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Top 50 Retail Trends in May

From Simplified Late-Night QSR Menus to Isolated Ocean Taco Bars

— May 26, 2019 — Business
The May 2019 retail trends cover a variety of quick service restaurant expansions and menu additions, in-store shopping experiences that aim to draw consumers in, unique pop-ups, and interactive mirrors that make shopping more efficient and personalized.

An example of the latter includes the AR mirrors from Flow Akaline Spring Water and MemoMi. The mirrors were added to make grocery stores more interactive and promote the water brand's new product. When shoppers stand in front of the mirrors, they're prompted to choose a "superpower" that matches with one of the brand's new water flavors. When they choose a power, the mirror covers them in a matching cape, mask and badge.

With the legalization of recreational cannabis last year, Toronto has finally received its first dispensaries, with The Honey Pot being the very first to open its doors. The dispensary has an aesthetic focus that greatly enhances the buying experience, with a polished interior that's complete with transparent sample jars that allow shoppers to look at and smell the different flower strains before they buy.
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Indulgent QSR Latte Drinks
Indulgent QSR Latte Drinks
The New Dunkin’ Signature Lattes are Made with Premium Espresso
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49
American Diner Crepe Menus
American Diner Crepe Menus
The New Denny's Crepes Menu Includes Three Options
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48
Hawaiian Getaway QSR Contests
Hawaiian Getaway QSR Contests
The Arby’s $6 Hawaiian Getaway Contest is Food-Focused
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47
Savory Low-Cost Breakfast Meals
Savory Low-Cost Breakfast Meals
The New Pilot Flying J Breakfast Burritos Come in Three Options
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46
Indulgent QSR Dessert Biscuits
Indulgent QSR Dessert Biscuits
The KFC Cinnabon Dessert Biscuits are a Limited-Edition Creation
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45
Chef-Inspired QSR Sandwiches
Chef-Inspired QSR Sandwiches
The Subway Club Collection Includes Three New Flavors to Choose From
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44
Indulgent Ice Cream Coffees
Indulgent Ice Cream Coffees
Dunkin' Baskin-Robbins Ice Cream Flavored Coffee is Dessert-Inspired
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43
Online Recipe-Inspired QSR Sandwiches
Online Recipe-Inspired QSR Sandwiches
The Subway 'Inspired by Tastemade' Menu is Data-Backed
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42
Cold Brew Coffee Smoothies
Cold Brew Coffee Smoothies
The Smoothie King Coffee D-Lite Smoothies are Low in Fat
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41
Breakfast Food Sampling Platters
Breakfast Food Sampling Platters
The IHOP Ultimate Breakfeasts are Here for a Limited Time
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40
Caffeinated Cold Brew Milkshakes
Caffeinated Cold Brew Milkshakes
The Potbelly Cold Brew Coffee Shake is Limited-Edition
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39
Wooden Plank-Prepared Seafood
Wooden Plank-Prepared Seafood
The Red Lobster Cedar-Plank Seafood Event Includes Three New Dishes
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38
Energy Drink-Infused Frozen Beverages
Energy Drink-Infused Frozen Beverages
The Sonic Red Bull Slushes Offer a Refreshing Energy Boost
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37
Whole Grain Morning Sandwiches
Whole Grain Morning Sandwiches
The Panera Bread Whole Grain Breakfast Wraps Come in Three Options
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36
Furniture Store Easter Brunches
Furniture Store Easter Brunches
IKEA is Hosting Its Easter Påskbord with an All-You-Can-Eat Buffet
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35
Teriyaki-Flavored Gourmet Burgers
Teriyaki-Flavored Gourmet Burgers
The Red Robin Porkiyaki Burger is Made with Savory Ingredients
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34
Playful Springtime Doughnuts
Playful Springtime Doughnuts
The New Krispy Kreme Spring Doughnuts Come in Three Varieties
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33
Simplified Late-Night QSR Menus
Simplified Late-Night QSR Menus
The McDonald's After Midnight Menu is Focused on Speedy Service
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Coffee Brand Loyalty Programs
Coffee Brand Loyalty Programs
The Tim Hortons Tims Rewards Program will launch in the US
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Interactive Fragrance Displays
Interactive Fragrance Displays
Macy's is Introducing a Dynamic In-Store Experience with Fragrance
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30
RFID-Enabled Sports Stores
RFID-Enabled Sports Stores
Decathlon Uses Mobile Checkout Stations to Help Customers Avoid Lines
