Retail University
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Are you an undergraduate or graduate student at a University in the U.S. with a great idea for a mobile application?  If so, then SAP wants to hear from you!  Students are asked to take a design thinking approach incorporating the SAP Mobile Platform to submit ideas for the Retail App Rumble.  Ideas must fall within the retail industry, and can be business or consumer focused.  For more information on these topics, please refer to the Useful Links.  For the Official Contest Rules, click here.  Students must use one of the challenges outlined below:

  • How can mobility allow retailers to increase in-store security?
  • How can mobility eliminate paperwork for retail store managers and associates?
  • How can mobility assist customers in finding a helper or an expert?
  • Apps that tackle other challenges will be accepted as long as they are relevant to the retail industry.*

Students can be any major, either undergraduate or graduate.  Teams are allowed up to 2 members.  Three finalist teams will have the opportunity to work with SAP developers to build out their application.  Students are asked to submit their ideas using the steps of design thinking:

  1. Empathize - Understand the problem at hand
  2. Define - Research the problem and the topic
  3. Ideate - Come up with ideas that leverage mobile technology and real time data to solve the problem
  4. Prototype - Come up with the design and functionality of the solution, using any medium (paper, PowerPoint, white boards, etc.)
  5. Test - Survey the idea among users and gather feedback. Be sure to take advantage of this platform's functionality when performing this step.  You must do this step before you complete your entry.

Students must outline these steps in a double spaced page paper that may be up to 5 pages.  This paper must include an overview of their Design Thinking process, and any major references and citations.  No cover page is necessary.  Additional mediums are also highly encouraged (video, interviews, digital story-telling, etc.).  Be creative!!  The sooner you submit your idea, the more feedback you are likely to receive. The final date to submit an idea is Wednesday, September 18th, but the week leading up to that is crucial for fine tuning.  Be sure to promote your idea for votes and feedback among your own social network.**

Students submissions will be judged using these criteria: desirability, feasibility, viability, creativity.  The finalists will be asked to work with SAP, iVedha and their Cloud Dynamics environment to build out their final mobile application.  These finalists will win an all expense paid trip to Dallas, Texas to compete in the final competition at the SAP Retail Forum!  The grand prize winning team of this competition will win 2 iPads, along with the opportunity to continue their engagement with SAP to build out their final application product.

 

*Relevancy will be evaluated by SAP Retail experts.

**Votes will not play an official role in the judging process, but helps to create buzz and solicit feedback for your idea submission.

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Jennifer Frank' Profile
Jennifer Frank commented on the idea "Venu "
most likely because of the time that it was submitted. If it was not submitted in time for anyone to review and provide feedback, then we just place it into the review process as is.
Oct 10 2013
Murali Joshi' Profile
Murali Joshi commented on the idea "Venu "
Hi, I just wanted to clarify if there was any reason our submission was marked "Under Review" versus the other submissions that were marked as "See Feedback".
Sep 20 2013
Afsheena' Profile
Afsheena commented on the idea "A shoplifters worst nightmare"
Is there a way that the app could reduce other processes for the business (e.g. paperwork)?:
In our write up we focused more on the mobile application and less on what the back end would actually entail. First, it would have the real time picture and video inbox, but it doesn’t have to end just there. These photos and videos could be merged with . . . more
Sep 18 2013
Mitchell Grewer' Profile
Mitchell Grewer commented on the idea "Buy the right product the first time and at a discount!"
Thanks for the feedback Ms. Frank! We have some great ideas as to how our app can improve many different aspects of the retailer's business process. Under the "Testing" section of our submission, we discussed how our app can improve Sales, Inventory Management and Sales and Operations Planning.
Sep 18 2013
Mitchell Grewer' Profile
Mitchell Grewer commented on the idea "Buy the right product the first time and at a discount!"
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Sep 18 2013
Jon Foose' Profile
Jon Foose commented on the idea "Shopping Cart Application"
Shopify is like the Magento of the mobile world. It aims to keep people shopping online whether it be from a pc or a mobile device. Our application on the other hand is about taking that same experience you get online and using it in physical retail locations.

While the business would use HANA to manage their inventory, they could leverage that . . . more
Sep 18 2013
Mina Guirguis' Profile
Mina Guirguis commented on the idea "Item Locator/Store Assistant "
I'm sorry I have attached my file when I submitted my application I don't know what happened. but I just fixed it
Sep 18 2013
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Mina Guirguis commented on the idea "Item Locator/Store Assistant "
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Sep 18 2013
Jennifer Frank' Profile
Jennifer Frank commented on the idea "Buy the right product the first time and at a discount!"
This is a really thought out idea and touches a ton of pain points currently faced by the retail industry. This would obviously enhance marketing, customer service, and sales for the retail industry. What kind of processes do you think it could improve for the business? Improved response time? Elimination of paperwork? Great idea!!!
Sep 18 2013
Jennifer Frank' Profile
Jennifer Frank commented on the idea "Shopping Cart Application"
good idea. How can you differentiate from other similar apps? (http://www.shopify.com/tour/mobile-commerce) i love the idea of eliminate receipts. How can it eliminate other paperwork for the business? Can SAP leverage products like HANA for the business side of this application? . . . more
Sep 18 2013
Jennifer Frank' Profile
Jennifer Frank commented on the idea "Item Locator/Store Assistant "
I don't see an attachment here. Can you make sure to include?
Sep 18 2013
Jennifer Frank' Profile
Jennifer Frank commented on the idea "A shoplifters worst nightmare"
I really love this idea and have never heard of anything like it. Is there a way that the app could reduce other processes for the business (e.g. paperwork)? Can this app connect to a back end system that sends to retailers home office for analysis? How could this reduce administrative costs? Could be a lot of value here!
Sep 18 2013
Jennifer Frank' Profile
Jennifer Frank commented on the idea "Locating Items and You"
I am always lost in the store, so I would love this. Make sure there are no SAP or non-SAP exists like this. If so, then how can your app differentiate - with breakthrough products like SAP HANA.
Sep 18 2013
Jennifer Frank' Profile
Jennifer Frank commented on the idea "DealCatcher"
I love this idea. Agree with Mitchell's comment as well. Make sure you take a look at competitors to make sure you are differentiating your app!
Sep 18 2013
Jennifer Frank' Profile
Jennifer Frank commented on the idea "OpenStall"
This is a great idea. Take a look at the SAP My Runway App to make sure that you are differentiating: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/my-runway/id542915023?mt=8
Sep 18 2013
Mitchell Grewer' Profile
Mitchell Grewer commented on the idea "DealCatcher"
Great entry!

Do you have a plan to gather all the competing retailer's information?

I definitely agree with your point that there is a lot of potential to capture the online market.
My local grocery store did recently start to offer online shopping and delivery!
http://www.meijer.com/s/grocery/_/N-3sa . . . more
Sep 17 2013
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