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Top 90 Business Trends in February

From Viral News Services to Retail Beacon Platforms

— February 22, 2015 — Business
These February 2015 business trends range from viral news services to retail beacon platforms that enhance the shopping experience of consumers. In the retail sector, the month's key ideas include predictive shopping apps and tech-infused fitting rooms that connect shoppers with customer service reps while giving them access to stock and sizing info.

On the manufacturing front, 3D printing is only becoming more popular as design-it-yourself printing shops and 3D printing stations become a go-to resource for both small and established businesses.

When examining the month's marketing patterns, these February 2015 business trends include minimalist branding initiatives and experiential retail concepts that transform the way one experiences e-commerce. Whether experimenting with simulated or predictive tech, businesses are moving toward the future with the help of forward-thinking and convenience-focused innovations.
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Indie Bookstores Search Tools
Indie Bookstores Search Tools
CityShelf Lets You Browse the Stock of Independent Book Shops in NYC
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88
Social Media Book Clubs
Social Media Book Clubs
Mark Zuckerberg Introduces 'A Year of Books' as a New Year's Resolution
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87
Sharp Vendor Websites
Sharp Vendor Websites
The Kershaw Knives Website Features a Clean Aesthetic
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86
Sustainable Business Shifts
Sustainable Business Shifts
Sinopec Group Moves Away from the Oil Market to 3D Printing
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85
Underwater Phone Stores
Underwater Phone Stores
This Unique Mobile Store is Situated Underwater in Dubai
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84
Monthly Crowdsourced Subscriptions
Monthly Crowdsourced Subscriptions
Patreon is a New Subscription That Helps Ideas Becomes Products
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83
Experimental Drug Start-Ups
Experimental Drug Start-Ups
Ronald Brus' myTomorrows is the Latest Take on the Dallas Buyers Club
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82
Workplace Messaging Apps
Workplace Messaging Apps
The Memo App Serves as a Forum for Anonymous Workplace Chats
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81
Social Banking Transactions
Social Banking Transactions
ICICI Bank Lets You Perform Social Media Money Transfers via Twitter
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80
Speedy Transit-Finding Services
Speedy Transit-Finding Services
The Shift Transportation App Offers Users a Five Minute Guarantee
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79
Amphibious Car Auctions
Amphibious Car Auctions
Four Amphicars Are Set To Be Auctioned Off In January
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78
Auto Buyer E-Commerce
Auto Buyer E-Commerce
Autohome is China's Leading Car Consumer Website
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77
Caregiver-Honoring Apps
Caregiver-Honoring Apps
The Careticker Rewards Platform Redeems Volunteer Support-Givers
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76
Restaurant Server-Rating Apps
Restaurant Server-Rating Apps
Unlike Other Restaurant Review Apps, Grate Focuses on Individuals
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75
Satellite Internet Services
Satellite Internet Services
Google's Project Loon Will Bring More People Online
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74
Professional Post Platforms
Professional Post Platforms
Spotslet Link Sharing Targets the Interests of Your Work Colleagues
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73
Hybrid Retail Platforms
Hybrid Retail Platforms
eBay's Retail Associate Platform Aims to Increase Brand Engagement
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72
Online Car Part Catalogs
Online Car Part Catalogs
K-eCommerce Lets Mechanics Find Auto Components by User-Friendly Means
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71
Local Shopping Kiosks
Local Shopping Kiosks
American Express' Shop Small Helps You Experience Local Treasures
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70
SMS Lunch Services
SMS Lunch Services
Toronto's Gob is a Service That Lets You Order Lunch by Text Message
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69
Legendary Motorcycle Auctions
Legendary Motorcycle Auctions
The Upcoming Steve McQueen Auction Comprises Legendary Motorbikes
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68
Ethical Aromatherapy Collections
Ethical Aromatherapy Collections
The Vitruvi Fragrances are Inspired by Global Daily Rituals
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67
Party Guide Services
Party Guide Services
Zoola Fix Lets You Book a 'Fixer' to Connect You with the Hottest Nightlife
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66
Cross-Cultural Beer Campaigns
Cross-Cultural Beer Campaigns
An English-Spanish Corona Commercial Communicates Across Continents
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65
Artistic Temporary Tattoo E-Retailers
Artistic Temporary Tattoo E-Retailers
The Tattly Website Features Customized Faux Body Art
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64
