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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…
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…
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…
Supermarket for poor families offers surplus branded goods at cut prices
There are many items that are produced, but don’t make it onto the shelves of supermarkets due to superficial damage, not meeting aesthetic standards or falling past their sell by dates. We’ve already seenThe Daily Table restaurant create cheap meals from expired, but still edible food, and now the UK has introduced its first Community Shop, a supermarket that sells discounted branded products that don’t meet high street chain standards to families receiving government welfare. READ MORE…
Credit card histories analyzed to offer personal deals
Various supermarkets in the US have already monitored shoppers’ in-store habits in order to offer personalized prices. Now, Bync is encouraging credit card owners to sync their bills so that the company can gain a better picture of how users spend their money and can offer deals at the places they like to shop. READ MORE…
Mobile app lets retail store shoppers skip the checkout lines
We’ve recently seen numerous innovations brought to bear on improving the in-store shopping experience, including scanners that require no barcodes and slower-paced checkout lanes for the elderly and disabled. One we hadn’t seen until just recently, however, is QThru, a mobile-enabled technology that lets shoppers skip the checkout lanes altogether. READ MORE…
Shopping app connects users with similar body dimensions
We’ve already seen an iPhone app that lets users shop by color, but recently we came across one that targets the shopping experience still further. Now gearing up for launch, BeauCoo is a mobile app that connects users with similar body dimensions and delivers a personalized feed of item, brand and store recommendations. READ MORE…
For every online shopper, a clothing size profile via webcam


A full 40 percent of the clothing purchased online ends up being returned, and most often the reason is that it doesn’t fit. That’s according to Berlin-based UPcload, which has devised a way to assess shoppers’ sizes via webcam before they buy. READ MORE…
 
Downloadable interface simplifies Android phones for elderly users

We’ve featured a number of simple phones in recent months that target consumer segments including seniors and the visually impaired. The latest example to catch our eye, however, isn’t actually a phone, but rather an extremely simple interface for Android devices. Now in beta, Threedom is a downloadable interface from UK-based Ribot that bills itself as “the simple, three-button phone.” READ MORE…
Madrid shopping centre offers a hotel for plants
A couple of months ago we saw SNCF embracing the brand butler trend by offering creches for the children of daily commuters. Now the Isla Azul shopping center in Madrid have proved they understand “serving is the  new selling” with their free full-board hotel service for plants,  providing love and attention while owners are on vacation. READ MORE…
Combined deliveries from small, local grocers


It was just a few short months ago that we covered the UK’s Beelocal grocery delivery service, and already we have occasion to cover yet another like-minded venture. Also in the UK, London-based Hubbub lets customers place online grocery orders with multiple local shops and receive a single, aggregated delivery to the door. READ MORE…
Speed-sale site gives shoppers four seconds to grab a bargain
It’s commonplace for “deal a day” sites to set a time limit on the  opportunities they present, but it’s safe to say that few go as far as  Swedish site Speedsale does. In  fact, visitors to Speedsale get just one fleeting chance to grab each  bargain on the site; once those four seconds have elapsed, the  opportunity is gone forever. READ MORE…