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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
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…
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…