Smartphone-Detecting Location Services
Smartphone-Detecting Location Services
Presence Orb Lets You Know if Retail Stores are Packed
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63
Accessible 3D Printing Software
Accessible 3D Printing Software
The Leopoly App Expands to Expands to Schools and Businesses
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62
Temporary 12-Hour Stores
Temporary 12-Hour Stores
iZettle's Temporary Store Hosts Small Businesses for Just 12 Hours
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61
QR-Accessible Subway Libraries
QR-Accessible Subway Libraries
Beijing's Underground Library Lets You Scan Codes to Read eBooks
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60
On-Demand Mover Apps
On-Demand Mover Apps
The Extremely Handy Lugg Moving Service Gets You Help Moving Heavy Objects
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59
Self-Destructive Novel Campaigns
Self-Destructive Novel Campaigns
James Patterson's Private Vegas Book Promotion is Thrilling
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58
Beauty-Rating Restaurants
Beauty-Rating Restaurants
China's Jeju Island Joint Gives Free Meals to Good-Looking Customers
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57
Story-Focused Online Shops
Story-Focused Online Shops
All Good Organics Sells Fair Trade Bananas on Dynamic E-Commerce Site
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56
Senior Artist Campaigns
Senior Artist Campaigns
Selfridges' Bright Old Things Highlights Artists Over the Age of 40
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55
Catty Crowdfunded Cards
Catty Crowdfunded Cards
Exploding Kittens is a Hilarious Card Game for the Absurd-Appreciating
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54
Urban Meditation Studios
Urban Meditation Studios
Unplug Studio is a Place to Quiet Your Mind in the City
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53
Retail Beacon Platforms
Retail Beacon Platforms
The GPShopper App & In-Store Beacons Enhance Retail Engagement
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52
Online Jewelry Consultations
Online Jewelry Consultations
Bauble Bar Pairs Its Web Shoppers with a Personal Stylist
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51
Hi-Tech Product Placements
Hi-Tech Product Placements
The Tesco Stores Introduce Image Recognition Technology for Shelves
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50
Smart Discount Cards
Smart Discount Cards
Plenty Helps Consumers Clean Up Their Wallet with a Single Card
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49
Curated Tourism Apps
Curated Tourism Apps
Kate's Goodness Provides Picturesque Local Travel Tips
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48
High-Tech Store Checkouts
High-Tech Store Checkouts
Tesco Introduces State-of-the-Art Machines to Cut Down Queues
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47
Artsy Chocolate E-Retailers
Artsy Chocolate E-Retailers
Le chocolat des Francais Boasts Illustrated Branding and Web Design
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46
Mailman-Eliminating Drone Couriers
Mailman-Eliminating Drone Couriers
These On-Demand Delivery Drones Can Carry Items Up to 500 grams
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45
Wearable Tech Rentals
Wearable Tech Rentals
Lumoid Lets You Test Drive with Their New Wearable Gear Rental Services
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44
Viral News Services
Viral News Services
Snapchat and Vice Team Up in a New Business Experiment
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43
Online Farmers' Markets
Online Farmers' Markets
Good Eggs Brings the Freshness & Convenience of Farmers' Markets Online
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42
Consumer Self-Help Books
Consumer Self-Help Books
'You Have Too Much Shit' Helps People Get Rid of Their Stuff
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41
Pop-Up Floral Shops
Pop-Up Floral Shops
Calvin Klein's NYC Location Hosts a Temporary Shop for Floral Arrangements
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40
Hands-Free Grocery Apps
Hands-Free Grocery Apps
Tesco's Google Glass Grocery App Makes Shopping Easy In-Store & at Home
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39
Digital Customer-Engaging Stores
Digital Customer-Engaging Stores
GameStop Focuses on In-Store Experiences for the Online Shopper
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38
Sparkly Hate Mail
Sparkly Hate Mail
'Ship Your Enemies Glitter' is a Revenge Service that Gets Just About Everywhere
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37
Gaming-Inspired Recipe Books
Gaming-Inspired Recipe Books
This Video Game Cookbook by Holly Green Makes Virtual Dishes Real
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36
Cannabis Subscription Services
Cannabis Subscription Services
Marvina Offers Beautifully Branded Medical Marijuana Delivery
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35
Record-Setting Vehicle Auctions
Record-Setting Vehicle Auctions
The Toyota Tacoma Polar Expedition is a World Record Holder
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34
Real-Time X-Ray Streaming
Real-Time X-Ray Streaming
SureTech System Offers Accessible Video Support to Security Personnel
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33
Communal Tool Sharing
Communal Tool Sharing
This Concept Proposes Vending Machine Rentals of Handy Implements
