Mobile meditation studio helps New Yorkers relax

(Author : springwise)A converted bus provides busy city-dwellers with guided meditation sessions at a different location every day. Taking time to find some mind space is such an important aspect of wellbeing that BE TIME’s founder wanted to find a way to make it easy for the people of New York City to do that on […]

Walmart and Rakuten form strategic alliance

(Author :  Inside Retail Asia)In Tokyo today, Walmart president/CEO Doug McMillon and Rakuten chairman/president/CEO Hiroshi “Mickey” Mikitani announced a strategic alliance aimed at expanding consumer reach and enhancing customer service. Included in the collaboration is the launch of an online grocery delivery service in Japan as well as an exclusive retail alliance between the US retail […]

Alibaba and Kroger in talks on alliance

(Author : Inside Retail)Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group is in talks with US grocer Kroger – but the agenda has not been revealed. Media reports from the US say Kroger executives have visited Alibaba’s offices in China, but negotiations are in the early stages and there is no certainty of cooperation between the two companies. […]

Connected Shower Door Lets Marriott Guests Scribble And Share Their Thoughts

(Author : Zach Palm)Marriott Hotels converted a shower door into a shareable touchscreen for guests who do their best thinking while showering. Marriott Hotels wants to help guests remember all of the great ideas they have while showering by installing a touchscreen shower door in one of its rooms. The touchscreen works by waiting for […]

IKEA Store Opening Entertained Customers With A VR Pillow Game

(Author : Emma Hutchings)The home retailer is bringing virtual reality into in-store events with an experience that lets shoppers play games and explore the IKEA world. At a recent store opening in Dallas, Texas, furniture giant IKEA offered shoppers a virtual reality experience that let them check out products in more detail, learn about the brand’s design and sustainability efforts, […]

Hermes Hong Kong unveils Central flagship

(Author :  Inside Retail Hong Kong)A giant orange box on the street corner of Landmark Prince’s in Central has been unwrapped to reveal the new Hermes Hong Kong flagship store. Covering 9170sqft (850sqm) over three storeys, the store offers silk items, leather goods, fragrances, jewellery, furniture, watches and a private lounge for made-to-measure garments. “We really […]

Les Mousquetaires Invests in French Organic Store Chain

(Author : Gildas Aitamer)France’s third largest retailer, the store-owner cooperative Les Mousquetaires Intermarché, took an undisclosed minority stake in organic store cooperative Les Comptoirs de la Bio. The 141 store-strong network recorded an estimated turnover of EUR220mn in 2016. The partnership is understood to give Intermarché members access to the Les Comptoirs de la Bio concept. […]

KFC Remodeled One Restaurant To Highlight Its VR Training Simulator

(Author : Zack Palm)This one-of-a-kind KFC location allows customers to play the company’s virtual reality training game and try exclusive menu items. KFC remodeled one of its fast food restaurants in Kansas to give customers the chance to experience its virtual reality game “The Hard Way,” a training simulator the company uses for its employees. The game teaches employees how to make […]

MUJI Unveils A First Look At Its New Hotel In China

(Author : Kiran Umapathy)Japanese home retailer MUJI released photos of its first hotelproperty in Shenzhen, opening later this month. While hotel operations will be run by specialized third parties, MUJI focused on developing the hotel concept and interior design, featuring the company’s line of furniture and housewares. It will be a new level of brand immersion that […]

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