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Top 60 Retail Trends in October

From Boutique Garden Center Retailers to Eco Private Label Lines

— October 24, 2020 — Business
These October 2020 retail trends range from boutique garden center retailers to sustainable private label initiatives.

Standouts include the Essential Waitrose collection's new sustainable packaging pledge. The UK-based grocer's private label recently announced up to 200 new product lines with plans to shift to sustainable packaging by 2023 -- with packaging aiming to be "recyclable, reusable or home compostable."

STUMP is another notable example. The boutique home and garden retailer recently opened its fourth location in Cleveland’s Van Aken District and combines a chic interior with a curated product inventory and knowledgeable experts. The retailer speaks to Millennial plant lovers with a knowledgeable staff and an Instagram-friendly aesthetic that is both enticing and inspiring -- especially during COVID-19 as more consumers personalize their living spaces while spending time at home.
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Curbside Voter Registration Hubs
Curbside Voter Registration Hubs
Nordstrom Commits to Encouraging Voter Education & Participation
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Furniture Store Vegan Menu Expansions
Furniture Store Vegan Menu Expansions
IKEA Japan Recently Added Several Vegan Items to Its Menu
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Customer-Loyalty QSR Launches
Customer-Loyalty QSR Launches
Starbucks Rewards Members with its New Star Days Promotion
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57
Health Test Drone Deliveries
Health Test Drone Deliveries
Walmart is Trialling At-Home COVID-19 Self-Collection Kits via Drone
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56
Same-Day Halloween Merchandise Deliveries
Same-Day Halloween Merchandise Deliveries
Spirit Halloween Has Teamed Up with Instacart
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Farmer-Supporting E-Commerce Technologies
Farmer-Supporting E-Commerce Technologies
Local Line Connects Consumers with Local Farmers
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Cost-Cutting Grocery Promotions
Cost-Cutting Grocery Promotions
Blakemore Retail Will Launch a Buy One, Get One for a Penny Promo
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53
Supportive Personalized Insoles
Supportive Personalized Insoles
Fleet Feet's Pressure Mapping Supports Individualized Solutions
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QSR Mandatory Mask Policies
QSR Mandatory Mask Policies
Starbucks Canada Now Requires All Customers to Wear Facial Coverings
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Plant Discovery Retailer Databases
Plant Discovery Retailer Databases
Sheridan Nurseries' Plant Finder is Informative and Educational
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Convenience Store Delivery Services
Convenience Store Delivery Services
7-Eleven and Instacart Teamed Up to Offer Same-Day Delivery
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Combined Customer Loyalty Cards
Combined Customer Loyalty Cards
John Lewis and Waitrose Unveiled a Joint Loyalty Scheme
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In-Store Voter Registrations
In-Store Voter Registrations
Steve Madden Joins Voto Latino for a 2020 Voter Registration Campaign
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Flat-Rate Food Delivery Fees
Flat-Rate Food Delivery Fees
FreshBytes is Supporting Restaurants With New Wallet-Friendly Rates
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Dedicated Fulfillment Hubs
Dedicated Fulfillment Hubs
Bed, Bath & Beyond Introduces Regional Fulfillment Centers
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Mobile Retail Vaccination Clinics
Mobile Retail Vaccination Clinics
The Giant Mobile Vaccination Clinic will Offer Flu Shots
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Grocer Click-and-Collect Services
Grocer Click-and-Collect Services
Aldi Trials a Click-and-Collect Service to Match Competitors
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Guilt-Free Shopping Initiatives
Guilt-Free Shopping Initiatives
Rethink Breast Cancer is Partnering with Beauty and Fashion Brands
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PWYC Burger Promotions
PWYC Burger Promotions
This Burger King Whopper Sandwich Deal Lets Patrons Pay What They Want
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Online Grocery Deliveries Trials
Online Grocery Deliveries Trials
Deliveroo & Waitrose Launched a 30-Minute Grocery Delivery Trial
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Voter-Encouraging Shoe Shops
Voter-Encouraging Shoe Shops
Foot Locker & Rock the Vote are Creating Voter Registration Sites
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Virtual Influencer Installations
Virtual Influencer Installations
In Tokyo, IKEA's In-Store Installation Stars Imma
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Floating Sphere-Shaped Stores
Floating Sphere-Shaped Stores
Apple is Opening a Beautifully Designed Floating Store in Singapore
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Makeup Recycling Bins
Makeup Recycling Bins
Maybelline's Make-Up Not Make Waste Campaign Accepts Any Makeup Packaging
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Supermarket Private Label Partnerships
Supermarket Private Label Partnerships
Coles and Sansbury's Partner Up on a Private Label Deal
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Consumer-Tracking Retailer Apps
Consumer-Tracking Retailer Apps
Smart Plant Home Helps Retailers Track Plant Purchasing Habits
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Safety-Focused Customer Traffic Apps
Safety-Focused Customer Traffic Apps
