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Company Spotlight: Thrive Market



Thrive Market is an online shopping club on a mission to make healthy living easy and affordable for everyone. Thrive Market members can buy the best-selling healthy foods and natural, wholesome products in everyday sizes, always 25-50% retail prices, delivered right to their door. And for every paid membership, Thrive Market donates a free membership to a family in need.



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We started Thrive Market to find a simple solution to a real problem: Getting good food is too hard and too expensive for too many people.

Call us radical, but we believe that healthy living should be easy and affordable for everyone and shouldn’t depend on geography, income level or any other barrier. That hasn’t been the case for a long time in this country, and we wanted to do something about it.

At Thrive Market, we make it easy and within reach. Here, you'll find the best-selling 4,000 health and wellness products from the top 400 natural brands on the market at 25-50% below traditional retail prices. Simply, it's the stuff you want, at prices you can afford.



How it Works

Thrive Market makes healthy living easy and affordable for everyone. We are a membership-based online shopping club that gives you and your family unlimited access to the the world’s best wholesome foods and products in everyday sizes at wholesale prices. Plus, we offer free nationwide delivery on orders over $49. Joining the Thrive Market movement is as easy as one-two-three.


1. Register for free

There’s absolutely no cost to register for Thrive Market. Once you enter your email address, you’ll be able to browse the Thrive Market catalog of more than 4,000 premium products from the top 400 natural brands. You’ll also have access to our educational and inspirational content on the Thrive Notebook.


2. Start your trial

With your first purchase on Thrive Market, you’ll start a free 30-day membership trial. You’ll be able to shop for all your favorite healthy food, snacks, green cleaning products, non-toxic personal care items and more, always at 25 - 50% below retail prices. If it’s not for you, you can cancel at any time.


3. Join the Thrive Movement

For less than $5 a month ($59.95 annually), Thrive Market members save up to 50% on the world’s best healthy products for a full year. Even better: Thrive Market matches your membership by donating one to a family in need so we can all thrive together.

Thrive Market is the simple solution that empowers us all to live well, do good and thrive together.



Company: Thrive Market
Brand:  Thrive Market
Slogan:  Thrive Market
Origin: US
Category:  Shopping service
Packaging:  Coming soon
Claims:  Natural & non-toxic products, free shipping over $49, up to 50% off every day
Variants: View product range here
Price:  Coming soon
Where to Buy: US
Website: https://thrivemarket.com/#



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Tech Spotlight: Nuji Shopping App



Helping users to find clothing, accessories and home wares, Nuji has been a prominent fixture in the online shopping experience for years.



Discover over 500,000 beautiful items

Browse a growing number of products carefully curated by the Nuji community from across the web.
From female and men's apparel to original homeware and furniture, you will definitely be inspired.






Save items you like from any store

With Nuji, you can collect items you like at your favourite online stores in just one click. It
helps you keep track of all the great things you discover and may want to purchase later.




Follow all your favourite retailers

Get updates from retailers you like all in one place. There are already 30,000 stores from
all over the world, everything from the large popular ones to less well-known boutiques.




Be inspired by people like you

Follow people with similar taste or your friends and see what they're discovering.
It's an easy way to find items you like and save the ones you want to your profile.






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Will 3D Printing Revolutionize the Fashion Industry?


Researchers at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh have even pioneered a process that prints stem cells, raising the prospect that, in future, organs can be ‘printed off’ for patients waiting for a transplant. The technology is already being used to build arteries, ears and teeth.

Earlier this year, a patient in the U.S. had most of his skull replaced with a 3D-printed implant.

So, if anything, fashion has taken its time to get in on the act. In March this year, burlesque artiste Dita Von Teese, famous for her vintage gowns, showed off a nylon and crystal mesh dress that had been custom-printed to her famous curves. Meanwhile, milliner Stephen Jones has created 3D printed hats.

So when I heard you could print your own shoes, I resolved to track down a machine and create the pair of my dreams. I’ve always fancied a pair of red shoes — I have a favorite red dress and no suitable footwear to wear with it.

Continue Reading @ DailyMail

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Retail Spotlight: Selfridges launches ‘Silence Room’ for shoppers

Digital detox or an unusual marketing ploy? Perhaps both.

To offer shoppers a break from technology and the stress of bag-wielding crowds, high-end London department store Selfridges has opened a "Silence Room" -- a concept dating back to the store's original opening in 1909.

Department store customers must have suffered from sensory overload even back then.

According to the store's website, founder Harry Gordon Selfridge came up with the brilliant idea of a room where busy shoppers could "retire from the whirl of bargains and the build up of energy." As an aside, many men call this "the pub."

