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Top 100 Business Innovations in May

From Mobile ECommerce Fitting Rooms to Barista-Locating Apps

— May 30, 2016 — Business
These May 2016 business innovations range from artistic finance manuals to members-only pop-up shops that are designed to promote exclusivity. On the retail innovation front, pop-ups like Jordan's activation in Brooklyn celebrate an iconic athleticwear brand while simultaneously promoting Nike's Nike+ app. This exclusive location will be open for a limited time and can only be accessed by Nike+ members, further promoting an already successful lifestyle brand.

When looking at the month's entrepreneurial innovations, notable examples include artistic business and branding books that are changing the way young professionals approach new ventures. While business training manuals and books have has negative associations in the past -- appearing too dense for those without a traditional business background -- publishers are releasing immersive manuals that make anyone comprehend the tools needed to achieve success.

This same philosophy is prevalent with brands' promotional materials and in-house training manuals which are making a transition from text-heavy to more visually stimulating.
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Activity
Freshness
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App-Focused TV Shows
App-Focused TV Shows
The New Apple Show Will Feature Content on Apps and Developers
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99
Red-Headed Restaurant Discounts
Red-Headed Restaurant Discounts
The Ginger’s Grill is Offering a Discount to Those with Red Hair
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98
Messaging Services Schemes
Messaging Services Schemes
Flipe Wants to Help the Messaging Expert Earn Money for Their Skills
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97
Barista-Locating Apps
Barista-Locating Apps
Coffee Shot Connects Users to an At Home Barista for a Custom Cup of Coffee
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96
Rural Mail Drone Deliveries
Rural Mail Drone Deliveries
Australia Post Deliveries are Being Trialled with Drone Technology
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95
Online Cryptocurrency Visualizers
Online Cryptocurrency Visualizers
'BITBONKERS' Visualizes Bitcoin Transactions in Real-Time
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94
Aggregated Job Platforms
Aggregated Job Platforms
'BetterWage' is an All-In-One Job Search Platform
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93
Ticket-Reserving Apps
Ticket-Reserving Apps
The ShooWin App Helps Sports Fans Get Face Value Tickets to Sports Events
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92
Graduate Job Hunting Apps
Graduate Job Hunting Apps
The LinkedIn Students App Streamlines the Job Hunting Process
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91
Long-Lasting Steel Receipts
Long-Lasting Steel Receipts
IKEA Austria Creates a Hardy Proof of Payment for Lifetime Products
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90
Gas Delivery Apps
Gas Delivery Apps
The Yoshi App Lets You Refuel Your Vehicle at Home Or Work
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89
Ridesharing Car Rentals
Ridesharing Car Rentals
'HyreCar' Helps People Without a Car Rent One to Drive for Uber and Lyft
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88
On-Demand Detailing Services
On-Demand Detailing Services
The Envi App Allows Users to Request a Water-Free Car Wash Anytime
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87
Third Party Tech Initiatives
Third Party Tech Initiatives
The GoPro Developer Program Supports Businesses Using Its Action Cams
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86
Marketplace Website Builders
Marketplace Website Builders
The Etsy Pattern Platform Helps Sellers Create Their Own Site
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85
Wage Gap Coloring Books
Wage Gap Coloring Books
This Adult Coloring Book from Bizwomen Comments on Pay Inequality
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84
Delayed E-Shopping Payments
Delayed E-Shopping Payments
FuturePay Gives Consumers the Freedom to Buy Online and Pay Later
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83
Instant Money Sharing Apps
Instant Money Sharing Apps
clearXchange Lets Users Conveniently Send Money Anywhere in the World
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82
Experimental Fast Food Restaurants
Experimental Fast Food Restaurants
This McDonald's Location Offers Customizable Menu Options
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81
