Amazon Go and the Future of Grocery Shopping

Amazon has been a leader in innovation when it comes to improving the shopping experience for the past two decades. Their improvements to the way we as consumers shop has led the industry – and they keep on improving the introduction of Amazon Go.

Amazon Go is essentially a grocery store with a catch – there are no check-out lines. There’s no need to wait in line for the next available cashier or finding something for entertainment while in line. You just walk in, pick up what you need, and leave. Amazon claims this is possible through new computer learning technology that charges you for whichever item you pick up and leave with. Once you leave, Amazon will charge your account what you picked up. This is the future of grocery stores.

Amazon’s commitment to customer service is unparalleled. This dedication to make shopping easy, comfortable, and fun is one of the reasons they are one of the top retailers in the world. They aim to provide the best shopping experience to their consumers. Like Amazon, The Matworks is also committed to providing the best products with the best customer service.

The Matworks and our wide range of products like our LVTs and entrance mats provide a first impression that is second to none. They can aid Amazon and their transition into physical stores by providing an appealing shopping experience.

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Consumers will feel more comfortable stepping onto one of our grocery mats. Our products can make the consumers want to come back to a place they feel is aesthetically pleasing as well as comfortable. Not only do they benefit the consumer, but the store as well by trapping in dirt and debris from the outside and being easy to clean. And with safety as another value that we uphold company-wide, our mats prevent slips and falls.

These Amazon Go stores will retain the same standards to customer service as their online storefront. This all starts with the floors. It is the first thing the consumer experiences in the store. A comfortable and attractive walking service will make the shopping experience that much better.

Amazon Go’s increasing interest and praise is a sign that the grocery store is far from dying, it’s at a resurgence. Things can only look up for the industry and The Matworks is catching this wave.

 
About The Matworks
The Matworks is a team of individuals with vast industry knowledge, committed to supporting the core values of its employees and customers. By taking a holistic approach, we are positioned to understand the needs, challenges and risks associated with all flooring solutions.

The Matworks offers 50 years of expertise combined with the dexterity to be entrepreneurial, we are more than a flooring company – we are risk managers, business advisors and partners in your success. Our comprehensive flooring solutions are designed to meet the unique needs of each of our customers.

Anti-fatigue mats can increase productivity and decrease costs

According to recent studies, sitting for too long has been correlated to “increased the risk of heart disease, diabetes, cancer and even death,” according to Medical News Today. In order to counteract these adverse effects, office workers have turned to standing desks. Researchers claim that not only do standing desks decrease the risks of sitting for too long, but they also “increase your energy levels, alertness and productivity” by improving blood circulation and increasing oxygen to the brain.

In July 2016, researchers at Texas A&M Health Science Center School of Public Health found that workers using standing desks were 46% more productive than their seated counterparts. “The researchers hypothesized the productivity levels may have improved due to reduced body discomfort, enhanced cognitive function from physiological changes or a combination of these two factors” reports Orthotics and Prosthetics News. Clearly, increased productivity benefits any business but that is not where the benefits to the employee or the business end.

Many other health benefits have been discovered such as increased calorie expenditure, benefits to one’s metabolism and improvement in blood sugar and cholesterol levels. These benefits were echoed by Dr. Genevieve Healy, senior research fellow at the School of Public Health, The University of Queensland, Australia, saying that “replacing two hours a day of sitting time with stepping was associated with an approximately 11% lower average BMI and a 7.5cm smaller average waist circumference. In addition, average blood sugar levels fell by approximately 11%”. Improved employee health benefits a business in the most simple way: by decreasing the costs of health insurance.

Anti-fatigue in labor intensive jobs

But if standing is so beneficial to our health, why don’t we stand all of the time? Cashiers, pharmacists, and manufacturing assembly workers are consistently complaining of back and feet pains resulting from standing for too long. A way that they have found to alleviate the stresses on their bodies is through anti-fatigue mats.

Product spotlight: Our Medallion Mat reduces stress and fatigue as a result of standing. With Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) top, the mat is allergen free and anti-microbial as well as oil, grease and chemical resistant. Perfect for cashiers and manufacturing assembly workers, Medallion Mat has a low profile to prevent tripping and is easily maintained.

Product spotlight: Our Pharma Eze Mat has a unique two-piece construction that combines increased bounce and resiliency with unparalleled durability making it ideal for pharmacists who stand on their feet all day. It’s made of 80% recycled rubber and comes with a 5-year limited warranty.

Anti-fatigue in office jobs

Those who can’t perform their job sitting have found a way to alleviate the strains of standing. Standing too much causes aches in pains in our feet while sitting too much leads to bad posture and back discomfort. Researchers advise office workers to find the appropriate balance. Standing just a couple of hours per day can yield significant improvements. In order to avoid suffering from problems related to standing up too long, office workers should couple their sit-stand desk with anti-fatigue mats.

Product spotlight: Preference Eze has triple resilient foam backing for anti-fatigue purposes. With its durable carpet top, Preference Eze blends in to an office seamlessly.

There is clearly a lot of research left to be done but one thing is clear: our sedimentary life is starting to have adverse benefits on our health. Take a proactive approach by implementing sit-stand desks and anti-fatigue flooring in the office environment. Step into a more balanced life with our anti-fatigue mats.

About The Matworks

The Matworks is a team of individuals with vast industry knowledge, committed to supporting the core values of its employees and customers. By taking a holistic approach, we are positioned to understand the needs, challenges and risks associated with all flooring solutions.

The Matworks offers more than four decades of expertise combined with the dexterity to be entrepreneurial, we are more than a flooring company – we are risk managers, business advisors and partners in your success. Our comprehensive flooring solutions are designed to meet the unique needs of each of our customers.