What QR Code – It’s All About Snapping Photos – James Melendez

In 2011, I wrote an article and recorded a video on QR Code in 2011 and I thought this was a breakthrough in remembering wines, labels and brands.  I thought it was the way of the future.  Not to mention its look very futurie.  I thought people were going to zap the code and voilà – wines remembered.  And it turns it that is not what happened.

Why did this QR revolution not happen?

Here are the reasons–basically a perfect storm of non-movement:

  • There was really no great secret de-coder ring – no one really wanted to turn their phones into code or bar scanners
  • Wine brands for the most part didn’t adopt the QR code
  • Other consumer categories–no one else adopted the QR code for other product lines/categories
  • Instagram – everyone wants to post picture of the object they like, have found or share their ‘social pizza’ slice as they are (not as an abstract symbol)

I was visiting a larger wine retailer in the Bay Area recently and I was fascinating how many people were snapping photos of wine bottles.  Either to recall what they might want to purchase in the future or perhaps ask some a question about the wine they photoed.

I counted the number of customers and the number of people snapping photos and it was 50% — and it was on a busy Saturday.

I was delighted that beyond myself I am not the only wine consumer that snaps photos of wine labels at wine retailers.  I do this because of either outstanding label design or I want to remember to purchase in the future.

While I do think the QR code will not come back in any meaningful way; there will be a technology that is probably either developed or being developed to take both photos and coded with metadata.  The metadata will help to pair the object being photographed with a large array of identifying information.

I was gung-ho for the QR but users wanted the simplest way to communicate or record the object they want to remember versus a treasure trove of data.   The future though is a race of competing technologies and I believe that the most ideal are not always utilised hence alternatives and even fashionable ways of communicating can supersede a technology–social media is dense with both video and photo and abstract looking codes are not desirable.

The one successful code not just on wine bottles is the bar code–though for a commercial purpose it has been used consistently from the 1970s to the present.  Let’s see if there is a need for something beyond photos and scanner codes in the future.



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About James Melendez

II love wine and business. I am obsessed with the subject, the art, the history, the sciences, organization management, and making things less complex I have been a former national wine marketing manager for a large off-premise food and wine retailer (280+ retail locations in 30 US States); the love for wine taught me the good practice of using the best methodologies to right side a business which unto itself is complex. Further complexity is wine. Wine simple to enjoy and yet profoundly complex because of many factors: Many grape varieties States of wine: sparkling, still and fortified wines Vintage Blends Regions/AVAs/DOCs etc. Many producer styles Many producers Limited supply Limited and often restricted distribution My experience is still a lot of intimidation with respect to wine. Wine means many things to many people; status, fear, success, ‘you’ve arrived’, enjoyment, good times, tradition and even ceremony. I have consulted with wine producers and association. I have spoken on Wine and Social Media, Wine and Video and The Business of Wine in conferences in the United States and Europe. Beer and spirits do have the same dynamics–there are many producers but compared to wine there is no other consumer product like it. I have been writing about since November 2006 on my site and I have over 2,890 wine videos on my YouTube channel talking about general wine subject matter as well as specific educational topics on wine and reviews. I have been a wine judge and have traveled to many wine countries in the new and old world. Wine has taken me to great places. Life is tough for most of us and it is nice to celebrate life with those near and even far. What wine is really about is sitting around a table with family and friends raising your wine glass and saying—to life! I love to write about travel, food, technology and business–please subscribe! Salute, *** A plethora of wine reviews from wines regions around the world. Read more of my wine reviews:jamesthewineguy.wordpress.com © 2020, 2018, 2017, 2010 James P. Melendez – All Rights Reserved.
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