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Added 18 May, 2019

Google is introducing a new augmented reality technology for its mobile search engine that will allow customers to see 3D renderings of a number of visual product results. Users will also be able to place these into the real world through their phone cameras, using AR. According to the tech conglomerate, partners from the world of fashion, tech...

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Added 11 May, 2019

According to the Hiscox Online Art Trade Report, the online art market grew 9.8% in aggregate in 2018 to $4.64 billion. There are indications that current buyers are buying more online. The estimated average future growth rate for the online art market is 15% per year. Based on this growth trajectory, the online art market is expected to be...

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Added 11 May, 2019

For those who want to know exactly where their pizza is as it leaves the store, Domino's is testing GPS delivery driver tracking in 27 corporate-owned stores in the Phoenix, AZ area. If you order from one of the locations conducting the test can track the location of your order and delivery driver on a map displayed on the order confirmation...

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Added 7 May, 2019

It’s getting near-impossible to distinguish between human and AI-generated faces. Now, a Japanese AI company has proven that the models you follow on Instagram might no longer be who they seem one day. Kyoto-based DataGrid details that it has developed an AI that is able to create high-res, full-body images of fashion models from scratch. If...

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Added 2 May, 2019

H&M has launched a tool that lists all suppliers and factories attached to an individual product, giving consumers an unprecedented level of access and transparency to its supply chain. Available on all 47 local H&M websites, a ‘product sustainability’ button on individual product pages displays details on materials, as well as the...

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Added 24 April, 2019

One of the futures of retail is turning traditional shops into experiential environments. Now Washington, DC-based Take Care goes one trend further, combining a beauty shop with a wellness-oriented co-working space. In the shop, customers can browse and purchase organic, plant-based cosmetics, receive skincare consults and take classes in...

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Added 22 April, 2019

A company has finally become the first to start regular drone deliveries. Wing, which is an off-shoot of Google’s parent company Alphabet, has received approval from Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) to start deliveries and is making the service available in three suburbs of North Canberra. Users of the service can place orders...

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Added 16 April, 2019

Walmart is gearing up to deploy thousands of robots in its stores across the US. The retailer already features some robotic equipment in select stores, but this will mark a huge expansion of the program, adding autonomous floor cleaners, shelf scanners, rapid uploaders, and pickup towers. Walmart provided specific numbers for its planned...

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Added 15 March, 2019

Artificial intelligence might be better at reading the body language of a shoplifter than human employees can, as suggested by a surveillance technology adopted in Japan. Tokyo-based startup VAAK has developed an AI software called ‘Vaak Eye’, which claims to spot shoplifters before they’ve taken something from a store. It’s straight out of the...

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Added 9 March, 2019

MAC Cosmetics China has entered the ‘new retail‘ space with the launch of its experience center integrating both online and offline brand experiences. The center blends product discovery, social engagement and purchase into an immersive journey, making it one of the more sophisticated interactive retail experiences in the cosmetics category in...