In the video below, Erica van Herpen (my colleague at the Marketing and Consumer Behaviour Group) explains the advantages of doing research with the virtual supermarket. This simulated supermarket looks like a real supermarket with various shelves which display three-dimensional images of a wide range of products. As a consumer, you can walk through the aisles of the store and put products in your virtual shopping cart. The virtual supermarket allows us to easily manipulate various types of choice environments and promotion techniques. Interesting shopping patterns can be tracked, such as the time spent shopping or looking at a particular shelf, the number of products bought and the amount of money spent.