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Score: 8
This Month and Hot Top 5 Examples: 11,621 Total Clicks Date Range: Jul 16 - Mar 17
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Consumers look to new services that further simplify meal-prep
Implications - Looking beyond subscription services and home delivery, consumers are taking advantage of in-store and boutique services that expedite the meal preparation process and provide an opportunity for hands-on guidance. This progression highlights the expanded expectations facing contemporary grocers, as well as the interest in educational services that allow customers to take knowledge of the skill home with them in addition to a finished product. [More]
Score: 6.3
This Quarter and Mild Top 5 Examples: 3,572 Total Clicks Date Range: Aug 16 - Feb 17
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Consumers embrace a new world of artisanal beef
Implications - With many health-conscious consumers treating red meat as an indulgence with consumption limited to a few meals a week, a variety of independent brands are stepping up to offer an elevated butcher experience that also falls in line with the progression toward a mainstream artisanal food culture. This shift highlights the expectation of an authentic food shopping experience in order to denote high quality, as well as suggesting considerable consumer interest in both sustainable food solutions. [More]
Score: 6.5
This Year and Mild Top 4 Examples: 6,368 Total Clicks Date Range: Nov 15 - Dec 16
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Young creators collect around cultural community hubs
Implications - Taking inspiration from artist-in-residence programs and the popularity of coworking spaces, brands are creating interactive cultural incubators that serve to empower the next generation of creators by serving as a platform for production, collaboration and often, a means of broadcast. In addition to underlining the importance of accessibility in cultivating tangible creative skills, this progression also highlights the need for traditional institutions to incorporate elements of the sharing economy model in order to better serve the changing education styles. [More]
Score: 7.4
This Quarter and Hot Top 6 Examples: 5,082 Total Clicks Date Range: Sep 15 - Mar 17
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Retail tech innovations design a wholly convenient shopping experience
Implications - Beyond cashless payments and iBeacon systems, in-store tech innovations are emerging that challenge convention regarding all aspects of the shopping experience, in some cases even questioning the need for a point-of-sale interaction at all. In addition to highlighting the consumer focus on reclaiming time whenever possible, this progression speaks to the collective acceptance of the growing role of the Internet of Things in redefining experiences in spaces outside of the home and office spaces. [More]
Score: 7.5
This Year and Hot Top 4 Examples: 8,125 Total Clicks Date Range: Jun 15 - Dec 16
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Retail spaces blur the line between production and consumption
Implications - Blurring the line between production and consumption, retail brands are emerging with forward-thinking retail concepts that provide shoppers with an opportunity to engage with interactive elements that hint at the research and development of new products. In addition to providing brands with an opportunity for real-time feedback, such concepts highlight the continued progression of the consumer-brand relationship into the realm of symbiosis. [More]
Score: 6.6
This Year and Warm Top 6 Examples: 11,456 Total Clicks Date Range: Sep 15 - Nov 16
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High-tech retail displays provide interaction and context
Implications - Interactive, high-tech retail displays are being adopted by brands looking to increase engagement in-store. Offering cues on how products can be used, and information not provided on the product itself, this approach to display provides both an entertaining and informational experience for the modern shopper. [More]
Score: 6.7
This Year and Warm Top 5 Examples: 54,716 Total Clicks Date Range: Jun 15 - Oct 16
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Consumers plan meals using systems that avoid food waste
Implications - Consumers are embracing services that enable them to purchase ingredients portioned per recipe in order to avoid unnecessary food waste and that tap into the desire for hyper-convenience. This progression to recipe-restricted purchasing represents the desire for simplicity and curation, as well as the interest in living sustainably. [More]
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Score: 4.6
This Year and Mild Top 5 Examples: 8,406 Total Clicks Date Range: Mar 15 - Oct 16
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Fast, convenient spa services target the busy self-care seeker
Implications - As busy working consumers look to cram in time for self-care,many brands are making spa services especially accessible by offering them in-store, in-suite or via pop-up on a schedule that works around the standard nine-to-five. Linked to the desire for transformative experiences, this progression highlights the opportunity to connect with consumers by embedding services into regular parts of their day, such as lunch hour or the commute. [More]
Score: 6
This Year and Warm Top 5 Examples: 3,553 Total Clicks Date Range: Jul 16 - Oct 16
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At first elevated by exclusivity, tour merch is made readily available
Implications - As the obsession with tour merchandise continues, artists are creating extensive pop-ups and even partnering with traditional retailers in order to amp up distribution. In expanding the experience to include those not attending a particular event, such artists are providing fans with a means to communicate membership to a particular group in a meaningful, divergent way. [More]
Score: 5.4
This Year and Mild Top 5 Examples: 9,118 Total Clicks Date Range: Dec 15 - Jul 16
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Retail spaces adopt product-free aesthetics for minimalist appeal
Implications - As consumer preference for quality over quantity grows, retail stores are adapting their in-store settings to reflect that “less is more” mentality. Integrating product-free aesthetics that utilize minimalist décor and gallery-style layouts, retailers are relying less on product displays and concentrating more on an artistic visual experience. The turn toward more conceptual retail spaces speaks to the need to make the shopping experience into something unique, helping to make the purchasing process more memorable. [More]