In Amsterdam, hotel lets guests order high street fashion to their room

In the case of a wardrobe emergency, a few retailers have begun to offer rapid delivery of staple items, such as London-based Thomas Pink's 90-minute Delivery of white shirts. But it’s much more difficult to find similar services while abroad in a city you don’t know. The Dylan hotel in Amsterdam has now launched its own service called Room Shopping, which lets guests source products from the local 9 straatjes district and get them delivered to their room in under an hour. READ MORE…

Handmade and personalized products, on demand

More and more consumers are shunning cookie-cutter products that come straight off the conveyor belt in favor of unique, personalized and crafted goods, something that has spurred the success of marketplaces such as Etsy. For consumers who don’t have the skills or time to bring a particular product idea into life, Dutch startup Made by Guru is now enabling consumers to place requests for handmade goods from skilled craftspeople. READ MORE…

Shelfie could put an end to ‘out of stock’ items

One of the most annoying aspects of grocery shopping for consumers is arriving at the store to find the items they wan’t are sold out. There’s typically nothing supermarkets can do about it at the time, but now Shelfie is giving customers rewards for tracking empty shelves, delivering the data to stores to help them avoid stock defecits. READ MORE…

Portable, wireless cash register is designed for informal economies

Running a business in environments such as Africa is a completely different challenge than in the Western world thanks to lack of access to electricity and unreliable internet infrastructure. In the past we’ve seen portable devices such as the eChaja enable anyone to sell phone charging facilities wherever they are. Now Nomanini has created a rugged point-of-sale register that can facilitate cash payments for airtime, electricity and insurance. READ MORE…

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…