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PSFK’s Top Retail Stories Of 2012

PSFK’s Top Retail Stories Of 2012
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A roundup of our 20 most popular retail articles from the past year.

Andrew Vaterlaus-Staby, PSFK Labs
  • 24 december 2012

As the year draws to a close, PSFK is rounding up the most interesting, compelling, and popular posts of the past year.

Check out our top 20 most popular retail stories of 2012 below:

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Tokyo Cafes Let You Have A Coffee An Cuddle With A Cat

Japan hosts numerous cat cafés that invite people to drink coffee in the relaxing company of friendly cats.

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Hotel Lets Guests Stay In Their Room For Free Until Someone Else Checks In

Instead of worrying about checking out at 11am or 12pm, Art Series Hotels and Naked Communications have created the ‘Overstay Checkout’.

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New Scifi Film Explores Impact Of Brand Messages On Desire

The forthcoming science fiction movie Branded looks at how brand messages can be used to influence people and make them act on their desires.

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Mobile Phone Charging Stations Pop Up In NYC Bars

New York-based startup – Juicebox is a simple mobile phone charging station that allows users to recharge their iPhones, Androids, or BlackBerries in public venues.

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Applebee’s Reinvests Itself As A Nightclub

Family-friendly chain Applebee’s plans to bring nightlife to suburbia by reinventing itself as an after-hours entertainment destination, offering half-price appetizers, drink specials, dance music, and karaoke after 10pm.

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Rethinking The Physical Brand Retail Presence In New Ans Strategic Ways [PSFK Conference SF]

PSFK talks to a Partner at IDEO about helping companies reconsider the role that retail might play within their larger business.

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IKEA Opens VIP Airport Lounge Complete With Beds For Napping

Travelers at France’s Roissy-Charles de Gaulle Airport can relax in style thanks to IKEA’s new VIP lounge that houses over 220-square meters of family-friendly space.

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McDonald’s Partners With Angry Birds To Create A New Fast Food Centric Game

In China, Rovio has partnered with McDonald’s to offer location-based Angry Birds games inside the fast food restaurants.

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Japanese Cuddle Cafe Lets Patrons Spoon With A Stranger

If you’re desperate for a cuddle, head to the newly opened ‘Soine-ya‘ (‘sleeping together-shop’) in Akihabara, Japan.

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Order 3D Printed Pasta At Google’s Cafeterias

If experimenting with technology for a living wasn’t enough, Googlers can now experiment with it over lunch as well.

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China Turns Quarry Into An Underground Luxury Hotel [Pics]

An abandoned quarry in Shanghai’s Songjiang District in China will be turned into an amazing 19-storey hotel complex.

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IKEA Plans To Build A Private Neighborhood In London

IKEA has expanded its brand from products to homes and now to a whole neighborhood, with plans to start construction on 11 hectares of land in London next year, which will feature 1,200 houses and apartments fully owned by the Swedish furniture company.

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Food Cart Design That Doesn’t Block Airline Aisles

Orbit is a concept system for delivering food on commercial aircraft by UK designer Heather Dunne.

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Pop Up Shot Lets You Buy Chocolate With Good Deeds, Not Cash

Danish chocolate brand Anthon Berg opened a pop-up chocolate shop for one day only, where people had to pay with the promise of a good deed instead of cash or a credit card.

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Floating Theater Lets Audiences Watch Films In The Middle Of The Ocean

Beijing-based architect Ole Scheeren designed a floating cinema just in time for the inaugural edition of Thailand’s Film on the Rocks Yao Noi Festival.

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Walmart Introduces Virtual Pop Up Store

Walmart Canada and Mattel have launched a virtual pop-up toy store in Toronto to make it easy and convenient for shoppers to buy gifts during an often rushed holiday season.

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How A Japanese Architect Interprets Starbucks

A newly opened Starbucks location in Fukuoka challenges the brands’ ubiquitous coffee shop interior decor.

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Hello Kitty Gets Its Own Airline [Pics]

A Taiwanese airline has used the iconic Japanase cartoon character Hello Kitty to decorate their planes and staff uniforms.

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PSFK Launches 2012 ‘Future Of Retail’ Trends Report

We launch our third annual survey of retail trends exploring the key factors driving change in shopper behaviors and expectations.

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11 Startups Reshaping NYC’s Fashion Industry

A look at the winners from Bloomberg’s ‘Project Pop-Up,’ a competition to find innovative fashion retailers and technology companies in New York City.

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Watch This Fire Pit Dance Along To Your Favorite Song

Music City Fire is a system that is designed to flicker in time to ambient music

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Slick GPS Navigator Gives Directions To Moped Riders

This small, round device attaches to a sideview mirror to display maps for safer traveling

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A Clock That Beautifully Manages Your Information Overload

The wall-mounted timekeeper is made to help people maintain focus and stay up to date with their appointments

Arts & Culture september 23, 2016

Performance Piece Blends Dancers Into Folds Of Light

The work provides commentary on the increasing connection between programmed and analog dimensions

Design & Architecture september 23, 2016

Design Firm Adapts Childhood Homes For Unemployed Young Adults

The studio has unveiled three prototypes of transformed living spaces for people forced to move back in with their families

Health september 23, 2016

These Chocolate Squares Claim To Reverse The Aging Process

A group of researchers from Cambridge University have developed a candy bar that promises to give you a youthful glow

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Food-Producing Architecture Competition Seeks To Better Feed Cities

A design challenge in Copenhagen highlights the need and beauty of urban farming

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Creative Agency Founder: Using VR As A Race Relationship Tool

Maurice Bernstein, CEO and Founder of Giant Step, explores the value in transforming headsets from high-tech entertainment tools into empathy machines

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The Future Of Work: Why Innovation Is Every Employee’s Job

PSFK Labs sits down with management at Johnson & Johnson to learn how the company comes up with their next ‘big idea’

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Wearable Monitors Sun Exposure To Prevent Sunburn

The clip monitors UV rays to make sure you're not receiving too much sunlight

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Productivity Expert: The Magic Of The Five-Hour Workday

Stephan Aarstol, Founder of Tower Paddle Boards, explains why the modern notion of office hours needs to evolve

Culture september 23, 2016

This Exhibition’s Crowning Jewel Is An 18k Gold-Plated Toilet

The piece, titled 'America,' is meant to raise questions about the country's wealth inequality

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Match Up With Dates On Tinder Based On Your Music Preferences

A new partnership with Spotify lets people pair up based on shared tastes in artists

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Capture, Cut Up, And Configure Your World In 360 Degrees

To meet a booming 360 and VR video-capturing industry, a multimedia software company bolstered its media editing suite for 360-video creation

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These Trucks Drove Around In Circles For 24 Hours To Keep Time

The giant ticking clock was created by 14 Scania vehicles in a deserted airfield

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Buy Movie Tickets Directly From Your Facebook Profile

The new feature is part of a campaign from Fandango to further imbed social media into the ticket vendor's digital presence

Asia september 23, 2016

Co-Working Space Brings The Calming Atmosphere Of Nature Indoors

An architectural firm in China has designed a new type of shared office that prioritizes the natural environment

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