Alex Cochrane Architects designed the 2013 reincarnation of the Silence Room -- a futuristic, minimalist meditation lounge where phones, shoes and noise are not allowed. It opened on January 10 this year.

The room is part of the store's new retail therapy initiative called No Noise, which also includes multiple meditation pods installed around the store where customers can tune into a meditation session with built-in headsets.

Taking "retail therapy" way too literally? More than 500 people try mass meditation for Selfridges' No Noise campaign launch. "We're all suffering from overload and we wanted to offer up a slice of silence as an experiment, but we didn't want to do it in a heavy-handed way," Selfridges creative director Alannah Weston told WWD.

As a "de-branding" exercise in response to information and branding overload, Selfridges also opened the Quiet Shop, which sells products and clothing stripped of branding.

Ironically, these "de-branded" Heinz bottles, Beats by Dre headphones and Jil Sander dresses immediately became collector's item.

Full Article @ CNN

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Jeans store uses QR codes to make shopping easier for men

Hointer uses the technology to break down the traditional retail model and help make clothes shopping pain-free.


We recently wrote about QThru, a system using QR codes to speed up the check-out process. Aimed at men who don’t like shopping, Hointer also uses the technology to break down the traditional retail model and help make clothes shopping pain-free.

Located in Seattle, customers walking into the store are greeted by a floor that contains only one pair of each model of jeans available. The jeans are tagged with a QR code that – when scanned using the store’s bespoke app – delivers a pair in the chosen size to a fitting room in the store and alerts the customer which room to go to. Once the jeans have been tried, customers can either send the jeans back into the system or swipe their card using a machine in each fitting room to make a purchase. The GeekWire video below shows the system in action:

Rather than forcing shoppers to contend with piles of clothes hoping to find the right size, Hointer simplifies the process using technology and makes buying a pair of jeans less stressful. How else can the retail experience be tailored to those who would otherwise avoid it?

Website: www.hointer.com
Contact: hointer@hointer.com
Full Article @ SpringWise

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The smells that make shoppers spend more

Lighting and music play a role in how much people spend, but new research indicates that certain smells can inspire shoppers to spend more.

While holiday shopping this year, you might want to pay more attention to how things smell in the stores you're visiting. Those scents just might make your spend more. While lighting and music can play a big role in how much people spend, new research indicates that certain kinds of smells can also inspire shoppers to spend more.
Simple smells, as opposed to complex blends of scents, are powerful motivators when it comes to spending, researchers at Washington State University found.
That is because simple smells — such as citrus or pine — don’t require much mental processing on the shopper’s part and frees their brains to focus on shopping.
"What we showed was that the simple scent was more effective," said Eric Spangenberg, one of the study's authors and dean of the Washington State University College of Business.
For the study, researchers developed two scents: a simple orange scent and a more complicated orange-basil blended with green tea. For 18 days, the researchers watched more than 400 customers in a home decorations store as the air held the simple scent, the complex scent or no particular scent at all.
The study revealed that the 100 consumers who shopped in the presence of the simple scent spent on average 20 percent more money.
In a series of experiments, researchers had students solve word problems under the different scent conditions. They found that the students solved more problems, in less time, when the simple scent was in the air, compared to when the complicated one or no scent at all were used.
Spangenberg said the research underscores the need to understand how scents are affecting customers.
"Most people are processing it at an unconscious level, but it is impacting them," he said. "The important thing from the retailer's perspective and the marketer's perspective is that a pleasant scent isn't necessarily an effective scent."
Recently published in the Journal of Retailing, the study was co-authored by Andreas Herrmann from Switzerland's University of St. Gallen; David Sprott, a Washington State marketing professor; and Manja Zidansek, a marketing doctoral candidate.
via MNN

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Shopping app connects users with similar body types

BeauCoo is a mobile app that connects users with similar body types and delivers a personalized feed of item, brand and store recommendations.

We’ve already seen an iPhone app that lets users shop by color, but recently we came across one that targets the shopping experience still further. Now gearing up for launch, BeauCoo is a mobile app that connects users with similar body dimensions and delivers a personalized feed of item, brand and store recommendations.

Shoppers currently begin by requesting an invitation on the site to be an early BeauCoo user. From there they can invite friends to join and build up a personal network of women with a similar shape and size. While out shopping, they can use the app to share photos of the things they try on and add ratings on fit, style and value. Meanwhile, Canada-based BeauCoo delivers an ongoing stream of suggested looks and stores tailored to the user along with the opportunity to win special offers and discounts from relevant brands and retailers.

It’s been a while since we’ve come across an effort that connects twinsumersNectar & Pulse was probably the last example – but there’s no denying the concept’s appeal, both for consumers and for brands able to target their offerings more precisely than ever. Fashion brands around the globe: one to get in on?

