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Top 100 Retail Trends in May

From DIY QSR Meals to Designer Masks

— June 3, 2020 — Business
This list of May 2020 retail trends follows some of the key pivots companies have been implementing in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, highlighting the unique ways that brands evolving to give consumers what they need during these uncertain times.

Some standouts from this list include at-home solutions from QSR restaurants, like Subway and Taco Bell. Both stores have opted to provide take home meal kits to help families or individuals re-construct popular menu items. In addition to offering something familiar, this idea elevates takeout, making it feel more exciting. Meanwhile, brands like Nike are keeping consumers engaged online with unique and topical campaigns that play into consumers' new workout habits, while encouraging mindfulness.
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Charitable Eco-Friendly Sparkling Ales
Charitable Eco-Friendly Sparkling Ales
High Park Brewery Helps Launch the Seeds of Change Brew
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102
Piquant Bean-Based Side Dishes
Piquant Bean-Based Side Dishes
The SER!OUS BEAN CO Jalapeño & Bacon Beans are Satisfying
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101
Complimentary QSR Tacos
Complimentary QSR Tacos
Taco Bell is Giving Away Doritos Locos Tacos for One Day at Drive-Thrus
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100
Cake-Flavored Sandwich Cookies
Cake-Flavored Sandwich Cookies
Limited Edition Tiramisu Oreos Have Arrived on Store Shelves
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99
Chocolate-Swirled Pastry Rolls
Chocolate-Swirled Pastry Rolls
Tastykake's New Chocolate Swirls are Studded with Chocolate Bits
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98
Multifunctional Event Space Kiosks
Multifunctional Event Space Kiosks
The Genmega Universal Kiosk 2 Handles Food Orders and More
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97
Black Bean Hummus Dips
Black Bean Hummus Dips
Aldi's Park Street Deli Black Bean Hummus Has an Ultra Creamy Texture
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96
Caramel-Filled Chocolate Truffles
Caramel-Filled Chocolate Truffles
Lindt Dulce De Leche Truffles are Irresistibly Smooth
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95
Convenience Store Reward programs
Convenience Store Reward programs
Express Rewards is Being Launched by Friendly Express
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94
Contact-Minimizing Fuel Pump Protectors
Contact-Minimizing Fuel Pump Protectors
Thorntons is Offering Anti-Static Hand Protectors
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93
Family-Sized Deli Meals
Family-Sized Deli Meals
McAlister’s Deli's New Family Meals are an Easy Dinner Solution
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92
Low-Cost QSR Kid's Meals
Low-Cost QSR Kid's Meals
Drive-Thru Customers Can Get an Arby's Kids Meal for Just $1
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91
Archival Neutral Tonal Footwear
Archival Neutral Tonal Footwear
HANON and Padmore & Barnes Join on a New Higgins Silhouette
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90
Crowdsourced Stock-Checking Apps
Crowdsourced Stock-Checking Apps
The 'WhatsInStock' App Helps Shoppers Know What's Available
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89
Zesty Citrus-Infused Gins
Zesty Citrus-Infused Gins
The Gordon’s Mediterranean Orange Distilled Gin is Limited-Edition
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88
Nationwide Prescription Deliveries
Nationwide Prescription Deliveries
Instacart is Expanding Delivery Options from Costco Pharmacy
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87
Community Bread Donation Campaigns
Community Bread Donation Campaigns
The Angelic Bakehouse 'Loaf You' Campaign Supports Families
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86
Chocolaty Brownie Bites Cereals
Chocolaty Brownie Bites Cereals
Cocoa Puffs Brownie Crunch Cereal is Returning to Store Shelves
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85
One-Way Grocery Aisles
One-Way Grocery Aisles
United Supermarkets Have Introduced Measures to Help Curb COVID-19
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84
Two-in-One Money Authentication Devices
Two-in-One Money Authentication Devices
The BANC G5800 Counterfeit Money Detector is Easy to Use
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83
Thankful Essential Worker Ads
Thankful Essential Worker Ads
The Ad Council Debuted the Heartfelt 'Out There For Us' Campaign
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82
Chicken-Infused Protein Smoothies
Chicken-Infused Protein Smoothies
