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Top 100 Retail Trends of 2014

From Hashtag Currency Shops to Automated Grocery Stores

— January 1, 2015 — Business
With hyper niche services, flexible delivery systems and broader payment options, the most popular 2014 retail trends show a shift towards extreme customer convenience. Despite the popularity of online shopping, when visiting a brick-and-mortar location, most shoppers still have a phone in hand, which makes it easy for retailers to reach out with augmented reality experiences, or offer beacon technology to deliver relevant information in-store so that shopping is as hassle-free as possible.

Rather than a traditional transaction that involves the exchange of cash for goods, another trend in retail over the past year has been for brands to experiment with trading tweets, Instagram photos or even calories for merchandise, as in the case of Colun Light's fitness pop-up shop.

Trend Hunter's 2015 Trend Report provides a more in-depth look at emerging patterns in retail, business and marketing.
6.5
Score
Popularity
Activity
Freshness
99
Calorie Currency Shops
Calorie Currency Shops
The Colun Pop-Up Store Had People Burn Calories to Take Home Workout Gear
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98
Search Engine Retail Stores
Search Engine Retail Stores
Search For the Products You Want in The First-Ever Google Store
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97
Hotel-Jeweler Partnerships
Hotel-Jeweler Partnerships
The Mandarin Oriental New York Engaging Escape Creates an Event
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96
Price-Based Search Engines
Price-Based Search Engines
WannaSpend Suggests Gift Ideas That Match Your Budget to Save Time
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95
Consumer-Friendly Delivery Services
Consumer-Friendly Delivery Services
Parcel Tailors Package Deliveries to Shoppers' Schedules
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94
Space-Matchmaking Websites
Space-Matchmaking Websites
Spacified Connects Stores with Unused Retail Space
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93
Nostalgic Concept Stores
Nostalgic Concept Stores
The White Space Shop in New York Moves Consumers Away from the Internet
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92
Authentic Mexican Chocolatiers
Authentic Mexican Chocolatiers
Chocovivo's Pure Chocolate is Made Using Traditional Methods
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91
Handcrafted Organic Store Displays
Handcrafted Organic Store Displays
The Anthropologie Window Displays are Sentimental and Whimsical
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90
Bespoke Dress Design Platforms
Bespoke Dress Design Platforms
Rose Athena's Custom Dress Creations Turn Consumers into Designers
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89
Emergency Fashion Deliveries
Emergency Fashion Deliveries
This Luxury Fashion Delivery Service is Smart and Effective
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88
Psychedelic Print Decor
Psychedelic Print Decor
The Eskayel Playland Capsule Collection Boasts Kaleidoscopic Motifs
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87
Instant Shopping Scanner Apps
Instant Shopping Scanner Apps
The Powatag App Lets Users Buy Items Wherever They Are
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86
Rugby-Inspired Drink Displays
Rugby-Inspired Drink Displays
This Heineken Display Uses Sports as a Reference Point
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85
Debauchery-Remedying Retailers
Debauchery-Remedying Retailers
The Vitamin Water Store Replenishes Those in the Red Light District
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84
Buying Assistant Apps
Buying Assistant Apps
The Fetch E-Commerce Platform Makes Online Shopping a Simpler Process
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83
Apparel Store-Attached Restaurants
Apparel Store-Attached Restaurants
This Tommy Bahama Restaurant is Attached to a Clothing Store
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82
Mobile-Recognition Retail
Mobile-Recognition Retail
LXR & Co.'s Innovation Store Uses the Thirdshelf App to Track Customers
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81
Consolidated Loyalty Apps
Consolidated Loyalty Apps
Stamp Me's Loyalty Reward App Replaces Multiple Paper Stamp Cards
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80
Mainstream Protest Products
Mainstream Protest Products
B. Super Designs Protest Products for the Everyday Protester
