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Your daily fix of new business ideas Springwise and its network of 17,000 spotters scan the globe for smart new business ideas, delivering instant inspiration to entrepreneurial minds. More at www.springwise.com
Micro beacon stickers turn any object into a smart one
GPS already helps smartphones make sense of the outdoor world, and devices such as iBeacons are enabling indoor spaces such as stores and homes to be connected to mobile devices. For example, San Francisco Airport recently installed beacons to help blind people navigate its Terminal 2. Now Estimote stickers are tiny adhesive beacons that can be attached to any surface to help unconnected objects interact with smartphones. READ MORE…
AR lets customers virtually preview furniture designs in store
Brick and mortar stores still have a few benefits over web retailers, with the biggest being the ability for customers to try out products in a way they can’t online. But they can’t even offer that bonus if the items aren’t currently in stock. We’ve already seen Poland’s A+D use augmented reality to trial store designs through lifesize projections. Now Vizera is leveraging AR to enable customers to virtually visualize products in a range of different designs. READ MORE…
Supermarket store is entirely powered by food waste
Supermarkets are one of the worst offenders for food waste — not only do their pricing structures encourage consumers to buy more than they need, but they also throw away perfectly edible goods if they don’t look aesthetically appealing or have gone past their sell by date. While the Department of Sanitation New York has recently introduced a scheme that uses the city’s leftover food to power homes, UK supermarket giant Sainsbury’s has now created the first outlet in the country to be powered solely through food waste. READ MORE…
Subscription service learns men’s favorite fragrances to find their perfect scent
Colognes can be an expensive purchase, yet it’s one typically made based on how they smell after being sprayed onto a bit of paper. While startups such as Concoction have aimed to make the buying experience more hands on by letting customers to mix their own toiletry products, a new service called Scent Trunk is enabling subscribers to sample different fragrances each month based on their previous likes and dislikes. READ MORE…
Store mannequins deliver fashion promotions direct to shoppers’ mobiles
Consumers are by now well used to online shopping and its benefits, and parts of the platform are now seeping into physical stores. In France, we’ve already seen on store install the Inspiration Corridor, using body scanning and touchscreen tech to drive in-store recommendations. Now a company called Iconeme is trialing a smart mannequin service in the UK, enabling the static models to send store info and shopping suggestions to customer smartphones. READ MORE…
Coffee stain? Menswear brand will deliver a fresh white shirt in under 90 mins
The idea of an emergency wardrobe service isn’t an especially new one — we recently wrote about the Closet S.O.S. campaign the Costa Rican branch of Forever 21, for example. However, these services are often aimed at women, but the fashion industry is increasingly moving towards the newly fashion-conscious male market and London-based tailor Thomas Pink’s 90-Minute Delivery service helps customers quickly replace a smart shirt in the case of an emergency. READ MORE…
Browser bookmarklet seamlessly adds recipe ingredients to online shopping carts
We’ve seen quite a few startups helping to make mealtimes easier by delivering all of the ingredients for a recipe to the door, most recently in the form of Forage, which selects meals from the menus of high-end restaurants. But for fussy eaters who prefer to choose their own meals, Popcart enables them to simply copy the ingredients from any online recipe and immediately get them delivered through FreshDirect. READ MORE…
Men’s tailoring service comes to the office
The men’s fashion market is one that’s growing at a much faster rate than the women’s, but this doesn’t mean the fundamentally lazy nature of men has changed. We’ve already seen Hointer use in-store QR codes to make jeans shopping less hassle for men, and now Singapore’s Edit Suits Co. is offering a service that will measure up tailored suits and shirts wherever the customer is. READ MORE…
Shopping outsourcing platform enables users to get cheaper international goods
There are some products that are either cheaper, or only available in other countries, and to import them often comes with hefty charges that cancel out any potential discounts. While subscription services such as Try The World have already enabled members to get their hands on products from exotic locations, now ShopandBox enables online shoppers to task those living abroad with gathering various foreign items and consolidating them into one delivery. READ MORE…
French hospital set to open wine bar for the terminally ill
Hospitals’ primary concern should be to provide adequate healthcare to the local community, but they shouldn’t underestimate the smaller things that can improve the patient experience. In the past we’ve seen Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospitalin Michigan set up it’s own organic food garden to improve the quality of the meals patients receive, and now France’s Clermont-Ferrand University Hospital is planning to open a wine bar to help terminally ill patients better enjoy their long-term stays. READ MORE…
App tracks product price drops with a simple screenshot
Consumers often come across items they’d like to buy, but don’t necessarily have the money for them right at that moment or feel they may be able to get a better deal elsewhere. Apps such as PowaTag have already enabled users to scan any real-world object and find an e-retailer to buy it from, and now SnapUp helps mobile shoppers automatically organize the online products they’re interested in with just a screenshot, and lets them know when they go on sale. READ MORE…
Subscription service lets online shoppers make unlimited item returns
Regular readers of Springwise will remember our recent coverage of JeansOnline, the Netherlands-based service that gives internet shoppers time to try clothes on when they’re delivered to save on return fees. Now Return Saver is hoping to tackle the same problem with its fixed-fee, annual subscription service that offers unlimited return shipping to any e-retailer. READ MORE…
Staffless coffee shop relies on customers to pay honestly
A cup of coffee can fluctuate in price, but customers can always expect to pay within the ball park of a few dollars. The low price means that cafés are ripe for experimentation with payment systems, and in the past we’ve seen La Petite Syrah Café in France charge customers more if they’re rude. Now The Vault in North Dakota is a staffless venue that gets customers to make their own coffee and show some honesty when paying. READ MORE…
In Japan, store sells secondhand booze
Passing on used goods is a time honored way to ensure that resources don’t get wasted, and Japan has plenty of secondhand stores. There’s even one in Tokyo calledPass The Baton, which attaches the story of the previous owner to each item. While such stores don’t typically accept food and drink items, LiquorOFF is now taking in and reselling donors’ unwanted spirits, beers and wines, helping consumers to save money on alcohol. READ MORE…
In Japan, store lets customers wear clothes for a day before paying
Buying new clothes online is always a hit and miss affair when it comes to sizing or fit, but even trying items on in a high street store sometimes isn’t long enough either. To ensure customers’ clothes are definitely right for them, Japan’s Fast Retailing Co has opened a store with its GU Fitting service, which enables visitors to take clothes away for an entire day before returning to give them back or pay. READ MORE…