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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
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…
In case of a fashion emergency, mobile wardrobe delivers new threads to any location
Whether it’s turning up to an event to find someone else is wearing the same outfit, or spilling a drink down a brand new dress, we’ve all experienced moments where a spare outfit would have been extremely helpful. While the Soho House hotel in London has previously offered an emergency wardrobe service for guests, a new Costa Rican campaign called Closet S.O.S. is delivering a mini store on wheels to anyone in need of a new outfit at the last minute. READ MORE…
Shopping bag encourages consumers to donate clothing each time they buy a new outfit
It’s often the case that a perfectly good item of clothing can sit at the back of the wardrobe even when its owner knows they’ll never wear it again. In the past we’ve seen campaigns to remind fashion fans of the out-of-style apparel they own and could give away to charity. Now Swedish label Uniforms for the Dedicated has introduced The Rag_Bag, a shopping bag that can be turned inside out to become an envelope to send old clothes to those who need them. READ MORE…
App lets consumers scan anything to instantly buy it online
In the past we’ve seen a few platforms that aim to make it easier to identify and buy products, whether it’s instantly shopping items in print magazines with Selectionnistand Prague’s Mall.cz, which leverages QR codes to turn its billboards into supermarkets. PowaTag is a new platform that combines many of these technologies into one system, enabling retail opportunities at almost any point of interaction between consumers and products. READ MORE…
In Portugal, The Walking Dead store makes customers pay with their own blood
Cash isn’t the only currency that stores can accept in return for their goods — in the past we’ve seen South Africa’s The Exchange let only customers who pledge to sign up as an organ donor walk away with its products. In a similar fashion, Portugal’s The Walking Dead Blood Store is now getting fans to give blood in order to win merchandise from the series. READ MORE…
Body-scanning touchscreen corridor offers digital recommendations in-store
It’s difficult for retailers to keep a consistent brand across both their online and offline stores when the two offer distinct experiences, but we have in the past seen attempts to combine physical and digital, such as Nordstrom‘s in-store promotions based on real-time Pinterest activity. Bringing the digital experience even more in line with brick and mortar shopping, France-based shopping center specialist Klépierre has now developed the Inspiration Corridor, a booth that uses body recognition, as well as purchase histories, to suggest items to consumers and help locate them. READ MORE…
Site lets consumers trade green behavior for eco products
In order to swap their typical routine for one that’s good for the environment, consumers often need motivation — a principle seen in schemes at venues such as theCharles Hotel in Massachusetts, which rewards guests for taking green transportation to get there. Now Recyclebank has launched One Twine, an online shop where members of its green rewards scheme can buy eco-friendly items with the points they’ve collected. READ MORE…
App creates wedding gift lists using Tinder-style accept and reject system
One of the prime reasons for the success of the dating app Tinder is its innovative ‘swipe left for no, right for yes’ system, which makes decision-making as easy as the brush of a digit. We’ve previously seen Hitlist use the model for its holiday recommendation engine, and now a new app from wedding registry platform Zola is also employing the swiping system to enable brides and grooms-to-be to easily and quickly fill up their gift lists. READ MORE…
Suit features integrated wearable payment
Cards offering contactless payments have arguably made retail transactions easier, but haven’t got rid of the wallet altogether. However, there are companies working hard on smarter ways to buy goods and services, such as Finland’s Uniqul, which is developing facial recognition-powered payments. The latest is the Power Suit, a piece of wearable tech that enables owners to pay with a swipe of their sleeve. READ MORE…
Shopping center introduces fast walking lanes for impatient consumers
Shopping centers attract a wide variety of consumers and facility managers have a hard time ensuring everyone is catered for. In the past, we’ve seen Finland’s K-citymarket introduce slow checkout lanes for elderly and disabled customers, and now Meadowhall shopping center in Sheffield, UK, has created fast and slow lanes to ensure customers aren’t held up by dawdlers. READ MORE…
Home washing machine is pay-per-use
Maintaining a home can often be an expensive pursuit, but there are companies using innovative pricing models to help property owners out. The Netherlands’ Uw Huismeester has already introduced a home caretaker service by subscription, and now a startup called Bundles is offering homeowners a free washing machine, instead enabling them to only pay for what they wash. READ MORE…