Groupon opens Concept Store

Groupon opens its first ever retail concept store in Singapore’s Suntec City shopping mall. As well as being a collection point for purchases already made from the website, there are iPads for shoppers to browse, purchase, print and redeem coupons on the spot. Selected products are available for display and for testing, and there is […]

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Retail meets with Mircosoft Kinect

Featured in PSFK’s Future of Retail report is the following two concepts that utilise Microsoft Kinect‘s gesture-tracking technology: “Fashion retailer Nordstrom created a digital window display at it’s Seattle flagship store that allowed pedestrains to virtually paint on the glass. The technology captured hand gestures and converted these actions into corresponding white streaks that appeared […]

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De-tech

Reinforcing JWT Intelligence’s 2011 prediction for digital downtime, is software and plug-ins, LeechBlock and Freedom, which forcibly prevent users from going online for set periods of time. In addition, Susan Maushart’s book, The Winter of Our Disconnect, records six months where she and her three teenagers spend ‘unplugged’ from mobile phones, games consoles and PCs, […]

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Hermès Silky Net Café

As I mentioned on a tweet; luxury French fashion brand Hermès has been busy, with a new Paris store, a finger-boarding video, a pop-up scarf store and the ‘Kellydescope‘. Well, last night I had the privilege of being part of Hermes’ initiatives and attended the exclusive cocktail launch of Hermès Silky Net Café in Hong Kong. Said to bring […]

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Hermes Finger Skate

What an unlikely couple…Alexis Milant directs a viral video for French luxury goods firm Hermes, featuring some Fingerboard skate action and the Fall/Winter 2010 Collection. Its been time since I’ve watched some fingerboarding and so I found myself staring at the action rather than the merchandise. Source: ThreeBillion

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Chinese Mega internet shopping mall

Baidu, China’s Internet search giant and Rakuten, the largest online shopping mall operator in Japan, has joined forces to invest in e-commerce site, Lekutian. Aiming to topple Taobao, the mainland’s current top online retailer, it has already signed up an initial 1,000 brands including large and small suppliers of apparel, fashion accessories, furniture, home electronics […]

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Invite-only Internet

Providing an interesting read, PSFK mentions how the internet originally conceived to be “a level playing field with open-source code, anonymous commenting, crowdsourcing and wikis” – which eliminated the caste system, is currently being flooded with exclusive, invite-only sites for the elite.

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Ask 500 People

Ask500People is a real-time polling service. Users submit questions and watch as results arrive from around the world. This is potentially a great tool for obtaining instant opinions and feedback on products, marketing etc. I love the way that the ‘live’ interface moves to show the location of the most recent person (in the world) whose […]

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