Product Discovery in Artisanal Retail; Exploring the Potential of Modernization through Technology in Retail

Palathingal, Stephen, School of Engineering and Applied Science, University of Virginia
Ku, Tsai-Hsuan, EN-Engineering and Society, University of Virginia
Sullivan, Kevin, EN-Comp Science Dept, University of Virginia
Skadron, Kevin, EN-Comp Science Dept, University of Virginia

The technical topic encompasses designing and layout of a development plan for a software platform that facilitates product discovery in the retail space. Our platform, Curate, will connect creators of handmade, artisanal goods with local small retailers to sell their unique goods in physical stores. Such creators will gain a brand-new avenue to sell their work, gain recognition, and minimize competition. On the flip side, smaller retailers receive personalized curated collections to increase customer traction for their stores. This relates closely to my STS prospectus, which will be exploring the potential effectiveness of digital technology for business models that traditionally operate in a non-technical fashion. In the prospectus I will also be exploring the relationship between local, retailers and their existing customer base, and how this might transform through various forms of tech modernization. Both the technical project and prospectus involve exploring an area of society that has been heavily impacted by COVID-19, which makes it especially relevant during current times.

BS (Bachelor of Science)
Artisan, Shopping, Modernization, Retail, Product Discovery, Technology

School of Engineering and Applied Science
Bachelor of Science in Computer Science
Technical Advisor: Kevin Sullivan, Kevin Skadron
STS Advisor: Tsai-Hsuan Ku
Technical Team Members: Stephen Palathingal, Shubhi Maheshwari, Deepak Goel

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