BE Protein Smoothies Incorporate Macro Nutrients
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81
After the Anniversary of Legalization
After the Anniversary of Legalization
An Interview with High Park Company CMO Adine Fabiani-Carter
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80
Two-Hour Retail Deliveries
Two-Hour Retail Deliveries
Walmart is Drastically Expanding Its Two-Hour Express Delivery Service
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79
Off-Peak Shopping Initiatives
Off-Peak Shopping Initiatives
Buehler’s Fresh Foods is Offering 'Best Time to Shop' on its Website
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78
Spreadable Sharp Cheddar Cheeses
Spreadable Sharp Cheddar Cheeses
Aldi's Spreadable Sharp Cheddar Cheese Can Be Added to Anything
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77
Movie-Inspired Korean Noodle Dishes
Movie-Inspired Korean Noodle Dishes
Instant Ram-Don Will Be Released Globally
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76
Ontario-Wide Craft Beer Deliveries
Ontario-Wide Craft Beer Deliveries
Collective Arts is Implementing a Direct Delivery Service
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75
Premium Low-Cost Snack Ranges
Premium Low-Cost Snack Ranges
These New Graze £1 Snacks are Healthy and Accessible
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74
Plant-Based Chicken Tests
Plant-Based Chicken Tests
KFC China is Testing Plant-Based Chicken
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73
Smart Shopping Lists
Smart Shopping Lists
Basketful Makes It Easy to Create and Share Grocery Lists
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72
Boozy Artisan Marshmallows
Boozy Artisan Marshmallows
Sweet Niks' Margarita Marshmallows are a Gourmet Food Gift
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71
Savory Butter Pretzel Snacks
Savory Butter Pretzel Snacks
Rold Gold Recipe No. 5 Pretzels Have a Satisfying Crunch and Flavor
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70
Marshmallow-Studded Corn Cereals
Marshmallow-Studded Corn Cereals
Frosted Flakes with Marshmallows are Coming to Stores This April
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69
Coffee Chain Delivery Services
Coffee Chain Delivery Services
Tim Hortons Delivery is Now Being Offered by Uber Eats
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68
Contactless Digital Currency Payments
Contactless Digital Currency Payments
LG CNS' Facial Recognition Payments Combine AI & Blockchain
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67
Family Takeout Restaurant Meals
Family Takeout Restaurant Meals
The Zaxby's Zax Family Packs Come with Enough for Four People
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66
Enhanced Grocery Safety Measures
Enhanced Grocery Safety Measures
The Organic Garage Emphasizes Social Distancing and Sanitation
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65
At-Home Try-On Services
At-Home Try-On Services
Zoot Taxi Simplifies the Process of Trying on Clothes at Home
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64
Ready-to-Cook Chicken Dinners
Ready-to-Cook Chicken Dinners
The Pollo Pantry Menu Features Ready-to-Cook Marinated Chicken
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63
Crowdsourced Grocery Store Apps
Crowdsourced Grocery Store Apps
The Covidmaps Platform Informs Users About Store Operations
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62
Takeout Protein Orders
Takeout Protein Orders
Moe's Market Offers Proteins and Ingredients a La Carte in Bulk
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61
Grocery Shopping Reservation Services
Grocery Shopping Reservation Services
OpenTable is Helping to Provide Consumers a Safe Way to Shop
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60
Pureed Roasted Veggie Dips
Pureed Roasted Veggie Dips
The New Lineup of Sabra Veggie Dips are Made with Roasted Vegetables
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59
Ready-To-Cook Steaks
Ready-To-Cook Steaks
Texas Roadhouse is Selling Ready-To-Cook Steaks for Home Cooking
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58
Travel-Inspired T-Shirt Giveaways
Travel-Inspired T-Shirt Giveaways
Contiki and Teemill Joined Forces to Combat Fast Fashion
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57
Jewelry Brand Cupcake Collaborations
Jewelry Brand Cupcake Collaborations
Kendra Scott Worked with Sprinkles on a Mother’s Day Gift Set
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56
Streamlined Virtual Event Platforms
Streamlined Virtual Event Platforms
Rebus Technology Launches New Products in the Wake of COVID-19
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55
Fast Food Coffee Syrups
Fast Food Coffee Syrups
