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Added 30 September, 2019

Androgyny has found its space on the toy aisle. Mattel has officially launched the world’s first line of gender-neutral dolls, marketed as Creatable World. Promising to make “doll play more inclusive,” Mattel offers a kit that lets kids make a doll that’s male, female, or neither. “In our world, dolls are as limitless as the kids who play with...

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Added 23 July, 2019

The traditional method of buying spare parts from mechanics is slowly changing as more and more people are getting spare parts themselves online. In the United States, online sales of new auto parts and accessories will grow about 16% and reach $12.3 billion this year, according to an analysis conducted by Hedges & Co., an automotive...

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Added 27 June, 2019

An expected drop in Chinese tourism to the United States won’t just impact hotels and restaurants. In fact retail may take the biggest hit. Within the realm of tourism, the trade war between the United States and China is likely to have a significant impact on luxury retail. And yes, luxury retail is a major player in the tourism industry....

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Added 26 June, 2019

Domino's Pizza, the largest pizza company in the world, and Nuro, a robotics company, are partnering on autonomous pizza delivery using a custom unmanned vehicle known as the R2. The Domino's fleet will serve select Houston Domino's customers who place orders online. Once they have opted in, customers can track the vehicle via the Domino's app...

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Added 25 June, 2019

SK-II, global prestige skincare brand, is partnering with Soul Machines, a company re-imagining how humans connect with machines, to create the world’s first autonomously animated digital influencer: YUMI. As SK-II’s first digital brand face, YUMI is part of SK-II’s ongoing transformation to connect with a new generation of consumers. Using...

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Added 24 June, 2019

Emirates has fired the first salvo in the unbundling of business class fares. Now you can buy just the seat, with none of the other trimmings that travelers are used to with top-tier carriers. Dubbed “special fares,” customers are essentially just buying the seat. There’s no lounge access (unless you qualify with status), there’s no chauffeur-...

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Added 20 June, 2019

Luxury e-commerce platform, YOOX is launching YOOXMIRROR, an in-app feature that acts as a discovery tool for users to explore new looks through a virtual avatar, Daisy.

On the app’s homepage, users can view nine fashion stories laid out in a similar style to Instagram Stories, divided into themes such as “Join the party” and “Check mate...

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Added 20 June, 2019

As consumers put more and more value on their time, it’s no surprise brick-and-mortar stores are increasingly relying on automation to speed up the shopping experience.

By 2021, Amazon Go plans to open 3,000 of its unmanned stores where customers will shop with no face-to-face interaction. It currently has three locations in Seattle, and...

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Added 26 May, 2019

Walmart wants in on the $70 billion-a-year pet industry. That means you’ll soon be able to pick up a party pack of Tostitos, a flat-screen TV, hand towels, and get your dog de-wormed while you shop at the world’s biggest retailer. The megastore announced plans to open 100 veterinary clinics in its stores within the next 12 months, adding to the...

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Added 23 May, 2019

While many governments around the world are debating the merits of banning plastic bags, pressure on corporations to take action against single-use plastic is rising. Leading the charge is Whole Foods in the USA, which announced that it will no longer distribute plastic straws to customers. The company also said that it would work to reduce the...