Website: http://signup.beaucoo.com
Contact: registrations@beaucoo.ca

via SpringWise

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Facebook, 7 retailers to test ‘want’ button

SAN FRANCISCO  — Facebook Inc is testing a feature that lets users of the social network create "wishlists" of home furnishings, clothing and other retail products, laying the groundwork for what some believe could be an eventual push into e-commerce.

Facebook said it is working with seven retailers, including Pottery Barn and Victoria's Secret, to test the new feature that will allow certain users to flag images of desired products by clicking a special "want" button.

"People will be able to engage with these collections and share things they are interested in with their friends. People can click through and buy these items off of Facebook," Facebook said in a statement.

The feature, which Facebook has dubbed Collections, could help Facebook play a bigger role in the online commerce market by encouraging its 1 billion users to buy products for their friends and by sending shoppers directly to online stores.

A Facebook spokeswoman said the company does not receive a fee when someone purchases a wishlist item on Facebook from a retailer's site.

But Robert W. Baird analyst Colin Sebastian said the new Collections feature could open up new sources of revenue for Facebook, whose stock has taken a drubbing as concerns about its long-term money-making prospects have mounted.

"E-commerce is one of the best ways to monetize the Internet," said Sebastian.

"Thinking about how large they are as a platform and how engaged people are, there are lots of levers they haven't pulled yet in terms of monetization," he said. In addition to potentially collecting a transaction fee for referring users to an e-commerce site, Sebastian said that retailers might also pay Facebook to promote products featured on users' wishlists, similar to the way the Facebook's current ads function.

Shares of Facebook, finished Monday's regular session down 2.4 percent at $20.40. Earlier on Monday, BTIG analyst Richard Greenfield downgraded Facebook to a "Sell" rating.

In a note to investors, Greenfield cited concerns about the company's advertising business, particularly Facebook's nascent efforts to expand the business onto the mobile devices that its users increasingly access the service from.

Facebook's new Collections feature will gradually be offered to 100 percent of its U.S. users, Facebook said.

Some users will see the "want" button as part of the test, while others will see a button inviting them to "collect" an item or to "like" an item.

Unlike Facebook's existing "like" button, the feature that Facebook is testing will showcase the "liked" item within a user's Timeline profile page.

Facebook is also testing the Collections feature with Neiman Marcus, Michael Kors, Smith Optics, Wayfair and Fab.com.

via Msnbc

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The Future of Shopping: An Avatar Lets You Find the Perfect Fit

For anyone who loathes trying on clothes, there are no good options. The fitting room can seem like a torture chamber—harsh lighting, the walk past other customers to the three-way mirror. Online, you can avoid the horror of asking the sales person to bring you a bigger size, but you may end up returning four out of five items because nothing fits properly.

Farhad Manjoo recently wrote in Slate that Amazon’s move to same-day shipping may doom physical retailers. But another technology could hasten the demise of clothing stores in particular: body scanners, like the one I saw recently in Seoul’s T.um Museum, which is dedicated to futuristic technology. Pairing customized avatars with technology similar to that in some airport security scanners, the machine could make the process of trying on clothes obsolete.

The Me-Ality machine, made by a North American company called Unique Solutions and modified in Korea, runs radio waves over a fully clothed person who is scanned standing up. The radio waves send and receive power signals that reflect off the water molecules in the skin, picking up more than 200,000 points of measurement. From these, the machine creates a 3-D image, then extracts more than 100 measurements, according to Bob Kutnick, the company’s chief technology officer—not just the circumference of your waist but the gradation from your knee to your ankle, for example.

Currently found in common areas of about 70 malls in the United States, the Me-Ality is free for shoppers to use. After a 10-second scan, software compares the individual’s measurements to those provided by partner manufacturers and then recommends items that are guaranteed to fit: Old Navy’s Sweetheart style jeans in a size 10, say. The clothes it recommends are all (of course) available in shops at the mall, so customers can stroll in and pick them up, or head home and order online.

Full Article @ Slate

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Research Says Consumers Still Buy Based on Price

The sluggish economy continues to divide consumers into two income groups, further influencing current purchasing trends.

That’s according to Acosta Sales & Marketing’s biannual The Why? Behind The Buy report, compiled by AMG Strategic Advisors, Acosta’s growth strategy consulting unit.

The report reveals that there is a pronounced “Tale of Two Shoppers.” Despite divergent shopping behaviors, shoppers with annual incomes of less than $45,000 and those with annual incomes exceeding $100,000 are making purchasing decisions based on similar factors, including price:

- 55 percent of shoppers bought more items on sale than last year.
- 71 percent of shoppers plan their trip before going to the store.
- 88 percent of shoppers have bought buy one-get one offers.
- 50 percent of shoppers clip coupons.


Full Article @ PG

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