The New Dunkin' Swirl Syrups Help You to Add Some Sweetness to Your Coffee
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54
Clean Beauty Brand Acheivements
Clean Beauty Brand Acheivements
Skincare Brand belif Received its ‘Clean at Sephora’ Beauty Badge
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53
Hospital-Specific Grocery Pop-Ups
Hospital-Specific Grocery Pop-Ups
Costcutter is Launching Grocery Pop-Ups in UK Hopstials
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52
Indulgent Caramel Ice Creams
Indulgent Caramel Ice Creams
The Cadbury Caramel Ice Cream is Packed with Flavor
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51
Cosmic-Inspired Bath Products
Cosmic-Inspired Bath Products
The Village Company's HALLU Cosmic Range Takes Cues from Astrology
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50
Vibrant Mixed Media Sneakers
Vibrant Mixed Media Sneakers
Longchamp Paris Launched Its 'Freeminders' Line for the Summer
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49
Online Order-Enabling Retail Platforms
Online Order-Enabling Retail Platforms
'SK Takeaway' Gets Businesses Setup for Takeout Orders Fast
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48
Spiced Mayo Condiments
Spiced Mayo Condiments
The Heinz Mayoracha Has a Kick of Heat for Foodies to Enjoy
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47
Family-Sized Meal Bundles
Family-Sized Meal Bundles
Panera is Helping Families Quarantine with Its Panera Family Feast
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46
Crowdsourced Shopping Apps
Crowdsourced Shopping Apps
The Live Lineups App Tracks Wait Times at Grocery Stores
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45
Preppy Sportswear Collaborations
Preppy Sportswear Collaborations
Extra Butter and adidas Join Forces on the Cableknit Collection
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44
Retailer Meatball Recipes
Retailer Meatball Recipes
IKEA Shared Its Signature Swedish Meatball Recipe for Home Cooking
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43
Pint-Sized Ice Cream Sandwiches
Pint-Sized Ice Cream Sandwiches
Aldi's Vanilla Minis Ice Cream Cookie Sandwiches are a Tiny Treat
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42
DIY Diner Meal Kits
DIY Diner Meal Kits
The Denny's Make-at-Home Meal Kits Allow for Easy Family Favorite Meals
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41
DIY Fondue Kits
DIY Fondue Kits
Edible Arrangements Has Launched a DIY Fondue Product Line
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40
Wardrobe-Tracking Apps
Wardrobe-Tracking Apps
The 'Storey' App Organizes Fashion Items and Tracks Value
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39
Dessert-Inspired Artisan Candles
Dessert-Inspired Artisan Candles
Leah and May's Bake Sale Wooden Wick Candle is Cake-Themed
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38
Convenient Pre-Packed Food Kits
Convenient Pre-Packed Food Kits
Pinkie Farm Has Launched Essential Food Kits for £25 Each
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37
Hospital Convenience Pop-Ups
Hospital Convenience Pop-Ups
7-Eleven and Children's Health's Store Supports Healthcare Workers
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36
Sanitation-Focused Grocery Stores
Sanitation-Focused Grocery Stores
Peter's Independent Grocers Hired a Local Cleaning Company
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35
High-Quality Eco Retailer Wines
High-Quality Eco Retailer Wines
This Waitrose Box Wine Stays Fresh for 10 Days or More
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34
Plexiglass Checkout Protectors
Plexiglass Checkout Protectors
The SafetyGuard Plastic Shield Protects Employees and Shoppers
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33
Charitable Coffee Campaigns
Charitable Coffee Campaigns
Dunkin' Coffee Break Supports Frontline Workers in the US
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32
Problem-Solving Student QSR Promotions
Problem-Solving Student QSR Promotions
Burger King is Offering a Free Whopper Sandwich to Students
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31
Self-Contained Foodservice Appliance Cleaners
Self-Contained Foodservice Appliance Cleaners
The Stoelting Companion Cart is All-in-One
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30
Low-Cost QSR Meal Deals
Low-Cost QSR Meal Deals
The Burger King 3 for $3 Meal Deal is Here for a Limited Time
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29
At-Home Sandwich Kits
At-Home Sandwich Kits
Subway Marketplace Allows Customers to Craft Their Own Sandwiches at Home
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28
Luxe Online Beauty Boutiques
Luxe Online Beauty Boutiques
Chanel's Pop-Up Beauty Store Offers Makeup, Skincare and Fragrance