Supercharged Police Trucks
Supercharged Police Trucks
The Ford F-150 Special Service Vehicle is Ready for Law Enforcement
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80
Label-Less Wine Retailers
Label-Less Wine Retailers
Winecrasher Uses a Model With Cheaper Prices Without Devaluating Brands
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79
Used Electronic Online Markets
Used Electronic Online Markets
Gone Lite is a Verified Web Source for Second-Hand Electronics
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78
Anti-Shopping Fashion Brands
Anti-Shopping Fashion Brands
MM.LaFleur Provides Professional Women with a Stress-Free Service
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77
Convenient Composting Services
Convenient Composting Services
Compost Nashville Picks Up Residential and Commercial Compost
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76
Earth Day Retail Makeovers
Earth Day Retail Makeovers
The Apple Earth Day 2016 Celebrations Include Green Uniforms
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75
High-End Amusement Park Restaurants
High-End Amusement Park Restaurants
The Tiffins Restaurant Bring Gourmet Dining to Disney World
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74
Investing Insight Apps
Investing Insight Apps
The Motley Fool App Empowers You to Make Smarter Financial Decisions
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73
Pop-Up Lunch Services
Pop-Up Lunch Services
'Sifted' Delivers Pop-Up Dining Services To Your Office
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72
Connected Healthcare Sections
Connected Healthcare Sections
This Store is Allocating Space for Digital Health Tools and Products
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71
IoT Service Providers
IoT Service Providers
Rogers Communications Provides IoT Infrastructure Solutions for Companies
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70
P2P Parcel Pickup Services
P2P Parcel Pickup Services
eNeighbr is a NYC Platform Helping Indivduals Receive Their Mail
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69
Retail Healthcare Facilities
Retail Healthcare Facilities
RediClinic Operates Walk-In Clinics Inside H-E-B Stores
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68
Virtual Stock Games
Virtual Stock Games
The Vestly App Hosts Stock Trading Contests Where Players Win Real Money
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67
Cost-Cutting Shopping Apps
Cost-Cutting Shopping Apps
Hafta Have Helps Users Save Money While Buying What They Want
<
66
Comfortable Nail Bars
Comfortable Nail Bars
The Allure Nail Bar Helps Women Relax with Netflix and Pillowy Seating
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65
Gamified Training Programs
Gamified Training Programs
'Lush Quest' is an Interactive Story-Based Onboarding Training Program
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64
Immediate Shopping Apps
Immediate Shopping Apps
Project September Allows Shoppers to Click an Image to Buy
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63
Casual Clubhouse Venues
Casual Clubhouse Venues
Nashville's Pinewood Social is a Quaint Retro Entertainment Complex
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62
Literal Fridge-Stocking Services
Literal Fridge-Stocking Services
This Grocery Delivery Service Includes Literal In-Fridge Stocking
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61
Hispanic Beverage Clubs
Hispanic Beverage Clubs
Nuestro Natural's Consumer Club Provides Inexpensive Natural Beverages
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60
Supermarket-Stocking Robots
Supermarket-Stocking Robots
These Autonomous Robots Help Grocery Stores Keep Track of Their Stock
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59
Artsy Finance Books
Artsy Finance Books
High Yield Future Tense Gets a Facelift For Its 50th Anniversary
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58
Smartphone Retail Service Hubs
Smartphone Retail Service Hubs
This Samsung Service Center in Switzerland is Customer-Focused
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57
Fast-Casual Deli Restaurants
Fast-Casual Deli Restaurants
Caplansky’s is Being Relaunched as an Authentic Jewish Franchise
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56
Community-Focused Boutiques
Community-Focused Boutiques
The 'House Of' Boutique Promotes Tennessee Fashion Designers
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55
Tattooed Japanese Restaurants
Tattooed Japanese Restaurants
Koi is Decorated with an Intricate Mural by Designer Claire Leina
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54
Gigantic Coffee Houses
