Top 10 Ways Retailers Changed The Game In 2013

Top 10 Ways Retailers Changed The Game In 2013

From mani-pedis for men to a Nike store made out of reused garbage, check out the most read-about retail projects of the year.

  • 28 december 2013

In 2013, retail store and products popped up in the most surprising of places, utilizing true creativity turn customers’ heads. Check out the stories that were enough to turn readers’ heads as well, and see how they fit into larger trends in our Future of Retail Report.

Harvey Nichols’ Ultra-Cheap Gifts Pander To The Self-Indulgent [Video]

High-end retailer Harvey Nichols has launched a new gift collection that features low-cost products like a set of toothpicks, a packet of “authentic Lincolnshire gravel,” a wire sponge, and others — all presented nicely in minimal white and red packaging. The collection, called “Sorry I Spent It On Myself,” plays on the idea that people should spoil themselves and may not have enough money left for gifts for their friends or family.

All-Male Nail Salon Incorporates Mani-Pedis Into Men’s Grooming

The owner of Hammer & Nails, Michael Elliot, wants this place to become a man-cave where men can let loose and leave their problems at the door. Opening in LA next month, the salon is furnished with oversized leather sofas and personal TVs with headphones, complete with a selection of popular sports channels. Complimentary beverages will also be offered – Elliot is looking to offer free beer and scotch as soon as he obtains his liquor license.


Subway Car Sells Groceries For Commuters On The Move


Grocery stores inside subway stations are nothing new, but grocery stores inside the same train you happen to be traveling on are something else altogether. An anonymous tourist visiting the capital city of South Korea stumbled across a subway carriage that had been fully converted into a mobile grocery store.

Nike’s New Concept Store Constructed Entirely Out Of Trash [Pics]

Designed by sustainable solutions company MINIWIZ Sustainable Development Ltd, the new Nike Store in Shanghai is made entirely of recycled materials. Located on Xinle Road, not far from Nike China’s headquarters, Nike X158 is the sports brand’s latest concept store in the city. The store boasts of having the lowest carbon footprint and is made out of water bottles, soda cans, and old CDs and DVDs. All the materials were assembled mechanically and without glue to make them 100% reusable.

Fake Gadgets In Best Buy Question Society’s Obsession With Technology [Pics]

Street artist Plastic Jesus recently placed plain black boxes on the shelves in five Los Angeles Best Buy stores. Labelled as a ‘Useless Plastic Box 1.2′, they featured realistic-looking information tags and were priced at $99.99. By covertly placing the fake products amongst tablets and GPS units, he hoped to inspire people to think about the rationality of their obsession with high-tech gadgets. The faux devices were described as another gadget you don’t really need.

Ikea’s AR Catalog Places Virtual Furniture In Shoppers’ Homes [Video]

IKEA‘s 2014 catalog and accompanying app for iOS and Android enables customers to place virtual furniture in their own home. This feature is unlocked by scanning selected pages in the printed catalog with the app or browsing the pages in the digital catalog on a smartphone or tablet.

Kate Spade Opens 24HR Shoppable Store Windows

The density of pedestrian traffic on the sidewalks of New York City make it an optimal place to grab attention with an eye catching or innovative store window display. For the NYC debut of their casual clothing and accessories line Kate Spade Saturday, the brand created four walk up shoppable interactive windows in formerly vacant retail stores.

Walmart Bus Stops Allow Shopping During Commute 

Similar to an idea in Singapore that lets travellers buy products off the wall, the consumer goods giant will be launching 50 mobile stores in bus shelters around Toronto, Canada. Bus riders can scan QR-codes from their mobile devices at the shelters to buy items including Pampers diapers, Tide detergent and Crest toothpaste and have it delivered to their homes for free.

American Express Card Members Can Now Purchase Products On Twitter

The service for American Express card holders allows participants to sync their Amex card to Twitter, allowing them tweet specific product hashtags to purchase merchandise. Once participants tweet a product hashtag, @AmexSync will send them a reply, which includes a confirmation code users have 15 minutes to tweet. If the user does so, Amex then processes the order and sends the product via free two-day shipping.

