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NRF 2024 Retail’s Big Show: Community, Luxury and Loyalty

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NRF 2024 Retail’s Big Show: Community, Luxury and Loyalty

At the biggest retail conference in the US, all eyes were on experiential retail, the evolution of the luxury consumer and the critical role of loy...
Retail : Events : Luxury
Gen Z Activism

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Gen Z Activism

As polarisation deepens in the US, Gen Z are using their voice online, and in office, to create change.
Society : Youth : US
Ivy League colleges can help secure prestigious career paths but not higher earnings

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Ivy League colleges can help secure prestigious career paths but not higher earnings

A report released in July 2023 challenges the notion that an Ivy League degree directly translates to higher salaries and reveals that the true val...
Higher Education : University : Ivy League
Stat: The most liveable US city is not in North America

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Stat: The most liveable US city is not in North America

In its annual report on the world's most liveable cities, released in June 2023, The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) reveals that Honolulu (Hawai...
Europe : Hospitality : City
Stat: Cannabis could replace prescription medications

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Stat: Cannabis could replace prescription medications

Some 29% of US adults are consuming cannabis products to reduce their usage of prescription medications.
Health : Wellness : Cannabis
Accessible Premium

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Accessible Premium

From taking the idea of the dollar store online to the rejection of big brands, retailers are exploring how they can democratise quality and bring...
Retail : Digital : The American Middle
Moët Hennessy enters the premium tequila market

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Moët Hennessy enters the premium tequila market

Mexico – The brand’s Volcán de mi Tierra product has been crafted to reflect the volcanic terrain in Tequila’s Jalisco region.
Drinks : Luxury : Alcohol
Bext360 aims to transform coffee supply chains using blockchain

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Bext360 aims to transform coffee supply chains using blockchain

Denver – Alongside blockchain, the technology will use artificial intelligence (AI) and the Internet of Things (IoT) to analyse coffee quality and ...
Coffee : Blockchain : The Internet Of Things
Bespoke beauty

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Bespoke beauty

New York – SheaMoisture has launched a new beauty range that is designed to be mixed at home.
SheaMoisture : Fresh Batch Beauty : Personalisation
State of repair

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State of repair

US – A growing number of US states are seeking legislation to enable consumers to repair certain electronic devices.
Whole-system Thinking : Electronics : Sustainability
Defeating the demons

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Defeating the demons

California – A new ad featuring National Basketball Association player Stephen Curry addresses the issue of men’s mental health.
Mental Health : Advertising : Male Positivity
Selective sweetness

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Selective sweetness

St Louis, US – Panera Bread has announced that it will post sugar and calorie information on all of its self-service drinks.
Civic Brands : Sugar : Drinks
Physical focus

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Physical focus

US – A new study by Retail Dive shows that US consumers are more inclined to shop in physical stores than online.
Retail : Streamlined Shopping : Brick-and-mortar
Equal play

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Equal play

US – Nike has launched its new Equality campaign that actively drives change in the community.
Nike : Brandstanding : Wellness
Scheduled spending

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Scheduled spending

California – INSTO is a new person-to-person payment app that enables users to schedule payments and buy or sell in instalments.
INSTO : Mobile Money : Finance
Transparent health

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Transparent health

US – New health and wellness start-up Care/of is targeting the on-demand vitamins and supplements market with its transparent and tailor-made service.
Care/of : Convenience Culture : Health
Refusing to conform

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Refusing to conform

US – Verizon has refused to release an update that would render recalled Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphones inoperable until after the holiday season.
Samsung : The Dislocated World : Verizon
Mindful messaging

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Mindful messaging

Vancouver – Apparel brand Kit and Ace has released a short film that explores the meaning of the holiday season.
Kit And Ace : Pause For A Moment : Branding
Get the Memo

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Get the Memo

US – Memo has launched a try-before-you-buy retail concept for luxury jewellery.
Memo : On Demand Luxury : Jewellery
Staying sober

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Staying sober

New York – Curious Elixirs creates hand-crafted, non-alcoholic drinks inspired by popular craft cocktails.
Curious Elixirs : Drinks : Party-totallers
Wired help

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Wired help

San Francisco – Clara Labs has developed a virtual employee that schedules meetings and helps workers to
Clara Labs : Virtual Assistant : Personal Appsistants
Always on time

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Always on time

San Francisco – Octopus is a wearable device for children designed to teach them the power of timekeeping.
Wearable Tech : Children : Future Family
Fit for all

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Fit for all

US – Retailers can no longer afford to ignore plus-size consumers as the market looks set for continued growth in 2016.
Plus-size : Retail : North America
Generation game

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Generation game

Connecticut – Billed as the battery that’s ‘there when you need it most’, Duracell tested this promise to its limit on an epic adventure to one of ...
Connecticut : Duracell : North America
Passing the torch

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Passing the torch

US – The conservative spending habits of Millennials could spell trouble for the American economy.
Millennials : Standard & Poor : Beth Ann Bovino
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