Gigantic Coffee Houses
The Latest Starbucks New York City Spot Will Boast 20,000 Square Feet
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53
Social Selling Apps
Social Selling Apps
The Flogg App Makes Buying and Selling More Social Than Ever
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52
Ambient Wellness Events
Ambient Wellness Events
Starbucks and Philips Hosted the Energy Up Cafe in the Netherlands
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51
Mobile Plus-Size Boutiques
Mobile Plus-Size Boutiques
'The Plus Bus' Brings Plus-Size Clothing Directly to Consumers
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50
Smartphone Charger Rentals
Smartphone Charger Rentals
The AnkerBox is an Inexpensive and Convenient Phone Charger Service
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49
Bohemian Baby Wear Stores
Bohemian Baby Wear Stores
The Rich Hippies Store Offers Locally and Internationally Made Products
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48
Bartering Coworking Spaces
Bartering Coworking Spaces
Blogfabrik Let's Writers Work in There for Free in Exchange for Posts
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47
Seat-Free Restaurant Concepts
Seat-Free Restaurant Concepts
This New McDonald's Location Has No Seating Area for Customers
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46
Italian Supercar Amusement Parks
Italian Supercar Amusement Parks
The North American Ferrari Theme Park is for Car Enthusiasts
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45
High-Tech Grocery Hubs
High-Tech Grocery Hubs
Yummy.com's Offline Store is a Millennial-Targeted Destination
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44
Streamlined Design Platforms
Streamlined Design Platforms
Havenly Lets You Hire Interior Designers For Low Prices
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43
In-App Loyalty Programs
In-App Loyalty Programs
H & M Club Lets Shoppers Collect Rewards Via the Retailer's App
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42
Tech Maker Subscription Boxes
Tech Maker Subscription Boxes
'Creation Crate' Offers a Tech Education Subscription Service
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41
Geometric Tea Shop Interiors
Geometric Tea Shop Interiors
The Sweetea's Storefront Boasts Pop-Out Seats and Tables
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40
Clothing-Optional Pop-Ups
Clothing-Optional Pop-Ups
'The Bunyadi' Pop-Up Will Allow Patrons to Dine in the Nude
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39
Fast Food Gaming Systems
Fast Food Gaming Systems
This Chain is Installing Samsung Galaxy Tablets in Its UK Locations
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38
Student-Supporting Toothbrushes
Student-Supporting Toothbrushes
The 'Flooxa' Toothbrush is Designed by Students to be Beautiful
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37
Custom Coffee Delivery Services
Custom Coffee Delivery Services
'DOERS.coffee' Offers Custom Roasted Coffee Beans
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36
Treasure Hunt Warehouses
Treasure Hunt Warehouses
Kouraku Kiln Created a Fun Service to Alleviate Unsold Goods
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35
Furniture Store Incubators
Furniture Store Incubators
The West Elm Local Program Supports Independent Designers
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34
Brooding Forest Office Designs
Brooding Forest Office Designs
The Slack Melbourne Office Focuses on Concentration and Tranquility
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33
All-Orange Streetwear Boutiques
All-Orange Streetwear Boutiques
Atelier New Regime Has Opened Its First Store in Montreal
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32
Wall-Mounted Stool Storage
Wall-Mounted Stool Storage
Ekimetrics Interestingly Incorporates Seating as Part of Its Decor
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31
Autonomous Aerodynamic Shipping Trucks
Autonomous Aerodynamic Shipping Trucks
The Zoltan Major Concept Truck is Beautiful and Functional
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30
Integrated Bodywear Departments
Integrated Bodywear Departments
The 'Body Studio' Combines Fashion, Fitting Stations and Food
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29
Fashion Ambassador Programs
Fashion Ambassador Programs
Nordstrom's Program Introduces Students to the World of Retail Fashion
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28
Branded eCommerce Shipping Boxes
Branded eCommerce Shipping Boxes
eBay Shipping Boxes Provide Sellers with a Branded Option
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27
