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Top 100 Business Trends for 2020

From Sustainable Corporate Initiatives to Gen Z Experiences

— February 8, 2020 — Business
Those looking for tomorrow's emerging innovations should look no further than this list of 2020 Business trends, as it offers the top industry insights from this year in an effort to pave the way for the new decade.

This year saw an influx in corporate sustainability initiatives, with brands from all industries adhering to consumer demands for eco-friendly alternatives and practices. Examples of this include McCormick's plan to use only recyclable plastic by 2025, and the Better McDonald's initiative, in which the fast food brand opts to use wooden materials.

Other standouts from this list include the MAC Cosmetics' Experience Center, which blurred the lines between the physical and digital world in an effort to entice the experience-driven Generation Z demographic.

For more business innovations in the year ahead, check out Trend Hunter’s 2020 Trend Report.
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Activity
Freshness
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Bi-Yearly Fashion Brand Publications
Bi-Yearly Fashion Brand Publications
visvim Boasts a Limited Edition Arts and Crafts Magazine
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99
Affordable Online Shopping Sites
Affordable Online Shopping Sites
Zebit Offers Zero Percent Interest on Millions of Items
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98
Art-Infused Department Store Campaigns
Art-Infused Department Store Campaigns
Selfridges Boasts Visual & Performance Art Through Display
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97
Anniversary-Commemorating Fashion House Exhibits
Anniversary-Commemorating Fashion House Exhibits
The Louis Vuitton Exhibit Spans 160 Years
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96
Gallery-Style Retail Interiors
Gallery-Style Retail Interiors
The Valextra Store Enjoys a Chic & Industrial Design by John Pawson
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95
Contemporary Urban Furniture Collections
Contemporary Urban Furniture Collections
Civil and Brad Ascalon Launch the Doppio Collection
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94
IoT Factory Platforms
IoT Factory Platforms
This Open Manufacturing Platform was Developed by BMW and Microsoft
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93
Color-Coordinated Shop-in-Shops
Color-Coordinated Shop-in-Shops
STORY at Macy’s Encourages Exploration Through Color
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92
Foldable Laptop Concepts
Foldable Laptop Concepts
Samsung is Developing Functional, Bendable Laptop Screens
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91
Delicate Pop-Up Interiors
Delicate Pop-Up Interiors
Yabu Pushelberg Uses a Blush Palette for the Goop Pop-Up in Toronto
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90
Eco-Friendly Shopping Bags
Eco-Friendly Shopping Bags
The Southern Co-op Compostable Carrier Bag is Made from Corn Starch
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89
Next-Gen Shopping Showcases
Next-Gen Shopping Showcases
NXP's 'Smart Market' Exhibits Retail Solutions for Today and Tomorrow
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88
Charcoal Pasta Restaurants
Charcoal Pasta Restaurants
Toronto's SÔS Restaurant Will Serve Up Instagrammable Dishes
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87
Hazardous Training VR Experiences
Hazardous Training VR Experiences
VRulez Allows Trainees to Safely Gain Hands-On Experience
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86
Striking Iridescent Glass Escalators
Striking Iridescent Glass Escalators
OMA Adds an Attention-Captivating Detail to Saks Fifth Avenue
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85
Colorful Snack Bar Packaging
Colorful Snack Bar Packaging
B&B Studio Outfits Snack Brand Pop with a Playfully Modern Aesthetic
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84
Digital Personal Shopping Assistants
Digital Personal Shopping Assistants
Piktorlabs' 'VERA' Recommends Based on Popular Styles & Media
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83
DIY-Style Flexible Office Systems
DIY-Style Flexible Office Systems
SDI Debuted Its WRKkit Concept at Toronto's Interior Design Show
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82
App User-Exclusive Pop-Up Experiences
App User-Exclusive Pop-Up Experiences
This Nike Pop-Up in Atlanta is Compatible with the SNKRS App
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81
Playfully Colorful Showroom Designs
Playfully Colorful Showroom Designs
Hem's Los Angeles Store Boasts a Gigantic Painted Installation
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80
