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Top 100 Business Trends of 2016

From Robot-Run Pizzerias to Members-Only Retail Stores

— January 29, 2017 — Business
The 2016 business trends demonstrate changes in both how brick and mortar storefronts and online retailers and businesses are structuring themselves. Whether in the field of food and beverages, fashion, finance, or so much else, companies have found ways to innovate with unique strategies and business models that set them apart from the competition.

Several companies have opted to bank on the counterintuitive strategy of exclusion for their retail. Revolve's 'The Social Club,' a brick and mortar fashion retailer, only allows consumers to enter if they are on an invite list, and the Jordan pop-up in Brooklyn only allowed Nike+ members.

Rather than just tweaking common sense ideas, other businesses have upended the entire business model for their industry. The most notable example of this is 'Glass Hour,' a cafe in Brooklyn. Rather than charging by the drink, as every other cafe in the world does, Glass Hour gives consumers unlimited coffee and snacks and charges them by time instead. This lets people get work done comfortably while the business ultimately earns more.

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Collaborative Sales Books
Collaborative Sales Books
Dealstorming by Tim Sanders Helps to Solve Tough Sales Challenges
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Punch Clock Currency Cafes
Punch Clock Currency Cafes
Brooklyn's Glass Hour Charges Patrons by the Minute instead of Drinks
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Restaurant Concierge Apps
Restaurant Concierge Apps
The Ritual App Makes Everyday Purchases Easy and Extraordinary
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Future Festival Chicago
Future Festival Chicago
This Chicago Trend Research Conference Helps Brands Spot Emerging Trends
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94
Rooftop Spirulina Farms
Rooftop Spirulina Farms
This Startup is Growing Edible Algae on Top of a Bangkok Hotel
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Movement-Inspired Spa Boutiques
Movement-Inspired Spa Boutiques
The Aesop Mile-End Store Was Designed by Montreal's Naturehumaine
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Financial Reward Systems
Financial Reward Systems
The 'Drop' App Gives Users Points Based on Their Purchases
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Future Festival Los Angeles
Future Festival Los Angeles
Explore the Future at This Los Angeles Trend Research Conference
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Vintage T-Shirt Pop-Ups
Vintage T-Shirt Pop-Ups
H BEAUTY & YOUTH is Holding a Collection of 90's Tees for a Limited Time
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Organic Fast Food Eateries
Organic Fast Food Eateries
Miami's 'Grown' Changes the Relationship Between Fast Food and Health
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88
Inflatable Irish Pubs
Inflatable Irish Pubs
Paddy Wagon Pub Provides Bouncy Castle Bars for Backyard Events
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Multifaceted Fast Food Packaging
Multifaceted Fast Food Packaging
Surf'n'Fries to Go Packaging is Floral and Multifunctional
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Streamlined News Networks
Streamlined News Networks
DIVE Simplifies Relevant Information for Companies So They Don't Have to
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85
Educational Pickling Studios
Educational Pickling Studios
Toronto's Alchemy Pickle Company Runs Hands-On Fermentation Classes
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84
Value-Added Business Books
Value-Added Business Books
Matter by Peter Sheahan Explores Companies That Lead by Creating Value
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Future Festival Las Vegas
Future Festival Las Vegas
Discover Emerging Trends at This Las Vegas Trend Research Conference
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Famous Painting Cocktails
Famous Painting Cocktails
The Langham Hotel Serves Drinks Decorated With Foam Artwork
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Wall-Integrated Cafe Seating
Wall-Integrated Cafe Seating
The Walls of This Cafe Fold Up to Create Outdoor Tables
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Data-Driven Content Generators
Data-Driven Content Generators
Quietly Creates Engaging Content That Increases Traffic and Revenue
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79
Future Festival New York
Future Festival New York
This New York Trend Research Conference Reveals Future Industry Trends
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Axe Throwing Events
Axe Throwing Events
Bad Axe Throwing Puts a Spin on a Stereotypical Canadian Sport
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Millennial Money Apps
Millennial Money Apps
‘KOHO’ is a Money Management Startup That Targets Millennials
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Influencer Viral Video Platforms
Influencer Viral Video Platforms
ivvi is an Influencer Marketing Platform for Viral Videos
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Winterized Vertical Farms
Winterized Vertical Farms
This Startup Supplies Alaskans with Fresh Produce Year-Round
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Hybrid Fitness Sudios
Hybrid Fitness Sudios
This Fitness Studio Combines Dance, Trampoline and Muscle Sculpting
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Urban Millennial Clothing Collections
Urban Millennial Clothing Collections
The New Under Armour Collection Will Be Debuted at NYFW
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Meditation-Focused Offices
Meditation-Focused Offices
The Headspace Headquarters is Mindful of Employees Overall Well-Being
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Persuasive Branding Books
Persuasive Branding Books
Fascinate by Sally Hogshead Teaches Brands How to Be Irresistible
