Sunday, March 31, 2013

Eco-minded retail concepts

Credit: Unpacked
Unpackaged was founded in 2006 by Catherine Conway in the belief that there is a better way to sell products, so our customers can do the right thing – for themselves and for the environment. Catherine set up Unpackaged because she wanted to refill her groceries using her own containers. The dream was to set up a beautiful shop that made it really easy for customers to come & refill all their daily essentials. The Islington shop opened in November 2007.

Credit: Beyond Retro
Beyond Retro offers the leading selection of handpicked vintage clothing to style conscious shoppers. Beyond Retro is originally from London, the chain opened its first store on Cheshire Street in east London 2002. In the autumn of 2011 Beyond Retro opened the its largest store in Dalston, USA.
Beyond Retro Sweden has three stores in Stockholm and one store in Gothenburg. The first store opened at Södermalm, Stockholm in 2005.

Credit: Lush
Lush is a cosmetics company headquartered in Poole, Dorset in the United Kingdom. The company was founded by Mark and Mo Constantine and opened the first store in Poole under the name Cosmetic House Limited in 1994. The current name Lush was adopted in 1995. Lush has now 830 stores in 51 countries. Lush produces and sells a variety of handmade products, including soaps, shower gels, shampoos and hair conditioners, bath bombs, bubble bars, hand and body lotions and face masks. Lush uses fruit and vegetables, essential oils, synthetic ingredients, honey and beeswax in their products. In addition to not using animal fats in their products, they are also against animal testing and perform tests with volunteers instead.

Credit: Whole Foods Market
Whole Foods Market is a publicly traded foods supermarket chain based in Austin, Texas which emphasizes "natural and organic products." The company has been ranked among the most socially responsible businesses and placed fourth on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's list of Top 25 Green Power Partners. The company aims to set the standards of excellence for food retailers. High standards permeate all aspects of the  company and quality is a state of mind at Whole Foods Market.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Trendspotting from JWT

The eighth annual “10 Trends Report” from JWT Intelligence, one of the world's best-known marketing communications agency, forecasts the following 10 trends that might drive consumer behavior in the coming year and beyond. These trends are: 
  • Play As a Competitive Advantage
  • The Super Stress Era
  • Intelligent Objects
  • Predictive Personalization
  • The Mobile Fingerprint
  • Sensory Explosion
  • Everything Is Retail
  • Peer Power
  • Going Private in Public
  • Health & Happiness: Hand in Hand

Check out the video below and find out what JWT expects in store for 2013. 

Sunday, March 24, 2013

50 Quadcopter Dance Ensemble

Credit: AEC
The Quadcopter Dance Ensemble is the hottest international sensation in professional event & show business. It’s a swarm of up to 50 LED-equipped quadcopters that fly in formation and perform cool feats of airborne choreography. The accompanying lighting and sound effects create an extraordinary aesthetic experience. The Quadcopter Dance Ensemble was one of the featured attractions at the 2012 voestalpine Klangwolke. An audience of 90,000+ gathered along the Danube in Linz to witness a world record: the first outdoor flight by a formation of 50 quadcopters. The Quadcopter Dance Ensemble can be booked for shows, product presentations and events. Check out the video below for a demo show. 

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Robotic retailing concept for super easy men's shopping

Hointer, a new venture by former executive Nadia Shouraboura, relies on robotics and a smartphone app to sell more than 150 styles of men’s jeans. Designer jeans hang from metal racks attached to the ceiling, their QR code tags easily accessible. Shoppers use smartphones to scan what they like, and a robotic system in the back delivers items to their dressing rooms, where they can then send for different sizes and colors via the Internet. Check out the video below for a demo. 

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Consumption and happiness in Sweden

According to the Consumption report 2012, published by Centre for Consumer Science at School of Business, Economics and Law, University of Gothenburg, there is a correlation between happiness and consumption. The more a person consumes, the happier he or she will become. Based on analysis of the Swedish households’ expenditures in 2011 the report shows that there is a correlation between the individual’s subjective well-being and his or her level of consumption, whether we understand this happiness as real or not. Above all there are three forms of consumption that contribute to happiness: experiential consumption (e.g. air journeys), pro-social consumption (e.g. gifts and charity) and finally food consumption.

The Swedish households had expenditures of SEK 1620 billions in 2011. The households’ expenditures increased with 2.2 percent compared to 2010 and increased 26 percent compared to 2001.

•Expenditure groups that increased the most between 2001 and 2011 were: communication services (+102%), purchases by non-resident households in Sweden (+73%), furnishings, household equipment and routine maintenance of the house (+ 64%), leisure time and culture (+58%), clothing and footwear (+42%).

Multi-sensor communication

The First Digital Olfaction Society World Congress 2013 will be held in Berlin in April 11-12, 2013 and will aim to open up toward a subject with large scientific and industrial potential, called the olfaction digital science.

Digitizing smells is a new complex concept with the goal to transfer any odorous source into a digital media.

Japanese company Chaku Perfume is developing a new communication service calles "Chat Perf", which can transmit smells via Internet.