Social impact

Automotive IKEA Launches Rubbish-Collecting Boats For London Store Opening

IKEA showcases its commitment to environmental causes with an autonomous trash-clearing boat, launching in tandem with a London storefront and allowing community members to take turns steering it remotely

Consumer Goods Interview: Subscription Essentials Service On Enabling Consumers To Shop Their Values

Grove Collective's CEO explains how he identified an unmet consumer need for an easy way to shop sustainable, healthy and environmentally friendly products, and how the company is meeting it with a personalized, subscription-based service

Loyalty & Membership Lyft 'Green Mode' Lets Riders Choose Electric Vehicles

Lyft intends to align with consumer interest in sustainability while helping promote EV drivers with a feature that lets riders select an environmentally friendly vehicle

Fashion & Apparel Consumers Can Check Their Purchase's Carbon Footprint On Their Phone

Startup Ecoingot's tech aims to help empower consumers to manage their own environmental impact, enabling transparency by putting product details like the greenhouse gas or carbon emission on a smartphone app

Retail Clarks Will Teach Kids Language And Literacy While Fitting Their Shoes

Helping drive foot traffic while promoting children's education, Clarks is the first retailer to implement a U.K. government initiative that helps kids learn language and social skills through interacting with trained store associates

Banks, Insurance & Financial Services Digital Bank Partners With Fintech Startup To Eliminate Paper Receipts

A U.K. bank is helping customers better organize their transaction records while reducing environmental waste and toxins with digital loyalty cards instead of paper receipts

Delivery & Logistics By 2025, IKEA Promises To Deliver All Shoppers' Goods Via EVs

Shanghai is the first stop on the retailer's global mission to convert entirely to electric-vehicle delivery, part of its broader goal to significantly reduce its environmental impact

Brand Activation & Immersion Interview: How Apparel Brand Terez Builds Community Through Positivity-Focused Experience

The founder of activewear brand Terez on creating immersive customer experiences, the importance of community and implementing retail technology in a purposeful way

Food & Beverage Loop Helps UPS, PepsiCo, P&G And More Enable No-Waste Packaging

The circular shopping platform transforms the single-use packaging of everyday items like toothpaste or ice cream into durable and reusable containers, curbing waste by letting consumers use and return rather than discard

Design Hilton Hotels Accommodates More Guests With Vegan-Friendly Suite

In an effort to align with more consumers' lifestyles, Hilton designed a suite that is thoroughly vegan, even down to the details of soy-silk curtains and pineapple-leather upholstery

Beauty LVMH-Owned Cruiseliner's ‘Sensory Shopping Journey’ Offers Guests Experience-Driven Luxury Retail

Themed retail concepts, exclusive experiences and immersive events that tap into consumers' five senses give this cruise ship a point of difference when it comes to luxury retail and entertainment at sea

Merchandising & Curation Antibad Is Connecting Shoppers With Sustainable Fashion

The brainchild of a fashion industry veteran with a strong environmental conscious, Antibad will help push eco-friendly brands to the masses

Packaging & Product Engagement Vending Machine Concept Turns Instagram Into Real Life Products

"As Seen On IG" is a new pop-up vending machine that lets people "buy" likes, followers, and hashtags to promote an upcoming documentary

Shopper Education & Assistance PSFK Spotlight From Facebook's 2019 Trends Report: Circular Economy

Eco-conscious brands are incorporating recycled materials into new goods to reduce their environmental impact, while shoppers are buying products from sellers who reflect their values