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Top 65 Retail Innovations in April

From Vegan Beauty Pop-Ups to In-Store Clothing AR Apps

— April 28, 2018 — Business
The top April 2018 retail innovations offer a look at the many ways in which brick-and-mortar stores are rapidly adapting and embracing cutting-edge technology in order to better compete with online environments. Some of the best examples of this include Co-op's mobile pay-in-aisle supermarket system, an augmented reality app from clothing retailer Zara and the robotic assistants used in e-retailer Howdy's brick-and-mortar store.

While self-checkout stations have been a staple of many grocery and supermarket stores for years now, the world of fashion retail has only selectively implemented the technology, as theft prevention remains a large concern. Department store Macy's recently updated its mobile checkout app and select in-store systems to allow consumers to pick up the items they wish to purchase, scan them with the app, then proceed to the physical store's mobile checkout counter, so that security tags may be removed.
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Light Citrus-Infused Shakes
Light Citrus-Infused Shakes
The Chick-fil-A 'Frosted Sunrise' is Made with Simply Orange Juice
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Transitional Season Coffee Drinks
Transitional Season Coffee Drinks
The Starbucks Hazelnut Mocha Coconutmilk Macchiato is Decadent
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Breakfast Cake Sandwich Menus
Breakfast Cake Sandwich Menus
The IHOP Creations Menu Includes New Ways to Enjoy Classic Foods
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Candy Bar-Infused QSR Pies
Candy Bar-Infused QSR Pies
The Burger King Pie Made with Twix is Indulgently Delicious
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Simplistic Grocery Checkout Displays
Simplistic Grocery Checkout Displays
Cayuga Offers Ergonomically Focused Stores Shelving Units
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Shoppable Fashion Search Apps
Shoppable Fashion Search Apps
ASOS' 'Style Match' Conducts Image Searches on Similar Products
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Greek-Inspired QSR Meals
Greek-Inspired QSR Meals
The New Arby's Greek Gyro Menu is Packed with Options for Everyone
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Lobster-Topped Waffle Dishes
Lobster-Topped Waffle Dishes
The Red Lobster Lobster and Waffles is a Southern-Inspired Meal
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Cold-Smoked Salmon Sandwiches
Cold-Smoked Salmon Sandwiches
The Einstein Bros. SuperNova Sandwich is Fresh and Light
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Premium Breakfast Sandwich Promotions
Premium Breakfast Sandwich Promotions
These McDonald's Sandwiches are Available at a Special Price
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Sauce-Celebrating Restaurant Menus
Sauce-Celebrating Restaurant Menus
The Buffalo Wild Wings B-Dubs Hackables Menu is Tasty
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Steakhouse-Inspired Stir Frys
Steakhouse-Inspired Stir Frys
The Panda Express Wok-Seared Steak and Shrimp is Tasty
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Cheese-Filled Pepperoni Pizzas
Cheese-Filled Pepperoni Pizzas
The Little Caesars 'ExtraMostBestest Stuffed Crust Pizza' is Tasty
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Chocolate-Dipped Cookies
Chocolate-Dipped Cookies
These White Chocolate Covered Lemon Oreo Cookies are Indulgent
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Limited-Edition Candy Bar Drinks
Limited-Edition Candy Bar Drinks
The 7-Eleven Reese's Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate is Decadent
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50
In-Store Printed Footwear
In-Store Printed Footwear
ECCO's QUANT-U Makes Custom Footwear Accessible at Retail Shops
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Crispy Balanced Chicken Sandwiches
Crispy Balanced Chicken Sandwiches
The Burger King Spicy Crispy Chicken Sandwich is Bold and Tasty
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Dress Clothes Rental Services
Dress Clothes Rental Services
'The Black Tux' Offers Affordable High-Quality Rental Tuxes
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Dedicated Potato Displays
Dedicated Potato Displays
Dutch Chain Albert Heyn Boasts an Entire Wall for Grocery Store Potatoes
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Texturized Chocolate Dessert Donuts
Texturized Chocolate Dessert Donuts
The Dunkin' Donuts Caramel Chocoholic Donut is Indulgent
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Color-Centric Fashion Pop-Ups
Color-Centric Fashion Pop-Ups
Ted Baker's Women's Fashion Pop-Up Offers Light and Color Therapy
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Family-Friendly Mediterranean Dinners
Family-Friendly Mediterranean Dinners
Zoës Kitchen is Offering 3 New Mediterranean Family Dinners
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Nonprofit Grocery Stores
Nonprofit Grocery Stores
The Salvation Army's 'DMG Foods' Offers Healthy, Affordable Food
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Dessert-Infused QSR Coffees
Dessert-Infused QSR Coffees
The McCafé Turtle Beverages Come in Three Different Varieties
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Local Restaurant Exploration Apps
Local Restaurant Exploration Apps
The 'Illume' App Lets You Swipe to Discover What's Around You
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Bitcoin Payment Chips
Bitcoin Payment Chips
'Flip' Facilitates Contactless Cryptocurrency Payments
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Pivoting Drive-Thru Canopies
Pivoting Drive-Thru Canopies
OrderMatic's Drive-Thru Canopy Moves to Accommodate Tall Vehicles
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Transparent Local Butchers
Transparent Local Butchers
'Butchers Cut' is Designed to Build Trust with Consumers
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Gym-Style Financial Services
Gym-Style Financial Services
'The Financial Gym' Helps People Approach Money Like Personal Fitness
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Home-Style Furniture Showrooms
