Do consumers or retailers really need a Shoeboxx?
Shoeboxx is a well-intended attempt to create a digital database of all your receipts. No more dicking about with shoeboxes (aha!) full of paper come tax return day - they're all there, dated and cross-referenced in an online account. Wouldn't that be smashing? Of course it would, which is why it's never going to work.
The plan would be for consumers to carry a Shoeboxx card with them (it's gone wrong all ready) that can be swiped at the checkout of any retailer (and it's all over). The receipt is then sent to the customer's account (the likes of Apple stores already do something similar). The service would be free to retailers and consumers, and Shoeboxx would make their money by charging for enhanced services, such as tools that allow companies to use it for expenses.
You already know why it won't work; the technology has to be implemented in the majority of retailers otherwise it's pointless. Retailers won't clutter the checkouts with extra hardware or burden the staff with yet another process which complicates and lengthens the sales procedure unless there's significant public demand. But the public won't embrace the card unless it can be used in the majority of retailers, and so on and so forth.
The idea is a great one, but since most of us use plastic for the purchase we need receipts for, it could be better managed by an online service that aggregates statements direct from your debit and credit card accounts, that wouldn't need any physical hardware or additional plastic in your wallet.
Sorry Shoeboxx, we just don't see it happening.