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27
Bulk Food Ingratiate Platforms
Bulk Food Ingratiate Platforms
The Pepper App Will Now Deliver Bulk Food Items to Consumers
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26
Drive-Thru Sampling Stations
Drive-Thru Sampling Stations
Three Wishes Turned a Driveway Into a Space to Safely Share Samples
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25
Cosmetic Sampling Programs
Cosmetic Sampling Programs
Glow Recipe is Inviting Consumers to Try Its Newest Lab Sample
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24
No-Contact Shopper Initiatives
No-Contact Shopper Initiatives
Giant Food is Introducing One-Way Aisles to Curb Customer Contact
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23
Stay-at-Home Family Meal Deals
Stay-at-Home Family Meal Deals
The New Family Meals from Noodles & Company Feed Up to Four
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22
AI-Matched Makeup Shades
AI-Matched Makeup Shades
The AI Smart Shade Finder Makes Individual Recommendations
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21
Bubblegum Pink Bakeries
Bubblegum Pink Bakeries
The Pretzel bakery in Melbourne Boasts a Vibrant, Monochromatic Design
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20
Modern-Heritage-Inspired Apparel
Modern-Heritage-Inspired Apparel
Brandon League Launched the 'Parallel x League' Collection
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19
Biology-Themed Retail Spaces
Biology-Themed Retail Spaces
Basalt Architects' Bioeffect Reykjavik Store Boasts Geometric Accents
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18
Branded Online Yoga Challenges
Branded Online Yoga Challenges
Nike Partnered with Little Thunder for a 7 Day Yoga Challenge
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17
Convenient Store Sneaker Collaborations
Convenient Store Sneaker Collaborations
7-Eleven X Nike Sneaker is Unique and Colorful
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16
Card-Carrying Smartphone Protectors
Card-Carrying Smartphone Protectors
The Moment iPhone Wallet Case Comes in Two Options
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15
Pampering Minimalist Haircare
Pampering Minimalist Haircare
MONDAY Haircare is Packed with More Active Ingredients Than Usual
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14
Pay-as-You-Go Solar Fridges
Pay-as-You-Go Solar Fridges
Youmma's Compact Fridge Runs on a Single Solar Panel
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13
Drive-Thru Greengrocers
Drive-Thru Greengrocers
Tokyo's Food Supply Provides Safe Access to Fruits and Vegetables
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12
Family-Sized QSR Meal Deals
Family-Sized QSR Meal Deals
The Wendy's Feed The Fam Deals Come in Two Options
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11
Kinetic Retail Display Platforms
Kinetic Retail Display Platforms
Converge Retail Updates the Interactive In-Store Retail Display
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10
Beauty Retailer Subscription Boxes
Beauty Retailer Subscription Boxes
Sephora is Replacing Its Play! Box with the Sephora Luxe Box
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9
Take-Home Asian Diner Meals
Take-Home Asian Diner Meals
The Pei Wei Family Bundle is Available at Select Locations
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8
Creativity-Inspired Department Store Campaigns
Creativity-Inspired Department Store Campaigns
Selfridges' Launched 'Creativity is Not Cancelled'
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7
Smart Lifestyle Shops
Smart Lifestyle Shops
Suning's Smart Retail Experience Center Has Virtual Shelving & More
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6
Plastic-Free Deodorant Tubes
Plastic-Free Deodorant Tubes
Procter & Gamble Beauty is Introducing Paper Deodorant Tubes
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5
In-Store Occupancy Monitors
In-Store Occupancy Monitors
The SmartOccupancy System Tracks the Number of People in a Store
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4
Inexpensive Taco Meal Deals
Inexpensive Taco Meal Deals
The Taco Bell $10 Cravings Pack is Available Nationwide
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3
Athletic Adventurer Camping Trailers
Athletic Adventurer Camping Trailers
The Winnebago Hike Camper Accommodates Sports Gear
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2
Fashion Label-Made Face Masks
Fashion Label-Made Face Masks
Lacoste Emolyees are Creating Reusable Face Masks during COVID-19
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1
Open-Concept Coffee Shops
Open-Concept Coffee Shops
This % Arabica Coffee Shop Design in Shanghai is Airy and Stylish
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