By Mike Davin, online editor, Boating Industry — With the recent release of the Motorola Xoom and the Friday release of Apple’s highly anticipated iPad 2, what was a brand new type of computer a year ago is becoming more mainstream.
In the meantime, some clever retailers have figured out ways to use the hype surrounding the devices to draw attention to themselves, as well as test some novel uses for the tablets that may actually improve the retail experience.
“Everybody has something in development,” Ken Nisch, chairman of a retail design firm in Michigan, says in the article. “This is not going to be a novelty. It’s going to be a sea change in how retailers transact and interact with customers.”
There are all kinds of interesting applications for the devices. I’ve heard of restaurants using iPads as interactive wine lists — complete with links to descriptions and reviews, for those of us who are otherwise forced to say, “Well, it’s not the cheapest one on there, it must be pretty good.”
The question is, have marine retailers yet figured out ways to leverage the new technology to their advantage? There would seem to be some obvious uses — Want to see a list of our used inventory? Here you go. Want more specs on this model? Just click here.
I’m sure there are more creative ideas than those, however. If anyone’s thought of any, feel free to share below, or shoot me an e-mail with your idea for a possible future story.