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Top 100 Business Innovations in April

From Expanding Rideshare Platforms to Cashierless Stores

— May 3, 2020 — Business
This month, businesses across the globe were put to the test as the COVID-19 pandemic forced shops to shut their doors, and tasked millions with working remotely -- this list of April 2020 Business innovations is filled with all the creative ways businesses are staying alive during these uncertain times.

Lyft has expanded its platform to help those impacted by the virus, announcing that it will drop off food and medical supplies to those in need. Not only does this move help those in need stay home, it helps the drivers' maintain an income as people request fewer rides during the outbreak. Other companies are using their resources to support their loyal customers during these difficult times. Verizon is a perfect example of this, as the brand is offering 15GBs of free data, helping its users stay connected.
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Ride-Hailing Financial Assistance
Ride-Hailing Financial Assistance
Uber Will Provide Assistance to Drivers Affected by COVID-19
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Multimedia Content Experience Partnerships
Multimedia Content Experience Partnerships
Sports Illustrated Partners with the Hockey News
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Data Management Platform Acquisitions
Data Management Platform Acquisitions
NVIDIA Purchased SwiftStack for an Undisclosed Price
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No-Charge Accommodation Canceling
No-Charge Accommodation Canceling
Airbnb is Enacting a Charge-Free Cancelation Policy for All
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Quality-Capped Streaming Services
Quality-Capped Streaming Services
Disney+ Will Lower Its Video Quality Ahead of European Launch
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Cargo-Only Airline Flights
Cargo-Only Airline Flights
American Airlines Will Only Transporting Cargo to and from Europe
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Inaugural 5G Smartphone Releases
Inaugural 5G Smartphone Releases
Sony Will Launch Its Xperia 1 II Mobile Phone in the Spring
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Relief-Providing Review Platforms
Relief-Providing Review Platforms
Yelp and GoFundMe Created a Donation Button for Businesses
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Professional Copy Feedback Websites
Professional Copy Feedback Websites
'Broody' Lets Entrepreneurs Test Wording with Audiences
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5G Smartphone Announcements
5G Smartphone Announcements
HTC Indicated It Will Produce a 5G Mobile Device by the End of 2020
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Empowering Web-Based Cosmetic Conferences
Empowering Web-Based Cosmetic Conferences
The Merck Live Cosmetic Conference Starts on March 31st
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Flagship Sports Audio Networks
Flagship Sports Audio Networks
Spotify's Acquirement of The Ringer is Part of its Global Strategy
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QSR Digital Discount Promotions
QSR Digital Discount Promotions
Jack in the Box is Offering a 25% Mobile Order Discount
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Food Delivery Market Launches
Food Delivery Market Launches
Amazon Will Start Food Delivery Services in Indian Markets
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Complimentary Telecom Data Initiatives
Complimentary Telecom Data Initiatives
Verizon Wireless is Giving Subscribers 15GB of Free Data
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Rocket Production Announcements
Rocket Production Announcements
SpaceX Will Create More Rockets as It Works Towards Orbital Flight
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Cooking Oil-Powered Cleaning Products
Cooking Oil-Powered Cleaning Products
A Cameroon Scientist Creates Innovative Cleaning Supplies
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Grocery Membership Service Launches
Grocery Membership Service Launches
Walmart May Test the Walmart+ Services Beginning Next Month
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Podcast Platform Investments
Podcast Platform Investments
BBC Studios Recently Invested in Pocket Casts and Its Media Partners
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Safe Food Delivery Platforms
Safe Food Delivery Platforms
Yelp is Adding Contact-Free Deliveries to Its Android and iOS Apps
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Discounted Real Estate Platforms
Discounted Real Estate Platforms
