disabled and neurodivergent shoppers will benefit all customers.

Some forms of neurodivergence cause the people experiencing it to get easily overwhelmed when presented with a lot of new information at the same time. This can be compounded if that information isn’t organized in a way that makes sense to them. Likewise, people with vision or mobility impairments do not often have the luxury of being able to wander around a store until they find what they’re looking for.

Tools that give customers advanced opportunities to learn the layout of a store, understand how products are organized, and know if what they need is in stock can have a huge impact on their confidence and ability to navigate your retail environment. Also the ability to ask for assistance ahead of time, and have store employees prepared to help when they arrive could mean the difference between someone with assistive needs feeling comfortable and valued as a customer, or leaving empty-handed and going elsewhere.

What key ways can retailers provide when these shoppers enter a store?

Offering shoppers the same tools to prepare for their trip as they enter the store helps to make sure those tools are more available and accessible to everyone. Supplementing them with things like augmented reality-assisted in-store wayfinding and product identification, and even helping them chart a path through the store based on their shopping lists helps customers of all abilities even more. 

When we talk about disability, there is a big range of different needs that the shopper could have. It is important to give shoppers the option to have both support or indepence. If you give people the ability to request help from specific locations within the store, it means that they can get help on their own terms when they need it, and keep their independence the rest of the time if they want it. 

What ways can consumer goods companies help shoppers in-aisle, when considering a product choice?

There are some great opportunities to innovate on the retail experience in ways that also benefit accessibility and ease of shopping for disabled and neurodivergent folks. Using QR codes on shelves can help shoppers find and evaluate alternatives when something they’re looking for isn’t in stock. Finding a replacement in real-time can cause distress for some neurodivergent people who need extra time to make decisions and might not feel comfortable with sudden changes in plans. 

Shopping assistant apps can also be used in combination with QR codes to build a virtual cart that can be prepared and waiting for them at checkout, so that people with mobility disabilities don’t have to navigate the store with full baskets or carts. 

Tomas Severo is Head of QA at Jam3 division at Media.Monks; and Sam Haskin runs the Inclusive Marketing Practice Lead at Media.Monks.

Learn More in PSFK's New Report on Inclusive Tech

PSFK's report on Inclusive Technology in Retail will help iQ Members understand how companies optimize their spaces with assistive technologies, catering to the various needs of people with disabilities:

  • How companies are adapting their long-term. value-aligned goals to develop inclusive and accessible in-store experiences
  • What are the latest retail innovations across in-store assistive technologies
  • How retailers can remove potential shopping barriers for consumers with disabilities
  • How brands can leverage inclusive tech to deliver great customer experiences for people
  • How businesses are avoiding biases in technology to win future customers with inclusion, equity and accessibility
  • How mobile technology is leveraging voice recognition, learning preferences and accessible learning systems
  • A list of retail industry vendors providing inclusive tech
  • An interview with accessibility experts at digital-first marketing and advertising services company Media.Monks

Accessibility Inclusive Technology For Retail Report

Who Prepared The Report?

Our retail industry trends research paper has been developed by the same researchers and analysts who help the world's leading companies (inc. Nike, Google & Samsung) understand key drivers and activate powerful trends. PSFK researchers help companies that include Nike, Google & Samsung with their sector-leading market research platform and bespoke trends research and innovation consulting.