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79
Tribal-Inspired Concept Stores
Tribal-Inspired Concept Stores
Coincidence Paris is an International Design Paradise
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78
Virtual Reality Sneaker Apps
Virtual Reality Sneaker Apps
Lacoste's LCST App Shows Off Its New Line with Augmented Reality
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77
Credit Card Tip Jars
Credit Card Tip Jars
This Tip Jar Allows Credit Card Users to Make a Donation as Well
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76
Hi-Tech Sandwich Carts
Hi-Tech Sandwich Carts
The Melt's SmartBox is Like an Oven on Wheels to Keep Grilled Cheese Hot
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75
Web Shopping Drop Boxes
Web Shopping Drop Boxes
Click-and-Collect Stations Help to Make Amazon Delivery More Convenient
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74
Swiping Fashion Retail Apps
Swiping Fashion Retail Apps
Kwoller's Fashion Price Tracking Feature Adds to a Tinder-Inspired App
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73
Accessorized Transparent Baby Bibs
Accessorized Transparent Baby Bibs
Toronto Kids Clothing Boutique 'Whistle Kids' Has Fun Bibs
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72
Deconstructed Denim Editorials
Deconstructed Denim Editorials
The Madewell Denim Lookbook Features Models Dressed in Skinny Jeans
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71
Clothing Makeover Machines
Clothing Makeover Machines
E5's Outfit-O-Mat Gives People on the Street an Instant Makeover
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70
Anime Pop-Up Shops
Anime Pop-Up Shops
A Pop-Up Shop in Paris Opened to Promote Pokemon X and Y
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69
Smartwatch Payment Systems
Smartwatch Payment Systems
A New Payment Method is Being Developed Using Smartwatch Technology
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68
Wearable Wrist Payments
Wearable Wrist Payments
Barclaycard's Contactless Payment bPay Bands Will Reduce Cash Transactions
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67
Vintage Aged Whiskey Displays
Vintage Aged Whiskey Displays
Bulleit Bourbon Whiskey Gets an Old West Makeover
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66
Anti-Theft Tablet Display Stands
Anti-Theft Tablet Display Stands
The IVY Open Tablet Display Recently Launched at CES 2014
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65
Spaceship-Inspired Shoe Stores
Spaceship-Inspired Shoe Stores
Architect Zaha Hadid Designed this Shoe Boutique in Hong Kong
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64
Men-Only Shopping Services
Men-Only Shopping Services
Selfridges' Personal Shopping Service Caters Specifically to Men
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63
Heavenly Shoe Shops
Heavenly Shoe Shops
Harrods' New Shoe Department Has Been Dubbed 'Shoe Heaven'
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62
Fox Den Window Displays
Fox Den Window Displays
This Vibrant Hermes Window Display Shows a Fox at Home
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61
Outdoor Skylight Dining Areas
Outdoor Skylight Dining Areas
This Rooftop Restaurant Will Be Part of a Retail and Dining Complex
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60
Butcher Shop Boutiques
Butcher Shop Boutiques
The Germans Soler Store Boasts Delicious Giftable Food Items
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59
Wearable Adhesive Beacons
Wearable Adhesive Beacons
The Versatile Estimote Stickers Connect Everyday Objects to Smartphones
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58
Gourmet Tea Houses
Gourmet Tea Houses
Ippodo Offers Premium Traditional Green Teas to Tea Enthusiasts
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57
Interactive Shopping Signs
Interactive Shopping Signs
The Videotel System Helps Shop Owners Create Digital Signs
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56
Dynamic Payment Option Cards
Dynamic Payment Option Cards
This All-In-One Card Lets Users Pay However They Want with One Swipe
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55
Reflective Clothing Installations
Reflective Clothing Installations
Emmanuelle Moureaux Creates a Colorful Retail Exhibition
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54
Fantastical Scarf Webshops
Fantastical Scarf Webshops
Hermes' Creative Webshop Design Whimsically Organizes Products
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53
Beauty Subscription Shops
Beauty Subscription Shops