A New Lowe’s Employee App Monitors In-Store Traffic
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QSR Loyalty Program Expansions
QSR Loyalty Program Expansions
Starbucks Rewards is Now Compatible with Cash & Card
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Virtual Plant Nurseries
Virtual Plant Nurseries
Nature Hills is America's Largest Online Plant Retailer
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Seamless Grocery Order Platforms
Seamless Grocery Order Platforms
SPAR UK's Online Ordering Service Aims to Streamline Deliveries
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Digital Guest Experience Loyalty Programs
Digital Guest Experience Loyalty Programs
QuickChek Leverages Paytronix for New Loyalty Program
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Commercial Micro-Fulfillment Solutions
Commercial Micro-Fulfillment Solutions
Dematic Helps Retailers in Addressing Consumer Demand
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PPE Retail Sanitation Stations
PPE Retail Sanitation Stations
The Masonways Multi-Purpose Sanitizing Island Enhances Protection
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Dark Grocery Stores
Dark Grocery Stores
The Walmart Pickup Point is Only Meant to Fulfill Online Orders
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E-Grocery Private Label Expansions
E-Grocery Private Label Expansions
BigBasket Will Launch 500 New Products by 2021
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Contactless Pickup Lockers
Contactless Pickup Lockers
The Lowe's Pickup Lockers Are a Direct Response to COVID-19
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Private Label Grocery Expansions
Private Label Grocery Expansions
Walmart's Great Value Brand Includes 80 New Products
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Live Jewelry Shopping Shows
Live Jewelry Shopping Shows
Jared Epic Expressions is a Real-Time Shopping Experience
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22
Eco-Friendly QSR Cups
Eco-Friendly QSR Cups
Starbucks is Piloting 'Greener' To-Go Cups in Vancouver
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Supermarket Convenience Store Concepts
Supermarket Convenience Store Concepts
Asda Debuts the 'On the Move' Convenience Store Concept
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Subscription-Based Product Deliveries
Subscription-Based Product Deliveries
Walmart Introduced Walmart+ with Unlimited Deliveries
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Plant-Based Private Label Groceries
Plant-Based Private Label Groceries
Co-op's GRO Range Highlights Meatless Protein Options
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Online-Only Healthy Supermarkets
Online-Only Healthy Supermarkets
Whole Foods Market Opened a Delivery-Only Location in Brooklyn
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At-Home Arena Experiences
At-Home Arena Experiences
Skip The Dishes Debuts the 'Gear Up with Skip' Campaign for Fans at Home
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Gaming-Specific Eyewear Collections
Gaming-Specific Eyewear Collections
OAKLEY Unveiled Its First Optical Solution Designed for Gaming
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Renovation Supply E-Retailers
Renovation Supply E-Retailers
RenoRun Makes Building Supply Deliveries More Speedy and Convenient
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Sustainable Private Label Initiatives
Sustainable Private Label Initiatives
The Essential Waitrose Range Will Feature Eco Packaging
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Contactless Mask Vending Machines
Contactless Mask Vending Machines
Keen Launched Its First Face Mask Vending Machines
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Digital Sign Solutions
Digital Sign Solutions
BrighSign Boasts Retail Tech Solutions for Maintaining COVID-19 Spread
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French Home Improvement E-Retailers
French Home Improvement E-Retailers
ManoMano is a French Startup Aiming to Make DIY Projects Easy
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Immersive Craft Stores
Immersive Craft Stores
Michaels' Test and Learn Stores Include Art Hubs & Maker Spaces
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Medical-Grade UV Sanitizers
Medical-Grade UV Sanitizers
Hudson's Bay Uses CleanSlate UV Sanitizers at Entry & Exit Points
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Contactless Cosmetic Try-Ons
Contactless Cosmetic Try-Ons
Perfect Corp.'s Virtual Makeup Try-On Includes Face Mask Detection
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Automated Parcel Delivery Robots
Automated Parcel Delivery Robots
The Conceptual 'Delivery Droid' Has Been Tested by Australia Post
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Smart Grocery Shops
Smart Grocery Shops
The Amazon Fresh Grocery Store Shares the Expertise of Amazon Alexa
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Men’s Essentials Subscription Labels
Men’s Essentials Subscription Labels
Tomorrows Laundry is an Essentail Online Subscription Label
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Rural Unstaffed Supermarkets
Rural Unstaffed Supermarkets
Lifvs Brings Automated Supermarkets Where They're Needed Most
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3
Boutique Garden Center Retailers
Boutique Garden Center Retailers
STUMP's Cleveland Location is Its Fourth Boutique Space
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Touchless Commercial Coffee Machines
Touchless Commercial Coffee Machines
This New Coffee System Sells Break Fluid Coffee
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Millennial-Friendly Pop-Up Grocery Stores
Millennial-Friendly Pop-Up Grocery Stores
Pop Up Grocer Will Launch a Brooklyn Location in October
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