Rebalancing Beverage Pop-Ups
Rebalancing Beverage Pop-Ups
'Recess IRL' is a Temporary Space to Enjoy CBD-Infused Beverages
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79
Furniture Showroom Restaurants
Furniture Showroom Restaurants
Tom Dixon's Hybrid Restaurant Welcomes People to Shop Furniture
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78
AR-Powered Story Labels
AR-Powered Story Labels
Jack Daniel's Creates an Augmented Reality Story Book
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77
Accommodating Convenience Markets
Accommodating Convenience Markets
The Alltown Fresh Concept Caters to Various Dietary Preferences
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76
Experiential K-Beauty Pop-Ups
Experiential K-Beauty Pop-Ups
Soko Glam's Soko House Boasts a "Skincare Fitting Room"
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75
AI-Powered Grocery Stores
AI-Powered Grocery Stores
The Walmart IRL Store of the Future Integrates Artificial Intelligence
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74
Creatively-Focused Japanese Culture Brands
Creatively-Focused Japanese Culture Brands
b.Eautiful Allows People to Explore Japanese Culture
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73
Sculptural Glass Facades
Sculptural Glass Facades
Hèrmes' Striking Store Facade Design is Done by Architecture Firm MVRDV
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72
Theatrical Retail Experiences
Theatrical Retail Experiences
The House of SHOWFIELDS Merges Art, Retail and Theater
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71
Rapper-Funded Contemporary Womenswear Lines
Rapper-Funded Contemporary Womenswear Lines
Maisie Wilen's Inaugural Capsule is Funded by Kanye
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70
Immersive Children-Centric Spaces
Immersive Children-Centric Spaces
Greg Nelson Embraces Vibrancy for the Cayton Children’s Museum
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69
Gen Z Fashion Brands
Gen Z Fashion Brands
'Superdown' by Revolve Appeals to Youth with an Influencer-First Strategy
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68
Health-Focused Kid Programs
Health-Focused Kid Programs
SpartanNash's Initiative Encourages Children's Healthy Eating Choices
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67
Stylish Adaptable Lifestyle Lines
Stylish Adaptable Lifestyle Lines
Forward With Design's Collection Helps Consumers Stay Active
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66
Arty Streetwear Pop-Ups
Arty Streetwear Pop-Ups
The Adidas Originals x DESCENDANT Collaboration is Titled 'KEEP ROLLING'
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65
Sneaker-Honoring Magazine Launches
Sneaker-Honoring Magazine Launches
atmos Launches an Air Max Magazine That Will Delight Nike Fans
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64
Members-Only Co-Working Spaces
Members-Only Co-Working Spaces
Spring Place Beverly Hills Boasts a Luxurious & Focused Environment
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63
Highly Elegant Restaurant Interiors
Highly Elegant Restaurant Interiors
The Lucky Cat Restaurant Boasts a Romantic Atmosphere
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62
Scenic Waterfall Restaurants
Scenic Waterfall Restaurants
At the Villa Escudero Resort You Can Eat at the Bottom of a Waterfall
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61
AI Beauty Retail Mirrors
AI Beauty Retail Mirrors
Sephora's Digital Mirror Gives Personalized Recommendations to Shoppers
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60
Incredibly Luxurious Shop Interiors
Incredibly Luxurious Shop Interiors
Archiee Outfits En's Store with Chic and Luxe Brass Accents
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59
Clean Energy Community Concepts
Clean Energy Community Concepts
IKEA's Space10 Builds an Eco-Friendly Miniature Village Prototype
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58
Psychedelia-Inspired Clothing Pop-Ups
Psychedelia-Inspired Clothing Pop-Ups
Dries Van Noten Celebrates Its SS19 with Verner Panton's Art
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57
Luxurious Upcycled Fashion Collections
Luxurious Upcycled Fashion Collections
Heron Preston's Latest Capsule is Designed for SSENSE
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56
Luxuriously Marbled Retail Interiors
Luxuriously Marbled Retail Interiors
Celine Stores are Getting an Overall Makeover by Hedi Slimane
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55
Playful Robustly Colored Fashion
Playful Robustly Colored Fashion
The Hayley Elsaesser x Twik Collection Embraces a Candy Colorway
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54
Environmentally Conscious Furniture Lines
Environmentally Conscious Furniture Lines
