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Added 17 October, 2017

Ada Diamonds has opened the world's first jewelry showroom exclusively dedicated to laboratory-created diamonds. The by-appointment showroom offers San Francisco residents a modern marriage of technology, craftsmanship, and sustainable luxury: bespoke, made-to-order lab diamond jewelry. Established in 2015, Silicon Valley based Ada Diamonds...

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Added 16 October, 2017

Target launches drive up service – for days when you don’t want to leave the car. Here’s how it works: After placing an order in the Target app and selecting “Drive Up,” Target will notify guests when the order is ready to be picked up. Guests hit the “I’m on My Way” button when they are en route to their store. They pull into designated...

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Added 7 October, 2017

US-based Target stores are the largest group yet to offer indoor maps to help shoppers find goods. The stores' app includes store maps and aisle finder functionality. It can track your location and show you deals, enabled through the use bluetooth beacons. Target is updating all stores with new, energy-efficient LED lighting, and will be...

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Added 5 October, 2017

Starbucks is implementing artificial intelligence to predict what customers want even before they know they want it.
Officially called the Digital Flywheel program, the AI links up with Starbucks Rewards members' accounts and uses what is certain to be a combination of very complex algorithms, siren-based sorcery, and customers'...

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Added 5 October, 2017

Eliminating the need for one of the most painstaking, time-consuming and relatively expensive processes, Lensabl makes lenses for any pair of glasses you own. Unlike other online spectacle and sunglasses retailers, there are no frames for sale here. This isn't a style company—it's a technologically-driven organization aimed at meeting a need...

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Added 2 October, 2017

UK retailer John Lewis is one of the first to trial 360 degree Facebook ads that enable shoppers to fully check out select goods from every angle. It then directs users to the company website for purchase with one click. The ad is pieced together from video footage. According to Facebook’s research, 51% of users people say they’re excited that...

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Added 26 September, 2017

Finger print payments are already used widely at stores in Poland, Turkey and Japan. Now a UK supermarket has become the first in the world to let shoppers pay for groceries using just the veins in their fingertips, a more secure technology. Customers at the Costcutter store, at Brunel University in London, can now pay using their unique vein...

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Added 25 September, 2017

Home goods company Williams Sonoma will start accepting Venmo, the app that users link to their bank account or credit card in order to send money to their friends and family, as a form of payment for items on bridal registries. Williams Sonoma hopes the new program will help the company appeal to a younger customer base that is accustomed to...

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Added 19 September, 2017

Nike Makers’ Experience, an advanced digital tool debuting in the brand's New York City flagship store, begins with a series of graphic options, generated from either Nike heritage or on-the-spot phrases, which can then be customized into patterns through shifts to size and color. Customers can make one-of-a-kind versions of the Nike Presto X...

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Added 19 September, 2017

Ikea announced the launch of "the world’s first" AR shopping app, called Ikea Place. ”We are reinventing furniture shopping. Physical and digital worlds are now meeting in a new and natural way. [Ikea Place] will elevate the [shopping] experience and inspire our many customers, and make it easier for them to find exactly the right product,”...