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Japan has the first coffee shop with laser cutter

18 March 2012

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In Japan a new sort of coffee shop is generating a little buzz among designers. The coffee shop named Fab café is an idea of Digital media production company Loftwork to collaborate with a network of designers. The word ‘fab’ means fabulous or fabrication but might also refer to the famous Fablab, a place where you have access to tools for digital fabrication.

The new caffeine hang out will house a state of the art laser cutter, which, for a fee, everyone can use. All you need to bring is an adobe illustrator vector file, which you plug in to the cutter that does the work in paper, felt, acrylic, wood and other materials.

I consider Fab cafe as another great example of a smart collaboration but even more an example of the rise of in-store production. Hopefully this will also stimulate parties like Ponoko or Fab lab to start their own (off-line) retail adventure. For these companies joining forces with a place where a lot of creatives are hanging out can be a smart and easy move to connect with them.

Source Spoon tamago

News Analysis – Online brands are coming to a high street near you | News | Design Week

14 February 2012

click here for the article

H&M and “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” cross-promote brands at pop-up store

8 January 2012

Brands have teamed up with famous individual designers or other brands for a while now, but Swedish retailer H&M taken this trend a step further by developing a clothing line for the book and movie Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. The line was launched with a pop-up shop in the Meatpacking district in NYC, open only from December 14th to the 18th, 2011. This cross-promotion also refers back to the brands’ Swedish origins and celebrates a cultural path with an unconventional theme and attitude. Integrating brands and cultural events is a promising trend that benefits everyone involved, and is ideal for customers who are open to identifying with popular characters or social movements. We fully expect to see more of these cross-promotional activities as brands look to integrate themselves further into their customers’ lifestyle.

via Trendpool » Promoting Brands with Popular Culture.

Retail trends in 2012: Let the Blur Begin part 2

5 January 2012

I really love the list of 12 things to watch out for in 2012 by marketing agency Idea works shown in the last message. So I thought it would be nice to illustrate it by a slide show with examples.

Many are interpretations of what I think suits the point others are already being mentioned by Idea works.

For the the list and explanation of all points click here

Retail trends in 2012: Let the Blur Begin

2 January 2012

The blog New Retail by marketing agency Idea works published its predictions for 2012. They see an overall trend that blurs and blends everything in retail. The psychical worlds with the digital, manufacturers are becoming retailers or vice versa and global players transform to local heroes. In a list they define 3 key trends and 12 things to watch.

  1. Digitization
  2. Globalization
  3. Polarization

Amongst these three key trends, they  picked out 12 things to watch out for in 2012.

  1. The Rise of SoMoLo (SoLoMo)
  2. The Growth of Retail Hackers
  3. Small Time is Back Big
  4. Putting the Squeeze on Prices
  5. The Treasure Hunt is On
  6. Mashops and Digitail
  7. Responsible Retail
  8. Digital Wallets Take Off
  9. Store as Hang out
  10. Pop Ups Mash Up
  11. Anti Mall
  12. Click & Collect

For the explanation of all points click here

Bruce Nussbaum talks about his new book

1 January 2012

Starbucks building up-cycled shipping container store

13 December 2011

Starbucks seems to enter a new stage in their recycle design experiments. In the company’s hometown Seattle the coffee chain is opening its’ first store made of used shipping containers. The containers are actually the discarded ones being used to import tea and coffee.

In the New York Times Starbucks says that the eco-friendly concept may lead to more shipping container stores, but keeps the possibility open that it can also be a one of a kind experiment. The store is drive-up and walk-up only with no space to lounge inside. Just another experiment that makes the brand, that almost felt victim to blandness, interesting again.

via Seattle PI

The past the present and the future of retail

29 November 2011

My stats show me that people are always very interested in predictions of the future. Thinking about the future is significant, but bare in mind that our capability to think about it is limited by our knowledge of today. Disruptions in technology and culture can make a prediction of the near future totally ridiculous or very old fashioned in retrospect.

The Internet is a recent example that changed retail in ways we never expected and not long ago thought impossible. Mobile is already doing the same in a very short time. And if the technology is in some sort of way quite accurate than cultural and social changes makes the prediction almost comical or satiric.

Culture but also economy and politics are the other big driving forces of change that can be so unpredictable. The (spending) power of women, global migration and recently the economical crisis’s are generators or catalyser of change.

I gathered some cool, funny and remarkable examples of predictions about retail from the past. Some are almost spot on, others are falls or completely ridiculous.

Stunning prediction of on line shopping but in the future classic role models are still going strong in household according this short film.

This high tech department store from the 80’s wasn’t promoted because of the  Technophobia in this decade.

“On-line shopping isn’t possible!”  Was one of the opinions back in the 80’s of last century.

Adidas secret pop up store

24 September 2011

What to do if the temporariness of pop up is losing its exclusivity? You take this, ones super hip now uber mainstream phenomenon, more select. No better you make it SECRET. Sports giant Adidas has recently come up with a brilliant sales strategy that sparks a new incentive.

Adidas will launch 6 pop-up stores that are open only for a short time in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The invitations with the opening dates and venues are spread via social networking sites to a select group of people. The urban style stores of 40 to 90 sqm large are furnished with super simple steel tubes furniture. This allowed it to be put up within one day on site with one hex key. Its quick instalation makes the surprise even bigger!

via Behance

Strange, interesting and all about retail trends

6 September 2011

Hello again! It were hectic weeks for me, so I took it easy on the blogging. I made it myself comfortable by only tweeted the things I found interesting. But I know I can’t wait to long with posting some new stuff. Before you know it you’re forgotten. So here is a new post. This time it is not something hot and new. I decided to make a compilation of pictures I collected in the last 12 months. Some photos caught my eye, others reflect tendencies in branding and design but above all they are all about retail.


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