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Van Delivery Services
Van Delivery Services
Cab Company Uber is Trying Out a New Logistics Service in Hong Kong
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31
3D Printing Shops
3D Printing Shops
Copenhagen's 3D Printhuset Makes 3D Printing Accessible to All
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Experiential Tech Zones
Experiential Tech Zones
Best Buy Integrates 'The Intel Experience' in Stores Across the Nation
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29
Additive Manufacturing Shops
Additive Manufacturing Shops
Aylesbury's 3D Print World Stocks Printer Kits and Hosts Workshops
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28
Blind Buying Assistants
Blind Buying Assistants
This Braille Barcode Scanner Helps the Visually Impaired Choose Products
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Holistic Beauty Campaigns
Holistic Beauty Campaigns
Harrods's Happy New You Approaches Beauty with Products, Fitness & Food
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26
Brand-Boosting Tips
Brand-Boosting Tips
This Infographic is for Those Who are Into Improving Brand Recognition
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Artistic Employee Manuals
Artistic Employee Manuals
EF Labs' Company Manual is Inspired by Children's Books
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Customizable Retail Gifts
Customizable Retail Gifts
Shapeways x Target's 3D-Printed Gifts Provide Personalization
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Jewelry 3D Printer
Jewelry 3D Printer
The Sharebot J-3D is Designed Specifically For Jewelry Printing
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On-Demand Flower Deliveries
On-Demand Flower Deliveries
Urbanstems Provides Same Day Bouquets at In-House Costs
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21
Budget Interior Design Services
Budget Interior Design Services
Homepolish Provides Affordable New York Interior Designers
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20
Interactive Retail Tables
Interactive Retail Tables
Neiman Marcus Improves Shopper Experience with Integrated Technology
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New Venture-Killing Advice
New Venture-Killing Advice
This Infographic Lists Startup Mistakes Entrepreneurs Should Avoid
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Serene Shipping Boxes
Serene Shipping Boxes
This Shipping Box Concept Takes Inspiration from the Movement of Cloth
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Contactless Donation Shops
Contactless Donation Shops
This Interactive Display Window Collects Contactless Payment Donations
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Gender-Neutral Clothing Stores
Gender-Neutral Clothing Stores
Natalia Manzocco Curates Fashion Perfect for Both Men and Women
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3D-Printed Hardware
3D-Printed Hardware
This Partnership Shows Off Makerbot 3D-Printed Home Depot Tools & Hardware
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Minimalist Online Surf Shops
Minimalist Online Surf Shops
SALT's Responsive Ecommerce Site Uses an Aesthetically Pleasing Grid
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13
Interactive Dressing Rooms
Interactive Dressing Rooms
Bloomingdale's Introduces Smart Fitting Rooms with iPad Devices
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12
Fragrant Experiential Pop-Ups
Fragrant Experiential Pop-Ups
Glade's Pop-Up Boutique is Branded as One That 'Sells Feelings'
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11
3D Printing Stations
3D Printing Stations
Staples Teams Up with 3D Systems to Offer 3D-Printing In-Store
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10
X-Ray Business Cards
X-Ray Business Cards
These Cool Business Card Designs Mimic Medical Imagery
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9
Experiental Scent Bars
Experiental Scent Bars
Habitat Pure's Fragrance Bar Provides a Multi-Sensory Experience
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8
Buttoned-Up Shipping Boxes
Buttoned-Up Shipping Boxes
This Box Packaging Design for WonderPix Uses Fewer Fasteners
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7
3D-Printed Retail Platforms
3D-Printed Retail Platforms
This 3d Startup is Now Offering Its Products on Sears.com
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Gallery-Style Patisseries
Gallery-Style Patisseries
The À La Folie Pastry Shop Displays its Sweet Treats Like Works of Art
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5
Outfit-Modeling Mirrors
Outfit-Modeling Mirrors
Neiman Marcus' Memory Mirror Digitally Compares Outfits
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4
Returnable Shipping Boxes
Returnable Shipping Boxes
The 'There and Back Pack' is a Handy Return Shipping Box
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3
Interactive In-Store Displays
Interactive In-Store Displays
Kate Spade Introduces Perch Technology to Better Customer Experience
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2
Bent Corner Boxes
Bent Corner Boxes
This Retail Shipping Box Design Has Corners That Are Easy to Open
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Envelope Shipping Boxes
Envelope Shipping Boxes
These Printed Box Designs Show Off Maximum Style and Ease of Opening
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