Home-Style Furniture Showrooms
The Inside's 'Creative Compound' is Styled as a Welcoming Home
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Raw Oak Wine Displays
Raw Oak Wine Displays
Norbec Designed 'HJ Hansen Vin' With Rich, Sumptuous Displays
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Low-Cost Vegetarian Meals
Low-Cost Vegetarian Meals
The New Qdoba Vegetarian Menu is Competitively Priced and Healthy
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Artisan Wrap Sandwich Menus
Artisan Wrap Sandwich Menus
The New Subway Signature Wraps Come in Three Varieties
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Open Refrigerated Grocery Displays
Open Refrigerated Grocery Displays
JSI Store Fixtures Offers Useful Storage Options for Businesses
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Overloaded QSR Hot Dogs
Overloaded QSR Hot Dogs
The New Wienerschnitzel Chili Cheese Dogs are Indulgently Crafted
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Gender Neutral Clothing Stores
Gender Neutral Clothing Stores
Phluid Project is the World's First Gender-Free Clothing Store
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Bitcoin-Themed Streetwear Lines
Bitcoin-Themed Streetwear Lines
Baggy by Baggy's Clothing Line Can Be Purchased with Bitcoins
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Pay-in-Aisle Supermarket Systems
Pay-in-Aisle Supermarket Systems
Co-op's "Frictionless Shopping Experience" Has No Tills
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Department Store Checkout Apps
Department Store Checkout Apps
Macy's Mobile Checkout Lets Clothing Shoppers Skip the Line
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Color-Matching Nail Polish Packaging
Color-Matching Nail Polish Packaging
This Polish Bottle Has a Built-In Nail Tip with Actual Polish
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Rib-Topped Fried Onion Appetizers
Rib-Topped Fried Onion Appetizers
The Outback Steakhouse 3-Point Rib Bloom is Indulgent
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Crispy Cheese Breakfast Sandwiches
Crispy Cheese Breakfast Sandwiches
The Taco Bell Breakfast Toasted Cheese Chalupa is Convenient
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Gamified Retail Apps
Gamified Retail Apps
'Gravy Live' Uses an 'HQ Trivia' Format to Help Brands Sell Products
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Mom-Centric Online Concierges
Mom-Centric Online Concierges
Boxed.com is Launching a "Momcierge" Exclusively for Mothers
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Illuminating Flagship Installations
Illuminating Flagship Installations
O2's O-Shaped Doorway Encourages One to "Follow the Rabbit"
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Grocer-Hosted Fitness Classes
Grocer-Hosted Fitness Classes
Waitrose Now Offers In-Store Yoga Classes for Its Shoppers
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Personalized Perfume Boutiques
Personalized Perfume Boutiques
Ormonde Jayne's Fragrance Shop Concept Emphasizes Customization
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Fuzzy Monochromatic Wall Decor
Fuzzy Monochromatic Wall Decor
Eduard Eremchuk's Concept Shop Boasts Vibrant Yellow & Cozy Pink
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Bathroom Vanity Pop-Ups
Bathroom Vanity Pop-Ups
Victoria's Secret PINK 'Spahh Day' Pop-Up Shows Off Its New Beauty Line
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In-Store AR Clothing Apps
In-Store AR Clothing Apps
Zara's AR App is Available for a Limited Time
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Vegan Beauty Pop-Ups
Vegan Beauty Pop-Ups
The 'Little Vegan Pop-Up' by Superdrug Spotlights Plant-Based Beauty Products
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Personal Fragrance Pop-Ups
Personal Fragrance Pop-Ups
Diptyque Launched Its First-Ever Pop-Up with a Focus on Fragrance
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Cost-Conscious Minimalist Fashion
Cost-Conscious Minimalist Fashion
The Merona Collection Boasts an Affordable Minimalist Aesthetic
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Plastic-Free Supermarket Aisles
Plastic-Free Supermarket Aisles
Ekoplaza Created an Aisle with Over 700 Products Without Plastic
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Multi-Sensory Beehive Pop-Ups
Multi-Sensory Beehive Pop-Ups
Pandora Created a Gilded Hive for a New Jewelry Launch
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Millennial Start-Up Services
Millennial Start-Up Services
Office Depot's BizBox Empowers Business Owners with Growth Tools
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Warehouse-Inspired Concept Shops
Warehouse-Inspired Concept Shops
E-Retailer Howdy's Store Envisions a "Futuristic Warehouse"
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Futuristic Fashion Store Makeovers
Futuristic Fashion Store Makeovers
Zara is Combining Online and Offline Retail in Its Stores
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Bodega-Inspired Streetwear Shops
Bodega-Inspired Streetwear Shops
Bodega's Los Angeles Flagship Store Mimics the Mini-Mart Style
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Compostable Pizza Packaging
Compostable Pizza Packaging
The World Centric 'PizzaRound' Box is Made from Plant-Based Materials
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Futuristic Beauty Showrooms
Futuristic Beauty Showrooms
The Mußler Beauty by Notino Concept Caters to the Consumer of Tomorrow
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Reimagined Retail Spaces
Reimagined Retail Spaces
Retail Design Collective Transform Loft into Hub for Community Engagement
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Designer Department Store Cafes
Designer Department Store Cafes
An Off-White Cafe Pop-Up Opened Its Doors at the Bon Marché
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Kid-Focused Department Stores
Kid-Focused Department Stores
'Kid Cavern' is Launching a Department Store for Kids in Liverpool
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Cosmetic Brand Arcades
Cosmetic Brand Arcades
Chanel's 'Coco Game Center' in Tokyo Pairs Retro Games and Makeup Tables
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