Zillow Group Will Now Offer Monthly Discounts Due to COVID-19
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Professional Structured Meeting Platforms
Professional Structured Meeting Platforms
The 'Tendii' Platform Enhances Meeting Best Practices
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Brand Name Wording Audiences
Brand Name Wording Audiences
Broody Lets You Test Your Startup's Wording Using a Preview Audience
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Free Delivery Food Subscriptions
Free Delivery Food Subscriptions
GrubHub Launched GrubHub+ with 100,000 Participating Restaurants
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Carbon-Positive Dairy Brands
Carbon-Positive Dairy Brands
Horizon Organic will Combat Climate Change with a New Initiative
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Data-Driven Pricing Services
Data-Driven Pricing Services
'PriceChecks' Pinpoints How Much to Charge for a Product
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Altered Airline Flight Scheudles
Altered Airline Flight Scheudles
Emirates is Suspending Many Passenger Flights Because of COVID-19
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Women's Week Travel Talks
Women's Week Travel Talks
The Travel Corporation Presented its #TTCIWD Talks and Panel Session
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Versatile Foodservice Pizza Doughs
Versatile Foodservice Pizza Doughs
Rich's Ready-To-Stretch Dough Requires Minimal Prep
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Accessible Airport Transportation Tests
Accessible Airport Transportation Tests
British Airways Brought Autonomous Wheelchairs to JFK
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Vitamin-Infused Hibiscus Drinks
Vitamin-Infused Hibiscus Drinks
Better Booch Launched Its New Hibiscus Healer Product at Expo West
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Contact-Free Delivery Services
Contact-Free Delivery Services
Postmates Collaborated with Instacart on No Contact Deliveries
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Enhanced Payment Loyalty Partnerships
Enhanced Payment Loyalty Partnerships
Visa and Accor Launch Personalized Rewards for Consumers
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Regional E-Commerce Services Changes
Regional E-Commerce Services Changes
Amazon Won't Deliver Non-Essential Goods in France and Italy
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Space Station Tourism Launches
Space Station Tourism Launches
SpaceX and Axiom Will Bring Space Tourists to the ISS During 2021
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EV Factory Production Efforts
EV Factory Production Efforts
Tesla is Now Allowed to Continue Building Its German Gigafactory
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Complimentary Breakfast Sandwich Promotions
Complimentary Breakfast Sandwich Promotions
McDonald's is Offering Free Egg McMuffins on March 2
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High-Value Flight Deals
High-Value Flight Deals
AirAsia X Boasts the AirAsia Unlimited Pass Which Will Last for One Year
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Automated Management Guidance Platforms
Automated Management Guidance Platforms
The 'Peoplelogic.ai' Platform Improves Team Performance
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Multimedia-Enhanced Merchant Platforms
Multimedia-Enhanced Merchant Platforms
Shopify Added 3D Models for Merchants on Its Platform
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Convenience-Focused Fridge Deals
Convenience-Focused Fridge Deals
Samsung Delight Offers Discounts on Frost Free Refrigerators
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Employee Venting Platforms
Employee Venting Platforms
The 'HiLo' Platform Lets Users Share Highs and Lows Anonymously
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Ride-Hailing Supply Deliveries
Ride-Hailing Supply Deliveries
Lyft Will Be Completing Food and Medical Supply Deliveries
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Resturant Gift Card Websites
Resturant Gift Card Websites
The SaveOurFaves Gift Card Site Was Launched to Help Restaurants
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Helpful Bull-Breeding Apps
Helpful Bull-Breeding Apps
Good Bulls by DataGene Helps Farmers Find Desirable Traits for Breeds
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Socialization Encouragement Workplace Apps
Socialization Encouragement Workplace Apps
The 'LEAD' App Facilitates Relationship Building
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Convenience Store Chicken Restaurants
Convenience Store Chicken Restaurants
Raise the Roost Chicken & Biscuits Offers Tasty Eats