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Connected Technology Investors
Connected Technology Investors
HIGHLINE is a Flexible VC Firm That Invests in Goal-Driven Startups
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Sub-Zero Nightclubs
Sub-Zero Nightclubs
Toronto's CHILL Ice House Provides a Cool Way to Spend an Evening on the Town
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Self-Scanning Shopping Apps
Self-Scanning Shopping Apps
QueueHop Lets You Skip the Line With Smartphone Self-Service Checkout
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Shopping Smart Lockers
Shopping Smart Lockers
QikPod Lets Indian Shoppers Pick Up Packages With Ease
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Artisanal Craft Marketplaces
Artisanal Craft Marketplaces
'BRIKA' Sells Modern Crafts Made by Various Artisans
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Trailblazing Doughnut Shops
Trailblazing Doughnut Shops
Toronto's Glory Hole Doughnuts Serves Up Creative Flavor Combinations
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Velomobile-Sharing Services
Velomobile-Sharing Services
The Veemo Bike Share Service Would Cost About $0.20 Per Minute
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Home Decor Subscription Boxes
Home Decor Subscription Boxes
This Service Offers Home Accessories with a Coordinated Theme
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Knife-Throwing Leagues
Knife-Throwing Leagues
Toronto Knife Throwing Organization Takes Target Practice to the Extreme
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Modernized Rustic Cafes
Modernized Rustic Cafes
This Cafe Space Combines Contemporary Elements with Rustic Decor
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Pop-Up Wellness Outlets
Pop-Up Wellness Outlets
The Newest Version of the STORY Retail Space is Themed After Health
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Robot-Run Pizzerias
Robot-Run Pizzerias
'Zume Pizza' Uses Robots to Makes Its Pies
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Loose Leaf E-Commerce Brands
Loose Leaf E-Commerce Brands
CitizenTea is a Newly Launched Premium E-Commerce Brand
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Members-Only Pop-Up Shops
Members-Only Pop-Up Shops
The Jordan Brooklyn Pop-Up is Temporarily Open in Flatbush
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Burger-Free Fast Food Joints
Burger-Free Fast Food Joints
The Newest McCafé Restaurant Does Not Serve Burgers, Fries or Nuggets
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Supplement Vending Machines
Supplement Vending Machines
SuppNow Helps Gyms Offer On-Demand Fitness Supplements
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VR Retail-Enabling Platforms
VR Retail-Enabling Platforms
The Sixense 'vRetail' Digital Shopping Platform Immerses Shoppers
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Volcanic Beauty Shop Interiors
Volcanic Beauty Shop Interiors
The New Aesop Shop is Inspired by Japan's Mountainous Landscape
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Wholesome Beauty Retailers
Wholesome Beauty Retailers
Skin Food's Queens New York Flagship Boasts Grocery-Inspired Displays
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Sprawling Italian Food Markets
Sprawling Italian Food Markets
Eataly Munich is the Latest in the Empire's Growing List of Stores
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Private Co-Working Communities
Private Co-Working Communities
The Neuehouse Los Angeles Recently Opened in Hollywood
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Members-Only Retail Stores
Members-Only Retail Stores
E-Retailer Revolve's Exclusive Store is Just for Top-Spending Members
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Counter Culture Hair Salons
Counter Culture Hair Salons
#BLOW is Europe's First Official 'Manic Panic Colour Asylum'
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Communal Living Experiments
Communal Living Experiments
The WeWork WeLive Space is a Converted 20 Storey office Building
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Contemporary Men's Barbershops
Contemporary Men's Barbershops
The Fitting Room Combines Culture and Style with Expert Haircuts
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Mobile Espresso Bars
Mobile Espresso Bars
Toronto’s Latte Booth Brings Quality Italian Coffee Directly to Events
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Chocolate-Built Pop-Up Bars
Chocolate-Built Pop-Up Bars
The Carlsberg Chocolate Bar Has Opened Its Doors in Shoreditch
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Luxury Travel Pop-Ups
Luxury Travel Pop-Ups
'The Carry-On' is Pop-Up Series from High-End Retailer Kit and Ace
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Upscale Indoor Food Markets
Upscale Indoor Food Markets
DekaMarkt's 'World of Food' is a Sophisticated Grocery Store Market
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All-Natural Beauty Boutiques
All-Natural Beauty Boutiques
Toronto's Detox Market Helps Consumers Glow from the Inside Out
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Millennial-Minded Restaurant Concepts
Millennial-Minded Restaurant Concepts
This Chain is Getting a Millennial-Inspired Makeover
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Dessert-Only Restaurants
Dessert-Only Restaurants
The Cafe at Hotel Cafe Royal Will Be London's First Dessert Restaurant
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Dedicated Sneaker Pop-Up Shops
Dedicated Sneaker Pop-Up Shops
This Adidas BOOST Pop-Up Launches the Tech in London
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Playful Networking Offices
Playful Networking Offices
Omaha's LinkedIn Headquarters Supports Creativity and Exchange of Ideas
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Manly Accessory Subscription Services
Manly Accessory Subscription Services
The Sprezzabox Service Helps Men Complete Their Look