One for Hundred Gives Back with 100 Trees Per Sold Piece
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53
Reimagined Airplane Dining Experiences
Reimagined Airplane Dining Experiences
These Virgin Atlantic In-Flight Meals are Expertly Crafted
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52
Autonomous Passenger Drones
Autonomous Passenger Drones
This Boeing Drone Successfully Completed Its First Flight Test
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51
Building the Sustainable Business Mandate
Building the Sustainable Business Mandate
An Interview with Hakan Bulgurlu, the CEO of Arçelik
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50
Company Sustainability Commitments
Company Sustainability Commitments
McCormick Plans to Have 100% Recyclable Packaging by 2025
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49
Fast Food-Themed Clothing Capsules
Fast Food-Themed Clothing Capsules
The Second KFC Fashion Line is in Collaboration with Carnival
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48
Fashionable E-Commerce Pop-Ups
Fashionable E-Commerce Pop-Ups
W Concept's URL to IRL Pop-Up Showcases Emerging Asian Designers
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47
Cartoon-Themed Resort Hotels
Cartoon-Themed Resort Hotels
The Cartoon Network Hotel is Created with Palace Entertainment
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46
Collaborative Clothing-Free Pop-Ups
Collaborative Clothing-Free Pop-Ups
Snapchat and LEGO Wear Boast an Augmented Reality Store
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45
Holiday-Ready Pop-Up Retail Spaces
Holiday-Ready Pop-Up Retail Spaces
SHOWFIELDS Endures a Design Overhaul & Reopens September 20th
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44
Plastic-Free Fast Food Concepts
Plastic-Free Fast Food Concepts
'Better McDonald's' is Introducing Wooden Spoons & Edible Cups
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43
Unconventional Vehicle Designs
Unconventional Vehicle Designs
The Disruptors Exhibit Taps Designers Outside of the Industry
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42
Branded Donut Sneakers
Branded Donut Sneakers
Dunkin' and Saucony Join Forces Once More for a Dessert-Inspired Design
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41
Connected Canine Lockers
Connected Canine Lockers
The 'DogSpot' Dog Houses Offer a Secure Place for Pets to Wait for Owners
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40
Gen Z Cosmetic Shops
Gen Z Cosmetic Shops
MAC Cosmetics' Experience Center Blurs Physical & Digital Realms
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39
Personal Self-Help Books
Personal Self-Help Books
'Dear Monday' by 1026 Motivates One Through 30 Challenges for Mondays
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38
Recyclable Flat-Pack Dog Beds
Recyclable Flat-Pack Dog Beds
Rocky Brooks' Designs are Ideal for the Needs of Rescue Animals
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37
Psychology-Inspired Designer Furniture Shops
Psychology-Inspired Designer Furniture Shops
Gestalt is a New Retail Space in Hudson, NYC
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36
Artistically Stylish Fashion Boutiques
Artistically Stylish Fashion Boutiques
Forty Five Ten Commissions Snarkitecture for Its NY Store
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35
High-Impact Training Facilities
High-Impact Training Facilities
Fit Factory Fitness Offers a Sizable Playground for Training
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34
Versatile Portable Laptop Desks
Versatile Portable Laptop Desks
Ovel Allows You to Sit, Stand or Lie Down While Working
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33
In-Store Mystery Boxes
In-Store Mystery Boxes
Marshalls' Surprise Boxes Treat Shoppers to Fashion, Decor, Tech & More
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32
Fashionable Co-Branded Cafe Pop-Ups
Fashionable Co-Branded Cafe Pop-Ups
KITH and Versace Take Over New York City's Cha Cha Matcha
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31
Minimalist Stand-Up Cafes
Minimalist Stand-Up Cafes
Pauline's Boasts a Warm Interior Which is Arranged by Master Studio
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30
Otherworldly Bar Interior Designs
Otherworldly Bar Interior Designs
Claesson Koivisto Rune Boasts Midnight Blue for the Portal Bar
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29
Remote Bungalow Offices
Remote Bungalow Offices
The Belize Tourism Board Arranges a Dreamy Alternative Co-Working Space
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28
Slow Luxury Beauty Shops
Slow Luxury Beauty Shops
The Atelier Beauté Chanel Encourages Guests to Explore Leisurely
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27
Furniture-Less Coffee Bars