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Convenient Cash-to-Digital Payments
Convenient Cash-to-Digital Payments
7-Eleven Customers Can Now Pay Online Bills at Store Locations
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Value-Priced Pizza Deliveries
Value-Priced Pizza Deliveries
These Chuck E. Cheese Family Packages are Available for Takeout
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Tier-Based Summery Loyalty Programs
Tier-Based Summery Loyalty Programs
Seafolly's Beach Club Successfully Encourages Repeat Purchases
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Eco-Conscious Skincare Supply Chains
Eco-Conscious Skincare Supply Chains
The KOA Skincare Company Creates Sustainable Products
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Kid-Made Custom Lip Balms
Kid-Made Custom Lip Balms
This Entrepreneur Kids Club Sold Lip Balms During the Winter Season
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Data-Based Car Insurance Discounts
Data-Based Car Insurance Discounts
Ford is Collaborating with Nationwide on Usage-Based Insurance
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Learning Skills for Employability
Learning Skills for Employability
An Interview with Jennifer Flanagan, CEO of Actua
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Preparing Hospitals for COVID-19
Preparing Hospitals for COVID-19
We Spoke with Mark Graban to See How the US is Managing Surges
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Subsidized Anti-Party Rental Offerings
Subsidized Anti-Party Rental Offerings
Airbnb is Helping Hosts Prevent Unauthorized Parties
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R&D Rocket Factories
R&D Rocket Factories
SpaceX Received Approval to Build Its Los Angeles Starship Factory
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Anti-Ageing Celebrity Skincare Brands
Anti-Ageing Celebrity Skincare Brands
Rob Lowe Created a New Skincare Line Named PROFILE® | Cobalt
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Collectible Premium Loyalty Programs
Collectible Premium Loyalty Programs
7-Eleven Entices Malaysian Consumers with Hello Kitty Plates
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Unlimited Coffee Subscriptions
Unlimited Coffee Subscriptions
MyPanera+Coffee Appeals to Those Who Drink Coffee Every Day
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Self-Employed Money Management Platforms
Self-Employed Money Management Platforms
'hello benji' Helps Self-Employed Individuals
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5G Retail Partnerships
5G Retail Partnerships
Walmart and Verizon are Collaborating on Stores with 5G Capabilities
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Fully-Carbon-Neutral Flight Tests
Fully-Carbon-Neutral Flight Tests
Boom's Development of the XB-1 Relies on Sustainable Fuel
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Women-Celebrating Gas Station Campaigns
Women-Celebrating Gas Station Campaigns
The 'She Will' Initiative from Shell Oil Co. is Playful
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Low-Cost QSR Family Meals
Low-Cost QSR Family Meals
The Panda Express $20 Family Meal Deal is Available for a Limited Time
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Social Media Sports Templates
Social Media Sports Templates
NFL Teams Increased Digital Presence Through Slate's Templates
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Wedding-Like Funeral Platforms
Wedding-Like Funeral Platforms
Farewelling Seeks to Make Funerals More of a Positive Experience
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Shoulder Button-Equipped Gaming Phones
Shoulder Button-Equipped Gaming Phones
Xiaomi Created to Versions of the Black Shark 3 Pro
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QSR Ordering Service Tests
QSR Ordering Service Tests
KFC Canada is Running a Test Where Customers Can Order Through Google
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Direct-to-Consumer Skincare Kits
Direct-to-Consumer Skincare Kits
Huron Launched a Line of Convenient Men’s Personal Care Products
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Adaptable EV Battery Designs
Adaptable EV Battery Designs
General Motors Revealed Its New Ultium Batteries for Electric Cars
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Rugged Retail Printers
Rugged Retail Printers
The Toshiba FP2 Printer Has an Intuitive User Interface
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The Swiss Army Knife of Agriculture
The Swiss Army Knife of Agriculture
An Interview with Brandi DeCarli, CEO of Farm from a Box
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Virtual Employee Engagement Workspaces