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29
Artisan-Quality Chicken Sandwiches
Artisan-Quality Chicken Sandwiches
The Culver's Spinach Artichoke Chicken BLT Sandwich is Tasty
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28
Fantasy Series Coffee Drinks
Fantasy Series Coffee Drinks
This Game of Thrones-Themed Espresso Cream Latte is Limited-Edition
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27
Cosmic Popping Candy Donuts
Cosmic Popping Candy Donuts
The Dunkin' Shooting Star Donut Offers a Burst of Blue Raspberry
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26
Popcorn-Encrusted Fried Chickens
Popcorn-Encrusted Fried Chickens
The KFC Popcorn Crispy Chicken is Available in Hong Kong
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25
Isolated Ocean Taco Bars
Isolated Ocean Taco Bars
Lime Out VI is a Floating Taco Bar in the Caribbean
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24
Cookie-Topped QSR Sundaes
Cookie-Topped QSR Sundaes
The Wendy's Frosty Cookie Sundae Comes in Chocolate and Vanilla Options
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23
Skincare-Specific Interactive Pop-Ups
Skincare-Specific Interactive Pop-Ups
Estée Lauder's Pop-Up Boasts the Advanced Night Repair Serum
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22
App Payment-Only Grocery Stores
App Payment-Only Grocery Stores
This Sainsbury’s Store Features a Till-Free Experience
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21
Full-Bodied Bakery Cold Coffees
Full-Bodied Bakery Cold Coffees
The Panera Bread Cold Brew Comes in Three Varieties
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20
Big-Box Retailer Robots
Big-Box Retailer Robots
Walmart Plans to Deploy Thousands of Robotic Solutions in Stores
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19
Savory Waffle Breakfast Sandwiches
Savory Waffle Breakfast Sandwiches
The Burger King Maple Waffle Sandwich is Being Tested in Ohio
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18
Ultra-Stylish Collaborative Shoe Designs
Ultra-Stylish Collaborative Shoe Designs
The adidas ZX Series is Given a Style Edge by Shelflife
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17
Shopping Party Apps
Shopping Party Apps
Dote's Live Shopping Platform Lets Influencers Host Events
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16
Interactive Grocery Store Mirrors
Interactive Grocery Store Mirrors
Flow and MemoMi are Introducing AR Mirrors to Grocery Spaces
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15
QSR Grab-and-Go Breakfast Bowls
QSR Grab-and-Go Breakfast Bowls
The New Dunkin’ Bowls Come in Two Delicious Options
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14
Bridal Concept Stores
Bridal Concept Stores
Floravere Offers an Innovative Retail Experience for the Millennial Bride
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13
YouTuber Burrito Promotions
YouTuber Burrito Promotions
Chipotle is Celebrating National Burrito Day with the Dobrik Burrito
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12
Tech-Enabled Fashion Shops
Tech-Enabled Fashion Shops
SELECTED's Future You Fashion Retail Store Shares Elevated Experiences
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11
Luxury Cannabis Boutiques
Luxury Cannabis Boutiques
The Royal Highness Cannabis Boutique is a High-End Dispensary
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10
Physics-Based Try-On Mirrors
Physics-Based Try-On Mirrors
FXMirror Measures Pressure to Offer a Realistic Fitting Simulation
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9
On-the-Go Luxurious Makeup Pop-Ups
On-the-Go Luxurious Makeup Pop-Ups
Givenchy Engages Travellers Through an Immersive Activation
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8
Design-Forward Cannabis Retailers
Design-Forward Cannabis Retailers
The Hunny Pot in Toronto is Upscale, Slick and Approachable
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7
Immersive Sleep Brand Pop-Ups
Immersive Sleep Brand Pop-Ups
Endy's Endy Lodge is a Showroom Spotlighting the Brand's Products
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6
Color-Coordinated Shop-in-Shops
Color-Coordinated Shop-in-Shops
STORY at Macy’s Encourages Exploration Through Color
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Pop-Up Grocery Shops
Pop-Up Grocery Shops
Pop Up Grocer Shares Specialty Products from Innovative Brands
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4
AI-Powered Grocery Stores
AI-Powered Grocery Stores
The Walmart IRL Store of the Future Integrates Artificial Intelligence
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3
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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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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Indie Cosmetic-Centric Stores
Indie Cosmetic-Centric Stores
SHOWFIELDS is a Newly Opened Beauty Store in NYC's NoHo Neighborhood
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