Activewear Prototyping Studios
Activewear Prototyping Studios
The Lululemon Lab in NYC is an Experimental Retail Concept
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26
Ultra-Modern Swimwear Shops
Ultra-Modern Swimwear Shops
Bikini Village is Embracing a New Logo and Store Concept
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25
Automated Business Matchmaking Services
Automated Business Matchmaking Services
Swaaap.com's Platform Connects Businesses & Entrepreneurs
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24
Boho-Glam Design Shops
Boho-Glam Design Shops
Vintage Sparkle Brings Vintage Bohemian Decor to Nashville Residents
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23
De-Stressing Care Packages
De-Stressing Care Packages
Pick Me Up Parcels is a Gift Box Service Focusing on Mindful Activities
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22
Temporary Mobile App Boutiques
Temporary Mobile App Boutiques
The Wakaka Store in Tianjin Displays the Brand's Gadgets and Apps
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21
In-Store Co-Working Stations
In-Store Co-Working Stations
Staples is Introducing Office Sharing Within Its Retail Locations
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20
Shared Home Designs
Shared Home Designs
Airbnb-Styled Homes Shows How the Company is Shaping the Future of Housing
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19
Logo-Less Tech Storefronts
Logo-Less Tech Storefronts
The Memphis Apple Store Boasts a 37-Foot Display Inside
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18
Menswear Subscription Boxes
Menswear Subscription Boxes
Lewk Uses Algorithms to Curate Fashionable Looks for Customers
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17
Localized Unisex Skincare Shops
Localized Unisex Skincare Shops
The New Aesop Hanover Store is Inspired by the Frankurt Kitchen
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16
In-Store Flower Trucks
In-Store Flower Trucks
Fendi's Ginza Boutique Features a Truck Kiosk That Sells Bouquets
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15
Hyper-Real Dystopic Mannequins
Hyper-Real Dystopic Mannequins
The Hood by Air Windows at Barneys Feature Custom Mannequins
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14
Eco-Friendly Feminine Products
Eco-Friendly Feminine Products
This Company Sells Organic Pads, Tampons and Panty Liners
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13
Ribbon-Like Wood Tables
Ribbon-Like Wood Tables
Produce Workshop Designs a Unique Office Interior in Singapore
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12
Rooftop Spirulina Farms
Rooftop Spirulina Farms
This Startup is Growing Edible Algae on Top of a Bangkok Hotel
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11
Volcanic Beauty Shop Interiors
Volcanic Beauty Shop Interiors
The New Aesop Shop is Inspired by Japan's Mountainous Landscape
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10
Meditation-Focused Offices
Meditation-Focused Offices
The Headspace Headquarters is Mindful of Employees Overall Well-Being
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9
Self-Scanning Shopping Apps
Self-Scanning Shopping Apps
QueueHop Lets You Skip the Line With Smartphone Self-Service Checkout
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8
Persuasive Branding Books
Persuasive Branding Books
Fascinate by Sally Hogshead Teaches Brands How to Be Irresistible
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7
Members-Only Pop-Up Shops
Members-Only Pop-Up Shops
The Jordan Brooklyn Pop-Up is Temporarily Open in Flatbush
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6
Loose Leaf E-Commerce Brands
Loose Leaf E-Commerce Brands
CitizenTea is a Newly Launched Premium E-Commerce Brand
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5
Members-Only Retail Stores
Members-Only Retail Stores
E-Retailer Revolve's Exclusive Store is Just for Top-Spending Members
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4
Luxury Travel Pop-Ups
Luxury Travel Pop-Ups
'The Carry-On' is Pop-Up Series from High-End Retailer Kit and Ace
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3
Department Store Food Halls
Department Store Food Halls
The Fenwick Food Hall Has Opened in the Brand's Original Store
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2
Smart Grocery Concepts
Smart Grocery Concepts
Coop Italia Imagines a Supermarket of the Future Powered by Microsoft
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1
Mobile eCommerce Fitting Rooms
Mobile eCommerce Fitting Rooms
The True & Co. Mobile Retail Store Brings the Online Store to Life
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