12 Examples of Inspiring Retail Innovation

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The way we shop has become a melting pot of digital and analog touch points. Context and mobility now define modern shopping. Retailers must meet a new standard in experience design if they are to avoid becoming the next Blockbuster or Barnes & Noble.

Some retailers are perfecting the customer experience and transforming old and tired marketplaces. Others are creating exciting new products that use data as a starting point. The biggest revolution is coming from companies tackling big scaleable issues such as payment and distribution.

Let’s find inspiration in 12 different approaches to retail. Read more.

3 Inspiring Spaces for Creative Innovation

Space plays a big role in setting the conditions for creativity. Go to a successful design studio or innovation Lab and you’ll common success factors: friendly people, handpicked music and healthy food.

The biggest factor in defining a creative innovation space is designing to the new modalities of the Knowledge Worker. According to heavyweight Architectural design firm Gensler:
1. Focus
2. Learn
3. Social
4. Collaborate

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You can read their most recent report here.

Here are 3 workplaces that that exemplify these modalities:

IKEA Space 10 Innovation Lab

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Space10 is a future-living lab and exhibition space in the heart of Copenhagen. This is where IKEA go to image the future of living.

Idea Box at Main Library

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Idea Box, located just inside the Main Library entrance, is a dedicated 19’ x 13’ space that each month provides a new and dynamic participatory community experience. Visitors are encouraged to learn through tinkering, fun, experimentation and play.

Capital One Labs

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The Capital One Lab is a place where experimentation happens. They move like a start-up accelerator within a big financial services firm. They’re hoping to redefine the way people interact with their money. You’ll find them in DC, NY, and SF.

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Why Athleisure is Taking Over the World

First it was sneakers, then yoga pants, now Dress Pant Sweatpants. It feels like everywhere you turn you see people embracing Athleisure fashion.

Athleisure is the intersection of gym gear and lifestyle fashion. A place where modern fabrics and active lifestyles blend into other areas of life. A movement lead by the iconic yoga pants of Lululemon.

We are at the beginning of something way bigger than a fashion trend. We’re experiencing a cultural and societal shift that will firmly cement Athleisure at the heart of modern fashion.

5 Reasons Why Athleisure is Taking Over the World

  1. Millennials love Athleisure. They happen to be the biggest segment of the US population and have a higher rate of gym membership than any other demographic in the US.
  2. Athleisure unlocks an active lifestyle. You can save time by skipping the dressing room and get straight into your exercise.
  3. Athleisure is comfortable. Modern fabrics such Rayon and Polyester allow clothes to breath, to adapt and move with the body.
  4. Technology inspires to get moving. We have a plethora of wearables like Fitbit and sports apps like Strava to keep pushing us to be active.
  5. The world is getting healthier. With smoking and soda water in decline in the US – there’s a global trend towards wellness. Who knew Kale could be this popular?

Need more proof?

Check out the increase in people typing “athleisure” into Google.