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