South Korea

Retail South Korean 7-Eleven customers can pay with their veins via a next-gen robot

Convenience store chain 7-Eleven introduced a next-gen robot dubbed Veny in its Seoul, South Korea, location. The AI-powered robot comes with the hand-pay system, which identifies individual customers by their veins, allowing customers to pay simply by placing their hand on the robot.

Analysis With Guest Rooms, A Spa And A Rooftop Deck, This Store Looks Just Like A Hotel

Stylenanda's Seoul storefront sells makeup, clothing and accessories in a five-floor space inspired by the hotel and hospitality experience

Automotive South Korean Food Concepts From Names Like Hyundai Are Revolutionizing The Restaurant Experience

From voice-activated robot baristas to interiors straight out of a comic book, these restaurants are changing the way people eat

Brand Activation & Immersion Marriott's Ryse Is A Connection-Led Luxury Hotel In The Heart Of Seoul

Taking inspiration from the artful Hongdae neighborhood, Ryse Hotel is a new meeting place for Seoul's visiting and local creatives alike

Design Auto Brands From BMW To Genesis Are Reimagining The Showroom

With onsite cafés and racetracks, these Seoul-based automotive makers invite their customers to take in the full brand experience, providing surprising and dynamic ways to learn and shop

Beauty Seoul's Best Makeup Stores Are Immersive Playgrounds For Beauty Lovers

From beer-themed concept stores to indoor camping trailers, these makeup brands have turned Seoul into a must-visit beauty destination

Case Study South Korea's Pierrot Offers A Discount Shopping Experience Like No Other

Describing itself as a "fun and crazy" destination, Pierrot is a discount retailer that goes to great lengths for a unique in-store experience

Delivery & Logistics Interview: How Fashion E-Tailer And Recommendation Platform Suggesty Is Enabling Next-Generation International Commerce

Using a hybrid strategy of human-driven and AI curation, Suggesty offers global customers access to lesser-known international designers while enabling lower-than-market prices and premium quality

Fashion & Apparel Personal Styling Site Helps Shoppers Discover K-Fashion Brands

Suggesty is hoping to make Korean apparel brands more accessible to American consumers, parlaying the overseas success of K-pop and K-beauty into fashion

Cafe & Restaurant Graphic Trompe-L'Oeil Cafe Design Lets Guests Live In A Cartoon

A black-and-white, two-dimensional South Korean coffee shop allows patrons to step into a cartoon, using more classic, design-based elements to provide a lower-tech yet Instagram-worthy experience

Store Experience & Design Hyundai Department Store Will Offer Shoppers Automated Concierge Service

The retail space will rely on Amazon Web Service (AWS) Korea's cloud computing capabilities to help power an innovative retail experience, including food-delivery drones, in its quest to become the nation's Amazon Go

Shopper Marketing & Promotion How Gallery-Style Store Design Elevates The Brand Experience

Physical retail spaces take cues from the art gallery for layouts that encourage shoppers to explore and interact with products at their own pace

Food & Beverage This Bottled Drink Claims To Cure Hangovers

Inspired by Korean supplements, Morning Recovery can be taken at the end of a night of drinking to stop hangovers in their tracks

Entertainment How Blizzard Entertainment Is Growing eSports Fandom At The Local Level

The newly established Overwatch League lets players organize and connect with competitive gamers in their area