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Department Store Food Halls
Department Store Food Halls
The Fenwick Food Hall Has Opened in the Brand's Original Store
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High-Tech Beauty Bars
High-Tech Beauty Bars
The Skinfood Concept Shop Features Tech-Integrated Displays
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Futuristic Fresh Food Shops
Futuristic Fresh Food Shops
This Madrid Food Shop Only Sells Bread, Fish and Meat
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Artistic Chocolate Shops
Artistic Chocolate Shops
Toronto's Chocolates x Brandon Olsen Serves Up Colorful Hand-Made Bonbons
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Experience-Focused Convenience Stores
Experience-Focused Convenience Stores
The New Store Design of Murphy Express is Intuitive
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Box-Shaped Donut Kiosks
Box-Shaped Donut Kiosks
The New Krispy Kreme Stores are Designed to Look Like a Box of Donuts
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Experimental Coffee Shops
Experimental Coffee Shops
This Cafe Offers Unusual Coffee Drinks Made from Premium Beans
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Multi-Dimensional Dining Experiences
Multi-Dimensional Dining Experiences
The 'Chambers of Flavour' Events are Packed with Suprises
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Electric Vehicle Offices
Electric Vehicle Offices
The Nissan e-NV200 Workspace Van Packs Essential Office Components
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Supermarket Chain Launches
Supermarket Chain Launches
The First Yeme Flagship Store Shows Off the New Brand's Concept
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Smart Grocery Concepts
Smart Grocery Concepts
Coop Italia Imagines a Supermarket of the Future Powered by Microsoft
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Hexagonal Grocery Merchandising
Hexagonal Grocery Merchandising
The FANTASTIKO21 Supermarket Offers a Modern Shopping Experience
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Metal-Clad Restaurant Interiors
Metal-Clad Restaurant Interiors
This Finnish Restaurant is Lined with Corrugated Metal Wall Panels
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Parking Lot Shops
Parking Lot Shops
'The Park-Ing' Transforms an Underground Parking Lot into a Retail Space
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Pop-Up Shipping Container Malls
Pop-Up Shipping Container Malls
The Common Ground Mall is Made Up of Multiple Shipping Containers
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Galleria Sushi Kiosks
Galleria Sushi Kiosks
This Taka Sushi is Located Within a Mall in Australia
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Urban Balcony Decor Shops
Urban Balcony Decor Shops
De Balkonie is a Home Decor Store Dedicated to Balcony Decoration
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Ultramodern Salon Designs
Ultramodern Salon Designs
Numero Uno is a Stunning Minimalist Beauty Salon in Kazakhstan
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Minimal Futuristic Store Layouts
Minimal Futuristic Store Layouts
This Modern Department Store Brings the Future into the Present
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Luxury Convenience Stores
Luxury Convenience Stores
The 5 Points Market Convenient Store Design Has Upscale Features
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Sneaker Heritage Festival Venues
Sneaker Heritage Festival Venues
The Nike Air Max Con Hong Kong Event Shows the Shoe's History
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Throwback Barber Shops
Throwback Barber Shops
The 'Blind Barber' Resurrects a Time-Honored Tradition
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Multi-Sensory Workout Clubs
Multi-Sensory Workout Clubs
Nike's 'Unlimited You' Offers a Unique and Immersive Experience
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Nature-Inspired Juice Kiosks
Nature-Inspired Juice Kiosks
The Java Juice Kiosk is Located in a Mall in Perth, Australia
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Pop-Up Shoe Store Trailers
Pop-Up Shoe Store Trailers
This Mobile Shoe Store Offers a Unique Shopping Experience
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Sophisticated Clubhouse Pop-Ups
Sophisticated Clubhouse Pop-Ups
The Johnnie Walker Blue Store is Modeled After a Gentlemen's Club
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Unisex Fragrance Container Pop-Ups
Unisex Fragrance Container Pop-Ups
This Experiential Activation in London Launched the New CK2
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Mobile eCommerce Fitting Rooms
Mobile eCommerce Fitting Rooms
The True & Co. Mobile Retail Store Brings the Online Store to Life
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Hybrid Bike Shop Cafes
Hybrid Bike Shop Cafes
'The Wheelhouse' is a Bike Shop That Doubles as a Coffee Bar
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Gourmet Convenience Retailers
Gourmet Convenience Retailers
Irish Convenience Store Has a New Food-Centric Retail Concept
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Luxurious Co-Working Spaces
Luxurious Co-Working Spaces
This Co-Work Space Adapts to More Modern Work Practices
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Trend Hunter's 2017 Trend Report
Trend Hunter's 2017 Trend Report
The 2017 Trend Report Includes Our First Mega-Trends Framework
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Experientail Retail Trucks
Experientail Retail Trucks
Holt Renfrew Brings its Store to the Road with a Mobile Pop-Up Shop
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Deceptive Restaurant Facades
Deceptive Restaurant Facades
This Thai Grocery Stall Hides an Upscale Hong Kong Restaurant
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Accessible Grocery Store Layouts
Accessible Grocery Store Layouts
The New Checkers Hyper Store Layout Features Greater Sight Lines
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