Marsh Supermarkets and inMarket today are announcing the launch of a new iBeacon platform throughout Marsh’s 75 supermarket locations that will enable Apple Watch users to receive interactive alerts and other content on their devices based on their proximity to Marsh’s beacons. The program is the first integration of iBeacon technology with Apple’s wearable product, which is expected to launch to the public in the next several months.
“iBeacons have created new ways to connect with mobile shoppers in the store, and inMarket allows us to reach many of our shoppers through the apps they love and use everyday,” said Amit Bhardwaj, Senior Director of Customer Loyalty, Marsh Supermarkets. “Now with wearable integration, shoppers who use Apple Watch will enjoy the same digitally-augmented, real-world shopping experience.”
Marsh and inMarket are working together to develop a platform that will initially include Marsh’s own app and inMarket’s List Ease app, with other apps likely to quickly follow. As envisioned, inMarket’s beacons in Marsh stores will be able to trigger alerts such as shopping lists, ads, and other content for customers who use Marsh’s mobile app or one of the apps that incorporate inMarket’s Proximity SDK.
Customers who opt into the program could receive offers, recipes, and other alerts on their mobile devices as they walk through the grocery store, and the system will automatically extend to the Apple Watch on day one as the apps are updated to add support for the device.
Marsh may be the first to extend Apple’s iBeacon capabilities to the Apple Watch, but it isn’t the first to adopt the location-based technology. Retailer Macy’s, Virgin Atlantic airlines and Major League Baseball are among the early adopters that rolled out iBeacons in their respective venues.