Virtual Employee Engagement Workspaces
'Teami' Helps Bolster Happiness and Productivity
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Cannabis Dispensary Drive-Thrus
Cannabis Dispensary Drive-Thrus
Mana Supply Co.'s Drive-Thru Encourages Safe Deliveries
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E-Scooter Market Expansions
E-Scooter Market Expansions
Spin Will Launch Its Electric Scooters in Various German Cities
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Restaurant Merch Advertising Promotions
Restaurant Merch Advertising Promotions
The Wingstop Wearable Billboards Campaign Pays Wearers
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Self-Serve Beverage Systems
Self-Serve Beverage Systems
7-Eleven's Machines Let Customers Be Their Own Barista
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Rideshare Ad Company Acquisitions
Rideshare Ad Company Acquisitions
Lyft Purchased an Ad Startup Company Named Halo Cars
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Designing an Electric Supercar
Designing an Electric Supercar
An Interview with Porsche Cars Canada CEO & President Marc Ouayoun
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Thematic Contemporary Magazines
Thematic Contemporary Magazines
Highsnobiety Launches 'HIGHStyle,' a New In-Print Venture
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Personalized Pricing-Focused Reward Apps
Personalized Pricing-Focused Reward Apps
The Repeat App Offers Special Prices Based on Two Factors
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Full-Service Restaurant Loyalty Programs
Full-Service Restaurant Loyalty Programs
Ready & Spendgo Partner to Streamline Consumer Experience
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Projecting Influencer Marketing's Growth
Projecting Influencer Marketing's Growth
We Spoke with Priya Chopra, Founder & CEO of 1Milk2Sugars
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Craft Convenience Stores
Craft Convenience Stores
7-Eleven's Evolution Stores Serve Handmade Tacos & Made-to-Order Drinks
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Data-Powered Skincare Lines
Data-Powered Skincare Lines
Disco Launched a Men's Skincare Line Based on Polling Data
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Tamper-Proof Mobile Food Orders
Tamper-Proof Mobile Food Orders
Chipotle Introduces Tamper-Proof Packaging During the Coronavirus
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Social Media Menu Campaigns
Social Media Menu Campaigns
Wendy's Launched a Multi-Platform Breakfast Campaign with Coupons
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Cashierless Grocery Shops
Cashierless Grocery Shops
Amazon Go Grocery Offers "Just Walk Out Shopping"
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Virtual Chicken Restaurants
Virtual Chicken Restaurants
Sam's Crispy Chicken is a Delivery-Only Virtual Restaurant Concept
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Electric Moped Acquisitions
Electric Moped Acquisitions
Tier Mobility Purchased Coup's Left Over Electric Scooters and Mopeds
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Checkout-Free Retail Expansions
Checkout-Free Retail Expansions
Amazon Now Has Agreements for Automated Checkout Systems
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Package Delivery Drone Partnerships
Package Delivery Drone Partnerships
UPS Flight Forward Has Partnered with Wingcopter
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Tech-Enhanced Styling Rooms
Tech-Enhanced Styling Rooms
JCPenney's Fitting Rooms Simplify the Try-On Experience
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Virtual Food Halls
Virtual Food Halls
Kitchen Hub Consists of Multiple Restaurants That Only Offer Takeout & Delivery
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Activist Workshop Stores
Activist Workshop Stores
The Body Shop's Body Care Store Returns to Its Activist Roots
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Collaborative Sneaker-Shaped Vases
Collaborative Sneaker-Shaped Vases
The Converse Tokyo x Ceramic Japan x .blnk Retails for $85 USD
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Gourmet Pizza Vending Machines
Gourmet Pizza Vending Machines
Basil Street Uses Robotics to Serve Fresh, Thin-Crust Pizzas
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Fast-Growing Russian Supermarket Chains
Fast-Growing Russian Supermarket Chains
The Successful VkusVill is Planning a Sizeable Expansion
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Ocean Plastic Textiles
Ocean Plastic Textiles
Camira Boasts Plastic Bottle Fabric, Supporting Sustainability Initiatives
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