Birchbox's Subscription Service Experience Now Takes the Form of a Shop
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52
Dreamy Fragrance Pop-Ups
Dreamy Fragrance Pop-Ups
The Dream Room by Marc Jacob Captures Dreams in Digital Time Capsules
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51
Durable Motivational Water Bottles
Durable Motivational Water Bottles
This Line of Water Bottles by Izola Will Keep You Motivation Up
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50
Immersive Sports Stores
Immersive Sports Stores
Adidas' 'HomeCourt' Stores Take Sports Retailing to the Next Level
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49
Hyper-Connected Dressing Rooms
Hyper-Connected Dressing Rooms
The Connected Fitting Room Lets Consumers Take Control of Shopping
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48
Oversized Old-School Eyewear
Oversized Old-School Eyewear
Oakley Takes a Trip Through Time with its Oakley Heritage Collection
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47
Urban Canadian Clothing Lines
Urban Canadian Clothing Lines
Toronto’s Finest Bring Some Canuck Flair to the Masses
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46
Eccentric Equestrain-Inspired Displays
Eccentric Equestrain-Inspired Displays
The Sugarboo & Co. Boutique Features a Horse Head Display
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45
Futuristic Apparel Stores
Futuristic Apparel Stores
This MM6 Boutique Features Minimalist Grids and Lines
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44
Sarcastic Apparel Projects
Sarcastic Apparel Projects
A Kickstarter Project that Promises Lousy Shirt Rewards
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43
Ruggedly Crafted Card Holders
Ruggedly Crafted Card Holders
Anso Has Created a Men's Card Holder That'll Raise Your Cool Points
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42
Hashtag Currency Shops
Hashtag Currency Shops
The Daisy Marc Jacobs Pop Up Shop Will Accept Tweets as Payment
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41
Imagined Futuristic Groceries
Imagined Futuristic Groceries
The Future Market Guesses What Grocery Stores Will Be Like in 2065
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40
Hipster Lifestyle Boutiques
Hipster Lifestyle Boutiques
Urban Outfitter's Space Ninety 8 Offers Completely Unique Products
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39
Cardboard-Tubed Retail Stores
Cardboard-Tubed Retail Stores
Brooks + Scarpa Design the Interior of Aesop Shop
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38
Bespoke Bag Platforms
Bespoke Bag Platforms
The Kate Spade Saturday Website Lets Users Design Their Own Weekender Bag
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37
Beacon-Powered Retail Platforms
Beacon-Powered Retail Platforms
Swirl's Mobile Marketing Platform Engages Consumers on a New Level
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36
Unconventional Shop Displays
Unconventional Shop Displays
Fendi's Designer Pop-Up Shop Displays Include Vending Machines
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35
Multipurpose Coffee Shops
Multipurpose Coffee Shops
The Easy Tiger Goods Store Sells Everything From Coffee to Shoes
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34
Shoe Department Portable Bars
Shoe Department Portable Bars
Selfridges Put a Portable Bar in One of Its Shoe Departments
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33
Droplet-Shaped Water Displays
Droplet-Shaped Water Displays
This Evian Water Display Uses Its Product as Inspiration
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32
Interactive Smart Restaurants
Interactive Smart Restaurants
Ebony Restaurant in Dubai Uses Dining Tables as Interactive Devices
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31
Sitcom-Celebrating Cafes
Sitcom-Celebrating Cafes
The Real Life Central Perk Pop-Up Shop Commemorates 2 Decades of Friends
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30
Nostalgic Anime Boutiques
Nostalgic Anime Boutiques
Get All Your Sailor Moon Products at This Sailor Moon Boutique
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29
Personalized Designer Heels
Personalized Designer Heels
For Two Days, Prada Allowed Consumers to Order Bespoke Shoes
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28
Card-Swiping Smartphone Cases
Card-Swiping Smartphone Cases
The Griffin's Merchant Case From CES 2014 Accepts Credit Cards
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27
Interactive Retail Maps
Interactive Retail Maps
Ralph Lauren's Window Display is an Interactive Shopping Experience