Furniture-Less Coffee Bars
Batay-Csorba's Design Embraces the Grab-and-Go Coffee Approach
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26
Streetwear-Inspired Rustic Cafes
Streetwear-Inspired Rustic Cafes
Sawada Coffee NYC Mixes Coffee Culture & Contemporary Streetwear
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25
Reduced Packaging Grocery Stores
Reduced Packaging Grocery Stores
Waitrose is Trialling a Packaging-Free Products in the UK
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24
Convenient Whole Food Breakfasts
Convenient Whole Food Breakfasts
HOLOS' Muesli Packs are Full of Nutrients and Taste Great
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23
Eco-Friendly Waste-Free Packaging
Eco-Friendly Waste-Free Packaging
MakeGrowLabs 'SCOBY' Wraps Make Use of Agricultural Waste
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22
Relative-Inspired Furniture Lines
Relative-Inspired Furniture Lines
South African Fashion Designer Rich Mnisi Taps Sentimentalism
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21
Disrupting Shipping Aesthetics
Disrupting Shipping Aesthetics
Infamuse Taps Anagrama Studio to Design a Strong Visual Identity
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20
Photosynthetic Clothing
Photosynthetic Clothing
Roya Aghighi Develops Fabrics with Photosynthetic Properties
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19
Architecture-Accenting Fashion Shoots
Architecture-Accenting Fashion Shoots
This Kinfolk Magazine Editorial Spotlights Richard England
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18
Personalized High-Tech Beauty Pop-Ups
Personalized High-Tech Beauty Pop-Ups
Clinique's Immersive Shop Embraces Virtual Reality's Perks
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17
Indie Cosmetic-Centric Stores
Indie Cosmetic-Centric Stores
SHOWFIELDS is a Newly Opened Beauty Store in NYC's NoHo Neighborhood
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16
Eco-Conscious Modern Bakery Designs
Eco-Conscious Modern Bakery Designs
La Fille Du Boulanger's Aesthetic is Playful and Uplifting
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15
Talking to Strangers
Talking to Strangers
Fascinating New Book by Malcolm Gladwell Releases Today
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14
Softened Futuristic Retail Interiors
Softened Futuristic Retail Interiors
Xian Xiang Design's Boutique Design Boasts Pink Glass
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13
D2C Houseplant Start-Ups
D2C Houseplant Start-Ups
Bloomscape Conveniently Delivers Plants Across the US in Boxes
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12
Elegant Contemporary Cafe Designs
Elegant Contemporary Cafe Designs
Masa's Striking Design Aesthetic is Arranged by Studio Cadena
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11
Bizarre Autonomous Car Concepts
Bizarre Autonomous Car Concepts
Mercedes-Benz Debuts Two Brand New Ideas at CES 2019 Las Vegas
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10
Award-Winning Eco Takeout Containers
Award-Winning Eco Takeout Containers
Eco-Products Launched the Sustainable Vanguard Line
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9
Denim Customization Pop-Ups
Denim Customization Pop-Ups
'Zara Edited' Lets Customers Embroider Their Name on Denim Clothing
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8
Ultra-Futuristic Sports Stores
Ultra-Futuristic Sports Stores
Ministry of Design's Futuristic Store is Located in an Airport
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7
Mobile Solar-Powered Co-Working Offices
Mobile Solar-Powered Co-Working Offices
Work & Co's Nova Pod is the Next Gen of Co-Working Spaces
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6
Productive Hybrid Retail Concepts
Productive Hybrid Retail Concepts
The We Company Launches a Shop, Cafe and a Work Space
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5
Stylish Low-Cost Pet Products
Stylish Low-Cost Pet Products
The Aldi UK Pet Product Collection is Value-Focused
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4
Slick Urban Electric Bikes
Slick Urban Electric Bikes
Harley-Davidson Expands Its Business with Two Lightweight Models
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3
Bright Modular Coworking Spaces
Bright Modular Coworking Spaces
The Watershed Toronto Offers Meeting and Work Spaces for All Needs
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2
Kid-Focused Experiential Retail
Kid-Focused Experiential Retail
Camp is a Highly Active and Immersive Retail Experience for Kids
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1
Chic Ice Cream Stores
Chic Ice Cream Stores
Milk Train's Shop is Characterized by an Instagram-Friendly Aesthetic
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