Cloud-Shaped Changing Room Expands And Contracts To Fit Shoppers

Schemata Architects created a pop-up store for World Basics in Paris, transforming recyclable materials such as shipping crates and protective packaging into display units for merchandise – and a changing room.  This cocoon-like fitting room gives customers a comfortable amount of space to try on clothes, as well as a greater sense of privacy. When zipped-up, the fitting room encapsulates you in a spongey material that is translucent enough to let in the perfect amount of natural light.


IKEA Is Letting Kids Design Its New Line Of Toys

Travel Yesterday

30-Year-Old Photographs Used As Travel Guides

A new photo series revolves around tracing the origins of images from the past

Technology Yesterday

Album Turns Into Something New Each Time It’s Streamed

Bill Baird's new album explores the relationship between time and music through a website crafted by design team, One Pixel Wide


Get PSFK's Related Report: Future of Automotive

See All
Health Yesterday

VR App Prescribed For Pain Relief

A pharmacy chain in Sweden is stepping away from tradition to develop a happy place for the pain-afflicted

Retail Yesterday

Banks Are Coming Together To Create A New Payment Network That Rivals Venmo

A number of financial institutions are collaborating to make a new person-to-person monetary system called Zelle for their customers

Related Expert

Gabe Newell

Game Development and Distribution

Media & Publishing Yesterday

Pocket Camera Aims To Facilitate The Struggles Of Live Streams

The Mevo helps resolve the complexities of streaming video with an intuitive setup and smart editing controls

Food Yesterday

Startup Believes Traceability Will Help Disrupt The Multivitamin Industry

Ritual is a daily supplement for women that traces every ingredient back to its source

Food Yesterday

Photo Series Brutally Murders Some Of Your Favorite Fast Food

The portraits by artist duo Ilka & Franz do away with mealtime regulars in a way that is both beautiful and humorous


Future Of Automotive
Scenarios Driving The Digital Transformation Of An Industry

PSFK Op-Ed october 26, 2016

Creative Leadership Expert: Experiencing A Seismic Shift From Brand Loyalty To Interface Loyalty

Marc Shillum, founder of Chief Creative Office, explains why product designers must rethink the way they capture consumer attention

PSFK Labs october 25, 2016

The Keys For Exceptional Performance On And Off The Field

PSFK Labs' new report highlights five important insights for businesses to perform better than the competition

Mobile Yesterday

Coffeemaker Teaches You How To Make The Perfect Cup

The device comes with an accompanying app that guides novices and experts alike through the brewing process

Op-Ed Yesterday

General Electric: Lighting’s Impact On Sleep Is More Than The Off Switch

Jeff Patton, General Manager of Connected Home Products at GE Lighting, uncovers how lighting technologies can affect our sleep cycles

Brand Development Yesterday

The Story Behind How LYNK & CO Created A Car Brand From Scratch

Head of Design Andreas Nilsson describes which values were most influential in determining the identity and design direction of the new auto company

Travel Yesterday

Architect’s Design Presents A Radically New Approach For New York’s Penn Station

The firm of Vishaan Chakrabarti has envisioned a bright community and travel hub in the heart of the city

Fitness & Sport Yesterday

Editorial Roundtable: Building An All-Encompassing Performance Suite

WHOOP, ShotTracker, Rithmio, PlaySight, STYR Labs, EverybodyFights and Lift / Next Level Floats on the partnership opportunities available in health and fitness

Gaming & Play Yesterday

Fantasy Game Responds To Each Player’s Emotions

The card battling venture measures responses through a Bluetooth clip to adjust the experience accordingly

Luxury Yesterday

Carry A Map Of NYC On A Handbag

The bag from Bottega Veneta has been designed exclusively for Bergdorf Goodman to celebrate New York City

Technology Yesterday

Roaming Robots Crawl Around Your Body To Do Small Jobs As You Go About Your Day

A new concept wearable developed by researchers at MIT and Stanford are fully functional bots that live on your clothing

No search results found.