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26
Sweet Selfie Deliveries
Sweet Selfie Deliveries
Founder James Middleton Says Boomf's Next Step is Tricycle Delivery
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25
Dessert-Themed Scarf Displays
Dessert-Themed Scarf Displays
The Anthropologie Scarf Display Is Ready for Summer
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24
Cabin-Like Retail Stores
Cabin-Like Retail Stores
Torafu Architects Creates Another Aesop Store with Warm Details
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23
Food-Inspired Fashion Shops
Food-Inspired Fashion Shops
Anya Hindmarch's Fashion Pop Up Presents Luxury Goods Like Groceries
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22
Responsive Fitting Room Booths
Responsive Fitting Room Booths
Urban Research's Wearable Clothing is Portable and Interactive
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21
Open-Concept Food Stores
Open-Concept Food Stores
This Specialty Food Store in Toronto Offers Quality Products & Guidance
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20
Theatrical Food Shops
Theatrical Food Shops
Spring Street Grocer Sells Specialty Food Items With Dramatic Flair
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19
Makeup Trial Apps
Makeup Trial Apps
LX Studio's Virtual Makeover Studio Lets You Experiment with Real Products
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18
Hybrid E-Commerce Shops
Hybrid E-Commerce Shops
Sneakerboy Melbourne's Online Physical Store Has You Try, Then Buy Via Web
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17
Seemingly Rude Greetings
Seemingly Rude Greetings
FINCHandHARE'S Hilarious Greeting Cards Appear Mean but Are Rather Kind
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16
Rainbow Arched Drink Displays
Rainbow Arched Drink Displays
This Coca-Cola Display Brings the Smiles with Rainbow
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15
Collaborative Creative Storefronts
Collaborative Creative Storefronts
RIBA's Regent Street Shop Windows Project Features Teamwork
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14
Shopping Survey Tablets
Shopping Survey Tablets
Co-operative Food's Smart Shopping Cart Asks Customers for Feedback
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13
Diversified Beauty Photography
Diversified Beauty Photography
Selfridges' Hello Beautiful Imagery Celebrates All Kinds of Beauty
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12
Personal Fragrance Finder Shops
Personal Fragrance Finder Shops
The Fragrance Lab by Selfridges Perfectly Matches You to a Perfume
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11
Glamorous Streetwear Couture
Glamorous Streetwear Couture
The Aime Leon Dore Clothing Line is a High End Take on Urban Apparel
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10
Mobile Bus Markets
Mobile Bus Markets
FoodShare's Fresh Produce Programs Include a Travelling Market on Wheels
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9
Cold-Press Juice Bars
Cold-Press Juice Bars
The 'Off the Vine' Juice Bar Will Offer Nutritious Cold-Pressed Juices
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8
Custom-Designed Shopping Bags
Custom-Designed Shopping Bags
Choose Your Package Can Be Printed with Ads or Nutritional Info
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7
Disappearing Floor Stunts
Disappearing Floor Stunts
This 'The North Face' Stunt Gave Shoppers Quite a Scare
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6
Automated Grocery Stores
Automated Grocery Stores
The Speedy Store is a Vending Machine for Basic Necessities
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5
Interactive Floral Walls
Interactive Floral Walls
Gucci's Infinity of Flowers Lets Shoppers Interact with Digital Petals
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4
Virtual Beer Pouring Stations
Virtual Beer Pouring Stations
Heineken's Virtual Draught Display Lets Beer Drinkers Get Electronic
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3
Unpackaged Food Supermarkets
Unpackaged Food Supermarkets
Original Unpacked is Lowering Food Waste by Unconventional Means
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2
Can Currency Campaigns
Can Currency Campaigns
McDonald's Stockholm Lets Youth Trade in Bags of Recycled Cans For Burgers
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1
Modern Mason Jar Vases
Modern Mason Jar Vases
Mason Jars Can Be Used for Much More Than Just Storing Food
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